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“Worth it but the walk is hard. TAKE WATER.”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Lago Sandoval

Lago Sandoval
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3-Day Amazon Jungle Tour at the Corto Maltés Lodge
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Sheffield
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“Worth it but the walk is hard. TAKE WATER.”
Reviewed 19 June 2014

I did not stay at the lodge but visited the lake. A 3 kilometre walk each way on level ground sounds easy. When we visited the mud was nine inches deep across most of the path, and the temperature was 91F. You get to wear borrowed wellingtons - take some time to find a good fit. You will definitely need a stick.

If you walk along the very edge of the path to avoid the worst of the mud, be cautious about holding on to any trees that you pass. Many of the tree trunks have sharp spines, and some of those that do not have fire ants. Their bite really does hurt, though your guide will likely have some cream to abate the pain.

I took two litres of water in a Camelback and it was only just enough. Others on the walk took less water and felt quite ill as a result.

When you do get there it is a beautiful tranquil lake on which you can paddle quietly. No motors of any kind in earshot. What you see is a matter of luck but we saw giant otters, a caiman, and many exotic and beautiful birds, some quite close up. We were exceptionally lucky to see a giant anteater within ten yards of the path - but don't count on this. Nobody had ever seen one there before.

The lodge is supplied twice daily by four determined young men pushing a handcart up the path. There are not many harder jobs to be had.

If you are staying at the lodge doubtless there are the normal facilities. If you are not, then remember you will have a total of 6km of walking through mud in hot weather, and the only food and drink is what you take with you. I found this tougher than walking at high altitude.

Visited June 2014
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“great time we saw wonderful things but beware the walk”
Reviewed 30 May 2014

We had a wonderful time saw 5 different types of monkeys. We saw the cayman and the otters and many multi coloured birds BUT it was almost spoiled because of a lack of information regarding both the one and a half hour walk in wellingtons along a muddy track AND the fact that we had to carry ALL our luggage as well. When we arrived at the lodge (which is adequate good food reasonable accommodation definitely not luxury) the walks and trips around the lake were all we had expected and Esau was a wonderful guide. I would just say bear in mind that this is not suitable for people who have any difficulty in walking.

Visited May 2014
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“Definitely check it out”
Reviewed 26 May 2014 via mobile

It's amazing how many critters you can see in one area!
We saw macaws, giant river otters (3 times!), 3 types of monkeys, and some of the most amazing sunsets I can recall
It takes some effort to get there, but it is really amazing to see

Visited May 2014
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Long Beach, California
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“Hike to Lake Sandoval”
Reviewed 24 May 2014

Make sure you know whether it is the rainy season when planning your trip. The 2 kil hike would be very easy in dry season but we trudged through deep mud during the heat of the afternoon. It felt like 5 or 6 kil because it was so difficult. Remember good hiking socks if you wear the rubber boots that are provided. But once we reached the canoes all was forgotten because of the beauty of the area. The Sandoval lodge was comfortable with lots of good food. On the excursions, we viewed monkeys, giant otters, and much much more. Great experience!

Visited March 2014
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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“Pick this one”
Reviewed 8 April 2014

Out of all of the tours available this was the most enjoyable. It is not a super easy hike but well worth the effort and time, make sure you have at least enough strength to do a 5km hike and if you attempt during the rainny season be ready for mud.

Visited March 2014
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