Our trip to the Peruvian Amazon was made easy by Rainforest Expeditions. Everything was professionally organised and excellent information was provided at all times. When there was a minor issue with the boat not arriving to take us from Posada to Refugio, the manager apologised, gave us a bottle of wine and then a free massage when we arrived at Refugio the next morning.
Our personal guide Nilton was fantastic. He was incredibly knowledgable and great company. His interest in the wildlife and forest was evident and anyone would be lucky to him him as a guide.
The rooms are in long buildings with no ceilings to enable airflow. There is no outer wall which provides unobstructed views to the jungle. Mostly this was fine as generally other guests were considerate and quiet. However, it should be noted that all sounds in the rooms can be easily heard so please be very considerate of your neighbours. One night there were some extremely loud Italian guests talking a full volume and banging in a door or something and it was a real problem.
Not all rooms have electricity either. Electricity is only for a few hours at night anyway, and I think the lanterns add to the 'jungle experience'. Take plenty of mosquito repellant, a rain jacket and head torches if you go. Food is plentiful and very good and the barman at Refugio makes the best pisco sours to be had in all Peru.
- 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