The hostels that we promote are located on the shores of Lake Sandoval, which are located a few kilometers from the city of Puerto Maldonado within the Tambopata National Reserve, on the right bank of the Madre de Dios River. Beautiful landscape with a great diversity of flora and fauna, which makes it different and an attractive place for visitors who visit it daily, due to its proximity to the city.

To get there, depart from Puerto Maldonado in a motor boat sailing 40 min. on the Madre de Dios river until you reach Puerto Sandoval, the entry point to the lake of the same name, a 3-km walk begins immediately in the middle of the jungle, lasting one hour until you reach the area of rowing boats in the swampy area where the palm trees grow. We board one of the rowing boats waiting for us, to navigate for 5 minutes in an artificial channel that connects with the lake.

On the other hand, we also promote some hostels that are strategically located on the banks of the Tambopata River very close to the Macaw Clay Lick Chuncho, to access there, it is broken down by river in a motor boat from Puerto Maldonado on a trip of approximately 6 hours. What we do at ARARAUNA Tours to reduce travel time to just 2 dollars and minimize costs, making it cheaper for you, is the following:

We leave from Puerto Maldonado in a 4×4 truck to go on the interoceanic highway in the direction of Cusco, reaching the Florida Baja community in 50 minutes, reaching 47 km, where we will have the opportunity to have lunch. At this point we will leave the road to enter a dirt road through the jungle reaching the Tambopata river in 40 minutes, in 18 km distance, where a motorboat awaits us sailing on the waters of This river for 10 minutes will take us to our hostel.

Therefore, we strongly recommend that you only wear the necessary clothing (10 to 15 kg) for the days and / or nights that your stay in the shelter lasts, which you can put inside a small backpack. Likewise, the rest of your luggage can be left at our office in Puerto Maldonado, which will be waiting for you on the return of your trip.

The hostels promoted by Ararauna Tours, provide electricity services a few hours during the day and night, since we use a generator.

In the same way the rooms in these two Lodges each have a private bathroom and shower inside the rooms as well as hot water for 24 hours, we use propane gas.

In the same way considering the heat and humidity in the area, it is recommended to take a bottle of water for the hike to Lake Sandoval and for access to Chuncho Lodge, once inside any of these Lodges you will have at your disposal containers of water so they can fill their empty bottles, otherwise they can buy them at the bar.


The rainfall in the Tambopata area is around 2500-3500 millimeters per year, with the highest rainfall in the rainy season between the months of November to April.

The average temperature in the National Reserve is 28 ° C, the maximum of 34 ° C and the minimum of 22 ° C. During the dry season, between the months of May to October the cold fronts (called friajes) that enter by the South part, the same ones that come from the Patagonia happen in average every month, with daily temperature that lower until the 16 ° C during the day and at night they fall to 13 ° C.

Therefore, it is also recommended to take the precautions of the case before traveling to the jungle.

• Sunglasses.
• Insect repellent (recommended OFF).
• Suns cream protection.
• Sandals to use it once in the Lodge.
• Socks and snickers.
• Cap or hat.
• Water bottle.
• Ponchos for rain.
• Small backpack for excursions.
• ZipLock plastic bags to protect your equipment.
• Photographic camera.
• Good binoculars (8×42 recommended).
• A pair of shorts.
• Two or three light pants.
• Two or three long-sleeved shirts.
• Three or four T-shirts.
• Hand or head torches with spare batteries.
• Cash in small denominations bills, if consumed at the bar.
• If you have some type of medication, keep it close to you at hand.
• Passport, in addition to a copy as a precaution.