I hate to have to write such a negative review, but feel that people paying for this lodge need to know about our experience. The staff here were actually quite good, but I feel that the problems I am describing below are a result of poor management.
First of all, our family of 6 arrived at Christine's office in Puerto Maldonado, and were shocked at how dirty it was. The walk to the office was littered with fermented mangoes and stunk terribly. We honestly never experienced anything this bad in our 3 weeks in Peru.
The lodge itself is actually quite nice, except that it is set quite a ways back from the river. Therefore, you have no water or sunset views. On a positive note, the food and Lillian the chef were excellent during our entire 4 night stay.
The tours of the jungle were very disappointing. We have been in a lot of jungles, and this is definitely only second growth jungle. The treetops are not very high at all. We were fortunate enough to see 3 types of monkeys, lots of parrots, a sloth, tarantula, and some rats.
On one of our tours into the jungle, our guide lost the trail, and left us for at least 30 minutes off the main trail. We had to bush whack our way back to the trail for a good 30 minutes after that. On the next day, we got dropped off at a trail to see the animal clay lick. Unfortunately, there were no animals to see, so we returned to the river where we had been dropped off. The guide and boatman had not communicated well enough, and we were stranded on a muddy river bank in the hot sun for an hour. Then the boatman nearly flipped us over in the river. Upon our return to the lodge, we heard that the owner's son was there. Given that there were only a handful of people at the lodge, we thought it was quite odd that he never made an effort to welcome us or at least apologize to us for the stressful experience we'd been through.
I would definitely not recommend this lodge if you want to have a good adventure in the jungle that is a decent value. We paid $100 per person per night, and it was the worst experience we had in all of Peru.
- Also Known As:
- Inotawa Lodge Peru/Tambopata National Reserve
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- INOTAWA started its operations of eco- tourism in the Tambopata national reserve (RTAMB) in 1998 by visiting the sites that can be found at the margins of the Tambopata River. These are Tres Chimbadas Lake, the La Torre Lakes, Cocococha lake, La Torre parrot clay lick, Chuncho and Colorado clay licks and El Gato creek.In order to offer comfort to our guests during their visits we constructed inotawa lodge situated in the sector La Torre in the buffer zone of the Tambopata national reserve and surrounded by an area of private conservation (ACP) with pristine forest and natural bamboo patches that host a large variety of birds, mammals, insects and reptiles.Inotawa lodge is constructed with traditional materials of the Amazon. Palm leaf thatching, timber and bamboo maintain an architecture that blends in perfectly with the surrounding nature and the gardens full of medicinal and ornamental plants.The infrastructure consists of 16 rooms with private bathroom, a dining area, a bar, a hammock area, a web of trails, kayaks and bicycles. In short, everything necessary to offer safe, high quality service to our tourists with social and environmental responsibility.INOTAWA is a family business run by naturalists that also develop projects with the inhabitants of the “La Torre” sector. We think this to be the best manner to give a sustainable use to the area. ... more less