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Only four hours by river from Puerto Maldonado airport, Heath River Wildlife Center is the gateway to the largest uninhabited and unhunted rainforest in the Amazon. An immensely photogenic macaw clay lick, capybaras, oxbow lakes with Giant Otters, hundreds of birds and mammal species and a lodge 100%-owned by the Ese'eja Indians of Sonene make the Heath the best combination of nature and culture in the entire Amazon. No other lodge in Tambopata is 100% owned and operated by a community of lowland Indians. Every person in Sonene speaks the original indigenous language, with Spanish being a distant second used mostly in school and to trade with outsiders and, now, to chat with pampered guests. Women from Sonene hold daily crafts workshops at the lodge, teaching visitors tribal traditions handed down through the millennia. Though very traditional, the lodge in Sonene does not sacrifice comfort in the least. Guests enjoy roomy, private, double-occupancy bungalows with electric fans and en-suite facilities with hot showers. The combination of the most accessible and most photogenic large macaw lick and the warmth and uniquely traditional hospitality of our Indian hosts make Heath River Wildlife Center and Sandoval Lake Lodge the Amazon's best value in wildlife and authentic rainforest adventure.
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Itineraries

Admiring the size of the tree in the Amazon
$1,353
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Amazon Explorer

6 Day Itinerary
  • Search for diverse local wildlife
  • Visit a macaw clay lick
  • Hike to the grassland plains
  • Search for nocturnal wildlife
Activities:
Land, Rainforest Exploration, Village Visit, Wilderness Lodge, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
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Sandoval Lake
$693
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Amazon Lodge Extension

4 Day Itinerary
  • Catamaran wildlife float
  • Spot Brown Capuchin Monkeys
  • Walk along rainforest trails
Activities:
Land, Rainforest Exploration, Wilderness Lodge, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
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Hiking Machu Picchu
$2,251
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Incas and Rainforest

10 Day Itinerary
  • Watch for wildlife as you canoe
  • Take a night hike though the Amazon
  • Discover the ruins of Machu Picchu
  • Observe traditional weaving
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, Land Tours, Local Market Visits, Rainforest Exploration, Village Visits, Wilderness Lodge Exploration, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
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