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Reviewed November 17, 2008

My husband and I traveled with our four children (ages 8-11) to Peru this past June (2008). We went from Lima to Puno, and many places in between. Though there was so much to see and love, I would have to say that the kdis favorite place over our three week journey was the Refugio Amazonas in the Tambopata RIver Basin. We could not have had a better experience. The kids were happy with the meals, accomodations, and adventure that awaited evey turn in the trail. The guides (Jeorge and Pati, in particular) were outstanding and very accomodating to our needs with the small children. The staff couldn't have been friendlier. We loved meeting Don Manuel and touring his farm. From hiking, to bird watching, to cathing Pirranah on el Gato, it was an amazing educational and cultural experience for us all. We would recommend this destination for families with a thirst for adventure travel.

  • Stayed: June 2008, traveled with family
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3  Thank Jobemtwin
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Reviewed November 3, 2008

I´d organised a 2 week tour of Peru through an agency and this included a 3 day, 2 night stay in the jungle with Refugio Amazonas. We were met at the airport and given a chance to re-arrange our luggage in thier nearby offices (as we didn´t need to take much). The staff we friendly and helpful and explained about the travel arrangments to get to the lodge, a couple of hours by boat upstream.

The lodge itself is amazing as you can see from the pictures on their website. It has an open and spacious feel and you are surrounded by beautiful jungle.

The bedrooms all open out into the jungle so you have access to the sounds and sights of birds and wildlife. Beds are covered with good mosquito nets. The ceilings are high and open plan so you can hear others in other rooms but this wasn´t much of a problem as everyone is asleep early and up for sunrise.

All of the staff are very friendly and helpful. We had several tours out around the jungle and rivers which were informative and interesting. Our guide, Nilton, was really knowledgable and good fun.

The catering was much better than I had expected. The meals are served buffet style and the food was delicious. They were able to cater for vegetarians and other requirements in the gruop.

I also had a massage which was excellent.

Jacquie Evans, Oct 2008

Stayed: October 2008
1  Thank EBDFM
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Reviewed November 2, 2008

My two friends and I had a great time here. The lodge has NO lights, electricity, hot water, windows, or doors. The rooms are completely open to the jungle! But each bed is covered by mosquito netting and none of us were bit by any insects during our stay. The rooms are lit by candles at night. Don't forget a really good flashlight because you will need it! Better if you get one that had a base so you can put it down when you need to. And bring a large citranella candle too. The lodge is really beautiful and very comfortable. We really liked our guide Paty...she was fun and very knowledgeable. She took good care of us. The food was very good and they have a bar. We didn't see too many animals but lots of different birds, frogs, lizards, butterflies, caiman, capybara. There is no wifi so don't plan on checking your email.

Also bring....slippers, bug spray, binoculars, comfortable footwear for hiking and some snacks.

  • Stayed: October 2008, traveled with friends
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2  Thank Bonny-Read
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Reviewed October 18, 2008

Refugio Amazonas is an amazing place to stay in the jungle in Peru. Sure it takes a bit of getting there (including about 2.5 hours in a boat up the river) but its all worth it.

Our room was completely open to the rainforest along one side, which meant that you slept with all the sounds of the jungle. The beds all have mosquito nets, which means you can sleep easily without being bitten.

There are only cold showers, but it was so hot when we were there that you wouldn't want a hot shower anyway.

The food at the lodge was some of the best we had in Peru, and the bar served up some great cocktails.

If you're lucky, the guides will find you all kinds of wildlife, birds and insects. All of the staff were very friendly.

All up, it was a really memorable place to stay. I've never stayed anywhere quite like it before. Its so different to the rest of Peru. After a couple of days at Refugio Amazonas, you´ll be completely relaxed and won´t want to leave.

  • Stayed: October 2008, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank ricardofusball
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Reviewed October 1, 2008

The Refugio Amazonas is a special place. Having stayed in the Amazon Jungle previously it compares very well with other locations. The location is easy to get to from Porto Maldonado ( 4-5 hours). Accommodation is well cared for. Meals could be better. Every effort is made to make you feel welcome. We met a guide called Nilton Bedriñana who took great interest in making sure our visit was what we wanted. We were lucky to see a Harpey Eagle when we were in the Canopy Tower. We saw Howler Monkeys above our heads in the tree tops. The Bird life was really good with Toucans & Macaws about and the guides able to discern type at a distance. It would be important to spend a few days ( not only 1 or 2!!). We visited following a 2 week trip thru Peru which was demanding but most enjoyable. A great way to finish the holiday.

  • Stayed: August 2008
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1  Thank TravelGluttonDublin
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