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Refugio Amazonas
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Reviewed September 13, 2013

We were traveling to Peru as a family of 5 with children ages 16, 13 and 6. Our personal guide Saay was fantastic with the girls of all ages. Our 6 year old was glued to him from start to finish. His pure joy and excitment in the jungle made our walks into adventures. The facility was the most amazing way to "rough it" that we have experienced. The rooms were great... I never thought I could live by candles and flashlights. The main lodge was spatious and comfortable. The food was great and the staff was friendly. We especially enjoyed our afternoon soccer games in the jungle with the guides and staff.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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RainforestExp, Manager at Refugio Amazonas, responded to this reviewResponded September 15, 2013

In these rushing days everybody should try out to live by candles once in a while and Refugio provides a great spot for this with the background of the Peruvian Amazon.

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Reviewed September 12, 2013

We were touring Peru, Machu Picchu, Lima, Cuzco, Paracas and of course the jungle. My girls are aged 13 to 18 and we had great time with refugios. I was expecting harsh bug infested conditions but was pleasantly surprised by the cleanliness and comfort of the lodge. The food was delicious and plentiful. Our guide Pedro was awesome. He had an unbelievable ability to spot wildlife even at barely visible distances. Pedro was obviously "into" his guiding role. He took great pleasure in sharing his knowledge of the jungle and the nature abounding in it.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 9, 2013

Refugio Amazonas was fantastic. The lodge, the guides, the food, the activites - all exceeded my expectations- Highly recommended. Pff, even the mosquitos weren't that bad! The only thing I wasn't thrilled about but, is part of sleeping in the jungle, was the fresh speckles of bat droppings in the room every morning. The cleaners were great to take care of it everyday but that happened mid day. Overall, excellent experience and I would do it again with Refugio Amazonas.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 8, 2013

It is difficult to put into words how great was our Amazon experience. Our guide was superb and we were privileged to see so much wildlife including a sloth, a group of macaws, various groups of monkeys, a boa and a tarantula. The lodge itself is Eco-driven and there is limited electricity which was a little wearing by day 4 but everything else was perfect!

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with family
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RainforestExp, Manager at Refugio Amazonas, responded to this reviewResponded September 15, 2013

Thank you for your review. As our lodges are designed for low environmental impact we only have limited electricity run by generator: 7-9am, 12-1pm, 5-10pm to use internet and recharge any electronic devices.

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Reviewed September 3, 2013

This lodge more like camping out than a hotel, however, the experience is rewarding. Don't expect luxuries, like electricity. It is only available in the main lodge from 11-1 and 6-9. The sounds of howler monkeys and oropendolos more than make up for this.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 22, 2013

Can't recommend this place to stay highly enough. Don't be put off by the length of time it takes to get there (or the various modes of transport - minibus and boat) and definitely don't be worried about the "three walled rooms" - they're fantastic and there's simply nothing to be concerned about. The rooms are perfectly safe and it's just heavenly being lulled to sleep by the sounds of the night. Really, it's lovely. This is an extremely well managed place to stay; the staff are superb and the Guides, incredible. We had the joy of spending four days with Marie Carmen who's an absolute sweetie and one of the best you could possibly get. She's so knowledgable, friendly, great fun and has a wicked sense of humour. We all loved her - especially our teenage kids. But all the Guides are great fun. The food is excellent (don't know why someone talked about flies...ridiculous so please don't be put off by that comment). The rooms are beautiful and all the beds safely secured by mosquito nets at night. Take repellent for the day/evening time and you must remember to take good flashlights. Not only will you want them once the sun goes down and need to find something in your room (there's no electricity in the rooms - just candles and gas lamps on the window sills) but your Guide will offer you the chance to go for a short night walk in the jungle to look at various exciting things (such as Tarantulas - only if you want to) and you'll need a torch/flashlight/head torch for this. There's lots of different activities to do while you're there - biking through the jungle (fab), kayaking on the river (brilliant), canopy climbing up a very tall Brazil nut tree (32m high - amazing) etc. Go for it, embrace it and you'll just love the whole experience. There's a great bar with every spirit you can think of, beers and wine, free coffee all day long, chargers for your various phones/cameras etc and WiFi is available 2-3 times a day. Enjoy! It's one of the most special times you'll have in a jungle. We'd return in a heartbeat.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 21, 2013

Leaving Puerto Maldonado airport for bus ride that takes an hour ending up on a dirt road by the river. Transfer to a river boat for 2.40 hours, sail deep into the rainforest. Land and a short 10 minute trek to the Lodge. Wow, a true oasis. A wooden cane structure with wifi!!!!. Limited electricity, but candles provided, and you'll need a personal flashlight. The rooms are amazing, extremely comfortable and don't be wary of the lack of 4th wall that wall that opens out onto the jungle. It is breathtaking and very safe. You'll need a lot of mosquitoes protection. I never usually get bitten, but I was there, even with repellent. You'll just love the shower. Each room had an en suite, and a safe, some even ave a hammock.
The main lodge is where you eat and drink at the fully equipped bar. Loads of chargers or phones, cameras etc, but only at certain times when the electricity is on.
The food is excellent, not much choice, but it is plentiful and wholesome, but they do cater for individual allergies and food intolerances.
You are assigned to a small group of about six, and your leader, eats with you and plans three activities each day, one in the morning, one late afternoon and the other in the evening. You will have very early starts so that you have optimum chances of seeing the wildlife.
The treks through the jungle are very safe and your leader is very knowledgable and looks out for you.
I only took trekking clothes, but on reflection a casual pair of Linen trousers and blouse might have been useful, but not essential. This is not a dress for dinner kind of place at all.
I learnt such a lot about the great outdoors and eco systems, being a city girl it was so interesting.
The only drawback was that there was no outside space to sit in the sun, probably because it was too darn hot, and most were thankful of the shade.
It was a memorable place to experience the rainforest / jungle and I was sad to leave.
All the staff, from the welcoming manager to the industrious cleaners were charming personified.
Just loved it.

Room Tip: All the rooms were more or less the same. A flashlight would be valuable.
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  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with friends
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RainforestExp, Manager at Refugio Amazonas, responded to this reviewResponded September 8, 2013

Thanks for your nice review, we are very glad you liked your stay with us. We hope you can come again in the future and discover one of our other lodges. Next time you should ask your guide to bring you for a swim in the Tambopata River. There are no sandy beaches like in the Caribbean’s, it resembles more for a mud therapy but it´s a lot of fun and there are plenty of sun at the river as well :)

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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 64 Specialty Lodging in Puerto Maldonado
Price Range: $563 - $621 (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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