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“You can sleep and eat well in the jungle” 4 of 5 stars
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Iquitos city | Plaza de Armas, Iquitos, Peru   |  
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Ranked #25 of 96 Specialty Lodging in Iquitos
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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“You can sleep and eat well in the jungle”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

What a lovely place in the jungle!! It is just so nice to wake up in the morning to sounds of nature...birds, frogs, crickets, rooster, etc. You KNOW you are in the rainforest when you hear them all day long. Our room was clean and the bed was pertty comfortable. The windows look out to the forest of trees and nests...yes, there was one particular tree that was full of nests. I wish I knew what birds made them but I could see them flitting in and out of those hanging woven nests. Note the photo I posted here.

This lodge does not have electricity in the rooms but that was fine with me. Cold showers are good, too. You do have to take showers because your clothes can get pretty dirty after a day of trekking in the jungle and especially those chiggers that you will want to wash off as soon as possible. They provide kerosene lamps at night. Who wants to stay up late anyway? It's lovely to go to bed with the birds and wake up with the birds. And there were hardly any mosquitos in the room. I was very thankful for that because we were there towards the end of the rainy season.

There is a toucan in the grounds that makes himself at home at the lodge. He squaks at all the tenents and all the dogs. And at the tip of his his big beak it looks like he'd dipped it in a can of paint. So funny.

The food is great. Maybe it's because the jungle makes you hungry, I don't know. I only wish we could have had more Peruvian food instead of American mashed potatoes and Italian spagetti. I love their dinner "bell" by the beat of the drum. They even provide entertainment in the form of drum and guitar music and singing in the evening.

I would come back in a heartbeat.

PS If anyone knows what those birds are that make those nests, please let me know. Thanks.

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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Winnipeg, Canada
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70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

We did the 4 night, 5 day piraña tour! It was great but that's because we has a local snake expert on the trip with us!! He taught us a lot, he taught us about the green leaf viper snake! Then he found one for us to see!! The guide was super nice but he was a little quieter so he didn't tell us about things unless we asked. He did find a boa that was almost 4 meters long! We saw monkeys, dolphins, pink dolphins, birds galore, fished pirañas & he caught a caiman (small alligator), sloth, toucan, macaws... Also we caught a lot of mosquitoes!!!!! Bring spray!!!!!! All in all the rooms were basic, bed, shelf & small bathroom but I didn't go to the amazon to hang out in my room!!! Wonder waking up to the natural sounds of nature!!

Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Lima, Peru
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

From the moment we met at the airport, all the details were organized very well. 'Local taxi' trip to Nauta and boat to the lodge were on time and efficient. The lodge was basic but what do you expect in the jungle? At the lodge the people were very friendly, the food was great and the cold beer very welcome at the end of a hot day. Miguel was our tour guide and he made every effort to understand our interests and deliver. Highlights included swimming with the dolphins, seeing the monkeys and a 3.5 hour jungle tour with plenty of interesting things to see and do. After we returned to Iquitos, he even took us to the mercado belen to shop for some local produce.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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jacksonville,fl
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

We stayed at Cumaceba Lodge for three nights while in the Amazon. Oh boy, what an experience! Had a single bed bungalow, screened windows on every wall which allowed the night breeze to come through. Definitely a nice welcome to beat the humidity that is the Amazon. Cold water showers which was greatly appreciated given the heat and to my surprise, flushing toilets! I did have a couple of visitors in my room in the form of ants but hey, you're in the Amazon! The rooms are well screened to keep out the mosquitos but make sure you don't leave your door open for very long. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served daily once the drums are hit to let everyone know the food is ready. Meals are buffet style and are deliciously prepared: fish, rice and beans and other local dishes. Filtered water is provided daily. We would just refill our water bottles when needed. Spent our downtime relaxing on the hammocks but come evening time, make sure you are heavily armed with DEET. The mosquitoes are everywhere!! The sound of birds surround you day and night. Very peaceful. No electricity except during certain times in the evening. You are giving a lantern to take with you at night for the bungalow. Organized tours include piranha fishing, a visit to Monkey Island where you can hold monkeys and even a sloth! We also took an afternoon hike through the Amazon where we visited a local tribe. The guide and service staff are outstanding! Truly a worthwhile experience!

Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

The lodge is very pretty, clean and surrounded by jungle sounds. The rooms are clean and well protected from mosquitos, nice view to the jungle trees. Comfortable. The staff is always there for whatever you need. The food is very well prepared, varied and authentic to the region. Delicious. The drinking water could be colder. Our guide Golber taught us a lot about nature, animals and traditions and He was always there for us. The highlight for us was the Rescue Center where you can play with monkeys, sloths and an Anaconda. Magical and Unbelievable experience. Cumaceba expeditions offers you all you want for a reasonable price. We also stayed at their hostel in town, good price and service and they take you to the airport too. We would definately choose them again if we went back.

  • Stayed October 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Chino Hills, California
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23 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

The owner has similar lodge in the area with about team of 16 guides, the lodge like many others are located 45min by boat from Iquito, all the excursions are within 1 hours from where you stay. This is not your typical "resort" ( is not like Costa Rica's if you know what I mean), from the food to the room to tour, is a experience, so be open minded. However, when they said buffet style meal, actually is already proportioned sized and self service, not that you have choices. Any drinks are additional, Eletricites only from 6 to 9pm ( so run 4 you plug to charge up!) , water goes out when too many use at the same time. Dont expect room to be cleaned everyday or towel to be changed. asked for extra roll of toilet paper( hard to get).. keep lots of small changes..you will need it for most place they take you since they ask for "tips".. oh, repellent is a must, the mosquitos bites can make your hand twice as big....
The good side, we had a knowledgeable guide Luis, great sense of humor , keep us entertain in long walks. Lunch with the monkey on the table, 6ft long snake hanging on top of our dinning roof certainly is unforgettable. The view of the lagoon by the lodge is breath taking, all the animal encounter certainly is unforgettable. Overall is great way to learn the Amazonia; once in a life time experience, but once is enough since lots of it felt "staged"...

Room Tip: Choose a room away from main hall, or the foot steps will annoyed you, bring Repellent, sunscreens...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Pamplona, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2013

We stayed in the Piranha Lodge for 4 days and 3 nights. It is in the amazon reserve Pacaya Samiria. Our guide Luis was very knowledgeable, not just about the jungle but also about life in Peru or ÿpolitics.He was one of the best guides we have ever had in our years of traveling. The employees always went out of the way to make our stay as pleasant as possible. For example, they asked us about food preferences and took note about what we liked, they also washed our shoes from the mud. The food was delicious, the fish was fresh and caught that same day in the jungle. We saw groups of 30 or 40 monkeys, different kinds of monkeys, caimans, dolphins, snakes, tarantulas, iguanas, tons of different birds. we swam with dolphins in the Amazon river, fish piranhas and went to a village of natives . Overall, it was a tremendous experience and I recommend to anyone wanting to balance price and a great Amazonian experience.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Iquitos city | Plaza de Armas, Iquitos, Peru
Location: Peru > Loreto Region > Iquitos
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Kitchenette Restaurant Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #25 of 96 Specialty Lodging in Iquitos
Number of rooms: 28
Also Known As:
Cumaceba Hotel Iquitos

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