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Reviewed March 3, 2013

I had promised my son when he was young that some day we would go to the Amazon Rainforest. Twenty some years later we took this trip and the two of us will long be talking about it for years to come.

From the moment we landed in Iquitos there was our guide, Basilio, waiting for us. Pam took care of all the arrangements and did an excellent job with every detail. The food was great with lots of variety, with delicious fruits, rice, beans and the potatoes they prepared in different ways were so delicious. I always went back for more potatoes. We split our time with three nights in Explorama Lodge (my personal favorite), two nights at the more rustic Napo Lodge and one night at the Ceiba Tops. The rooms are rustic but comfortable at the first two lodges. The rooms at Ceiba have AC, electricity and hot water. It was fun to have a pool and AC the last night but I loved the oil lamps and hearing the sounds of the jungle which you can't hear with the AC at Ceiba Tops. Be sure to have your picture taken by the Ceiba tree. Our goal on this trip was to see as much wildlife (with an emphasis on reptiles and amphibians) as we could and Basilio seemed to know where everything on our list could be found. He spent five to six hours with us each day. Highlights were fishing for piranha, (the cook later fried it up for our lunch) the night walks, the canopy walkway, finding poison arrow dart frogs, and visiting the local village. Recommended reading before embarking on this trip is "La Doctora" by Linnea Smith the local doctor. It will give you a true taste of the culture and is a fascinating read.

My son and I can't wait to go back some day and we would only go with Explorama again.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 19, 2013

I just returned last night from a 5 day, 4 night stay at Explorama Lodge. I travelled with my husband and our friend. When we arrived at the Iquitos airport, our guide, Percy, was there waiting for us and he immediately set the tone for a wonderful vacation.

Explorama Lodge is located off the Amazon river on a tributary called the Yacumono River. It takes about 1.5 hours by boat to get there from Iquitos. For our first two nights at the lodge, we were the only guests (aside from some oil-company workers who were only around for dinner and gone working the rest of the time). We were made to feel welcome with a complimentary glass of cocona juice at the bar and a quick tour to orient ourselves to the place, and our welcome was completed with puppy hugs from the resident dog, Pirata, and inspection by the scarlet parrots that live on site.

The facilities at Explorama are quite basic: The main lodge/eating area and the bar have electricity for most of the day and are screened in. There is relatively good WiFi in the main lodge (you ARE deep in the Amazonia jungle, after all, you can't expect super highspeed!) a charging station there when your can leave your camara battery/phone/etc to recharge. Outside of those two buildings, the only light after dark was by karosene lantern, so don't forget your flashlight (like we did!)

The rooms contain two single bed with mosquito nets, screen-less windows, and walls that are open above 8 feet, so there is no sound barrier between your room and the others. Luckily, since we were there in the slow season, our group's two rooms were the only ones being used, so we didn't have any noise issues. Rooms have a private bathroom with walls and screens on the windows with cold-water-only showers. The lack of hot water for showering was probably my least favourite part about our entire stay. We made good use of the hammock area, often relaxing and reading there before dinner.

Everyday we were there we went on 2-3 excursions led by our guide, Percy. Highlights included pirahna fishing, a visit to La Isla de Los Monos (Monkey Island), swimming with pink and grey dolphins, a visit to a rum distillery, climbing the Canopy Walkways at NapoLodge, holding a baby sloth, day and night walks in the jungle, day and night canoe rides, visiting people from the local village and watching their traditional dances, and an afternoon by the pool at Ceiba Tops Lodge. The pace was just right; we never felt bored but we also never felt rushed or overwhelmed by the schedule. By the end of our trip, all three of us had checked everything off of our wish lists for what we wanted to see and do!

We were so impressed by the service we received during our stay. All staff were friendly and helpful, as was the doctor who lives at the lodge for half of the year and has a clinic nearby. Julio was our bartender most nights and he makes the best Cuba Libre we have ever tasted! However, our guide Percy was exceptional. He was personal guide to the three of us throughout our stay. Day after day he provided consistently excellent service and made sure we had the best time possible. His knowledge about the jungle and Amazon is extensive, and you can tell by the way he talks about it that he really loves it there and loves to share his home with visitors. His English is very good and he apparently also speaks German. His laid-back attitude made it easy to really get caught up in the present and enjoy every experience to the maximum.

Explorama Lodge is an excellent place to get an authentic jungle experience while still enjoying some comforts. If you are not looking for a rustic environment, stay at Ceiba Tops, otherwise we would highly recommend this place! Ask for Percy as your guide!

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed December 23, 2012

We took the recommendation of the guidebooks and booked with Explorama. We split our trip between Explorama Lodge and ExplorNapo.
This was not at all what I was expecting, but it was awesome. I kind of thought we'd be freely roaming in the jungle around the property, but that was definitely not on the menu. Everyone is assigned a guide, and that person basically accompanies you on all of your lodge activities: canoeing, piranha fishing, wildlife spotting, day treks, night treks, canopy walk, Yagua tribal visit, cane distillery, etc. We saw quite a bit of wildlife (insane insects, unbelievable butterflies, tons of monkeys, tarantulas, millipedes, a gazillion birds, lots of kinds of bats, river dolphins, etc) and really just enjoyed being out there.
We loved swinging in the hammocks to cool down. If you like lots of comfort (air conditioning, electricity, hot showers, etc) stay at Ceiba which is basically a resort. That was not the environment we were looking for, but be aware, at Explorama you'll be sleeping in a single bed, no electricity except in the main room during meal times, cold water showers only and the roof doesn't meet the building, so it's a bit open air. I loved that we heard tons of wildlife at all hours, but that might not be your thing.
Pirata the lovely pup was a sweet cutie, but watch out for those resident macaws. They attack and bite!!

Food is quite good, but a bit repetitive for vegetarians. I could definitely have gone for a little aji.

Lots of fun and a really unforgettable experience.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 4, 2012

Explorama Lodges are in really nice environment with friendly staff. Drinking water was provided for free and the food was great. However, the conditions are very basic. The best place to go is the ACTS field station Canopy walkway.
The mosquito nets are kind of nominal. If you sleep your night leaning on them accidentally, you can still be bit by a mosquito.
You can buy souvenirs from the lodges and supporting them support the local community.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed November 29, 2012 via mobile

Fantastic place to stay, simply loved every minute of it, except the intense hit and mosquitos of course.

You stay off the Amazon river in the jungle, with it encroaching right up to the facilities and rooms. The rooms are simple, but there are comfortable beds with mosquito nets and private barroom with cold shower. You will be glad that it is a cold shower as if you have one right before you go to bed it makes you feel nice and cool.

The food is great and you get huge servings. The drinks are also reasonably priced.

The guides are excellent, and if you book as a group, couple or solo like me then you get a guide all to your self for your whole stay. They are very friendly, fluent in English and are very knowledgable.

There are tones of walks that you can do, with the night walk being most fun as you can look for tarantulas and snakes.

Overal it was well worth the money and I would reccomend it in a heartbeat.

  • Stayed: November 2012
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