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Tour Of The Tres Chimbadas Oxbow Lake

The beautiful place Tres Chimbadas oxbow lake is a smaller horseshoe lake if you compare it with other lakes in Tambopata, such as Lake Sandovalo and Lake Valencia, but it is also an ideal place to observe wildlife, especially Giant River Otters and birds aquatic and enjoy views of lush vegetation around the banks.

This oxbow lake is 2 km long, 800 m at its widest point and 3.5 m in the deepest parts. Its waters are a dark green color.

Around the lake, on one side, visitors can see various types of tropical trees such as Hymenaea (or “Sugar Huayo”) that can grow up to 50 m in height, cordonillo plants that are known for their anesthetic properties and are used by some locals for toothache, in addition to fruit trees and timber. There are also palm trees that grow in some parts of the lake.

However, the main reason why people visit Tres Chimbadas Oxbow Lake is to have the opportunity to see the resident family of Giant River Otters that can often be seen here fishing or playing in the early hours of the day.

Tres Chimbadas Oxbow Lake: Home of the Giant River Otter


The Giant River Otter (scientific name: Pteronura brasiliensis) is the largest species in the mustelid family, which includes otters, weasels and ferrets. It is an endemic species of South America, the warm climate and the great rivers with all their fish, are their habitat.

The Giant River Otter, by its extremely social nature, live in families of 3 to 8 individuals, and has even registered families of 20 individuals that hunt together and otters that have traveled 520 km to find a mate.

The Giant River Otter, not having a natural predator, competes with the black alligator for the title of the maximum predator of the Amazonian lakes (cochas), and it is known that these species even come to face physically.

Their main food is the fish of these oxbow lakes, contributing to the trophic balance of the aquatic ecosystem.

You can see this beautiful species in Tambopata, exactly in TresChimbadas Oxbow Lake, our guides will also let you know more about this beautiful species, like the endangered danger they are in, since there are currently only 5,000 copies worldwide .

Help us to conserve this beautiful species, it does not cost you a click, do not wait for someone else to do it for you.



We have experience in trips through the jungle of Puerto Maldonado, come to know the National Reserve of Tambopata.

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