I am a singel parent traveller who spent a month backpacking around peru with my daughter this summer (age 10). We finished off our trip with a trip to the Peruvian Amazon. We stayed in 3 different lodges, and this one was by far the best!
We stayed two nights here, and the food was great, the rooms were great (open to the wilderness), and although the bathrooms/showers were shared, they were kept impeccably clean all around the clock!
The hikes and lookout tower at this lodge were the best of the three we visited. We were able to see the infamous clay lick on our second morning there. the guides were fantastic in pointing out all of the mccaws, parrots, parakeets, and so many more beautiful birds. It was definitely worth the super early morning trek to set up!! We were also able to see a few caimens trolling in the water that morning..but the spectacle of the all of the birds feeding on the clay lick was a memory I will not forget!!
On our hikes we were able to see many, many things..some highlights were: wild boars, cappuchet monkeys, spider monkeys, red howler monkeys, tarantulas, a rainbow Boa (not very common to see!), lots of leaf cutter, army and bullet ants, butterflies and birds...the list goes on!! We had a fantastic guide (Uriel) who did his best to find is as many animals as we wanted to see on our list! we were able to see a large family of the River Otters as well which are becoming increasingly hard to see. It was a great stay!
The lodge itself was clean and staffed with lovely people. the food was great (and I am vegetarian), the ambiance was wonderful. It was really nature based including the biodegradable soaps and shampoos that they provided the guests. this is a place that truly cares about the environment.
NOTE: Make sure you take a pair of flip flops or slip on shoes for this lodge as all boots/hiking shoes must be left at the entrance..this keeps the lodge much cleaner, but you want something on your feet for walking around to the washrooms, dinner, etc.
My daughter's favorite part was the hammocks in the common area...lovely place to hang our and read a book!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Refugio Amazonas is the latest addition to Rainforest Expeditions Tambopata portfolio. As a charming 32 bedroom lodge, it is well placed immediately adjacent to the Tambopata National Reserve. Its location is ideal for stand alone three night experiences and for breaking the expeditions to and from Tambopata Research Center. Refugio Amazonas is built on a 200 hectare private reserve on the buffer zone of the Tambopata National Reserve. It is becoming integrated to the communities of Brazil nut extractors that surround it, attempting to extend the benefits of ecotourism to the families committed to sustainable forest use. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Refugio Amazonas Hotel Puerto Maldonado