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Posada Amazonas
3.0 of 5 Lodge   |   Private Reserve within the Native Community of Infierno, Tambopata National Reserve 084, Peru   |  
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“Absolutely fantastic”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2007

I'm late posting my review - I can pretty much agree with everything Dave from Ottawa says. My husband and I went in September - it was dry and humid, but tolerable (I'm from Austraila so I'm used to humid!). The lodge is eco-friendly and suitable to it's environment and, except for the cold showers at 4am, I have only great things to say about the facilities. The food was nice and filling but they don't cater a great deal for vegetarians. The bar of an evening was a lot of fun, a nice way to get to know your lodge neighbours and the guides. Our guide was Cesar (also from the Infierno community) and he was a superb guide. He was funny, very proud of his heritage and extremely in touch with the jungle. I can't thank him enough for the 4 fantastic days we spent at the lodge, or for the truly amazing photos he took with our camera through his binoculars. We were sad to leave the lodge and to say goodbye to Cesar, but not for too long - we had a 4 day trek to Machu Picchu to look forward to!

  • Liked — The guides, the animals, the simpleness of the lodge.
  • Disliked — Lack of vegetarian food.
  • Stayed September 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2007

I've traveled almost everywhere around the world, and had many great adventures, and this rates as one of the most amazing experiences I've ever had. My wife and I (late fifties) stayed at the Posada Amazonas for 4 days in Feb. '06. This is the rainy season and we were aware of that when we booked it. After being met by our tour guide at the Puerto Maldonado airport, immediately on exiting the airport you are on a muddy pot-holed dirt road for about an hour to the boat ramp. Then it's an hour by motor boat up river to the lodge landing. Along the way, you see little sign of human activity, save for a passing boat or two. Then it's a 30 minute walk through the jungle along a muddy trail until the lodge emerges from a small clearing in the jungle. Thank God they had porters to carry our bags.

The large, simple but comfortable, rooms are in 3 or 4 buildings, very well constructed in the manner of the local indigenus people using local lumber, connected by wooden walkways to the main building that houses the dining room and lounge. Due to the excessive heat and humidity, the rooms are open to each other above the 8 ft. high walls, up to the rafters, and one side of the room is entirely open to the jungle, except for a wooden railing. The walls to the hallway are constructed of thin wood slats to allow maximum air movement. The "door" to your room is a small curtain. From the hallway, you can actually see right through the gaps in the walls into the rooms.

Our guide, Oscar, from the local Infierno community, was fantastic --- very knowledgeable about everything associated with the area and very dedicated. He lead us on several 2-3 hour hikes around the area. Before you start, you don a pair of rubber boots they provide. You need to wear long pants to ward off the mosquitoes, and cover bare arms with mosquito repellant (we took malaria pills, but it seems that malaria is rare in this area). You come back soaked in sweat, peel off your wet clothes, take a cool shower (one side of the bathroom is open to the jungle), and put on a dry clothes. After lunch, its back for another hike, but your only alternative is to put on the same damp clothes, even socks, because nothing will dry at all, even overnight! For 4 days we followed this routine, otherwise we would have need another suitcase each full of clothes. You could wash your clothes, but they will never dry in the rainy season -- it rains 2,3, 6 times a day for 10 minutes or 3 hours. Of course, they are not on the electricity grid in the middle of the jungle. They run a generator for an hour or two at lunch, and another 2-3 hours at dinner time. Hence there are no electric clothes dryers. Even the unused clothes in our suitcases got so damp that we had to spread them out iin our room overnight to dry when we got back to Cuzco. They light lanterns in the hallways after sunset that gives a very dim light into the rooms. Don't forget to bring flashlights! You'll be asleep by 9 PM and up at dawn. The food is not fancy but good - like home-cooking.

This is a famous macaw and brazil nut region. We saw several dozen red-and-scarlet macaws, especially at the blind they built back at the river bank where they gather at certain times of the day to lick the minerals in the high clay banks. Lots of monkeys, and birds (guans, hoatzin, toucans, parrots,..). A lot of agouti and tapir tracks. Frogs and lizards, river otters, piranha, and insects of all kinds -- army and leafcutter ants - facinating, bullet ants - a major hazard here - their bite is exceedingly painful for 24 hours, like being shot by a bullet, and we found one crawling on my wife!. On the last night, they showed us a dead 8 ft long Bushmaster snake as thich as your arm, a highly poisonous pit viper that is apparently dangerous only if you step on it.

The main activities are: a boat ride/hike to a raft on an oxbow lake, a 10 storey-high tower in the tree canopy, a brazil nut tree area, the river bank, by boat to the see the local shaman's medicinal garden, a hike to the blind to see the macaws and parrots, and a night walk to see the night frogs and insects.

However, for me the most amazing experience is to be awaken at sunrise by a rising cacaphony of the strangest bird and animal sounds, and then look out directly on the awakening jungle.

This is definitely not a place for sissies who like their cafe lattes and bubble baths in air-conditioned luxury hotels in the big city, but a truly unforgetable once-in-a-lifetime experience. Yes, you rough it big time here, but the lodge makes it as comfortable as possible in the circumstances.

As I told our guide when we departed, even though it was an awesome experience, we definitely won't come back. However, we would urge everyone we know to do it once!

  • Stayed February 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Posada Amazonas

Address: Private Reserve within the Native Community of Infierno, Tambopata National Reserve 084, Peru
Location: Peru > Madre de Dios Region > Tambopata National Reserve
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 16 Specialty lodging in Tambopata National Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Posada Amazonas 3*
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. ... more   less 
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Posada Amazonas Hotel Tambopata National Reserve
Posada Amazonas Peru/Tambopata National Reserve

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