I had an amazing time at the Anaconda Lodge. I stayed with 2 friends in a bungalow, which consisted of two floors, a living room, and a bathroom. They had electricity and lights in each room, and a fan in the living area. Getting to our cabana at night required the use of our flashlights, which we brought from home. As our cabana was constructed out of wood and wire screens, it did not keep certain insect and arachnid friends from entering. We had to remove at least one baby tarantula, beetle, and cockroach per day, plus there were often carpenter ants in the bathroom. If you are not a friend of nature, no lodge is right for you. Otherwise, it was very clean and housekeeping came in each day to replace our towels, sweep, and tidy the bathroom. Our beds also had mosquito nets (so don't worry about things crawling on you at night). There must have been a party at a neighboring lodge one night and their music was clearly audible in our room until at least 2am.
The pool was the perfect spot to sunbath and cool off. The lodge served up amazing Thai dishes but the portions were not great. Breakfast, on the other hand, was a large buffet of fruits, bread, pancakes, eggs, and some vegetables. The owners of the lodge rescue baby monkeys before they are released into the wild, as a result you are likely to see monkeys playing around the lodge. They are quite friendly but will nip at you if you pick them up. But be prepared -they will jump on you and use you as part of their jungle gym!
If you ask in advance they will arrange an ayahuasca ceremony. If you are on the fence about partaking in this amazonian cleansing ritual (which involves a hallucinogenic drink that tastes like fermented vomit) I would advise you to pass.
The lodge is a 15-min mototaxi ride from the center of town, and it will cost you between S/.7-10 to get there. However, the town doesn't have all that much anyway other than 2-3 decent restaurants and a ton of bars/discotecas. Just ask at the main lodge for them to call a taxi. The ride to the airport is less than 5 minutes and the lodge will provide transportation to and from the airport free of charge if you request it.
The owners are very accommodating and will do whatever they can to make you comfortable here and in Puerto Maldonado. You don't even have to leave the lodge to book your trip to Lago Sandoval.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Anaconda Lodge is a friendly, pretty lodge on the outskirts of Puerto Maldonado in the Peruvian Amazon, offering comfortable rooms, a swimming pool and an authentic Thai restaurant, all set in our wonderful botanic garden, ensuring your stay in the Amazon is as relaxing and beautiful as possible. Bungalows have 1 to 3 rooms and house 2 to 5 people, with a private or shared bathroom. The Amazon can be relaxing too! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Anaconda Hotel Puerto Maldonado