We had two very different experiences here (stayed one night on the way to and one night on the way from Tambopata Research Center). On the way up we were awe-struck. Its a massive lodge, immaculate, with all the comforts you'd expect of a lodge with easy access. They make it look easy in the middle of the jungle. We had a relaxing evening, very low-key and enjoyable. They prepared a delicious Christmas feast and the next morning we did some hiking before continuing to TRC. Coming back I think we were spoiled by the smaller quieter lodge and on our way back it seemed like Refugio was over run by whiny families with feral children. This wasn't an issue, just something I noticed. The day on the way back showed me that this place is probably better for people wanting a "light" adventure experience with small children. We were happy to have spent our time in TRC, less amenities but being isolated in nature was our goal. We had one inconvenience that we barely noticed but the lodge manager pounced to fix it and gave us some free cold drinks to apologize. They really do everything in their power to make your stay enjoyable and I've only been impressed with Rainforest Expeditions and the people they have working for them.
- 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