Stayed here for 4 days on my tour of Peru.
Getting to this lodge wasn't very easy...Flight from Lima to Puerto Maldonado, the airport in itself was an experience.......
Then a short bus ride to the head office to drop off unwanted stuff...they actually gave me a small bag to pack some stuff in.
Then a 2-3hr boat ride to the lodge but we stop after 1hr to checkin at a central site. (toilet stop)
The boat ride was an experience.... of driving in the pitch black without lights but I guess these guys are skilled. Then a 10 minute walk to the lodge.
The lodge was nice, we had a welcome drink and was in time for dinner.
The manager explained the dos and the donts.
A guide is assigned to a group and he/she eats with you and decides on the time for the tours.
The room was pretty big, and the beds were comfortable.
I had visitors to my room at night but none was able to breech the strong mosquito net.
The bathroom was the best and there was hot water.
I had a hammock and slept in it...one afternoon.
I went for the superior room which had electricity until 10pm as wanted to charge my stuff but there is loads of chargers in the restaurant area to charge your stuff.
There is a safe in the room, and a whistle.....not sure what it was for lol.
There was wifi for a brief period.
The restaurant meals are served at set times...its buffet style and the meals were pretty tasty.
I notice that the food was pretty limited in quantity meaning one could not have seconds or thirds lol.
We did several walks.....one to the parrot clay-lick and we saw loads of green macaws.
One to a lake where sat in a canoe and looks around for wild life...one to a mammal lick but we didn't see any......canopy walk was very good, climbing a 25m tower, we had a good look at the scenery...and a few birds....
One trip to a farm and another on a medicinal trail.
All in all I loved this experience.
If you want to experience life in a lodge and traveling on the river with a relaxing evening then this is the place for you.
If you want to see a lot of wild-life then maybe this is not the place.....but there are loads of birds.
Make sure you have insect repellant as during the walks the insects can be a bit annoying. Remember to apply it to you face as several people in my group had bites to their face. Also spray the repellant on your clothes as well. I saw someone with a hat with an attached netting....I wish I had brought one of those.
If I had to do this again would have probably stayed at the closer lodge.
- 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