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Lakes and Canyons

LAKE SANDOVAL

LAKE SANDOVAL 

Many feel that Lake Sandoval is the most attractive jungle lake in the country. Surrounded by different types of rainforest it is about two hours from Puerto Maldonado by boat down the Madre de Dios, followed by a 3km hike. Permits to visit the lake are included on licensed guide tours and lodge stays. The best way to see wildlife is to stay overnight in one of the two lodges and take a boat ride on the lake, though day trips to the lake are offered. A boat from Puerto Maldonado will drop you at the beginning of the hiking trail and pick you up later. From the dock the trail is obviously marked, although in poor condition. With luck, you might see caiman, turtles, exotic birds, monkeys and maybe the endangered giant river otters that live in the lake.

At the lake, you can continue 2km on a narrower, less-maintained trail to the inexpensive Willy Mejía Cepa Lodge, or take a boat ride across the lake to Sandoval Lake Lodge, the best lodge hereabouts.

LAKE TITICACA 

LAKE TITICACA 

The Uro Islands are made of dried totora reeds. These artificial islands of the Uros are Lake Titicaca’s top tourist attraction. The lives of the Uros, a pre-Incan people, are interwoven with these reeds, which are a primary source of food and are also used to make their homes, their boats and even a reed flower tea. Reeds are added to the top of the islands constantly, about every three months, as they rot from the bottom, so the ground is always soft and springy.

COLCA CANYON

COLCA CANYON 

Colca Canyon is home to Giant Condors. Travelers who think the U.S. Grand Canyon is deep are likely to change their minds after visiting Colca Canyon in southern Peru. At 4,160 meters (13,650 feet), Colca Canyon is twice as deep as the Grand Canyon, though the canyon’s walls are less steep. The big attraction here, in addition to the awesome sights, are the Andean condors. The condors can be seen at fairly close range as they float on the rising thermals.

Join us on our Arequipa & Colca Canyon Explorer Tour to experience all the Colca Canyon has to offer.