Hi, solo female traveler here.
The information provided by the lodge prior to my trip was comprehensive: I felt as though I had all the information I needed to pack appropriately and my expectations were set so that I was not surprised upon arrival.
Collection at the airport, transportation to the office, handling of bags and other logistics were managed professionally. I knew in advance (from the website and welcome email) that I would be leaving some of my luggage behind, that electricity was limited, etc.
The bus ride to the boat was approximately 45 minutes. The bus is hot and slightly dusty, but I hadn't expected otherwise. One of the guides narrated part of the trip.
A 45-minute boat ride to the lodge followed. It was uneventful, but a little iffy at times. A brief lecture on how to conduct one's self on a boat would have been beneficial to our group as we had one or two people who were falrly stupid about it.
We received a brief, necessary orientation upon arrival and then were escorted to our rooms. Traveling solo I was a little dismayed by the fact that we had only a curtain and no door, but I adjusted: people are not traveling this far into the wild to commit crimes. There is a safe for storing valuables. I was very glad that I brought plastic bags into which I stored my luggage, as all sorts of insects and animals have access to the rooms.
Good mosquito netting protects you from most insects at night.
Having no barrier to the wilderness (one non-existant wall) was daunting, but actually wonderful. I enjoyed observing the fireflies and heat lightning from my bed and the sounds of the insects lulled me to sleep. With very limited lighting it's imperative that you bring a flashlight.
The rooms are sparse, with an open "wall" to the wilderness and thin, thin walls behind units (not only sounds but smells travel from one to the other). The ceiling is open. This was the greatest downside to my stay: the condidtions are almost camplike when it comes to sound. If you're not in the 4:00 a.m. tour group then you will be awakened by the 4:00 a.m. tour group stomping past your digs.
My guide, and the guides I observed, where knowledgeable, friendly and accommodating.
The food wasn't amazing, but it was sufficient. You don't go to these places for the food. The bar had cold beers and pisco sours, though, and that's what counts.
The common areas were pretty charming. There were hammocks and lounges in the open "lobby" and the bar offered lounge and high-top seeting. The space was conducive to relaxing.
The agenda is fairly filled with activities, but no one is forcing you to participate. I skipped a few of them and my guide did not give me a hard time about it. I enjoyed the hikes in which I did participate, including the canopy tower trip and the night hike.
Posada Amazonas is not perfect, but the staff has the right attitude and the intention of delivering a first-rate experience is evident. I was very happy to have spent two days and nights here. It will be a little outside most traveler's comfort zones, but those experiences will be the ones you always look back upon fondly.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Posada Amazonas is a 30 bedroom lodge owned by the Native Community of Infierno and managed with Rainforest Expeditions. Thanks to its accessibility, excellent wildlife observation opportunities, cultural context and comfortable accommodations, Posada Amazonas is ideal for a two night introduction to Tambopata's rain forests. It is located within the territory of the Infierno Community, built within the 2,000 hectare, private, communal reserve, which in turn is directly adjacent to the Tambopata National Reserve. Posada Amazonas was selected to be among the Best Eco Hotels in 2014 by Gogobot. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Posada Amazonas Hotel Tambopata National Reserve
- Posada Amazonas Peru/Tambopata National Reserve