The food was excellent. The tours were good except there were too large and people were jockeying for position in order to try and see anything. The lodge unfortunately seems to favor larger parties and it can be difficult for smaller groups stuck on the same tour to get to see anything.
However, we did see lots of monkeys up close at the monkey island, wild monkeys, heard macaws overhead on the hikes, saw lots of caiman, and saw some various birds. There is also a good view from the treetops. They even have a semi-tame tapir that alllows to be petted and some birds that hang around the lodge area. We also heard lots of howler monkeys first thing in the morning which can border on annoying once the novelty is over (they are incredibly loud).
They pick you up at the airport and take you on a river ride. There lodge is much further out than some we passed going up there. I really wouldn't think one would see anything at some of the closer lodges because the river is full of people fishing and looking for gld and such.
Posada Amazonas is the only eco-lodge run by the local Infierno community near Peru’s Tambopata reserve. All staffers are residents of the native community, and the lodge, currently a joint venture between the community and foreign investors, will transition to full ownership of the local tribe in a few years.
If you’ve never stayed in a rainforest lodge before, I highly recommend Las Posadas. The ceilings, floors, and walls of the lodge are constructed of loosely joined wood beams and all rooms are open to the common walkway, save for two drapes which serve as the door to the room. Cracks in each room’s floor beams and along the walkways which encircle the lodge expose visitors to the open floor of the rainforest below, and one wall of every room is completely open to the rainforest which surrounds the lodge.
Nothing beats waking up to the slightly eery vocalizations of howler monkeys who emit their territorial howls in the canopy of the rainforest in the pre-dawn morning. If you’ve never heard a howler monkey, it sounds a bit like heavy wind blowing through the cracks in your windows or doors on a blustery day. The open wall in your room seems to beckon howler monkeys and other animals to jump in (although I encountered no such visitors during my stay). A large comfortable hammock hanging by the open wall invites one to crawl in and snooze while relaxing to the sounds of the rainforest. Large comfortable beds occupy the rooms, and mosquito netting suspended from the rafters envelope each bed, allowing visitors to comfortably nap without being stung by buzzing insects.
The lodge’s water is supplied by a series of tanks that collect rainwater which is then purified. Thus, no hot water is available in the lodge so all showers are cold, but the warm and humid rainforest makes a cold shower a welcome refresher. The shower is a free-standing structure with 360 degree plastic curtains suspended by ropes hanging from the rafters. Unless you are very intimate with your roommate, you will want to make sure the curtains which separate the bathroom from the bedroom are closed so you’re not inadvertently spied in your birthday suit.
The only light available at night is that emitted from kerosene lamps which line the walkways outside the rooms, and carved wooden statues line the corridors, emitting spooky shadows at night, each telling a different story. A candle and lighter is supplied on the nightstand by each bed, allowing residents to find their way around their rooms in the pitch black of the night.
A bar in the common room/dining room entertains visitors in the evenings and serves both local and foreign drinks. Residents include a mix of local tour guides, American and European students visiting the Tambopata rainforest to conduct summer research for their various institutions, and ecotourists from the U.S. and Europe.
Corto Maltes Amazonia has 22 bungalows made of exotic wood with all needed comfort: private bathroom with permanent hot water, electricity, excellent bedding (1 double bed and 1 single bed), as well as a very pleasant deck with two hammocks from where tourist can admire fabulous sunsets.
There is a spacious restaurant, large and pleasant deck, bar, shop, all of them overlooking the river and the garden.
The kitchen service is prepared by a French cook who combines with refinement and imagination local products. Very special attention is given to vegetarian tourists.
There are three types of programs which combine relaxation, ecotourism and adventure:
I took the 3 days / 2 night program, but after those days, I wanted to stay for more time, because it's an amazing place, everything is very natural, you can forget all your problems in that place. !!! I recommend to everybody visit Corto Maltes, you will not regret it... !!!
They offer day tours and hiking through monkey island and canoe to the Lost Lagoon. We went on the 3 day excursion.
They had a clubhouse, dining area, porch with hammocks, and a swimming pool. They provided transportation by bus and then boat.
This lodge is located furthest down the Tambopata river and takes around 4 hours by boat to get there. It has a main house (where you can relax and eat dinner) and the accommodation is set up in bungalows which sleep 4 people. All up, the lodge sleeps 45 people.
It is surrounded by plants and trees and there is even a small open area where you are invited to join the staff in a game of soccer. Right on the river, the lodge is the perfect launching pad for all activities in the local jungle.
This is a perfect lodge for families and as it is a little bit more expensive that the budget options in the area, it is rare to find backpackers.
The facilities are fine with each bungalow having it’s own toilet and bathroom (cold water only) and the 3 course meals cooked for you each day are second to none.
My son and I arranged a 5 day 4 night expedition with Inotawa during October of 2004. We were both very pleased. We were met at the airport in Maldonado along with two more travelers from Canada. We toured the local market, climbed the observatory tower for a vista and then went to the river where we were taken by power boat several hours up river to the jungle lodges. After a candlelight dinner (the generator is only for radio and refrigeration) we were taken on a jungle hike.
We had arranged to visit two fantastic colpas via boat and camping on the riverside. This was the only organization that seemed to provide this without a huge surcharge. The colpas are a lifetime experience. Hundreds of macaws gather at specific cliffs along the river for an hour or two after sunrise. You view from about 100 meters away with their birding scope. Just the noise from all the macaws was unforgetable. The last night we returned to the lodge and the next day we returned downriver to meet a flight out.
Service- This is a small outfit that does all they can to make you feel at home. The lodge was very clean and didn't have the "packaged" feel at all.
Guide- extremely knowledgeable and cordial. Never tired of my constant "what's that?"
Cons- The lodge sleeping rooms are all "open-ceiling." If you need privacy or if a boisterous group of late-nighters are there, you might be annoyed. We had no problem at all. There are other lodges for lounging around or eating.
RECOMENDED by a vt member, i wnet there and it was full first time, due to my slow taxi cholo!!!
i reserve 2 night after my jungle trip
pool, breakfast, cultural activities adn brazilian tv in the room!!!
This absolutely lovely guesthouse is managed from a nice young man. His father was italian, and as i am italian, i was very closed to him sicne the beginning. But no matter from where you are from, the owner is absolutely a brillant persons, and made my stay at his place a perfect thing!
The guesthouse is absolutely clean, with nice and big rooms with privat shower+bathroom with hot/cold water 24/7.
There is also a very big restaurant (and breakfast too), and the staff is very gentle.
I will for sure suggest to pick up this option in your stay in Puerto Maldonado, also because the owner brought me into the jungle (private tour: me, my friends and three peruvian guides, for a very cheap dollars: check my other tips...)
But if you are not interested in it, then choose it for his swimmingpool....
It costs just 10USD per room, once again very big....
- in a peacefull and quiet position where to enjoy the stay!!!
- good staff
- AMAZING excursion possibles
Nice neat and clean 2 bed bungalows with private bathrooms and hot showers. 2 hammocks on veranda with some riverview. Bedrooms equiped with mosinets.
The reception is in Town.
Peacefully in the middle of the rain forest on the shores of Madre de dios river.
Personal guides for excursions are available on site.
Very helpful and friendly staff.
This place is heaven. I would go and live there if I could. The place is environmentally friendly and employs locals to work there. I got there on a tour with Gap Adventures. Each room has a bathroom with shower. There is no electricity, just candles and parrafin lamps. It's whole existance is about being at one with nature. The rooms have a view that no other hotel could ever offer. Each room has a huge window, which is basically one of walls with no glass, just you and the jungle. Within minutes of being there we saw monkeys in the trees. It can be a little scary at night when the animals come into your room, but it is only fair seeing that you went into the theirs. We also had a hammock in our room which helped to relax and enjoy the experience a whole lot more.
Each room is in a lodge, there are no doors or windows. Each room has a lockable box to keep food and personal possessions safe. The food is amazing, largely locally grown and cooked using local recipies. There is fresh fruit and juice on hand to snack on during the day. Walking from the lodge to the dining area can be an adventure in itself, you get to see all manner of animals including snakes and lizards.
I could not recommend this place highly enough. It was what I expected and so much more. A trip to Peru is not completed without a trip to the Jungle.
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