The only thing I wasn't happy with at Posada Amazonas was that we only spent two nights there! The lodge was a perfect combination of rustic and comfort. I loved the open rooms -- waking up in the middle of the night to the sounds of the Amazon (and the occasional firefly flying past my bed, and the soft sound of wings flying past -- bats? owls?!?) is something I will remember for my entire life. And how else would I get great photos a a few dusky titi monkeys moving through the trees just outside our room? Our guide, Leny, was very knowledgeable about the plants, birds, amphibians, mammals, insects -- everything, really -- and answered all of our questions (considering three of the four of us in our group are wildlife biologists, that's saying a lot!).
Several of the people in our group of eight (our guide was assigned us four and two other couples) missed a few of the excursions, and I would strongly recommend against missing anything! I wouldn't have missed any of the trips they took us on -- the oxbow lake was incredible (giant otters! hoatzin! anis! aracaris! piranha fishing!), the trip to the tower was great (although some of us were hesitant at climbing that high!), the clay lick was awesome (two species of macaws!), the native plant/medicine tour was extremely informative, and best of all -- the night hike! Leny took us to see a female chicken tarantula in her burrow protecting her young (viewed from a safe distance, of course), and on the way back, we were buzzed by bats, tracked down a few calling tree frogs, and got to see a night monkey (apparently very rare) and a Brazilian porcupine foraging in the trees.
Obviously, the wildlife was my main interest and I was thrilled with what I saw. But beyond that, I found the lodge to be very warm, welcoming, and clean. The food was very good; and the staff was incredibly knowledgable, friendly, and helpful. The manager was very accommodating and quick to help when I (stupidly) locked my wallet in the safe without setting a combination...
We were in Peru for a little under two weeks, and looking back, I would have easily traded most of that time (excluding our hike on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu) for more time at Posada Amazonas. This was a trip of a lifetime, and I'm having a hard time deciding whether to move on to a new place/country for my next big trip, or return here.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Posada Amazonas is a 30 bedroom lodge owned by the Native Community of Infierno and managed with Rainforest Expeditions. Thanks to its accessibility, excellent wildlife observation opportunities, cultural context and comfortable accommodations, Posada Amazonas is ideal for a two night introduction to Tambopata's rain forests. It is located within the territory of the Infierno Community, built within the 2,000 hectare, private, communal reserve, which in turn is directly adjacent to the Tambopata National Reserve. Posada Amazonas was selected to be among the Best Eco Hotels in 2014 by Gogobot. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Posada Amazonas Hotel Tambopata National Reserve
- Posada Amazonas Peru/Tambopata National Reserve