The morning of our trip to Tambopata National Reserve started very early. On the boat at 5:30 and immediately headed down the river for a 20 minute boat ride. When we arrived at the Tambopata dock it was still dark outside.
Turning into real Jungle Girls now!
3km later we ended up at a small inlet with several boats crowded around. John loaded out group into one of the boats, luckily we were in the front and off he started paddling. Through the jungle we headed and it was very cool! This part felt like true exploring and was really pretty. No animals in here but there were a few birds!
Eventually we ended up at Lago Sandoval and it was a huge lake. The goal here was to see the giant otters but apparently animals like it when it’s sunny so we didn’t see any otters. John paddled us around the entire lake.
The coolest thing we saw was a bunch of tiny bats lined up on a tree. Lago Sandoval would be a bird watchers dream, we saw so many birds and zero mammals. We had a packed breakfast on the lake before heading back out.
The boat ride back to where we started was just as cool as the beginning so I was glad to do that part again.
A Child’s Dream, a Trip to Monkey Island You can read all about that here.
After exiting the boat we headed back down the same wooden boardwalk. Still no animals but the sun did come out a bit and that warmed us up and dried us out. This gave a little more time to explore and look at some of the trees and plants better.
Before we boarded the boat John spotted howler monkeys really high up in the tree. Couldn’t really see them but it was fun to feel like animals were actually in the area.
Finally we ended with a boat ride back to lodge and straight on to lunch.
Before You Go:
- We booked everything through Crossing Andes
- Our Amazon Lodge can be found HERE
- It is hot and humid, with occasional rain, pack accordingly
- Don’t forget mosquito repellant.
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Exploring the Colors and Cultures of Cusco
Feeding Alpacas near Cusco at Awana Kancha
Mountain Biking Through the Peruvian Countryside
Salt Mines of the Sacred Valley
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Keep Hiking On! Inca Trail Days 3 and 4!
Visiting One of the New Wonders of the World – Machu Picchu!
Don’t Stop, Keep Hiking Higher – Huayna Picchu
A Night Under the Stars at the Skylodge
The Gateway to the Inca Trail – Ollantaytambo
Rainbow Mountains, a Colorful Day Trip!
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