Twenty-five double occupancy rooms (50 beds) are arranged in two wings. Each room has private bath and hot showers, ceiling fans, electric lights, mosquito nets covering beds, and a 220V outlet with power in the AM and PM. Although rooms are fully screened in, walls do not extend to the roof so sound from neighbors carries between adjacent rooms. Meals are served in the large, thatched-roof central area that houses the dining room, bar, and reading area. Cooks prepare a variety of international and Peruvian dishes using fresh fruits, vegetables, meat, and fish. Vegetarian and special diets are provided on request. A selection of chilled non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages is available in the bar.
Compared to other lodges, lake excursions form a large part of a visit to Sandoval Lake Lodge, although during your stay you also hike on some of the 15 miles of rainforest trails in the area. Resident naturalist guides explain the ecology and natural history of the area and bring the rainforest alive. Most of your explorations from the lodge are aboard specially built paddle catamarans at dawn and dusk with expert naturalist guides. Guests usually see Black Caiman, Paichis (huge Amazonian fish that can grow up to 10-feet long), colonies of prehistoric-looking Hoatzin birds, plenty of other lakeside bird life, and six species of monkey including groups of up to 100 Bolivian Squirrel Monkeys who forage in the lakeside vegetation. Large groups of Red-bellied macaws usually swirl overhead or can be seen nesting in palm trees. And after dark, guests can experience the nocturnal life of the lake beneath a star-filled sky. Sandoval Lake has one of the largest populations of the endangered Giant Otter in southeastern Peru. The resident naturalist guides at the lodge are familiar with the daily movements of the otters and lead catamaran excursions that usually result in prime otter sightings. Guidelines are carefully followed to avoid disturbance and on occasion the otters fish in parts of the lake that are inaccessible to the catamarans, so viewing may not be possible.