When I first arrived and went on a hike through the jungle, I thought that a 3-night stay would be too long. But it was just right! You need 3 dawns to see the really good stuff. I took my cool showers before dinner, and it was nice to clean off and cool off and put on clean, almost dry clothes. My husband took his showers right before bed and they were a little uncomfortable. I can't understand those who complained of cold showers before dawn: why wouldn't you want to wash off the insect repellant and mud before bed? So I didn't mind not having hot water.
Be sure to take nylon safari clothes, such as Royal Robbins. They are very comfortable to put on wet in the early morning and will dry some as you wear them. They are comfortable in the rain, too. Do not take cotton clothes if you can avoid it, as they will not dry at all while you are there. I wore my cotton clothes after my shower for dinner. There isn't much to do after dinner, and you have to get up at 4:00, so it was early to bed.
Our guide, Silverio, was wonderful. He is an enthusiastic bird watcher and taught us a lot. My husband and I and my sister and her husband had him all to ourselves. He woke us up before dawn, joined us for all our meals, and led us on our excursions. He loves travelers who want to learn. His English is almost as good as a native speaker.
I grew weary of the poor lighting in the rooms before bed, but other than that I did not mind not having electricity. There is a place in the dining room/bar to charge your camera, computer, etc. Our guide let me use his computer one afternoon so that I could get on the internet and check e-mail. It was very hot and humid, but we did okay. I felt a little self-righteous going without the little comforts.
This is no place for honeymoons! It is too hot to even sleep in the same bed (our room had a twin and a double bed.) There is no privacy at all. You can hear through the walls, especially in the bathroom.
I loved the open-air room. It was fun sleeping under the mosquito net. I took my book, book light, and watch inside the netting so I wouldn't have to find anything outside the netting in the extreme darkness. Be sure to bring a headlamp.
The hikes to and from the boats, carrying your hand luggage, are difficult, slippery, and there are no handrails. This is not a great place to visit if you are not fairly physically fit. You really wouldn't want to get hurt or sick in this remote area, at least 1.5 hours from the nearest town.
The food was fine. The bar was fun. This is not a luxury resort. But it's a wonderful, unforgettable experience and I'm so glad that I went.
- 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