Fodor's Expert Review Sandoval Lake Lodge

14 km (9 miles) east of Puerto Maldonado, Puerto Maldonado, Madre de Dios, Peru

Despite its relative proximity to Puerto Maldonado, this lodge sits deep in the rain forest, overlooking lovely Lago Sandoval, inside the Tambopata National Reserve, so there is plenty of wildlife. Small but comfortable rooms have private baths, hot water showers, fans, and electricity during certain hours. A stay includes excursions on the lake and into the surrounding forest to see monkeys, macaws, herons, caimans, and rare giant otters. To get here, you take a 30-minute boat ride down the Madre de Dios River from Puerto Maldonado, hike two miles down a muddy forest trail, then get into a canoe for a 30-minute paddle across the lake.

PROS

  • gorgeous location
  • abundant wildlife
  • decent rooms

CONS

  • the boat-2-mile-hike-canoe access isn't for everyone

QUICK FACTS

Resort
Green
Casual
Remote
Local Flavor
$$$$

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 888-870–7378-in U.S. and Canada | 01-203–5000-in Peru

HOTEL DETAILS

25 rooms
Rate Includes: All meals

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