Tambopata Lodges Comparison Chart

Whats included at each lodge.

  Sandoval Lake Lodge Heath River Wildlife Center
Gateway - Access Method     Puerto Maldonado daily flight from / to Lima and Cusco. Recommended airline: LATAM. Motor-canoe, walk. Puerto Maldonado daily flight from / to Lima and Cusco. Recommended airline : LATAM. Then motor-canoe.
Travel Time      From Puerto Maldonado, 30 min motorcanoe + 1 hour (3 km/2 mi) forest walk + 30 min lake paddle. From Puerto Maldonado, 2.5 hours on Madre de Dios River & 2-3 hours on the narrow Heath River.
Location      On bank of most scenic lake inside Tambopata National Reserve. Lowland rainforest. On banks of 70-m-wide, intimate river 30 min from Madidi Nat’l Park, Bolivia. Lowland rainforest.
Best time to visit      Late March through December. Late March through December.
Lodge Facilities Rooms 25 SCREENED rooms with private bathrooms w/ hot showers, flush toilets, light, fans. 10 SCREENED bungalows with private bathrooms with hot showers and flush toilets.
Dining Room Yes. We offer 3 meals per day. Vegetarians welcome. Fruit, coffee, tea and cookies always available. Fully screened. Yes, We offer 3 meals per day. Vegetarians welcome. Fruit, coffee tea, and cookies always available. Fully screened. Electricity available to recharge batteries.
Bar Yes. Fully screened. Yes. Fully screened.
Hammock Area
(Screened)
Yes, with unique view of scenic Sandoval Lake (Palm forest). Yes, with unique view of 70-m-wide Heath River.
Trails Yes inside the Nature Reserve. Yes, many.
Boutique Yes. Rainforest Shop w/ clothing, videos, handicrafts, books. No
Library Yes No
Nature
Attractions
Oxbow Lake Yes. Most beautiful of all the lakes of the Tambopata / Madidi region (flooded palm forest). Giant Otters very frequent. Not currently offered in the Heath River, but 1 or 2 small lakes may be offered in the future.
Macaw clay lick No, but many macaws seen regularly roosting in the forest near lake and flying over lake. Yes, viewed at 30-40 m from comfy floating blind while Breakfast is served.
Mammal lick No. Yes, with tapirs & peccaries.
Monkeys 7 species: Squirrel Monkeys, 2 kinds of Capuchins, Titi, Red Howler, Tamarin, Night Monkeys. 8 species... same 7 as SLL, PLUS spectacular, acrobatic Black Spider Monkeys.
Jaguar Little chance to see. Significant chance to see.
Savannah No. Yes. Unique habitat and wildlife.
Guide Ratio      10 passengers per guide. 11 passengers per guide.
Tour Programs      2 days/1 night
3 days/2 nights
4 days/3 nights
Also combines with Heath River Wildlife Center: 5 days and 6 days.
4 days/3 nights
5 days/4 nights
Also combines with Sandoval Lake Lodge: 5 days and 6 days.
Best For      Nature Lovers who want a taste of the rainforest, amazing scenery, shimmering lake, photographers, great monkeys. Nature Lovers, special interest, honeymooners, photographers, macaw and parrot enthusiasts, great monkeys, tapirs, jaguars.
More Information      Combines very well with Cusco and Machu Picchu, Inca trail, Puno, Arequipa and Lima. Combines very well with Cusco and Machu Picchu, Inca trail, Puno, Arequipa and Lima.