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!!)
- 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