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“Who is the star here? Let Nature do the talking....” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Yacumama Rainforest Lodge

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Yacumama Rainforest Lodge
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Sargento Lores 149, Iquitos, Peru   |  
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Ranked #55 of 86 Specialty Lodging in Iquitos
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“Who is the star here? Let Nature do the talking....”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2005

I do have to say that I was unimpressed with the sustainability of this eco-tourism enterprise when it came to the relationships it had with local populations and villages. While the lodge boasts of positive contributions to Porto Miguel and the peoples indigenous to the area, there was a very real measurable lack of any sophisticated understanding of both what they should or could be doing; their REAL impact (or lack thereof) and the potential for positive influence on responsible social development. They were alarmingly uninformed and "winging it" in this area.

Having spent some time at this lodge, the central aspect that detracted from the experience was the lodge director. Without mentioning the individual by name, it could not be missed that there was a certain degree of megalomania at work. Guests were continually subjected to reviewing this individuals personal artwork, much of which was not relevant to the lodge or the rainforest experience, anecdotal reflections and personal life stories from this individual, and even what almost seemed a de rigeur sing along at the end of the visit, featuring - you guessed it - the director, mostly singing solo, and spotlighting his own personal tastes in music, along with (and consistent with his shameless dilettante force feeding of his other artistic pursuits) a near majority of his own musical compositions.

This was all a little surreal at times, and in an almost "Colonel Kurtz-esque" way, it seemed that this man has spent too much time in the isolation of this beautiful paradise where he was "king" of this lodge outpost - and after having been there in Peru for nearly a decade, the guy can still barely speak Spanish, definitely no where close to proficiency or fluency (I am fully fluent and am a more than fair judge of this.)

The facility is all that it purports to be, and the programmed experiences as well - they just don't tell you about this guy in the brochure.

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Address: Sargento Lores 149, Iquitos, Peru
Location: Peru > Loreto Region > Iquitos
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Ranked #55 of 86 Specialty Lodging in Iquitos
Number of rooms: 19

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