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Heath River Wildlife Center
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Reviewed November 20, 2013

The Heath River lodge is the furthest lodge along the bank of the river, so it does take a while to get to it by boat - 5.5 hours in our case, but so much wildlife to be seen on the way. We did not have a clue what we were getting ourselves into, and so much the better for it! I was eaten alive by mosquitos, but hey, we were in the rainforest! The accommodation was very bare, but made the whole jungle experience all the more rich, especially falling asleep and waking up to the most magnificent sounds imaginable - never heard so many cicadas at the same time! All involved - Jhon our guide, Jack his helper, Ernesto our boat captain and Marco Antonio the house keeper, were all knowledgable and very lovely people and contributed so much to our experience!

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank HeleddWang
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InkaNaturaTravelWeb, Senior Travel Advisor at Heath River Wildlife Center, responded to this reviewResponded November 22, 2013

Thank you Heledd (Mrs) for your comments and for the photos of the Jaguar you shared with us.
We appreciate your kind words.
Regards
Carmen Maria Guevara

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Reviewed November 5, 2013

This is a rustic jungle experience in the Amazon. Lots of animals, birds, and beautiful plant life. Jhon was our guide and is very knowledgeable. The food is great and there is lots to do. My favorite was the tree platform, the clay lick, and fishing for piranhas.
I would highly recommend this to anyone looking for a good jungle experience in the amazon!

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled with friends
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1  Thank Teri29
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InkaNaturaTravelWeb, Senior Travel Advisor at Heath River Wildlife Center, responded to this reviewResponded November 7, 2013

Dear Tary
Thank you for sharing your experience. We are glad you emjoyed your stay,
Best regards

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Reviewed October 9, 2013

Pros: Nice jungle lodge, friendly staff, Good food, very good wildlife.

Cons: Too long of a boat ride (6+ hrs)

Special mention: Our Guide Plinio was awesome. He was always smiling and soft spoken and was willing to accommodate all of our different interests.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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InkaNaturaTravelWeb, Senior Travel Advisor at Heath River Wildlife Center, responded to this reviewResponded October 10, 2013

Thank you for your comments and for sharing the experience with more persons.

I hope your memories last long time

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Reviewed October 2, 2013

Awesome place. Saw so much wildlife, incredible birding. Loved the hike to the pampas to see the blue and yellow macaws roosting for the night, then the night hike back through the jungle. Saw fresh jaguar prints- it had just rained, so we knew they were fresh. Our guide was incredibly knowledgeable and patient. Could help with questions about plants, insects, ecology, insects, birds, reptiles, mammals. Always seemed to know where to look for things to show us, even in the dark- interesting fungi, hanging snakes, hidden monkeys andd tapirs. Took us piranha fishing then cooked it up for dinner. Trips to the clay lick to see the red macaws were incredible. Aesthetically pleasing lodge. Food is great. Staff so kind. There is electricity around dinner to recharge devices. Should be in decent shape- able to hike, tolerate heat, humidity, bugs-in orer to see all the great things this place has to offer.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with family
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InkaNaturaTravelWeb, Senior Travel Advisor at Heath River Wildlife Center, responded to this reviewResponded October 4, 2013

Dear Holly
Thank you so much for sharing your experience with our guest.
We appreciate your kind words.
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Carmen Maria Guevara

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Reviewed May 23, 2013

Probably not the place for cruise-loving folks, but great for relatively fit outdoor loving tourists. The birding is GREAT. If you are a birder, ask for William or Javier. There may be more guides that know birds well, but those two are excellent. The trip by canoe can be long, but the trip itself was a treat. There are many uneven passages, trails and stairs so this trip is not for the overweight or underactive. One woman in our group was in her late sixties, overweight, out of shape and complained the entire time. Clearly not in the right frame of mind, and poorly prepared.
Much fewer mosquitos/bugs than the Everglades, which is my yardstick for bugs. We did wear our jungle gear, tucked pants into long socks, lightweight long sleeved shirts, took Jungle Juice, head lamps. Did get some bites, but not bad. Mosquito netting on the beds worked well, no holes. Loved the experience and opportunity to see wildlife, great, great staff!

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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