I've narrowed down my search for accommodation in the Amazon to either Inkaterra (a bit expensive) and Posada Amazonas. We only have 2 nights in this region so the fact that both these lodges are easily accessible from Puerto Maldonado is a big plus.
However, I came across a review which has freaked me out a bit, i've copied and pasted the worst part here:
In case you didn't know this lodge is set among the home of the Brazilian wandering spider. This spider is rated as one of most deadliest in the world. Your room is open and exposed to the jungle and it's critters. So after returning from the lodge and unpacking my bag I put my hand in my bag and lucky at the last minute I see a big spider and back away. I call over the guide who becomes very nervous about the spider and gets it out very carefully and tells us to stay away. He then tells me it was one of these wandering spiders. Not once at any stage of our stay or tour were we warned about this spider or checking our bags or rooms etc. Unacceptable and very dangerous.
After a bit of research I found out if this spider bit me I probably would be dead given the remote location and lack of medical facilities. Not a nice feeling at all."
Does anyone know any other info about this and how safe it is to travel in the area? we would love to experience the amazon, but definitely want more of a 'tourist" than "adventurer" experience...sorry if i sound like a scaredy-cat but i've never been good with the creepy crawlies...