I so enjoyed the entire experience being the nature lover that I am. As others have commented it is a long journey only to find that your room has no electricty and your days start very early. That was in and of itself the magic of this paradise.........the journey was the destination. From the moment we landed at the airport in the pouring rain I knew I was to have the most amazing experience ever. It is afterall the Rainforest but we were lucky & had rain only at nite during our stay. We experienced the start of a spectacular thunder storm while on a late afternoon hike that lite up the sky like no other.
We were greeted with smiles & welcomes at every juncture of the trip. Even hanging out at the port waiting for the rest of the group that would join us was nice........petting the kitty's, walking the grounds, checking out the maps and talking with the locals. One of the first things I noticed was the hand towels (instead of paper towels) outside the bathrms..........I feel deeper in love with this region as I realized these people are indeed "walking the talk" and doing everything they can to save the precious jungle.
Honestly my friends it should be mandatory for every ugly American to take this journey to realize how important sustainability is & how we are negativly impacting our enviornment.
We saw a pair of Macaws up close as they flew together in perfect unison right by us at the top of the canopy tower. A sight our guide said was rare. We caught & released Piranha's, ate termites from their nest on a jungle hike & saw the most amazing flora & fana in the entire world. This truly is a special place.
We got glimpes of monkies high in the trees & I must admit my hope was to see more of them but the animals here are not feed & tempted out of their natural habitats as it should be. If that's the experience you want I would recommend the zoo.
I often close my eyes & wander back to the jungle sounds of the nite & find peace and joy in my heart............
- 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