I have to admit, I was a bit apprehensive about our upcoming stay, especially after reading the review by Nisha P indicating her experience was terrible. Let me just say that I am NOT into insects either. In fact, I've been known to run screaming from room if surprised by buzzing sounds. So you can imagine that this vacation was going to be a stretch for me. But we did our research and I understood going in that this was an open-air, low-tech eco-lodge and I was ready!
The experience was amazing! Yes, there were insects...it is the middle of the rain forest after all. But they were not a big deal and I only left with one mosquito bite and a short run-in with a cicada.
Our guide, Natalia, was great! She had a great sense of humor and took the time to show us things along each walk. She was also very patient and encouraging since I'm terribly out of shape and some of the walks were tough for me.
The sounds and sights of the jungle were also incredible, including the two agouti (not rats as described by Nisha P) that would pop out of the forest occasionally to look for brazil nuts and to check us out.
My advice? Do your research and know that this is not a Marriott in the middle of the jungle. It is an amazing, unique experience that you will love. We certainly did!
- 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