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.
- 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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- Pacaya Samiria Amazon Hotel Iquitos