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    Reviewed January 18, 2011

    Don't expect to be able to "do your own thing" when taking a rainforest trip to Refugio Amazonas. Your days will be organised from dawn to dusk, and beyond if you go caiman hunting (cameras only) at night! Guides are local, enthusiastic and knowledgeable.

    Situated two hours up river from Puerto Maldonado in the Tambopata Reserve, the Refuge (I prefer to call it a forest lodge), is close to the river and deep into the rainforest. Neighbours are some distance away and most of them are subsistence farmers whom the Refuge supports by buying some of their produce and saving them the long boat trip to market in Puerto Maldonado.

    The bedrooms at the lodge are in stilted wooden structures and are open to the forest. You do not need an alarm clock - the dawn chorus is close by and noisy. Guided activities are concentrated in early morning and later afternoon, leaving the hottest part of the day for relaxation back at the lodge. Be ready for early starts; the proximity to the equator means more or less 12 hours day and 12 hours night, and that means it is light from around 6:00am to around 6:00pm. The bedrooms have no electric lighting so a few days of going early to bed and early to rise seems perfectly natural.

    Opportunities for viewing wildlife are good, but real "birders" may wish to consider an additional excursion further up river to the more remote Tambopata Research Centre which can offer more variety and numbers.

    Catering at Refugio Amazonas is fairly basic but offers ample opportunities for guests to try tropical fruit and vegetables. Meal times are fixed and there is something of a noisy school canteen atmosphere in the big communal dining room. Guests queue self service style to be served by the lodge staff and the pace of the days' activities mean that most guests are more than ready to get in line when the grub appears!

    The Refugio Amazonas offers a good introduction to the vast range of animal and vegetable species in the Amazon basin. A very worthwhile jungle experience made comfortable by the excellent staff and thoughtfully planned accommodation.

    • Stayed: August 2010, traveled as a couple
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    Reviewed January 17, 2011

    This trip delivered more than I expected. We were greeted at the airport by our guide who took my husband and I and our small group with whom we were assigned by bus to a station where we repacked our luggage leaving behind all the extras we didn't need. We headed to the river and took a long boat down the Tambopata for 3 hours. It was a magical ride that brought us to the riverbank and a 30 minute walk through the forest to the lodge. The lodge was beautiful and so welcoming. Our rooms were open on one side to the jungle where we watched monkeys and birds. Over the next few days we visited the Canopy tower, took walks through the forest, canoed around an oxbow lake, visited a local farm and observed many birds and animals. The food was wonderful and our guide was very knowledgeable and so anxious to make our trip all that we wished for. I thought that the lack of hot water would bother me, but actually it wasn't all that bad. Having no electricity just made me feel all the more connected to the jungle. The candles and oil lamps that lit the lodge in the evening provided a romantic feel. Sleeping to the sounds of the jungle remains one of my fondest memories. While you are there be sure and get a massage. It was a real bargain and the best I ever had. I'd go back in a minute.

    • Stayed: July 2010, traveled as a couple
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    Thank birdwatcher369
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    Reviewed January 3, 2011

    We had a wonderful time at refugio amazonas. It it worth taking the extra time in the boat to go further up the river from posadas because apparently the lodge and staff are much better at refugio.
    The lodge itself is beautiful and the rooms very spacious. Well set out and the views from the rooms are of the forest. You can see animals from, and in, your rooms. The food is delicious and there is great variety with some traditional peruvian foods.
    The staff are friendly and courteous. Our guide for the 5 day program was Aldo. He was outstanding. His English was exceptional, both when communicating and understanding, and his knowledge of the area and wildlife was excellent. He was jovial, friendly and even when we had lots of rain and couldn't do some of the activities created new ones for us. I would highly recommend requesting him.
    One thing I can say is that even if you prepay activities these is no guarantee in the rain they go ahead so consider paying for them there incase they are cancelled. We missed out on two of our "big" activities due to a lot of rain.
    We did see a lot of wildlife and even saw piranhas which was wonderful.
    Highly recommend the tree climbing actiivity. It is hard work but worth it when you reach the top.

    • Stayed: December 2010, traveled as a couple
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    Thank foodiesarah
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    Reviewed December 14, 2010

    We stayed 5 days at Refugio Amazonas during our trip to Peru. Our guide, Elder, was knowledgeable and enthusiastic. He made sure we were comfortable and looked after at all times and showed us many incredible creatures in the forest. The staff at the lodge were all very helpful and friendly. I would have to agree with other reviews, that the only downside is the walls which are paper thin - we had some very noisy neighbours who woke us up a few times. I would also suggest a solar water heater for the showers which can be very cold. Overall, though, we loved our stay at the lodge.

    • Stayed: October 2010, traveled as a couple
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    Thank skymaiden001
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    Reviewed December 6, 2010

    This is the middle lodge and it takes about 4 hours to get there by boat after a 45 minute drive from Puerto Maldonado. Reminder there is no electricity or hot water. Pros: Neat experience, Peaceful, Coffee/tea/fruit always available.
    Cons: Food wasn't amazing, there were long lines and never enough, you can hear everything from your neighbors' room.
    Nature hike, farm visit and caiman tour better than expected.

    • Stayed: November 2010, traveled as a couple
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    Thank vmorgan22
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