Heath River Wildlife Center


On this trip to Heath River and Sandoval Lake you’ll find pristine rainforest and the most comfortable wildlife lodges in the Upper Amazon Basin. They offer a combination of distance and accessibility by airport and then through the local river system.

Our two lodges are within the reserves of Tambopata and Madidi, between Peru and Bolivia. Madidi National Park in Bolivia has a total of 18,900 km² (7,297 mi²), while reserves adjacent, Candamo and Bahuaja Sonene across the border, account for more than 13,700 km² (5,290 mi²). Together they form the second largest area of nature conservation and are by far the most biologically diverse of all South America.

In the Heath River Wildlife Center we witness one of the most exciting sights of nature; a gathering of brightly colored macaws and parrots on a clay lick along the Heath River. The area offers numerous activities to occupy yourself during your visit. You can admire wildlife along the trails in this remote jungle, and perhaps view the mammal clay lick and the elusive Tapir, the largest mammal in the Amazon. There is an amazing diversity of environments that can be experienced in the short walk from the river to the Pampas of Heath; a trip that passes through a nesting place for the Blue and Yellow Macaw.

At Sandoval Lake you can enjoy a more relaxing experience with a short hike on the trails or a pleasant boat ride around the lake. The lake is extraordinarily beautiful and rich in wildlife; home to a family of giant otters, numerous monkey troops, and a variety of birds.

Monday and Thursday
5 Days
Amazon, Peru


Inclusions & Details

Accommodation Standard

All meals during your stay

Activities as per itinerary

Transport as per itinerary

Difficulty Rating 1 (easy)
Single Surcharge

Available upon request


Please note all itineraries may vary slightly to maximise wildlife viewing. This will depend on the reports of our researchers and experienced naturalist guides. The lodge is located on the Bolivian side of the Heath River so passports will be required to pass Bolivian security checks. Please contact us for more details.



Price Dependent upon

Season and availability


Chimu Adventures undertakes a number of sustainability measures within its operations including:

1) Only using local guides and office staff to both maximise local employment opportunities and minimise carbon footprints. Local guides also ensure you benefit from the intimate knowledge, passion and culture of the country you’re visiting.

2) Where possible, using locally owned and operated boutique hotels to maximise the return to the local community.

3) Chimu’s “Pass it on” programme has provided funding to hundreds of local community projects in Latin America. Our aim is to empower local communities, helping them to develop their own infrastructure for the future. Since 2006, we have been working with Kiva (a well-known Non-Governmental Organisation), providing hundreds of loans to local businesses all over South America.
4) In our pre tour information we provide a range of tips and advice on how to minimise your impact on both local environments and communities.

5) Chimu Adventures’ offices also take a number of sustainability measures including carbon offsets for company vehicles and most staff travel. Chimu Adventure’s internal processes are also structures to create a paperless office and to reduce waste. There are also internal programmes to help staff minimise their carbon footprint such as our staff bike purchase assistance plan which encourages office staff to commute to work via bicycle. Currently almost half of our office based staff commute to work via bicycle.

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Accommodation & Pricing

Standard PETSSLMC-STD AUD 1850

The below hotels are our preferred options for the respective tour standards mentioned above. Hotels can easily be changed at the customers request. We also note that in some cases our preferred hotels may be unavailable and in those circumstances we may need to provide an alternative hotel of a similar standard.

 Heath River Wildlife Center - Puerto Maldonado
Standard 4 Nights - All Inclusive Program Room
The wild Heath River marks the remote Amazon-region border between Peru and Bolivia. Bordering two radically different ecosystems of rainforest and lowland savannah, it runs through the heart of the Tambopata-Madidi reserve areas of Peru and Bolivia, a vast and largely inaccessible wilderness totalling more than 13,700 sq. km./5,290 sq. miles. Heath River Wildlife Center is the only eco-lodge on this river. And it offers the world's only large macaw clay lick reachable in half a day from a jetport with daily connections to the outside world.

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