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Amazon Refuge

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YanaYacu River, Iquitos, Peru
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Portland, Oregon
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2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were looking for a remote location where we could experience the true Amazon jungle. A 4 hour boat ride from Iquitos did the trick. Our interests were primarily birdwatching but we wanted to see any and all local wildlife. Our guide, WIlder, was very enthusiastic and skilled at finding and identifying birds and other wildlife. We could go out... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Unfortunately, we were unable to go to this lodge due to flooding in the area. The US contact, Mr. Bob Todd, was extremely helpful and accomodating, and he did the very best he could wtih a bad situation. We were told about the flooding well enough in advance of our arrival, and so we had time to make alternate plans.... More 

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WorldClassBob, Owner at Amazon Refuge, responded to this review

The Amazon River is currently experiencing one of the worst floods ever due to glacier melt in the Andes. Amazon Refuge is currently flooded and once the waters retreat we will need to make some repairs before reopening. We expect to reopen by the end of May or early June 2015. In the meanwhile all of our clients have been... More 

Bogota, Colombia
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

Easily the best experience I've had in South America so far. Putting a freshly caught alligator on the barbecue whilst camping in the amazon was as much jungle as I could possibly hope for. Wilder was an amazing guide; very knowledgeable and he did everything he could do to please us. Oh, and the fact that he can catch literally... More 

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WorldClassBob, Owner at Amazon Refuge, responded to this review

Tom, Thank you for your comments! So glad you enjoyed your stay and your kind words about Wilder have been passed on to him. We are working on making the bungalows cleaner by installing new tiles in the bathrooms with non-slip floor tiles. We have a double filtration system in the kitchen for washing dishes with cleanliness in mind always.... More 

Monterey Bay, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

Wilder is the full package! He is enthusiastic and eager to show you his native home. He is very knowledgeable and he uses all senses to find the object that he wants to show you. We were thoroughly challenged with different tours daily. Wildlife is abundant and we were spoiled with being the only ones around. Do not come if... More 

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Lima, Peru
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

If you are looking for a true and non-tourist experience in Peru’s Amazon region, this is it! The Amazon Refuge Lodge is located at the end of human habitation on the Yanayacu River. The trip from Iquitos to the port at Nauta will require 1+ hrs by road and then another 5 hrs to the Lodge by river. Your reward... More 

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WorldClassBob, Owner at Amazon Refuge, responded to this review

Hans, Thanks for your review, coming from a Forester and a local Iquitos resident that has been to several lodges in the area your review means a lot to us. That you have returned a second time is much appreciated. We have other guests that have returned three times. Now that the river is clear upstream on the Yanayacu there... More 

Seattle, WA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

Wow. Just Wow. We didn’t know what to expect on this trip. But the wildlife watching exceeded even our wildest expectations. If you want to see wildlife in the Amazon jungle, the Amazon Lodge is the way to do it. Our guides, Juan Carlos and Wilder were amazing. They managed to capture a 6 foot caiman and a big sloth... More 

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WorldClassBob, Owner at Amazon Refuge, responded to this review

Melissa, Thank you so much for your fantastic review! We are so pleased that you and your family enjoyed our remote Amazon lodge, Comments like yours make all the effort to make Amazon Refuge what it is worthwhile. The partners and Juan Carlos invite you to return and you will see some of your suggestions for improvements are already in... More 

Prague
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

If you are not a package tour type of tourist, this is your best bet for Amazon experience, its not so crowded and you are sure to get a personal experience of the rainforest. To me, our guide Wilder was an unbelievable person with a strong passion for his work. He had even caught a living anaconda just by hands... More 

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 157 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

A truly great experience. The Amazon Refuge is beautiful, the last inhabited place on the YanaYacu River, no-one passes, and you feel that it's just you, the jungle, and the creatures that live there. The noises of the place are incredible, the river literally jumps with fish, and the bird life is stupendous. In spite of all this activity, the... More 

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Rochester NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

I have been to the Amazon a few times, working with scientists. I returned this time as a tourist, and was very careful on which tour I booked because I wanted one that was deep into the region, small and very "un"touristy feeling. Regular tours with too many people in a boat, in too heavily populated areas are very common.... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

We were put on to this company through the Flying Dog Hostel in Iquitos and after visiting other companies decided to go on their 3 night 4 day Amazon Jungle tour. Our guide, Wilder was excellent and very helpful, funny and knowledgable. The accommodation was beautiful being right over the water while we were there as it was the end... More 

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