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“Tranquil setting in the Peruvian Amazon” 5 of 5 stars
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Pacaya Samiria Amazon Lodge
2.5 of 5 Lodge   |   77 Miles North East of Iquitos | Of. Iquitos Calle Jose Galvez 546, Iquitos 16301, Peru (Formerly Hatuchay Hotels-Pacaya Samiria)   |  
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Ranked #18 of 96 Specialty Lodging in Iquitos
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“Tranquil setting in the Peruvian Amazon”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2011

We stayed at this lodge for 5 days and had a memorable peaceful time. The accommodation is rustic and all the chalets have a river view. Check out the hammocks on your porch and in the very relaxing lounge. However hot water in the showers should be introduced using solar water panels. The grounds are well landscaped and the setting is quiet and restful. All the staff are extremely friendly and are very keen to make your stay special in all ways. The cuisine is varied with many local dishes to sample at the well stocked buffets. Our local guide was Rey and he was a direct employee of PSAL with an in depth knowledge of the area in terms of fauna, flora and culture. The Pacaya Samiria National Reserve is on the opposite bank of the Maranon River and is visited by boat trips which cruise through the many silent inlets and stop at many of the adjacent villages. Many of the lodge staff are recruited from nearby villages and visits to them are very easy going. The advantage of accessibility into nearby primary indigenous rain forest is a bonus but wildlife sighting is very rare as the forest is so dense and most of the time on walking trails is spent combating all the biting insects. The river excursions however are magical with excellent sightings of wildlife and the amazing birdlife. We must have seen over 100 species of birds during our 5 day visit. Rey arranged a couple of fishing expeditions - we are absolute amateurs - but it was great fun and we caught Piranha amongst other fish - the smaller ones were all put back. Experiencing the everyday life of the villagers who still live their lives totally on the river and basic agriculture from the forest was a highpoint and a treasured memory. The lodge is accessed from Iquitos via an 80 minute car drive on a well tarred road and then a 30 minute boat trip up the Rio Maranon, but only after a 40 minute detour to the confluence of the Maranon and Ucayali Rivers which is the start point of the Amazon River. We will always remember PSAL for its warm and friendly staff, the tranquil setting, the rainforest and the river, our brilliant guide, Rey, and the peaceful contentment so evident in the Amazon peoples.

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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Portland, Oregon
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2010

My daughter and I stayed here for 5 days, and had a wonderful experience. Our guide, Ray, picked us up at our B&B in Iquitos and we went by car to Nauta, about 1.5 hours. Then, we went up the Maranon about 1.5 hours by boat to reach the lodge, which is a collection of palm-thatched cabins plus a larger building that houses the dining room, kitchen and kind of a bar/relaxation area. The cabins are very comfortable but basic, with no ceiling fans and no hot water. Apparently, they are planning to add solar panels so they can provide these amenities.

Regardless, we had a wonderful time, especially camping overnight in the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, which is the size of Costa Rica. Of course, when you only camp one night, you don't get very far into the reserve. Next time, I would plan for 2 or 3 nights of camping, which allows you to go further up the Yanu Yaku river into the reserve, where you can see more wildlife. Also, our guide said the best time of year is January. The weather is essentially the same all year (you're almost at the equator), but the river levels are higher due to melting snows in the Andes, so you can go further into the rainforest by boat, and even see giant otters.

So, we weren't there at the best time of year, but we still saw lots of animals - a capybara, tree sloths, 5 species of monkeys including the endangered Saki monkey, tarantulas, caimans, turtles, pink river dolphins, grey river dolphins, many species of colorful birds, plus of course butterflies of all shapes, sizes and colors. The highlight of the camping trip was cruising in the Yanu Yaku river at night with fireflies lighting up the trees along shore. Alex saw a baby caiman, hopped out of the boat, caught it and brought it back for us to examine, then we released it back to the river.

Aside from the camping trip, we went fishing for piranhas, caught some and ate them for lunch. We visited some of the villages near the lodge and had a chance to talk to kids and teachers in the local school. We took a walk in the rainforest and saw poisonous tree frogs and tarantulas. Our guide, Ray, and the rest of the crew were amazing, especially river guide Alex and laconic helmsman McLinder. They were so knowledgeable and made us feel really welcome. If you can tolerate some heat, humidity and mosquitos and want to see some Amazonian wildlife up close, this is a great place.

  • Stayed October 2010
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Pasadena, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2010

Pacaya Samiria Amazon Lodge is picturesque, rustic and comfortable with helpful and knowledgeable guides. It is exactly what we had hoped for when we booked our trip to the Amazon.

Our guide, Oscar, was amazing at spotting and identifying wildlife. If we mentioned anything that we wanted to see or do, he seemed to arrange for it to happen…this included seeing sloth, howler monkeys, giant lily pads, pink dolphins and swimming in the Amazon River. He also spotted many varieties of birds and monkeys, as well as caiman, iguanas and giant frogs.

Another guide, Ray, shared some of his time with us. He was helpful, knowledgeable and sincere in his desire to help us have an amazing experience. He gave us a glimpse of his experiences growing up and living in the Amazon that enhanced our brief 5day/4night adventure.

The food was delicious, even when we camped overnight in the reserve. This was the highlight of our entire trip. The staff did everything to make certain that it was a comfortable and wonderful experience. That night in our tent, the sounds of the jungle were awesome and melodious. During the jungle walk, Oscar showed us many varieties of plants and trees and told us about their medicinal and other uses.

We used insect repellant whenever we went hiking, but it wasn’t necessary when we were in the boat or at the lodge. We appreciated the rubber boots and rain ponchos that the Lodge provided for hiking. The boots were protective and saved our shoes. As the Lodge suggests, bring a flashlight for after the power goes out at 10pm. They also provide laundry service.

The Lodge provided an incredible, authentic Amazon experience. The only things missing were those that belong in the city…TV, phones, bright lights, and air-conditioning.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Seattle, WA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2010

Our guide, Oscar, was fantastic! He is incredibly knowledgeable about the jungle and especially about all the different types and species of birds in Peru and around the reserve. Our hikes were very enjoyable and educational. His ability to spot and identify birds and animals from a 20-30mph boat on the river is amazing. He is also very accommodating to your needs and wants for your stay there.

The staff was also great in their efforts to make us feel comfortable and taken care of. The food was delicious!! They prepare breakfast, lunch, and dinner, even when you go out camping overnight in the reserve (we stayed for 5 days/4 nights). I especially loved the fresh juices all the time using all the fruits native to Peru and the jungle.

I definitely recommend this lodge for it's location, staff, cleanliness, and overall great experience to see the Amazon jungle.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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New Providence, New Jersey
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Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
161 helpful votes 161 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2009

We spent the final 3 days of our 2 week Peru trip at PSAL and it turned out to be the icing on the cake for us. We had an amazing time at the jungle lodge. The entire 2n/3d trip was handled very professionally by PSAL. The transport connections were all very smooth and comfortable - the airport pickup/drop-off, car trip to and from Nauta as well as the hours and hours spent on their speed-boat. The lodge itself is very comfortable and located in a very picturesque setting on the banks of the Maranon river. The food served to us there was probably the best we'd eaten at Peru. We are vegetarians and in spite of this, were served different ethnic-like dishes for each of our meals, as well as fresh juice from different, never-tasted-before local fruits. The stay unexpectedly turned out to be quite a culinary experience for us!

The excursions that we were taken on were incredible. We did one hike and 3 separate boat trips, including a night expedition. We saw several birds, animals and reptiles all in their natural habitats (dolphins, sloths, iguanas, macaws, toads, snakes, hoatzin, toucans - just to name a few, along with scores more of exotic, brilliantly colored birds). Our guide Rudy was an amazing wildlife spotter and tracked all of the above for us. He was also a stockpile of information on the PSAL jungle environment. I am not sure if PSAL guests can request a specific guide, but if you do, you can't go wrong with Rudy. I would highly recommend PSAL as a choice location for a visit to the deep jungle. Take plenty of insect repellent and dark colored full sleeved cotton shirts and track pants!

Stayed December 2008
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Los Angeles
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2007

I would NOT go here again or recommend anyone going here! There was hair on the pillows. The toilets were not flushable.

  • Stayed August 2007, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Chevy Chase, MD
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2007

We spent a terrific 5 days & 4 nights at Pacaya Samiria, including one night at its remote outpost lodge within the national preserve. Turned out we were the only guests so we had an excellent guide--Oscar--and staff of 4-5 people to ourselves. This is the place to stay (in Iquitos region) if you really want to see wildlife as opposed to just having a "jungle lodge experience". (We picked Iquitos rather than Manu or Puerto Maldonado because we didn't have to deal with high altitudes en route.) We saw an unbelievable number of fantastic birds, plus 5 monkey species, 2 kinds of sloths, an electric eel, tarantula, lots of tree iguanas, swimming lizard and more. The issue with nearly all these places is they're not-air-conditioned and there are plenty of mosquitos, but Pacaya Samiria provides decent screening/netting and a fan in your bungalow, at least while the power is on for 4 hours or so each evening. The facility is in good shape and very attractive. Sitting on the porch enjoying both the view and the breeze is what we did mostly when not out "on expedition". Food was good. Wine and beer were available. People were extraordinarily friendly and obliging.

  • Stayed April 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 77 Miles North East of Iquitos | Of. Iquitos Calle Jose Galvez 546, Iquitos 16301, Peru (Formerly Hatuchay Hotels-Pacaya Samiria)
Location: Peru > Loreto Region > Iquitos
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #18 of 96 Specialty Lodging in Iquitos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Pacaya Samiria Amazon Lodge 2.5*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Pacaya Samiria Amazon Lodge, we are located to 2.10 Hours aprox from the Iquitos City and 10 minutes from the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve. We have 8 comfortable bungalows that have been designed with the local architecture to conserve nature's majestic environment around us, all of them have a terrace to enjoy a panoramic view of the Maranon River and the reserve We offer a wonderful adventure in ecotourism activities at the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, also known as the forest of mirrors. See the wealth of wildlife that has: pink and gray dolphins, sloths, taricayas (river turtles), a variety of birds, etc. The experience also offers vivencial tourism, visiting communities working on protecting natural resources inside the reserve. We work doing social responsible with the descendants of the ethnic people (Kukama Kukamiria, in the Community of San Jorge,) we help them assess their culture and to be proud of it through the expression of art with their handy-crafts and preservation of their language. Our guests can participate in additional activities such as: -Observation of the birth of the Amazon River. -Liberating (taricayas) the local turtles, into the river during the month of October. -Making crafts with the PUA KAMATAWARA Association (working hands). -Massage session - PUA Kukama (Kukamas Hands). -Play of the mitologhy amazon - Magical Forest. ... more   less 
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