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Refugio Amazonas
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Reviewed January 12, 2008

This place is fantastic. We stayed for several nights in May 07 and had a great time. We had a guide, Omar, for the two of us and his knowledge of the plant and animal life was great - we thought he must be making it up but he would show us the species cards and he'd got it spot on everytime.

I like the outdoors but I'm not keen on snakes or creepy crawlies so although I really wanted to do this trip I was a little apprehensive (especially of the open rooms). There was no need to worry, the experience was magic, not scary in the least and a much bigger highlight for me than Machu Picchu.

We were out 2 times every day for several hours and on 2 of the days we did an extra trip - one night walk and caymen spotting by boat in the evening. If you have a chance to do a night walk, then take it, its so different from being out during the day.

The rooms and communal areas are great as is the food. The open sided room was a special touch and my pre-trip fears of being invaded by animals large and small were unfounded. The noise of the insects (?) at night was amazing - it makes you realise how loud silence can be! Lights go out at about 9.30pm and according to my partner I was asleep within seconds! We had a thunderstorm one night which did wake me (glad it did, it was great) but he rest of the time I got great sleep. Getting up at 4/5am was nowhere near as bad as it sounds, your breakfast's on the table waiting and pretty much all you need to do is
pull on your wellies and go! Mozzie netting is provided and rooms were
pristine. My best bits of advice:
i) don't worry about animals & bugs in your room - it didn't happen
ii) bring mosquito repellent
iii) try the cocktails at the bar

...and don't complain at the bar that they only have Peruvian wine when you really wanted Chilean - you're in the Amazon Rainforest. (Arghhh, don't know who they were, just their nationality!!)

  • Stayed: May 2007, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 3, 2008

This lodge had one of the most beautiful facilities I have ever stayed in for an ecolodge, however, their staff was noticeably sub-par. Most or all of their guides also happen to be scientists doing their own research in the area, and pay their lodging by doing tours for tourists like ourselves. Sadly, they were much more interested in their own research and seemed to loathe the clients who were paying exorbitant sums to stay in the lodge and fund their research. If you dont mind a little rude treatment and disdain from your guide, there is a lot to see here and a beautiful lodge to stay in.

  • Stayed: August 2007
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5  Thank Quizzo
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Reviewed October 31, 2007

We visited Refugio Amazonas during Oct 2007. We stayed for 3 nights 4 days.
Since the first and last day are used up for travel, you effectively have only 2 days and 3 nights. I would recommend the 3N/4D program, anything less than this would mean, missing a lot of fun!

Who should go there?
anyone who looves jungle
those who want to see animals and birds.
those who can walk/hike for 2-3 hours without complaining.
those who can live in non-resort type lodges!
those who can wake up at 4am everyday, go for hike and see animals.
those who can take a ice-cold shower!! (dont worry, its not that bad.. you just have to take bath immediately after you come back from a hike. dont wait to cool down)

what we liked best
1) great food. it was served at 5am, 1pm and 7pm.
you can get coffee and herbal tea at all times.
they also give you fruits (bananas, local fruits) if you are hungry in the middle.
2) nice bar. it was cozy.
prices are reasonable if you are used to US$$ . A beer costs 3-4$. a cocktail costs 4$. a bottle of wine (medium size) costs 7$
water costs 1$
3) love the location. its remote. and that means, you see more birds ( we saw lot of Macaws, capybara, lineated woodpeckers, caimans, toucans, flycatchers, ora pendolas, red howler monkeys, dusky titi etc.. and lastly we were lucky to see a juvenile jaguar)
4) we had a great guide, who spent every single waking moment with us. and was patient, and answered all our questions. and helped us see birds and animals
5) canopy tower - it amazing to be on top of this tower and see the jungle canopy. we spotted some macaws which flew very close to us. we even saw the blue and gold macaw.
6) service: it was a 5* service for a jungle location. people were nice, friendly and happy.

what could be better
1) lunch could be a bit early, we were usually tired and hungry by 12 (since we ate our bfast at 5am!!).
2) all rooms are divided by partition walls. and we could hear our neighbours. we didnt mind it, except that, the restrooms were sharing walls with other rooms and it was very awkward!!
they could just put a false ceiling only for the restrooms. that would help

  • Stayed: October 2007, traveled with friends
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2  Thank san_gee
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Reviewed June 27, 2007

We spent 5 days at Regugio Amazonas which is the newest of the Peru Nature lodges. It was 3 hours up river from Puerto Maldonado. The lodge and 2 outer buildings (hotel rooms) were new, very clean. What we loved was the fact that our room was open to the jungle elements....a big picture window with no glass or screening. Amazingly enough few insects in our room. Two double beds in the room with mosquito netting and a large bathroom. Showers are cold water only, which I thought I would have a hard time with, but after a day of tramping through the jungle, the cold shower felt really good. There is no electricity with the exception of a power generator for a few hours in the evening for guests to charge their batteries. At night the lodge and rooms are lit by kerosene lamps and candles. All of our meals were very good and there was always plenty to eat. We went out at 4 a.m. two of the mornings to experience the bird canopy and to search for howler monkeys (which we did see - wow!) and we were gently awoken by a staff member lighting the kerosene lamps and calling our names. Our guide, Gilbert, was excellent. He was amazing....he would sense/hear something while walking through the jungle and bring our attention to the wildlife. Enjoyed the activities - walking through the jungle, pyrahna fishing, bird watching, etc. On our trip up to the lodge was saw cayman and some macaws. Unfortunately did not see any macaws at the clay lick.

An experience that we will remember for a long time, which was made better by the staff and our guide, Gilbert.

  • Stayed: May 2007, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank Robin L
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Reviewed April 11, 2007

25 minute flight to PM. Great views of the jungle throughout the ride. Breathing was easier in PM since it is only 400 feet above sea level. However, it was over 90 degrees and very humid. We were picked up by Rainforest Expeditions and taken to their base operation, about 5 minutes from the airport. We switched to a larger bus and went along one of the bumpiest roads I have ever been on for about 45 minutes. Along the way, we stopped twice and picked up a fruit and a root of a plant. (A couple of day later, we used these to make natural dyes and painted T-shirts). We stopped at the Infierno indigenous people’s camp, where we transferred to a long, wooden boat powered by a small outboard motor. By this time, it was about 2:30pm.

We then took a 3 hour ride upstream (south) along the Tambopata River to Refugio Amazonas lodge. The ride was interesting but long. Our guide, Gilbert, pointed out several things along the way including caimans, capybaras, and spectacular birdlife including macaws. We stopped twice along the way. The first stop was at Rainforest Expedition’s first lodge, Posadas Amazonas to drop off supplies. The second stop was at a check point on the river. It is possible to get out at the check point for a bathroom break.

We arrived at Refugio Amazonas at dusk. The only indication from the river was a long flight of stairs up to the jungle from the river. We wearily walked up the stairs and into the dense, dark jungle. Flashlights were essential for the walk. About five minutes later, we came upon the lodge, exquisitely lit up by oil lamps. The main lodge consisted of soaring beams and wide open spaces. The first floor has some chairs and tables, the dining area, a bar, toilets and a gift shop. The second floor had a large open area with several hammocks.

After a brief orientation, we were led to our rooms. The rooms are located about 50 yards from the main lodge along an elevated walkway. The rooms were beautiful but extremely simple and spartan. Curtains are used instead of doors. Bamboo walls separate each unit and there is not ceiling on individual rooms. There is no wall on the back of the lodge. You are 20 feet away form the jungle. The bathroom had a fully functional sink, toilet and shower, but no hot water. All lighting is via candles and oil lamps. Based on this description, you’d think that bugs and other animals would be crawling all over the place. Inexplicably, there were virtually no bugs in the room or in the main lodge as well. The architecture of the lodge is so well done, that bugs are simply not attracted to the interior spaces. We found a frog in our shower, and things definitely come into the room at night if food is left out. The mosquito netting is essential and I strongly recommend putting bug spray on your hands and feet before bed. My foot ended up next to the netting the first night and I received about 15 bites on my right foot through the screen.

  • Stayed: April 2007, traveled with family
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Stayed: November 2017, traveled with friends
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  • Stayed: September 2017, traveled as a couple
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Address: Av Aeropuerto | La Joya km 6, Puerto Maldonado 084, Peru
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Location: Peru > Madre de Dios Region > Puerto Maldonado
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 63 Specialty Lodging in Puerto Maldonado
Price Range: $561 - $706 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Refugio Amazonas 3*
Number of rooms: 32
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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