Refugio is a jungle lodge that opened in 2005, so brand new facilities. You will eat like kings and queens, and the rooms are just fantastic. There is no hot water, but who needs it when it's hot out there, and no outside walls, so you are in close contact with mother nature. Here, you won't hear traffic honks or Harley Davidson's. Just being woken up with the chanting of the birds and perhaps falling asleep with the sounds of the crickets... Welcome to the jungle.
... Oh yeah, it will take you 3-4 hours from the airport to come here, 45 min by truck, then the rest by boat.
Sandoval lake lodge is situated on an oxbow lake. To get here you need to take a motorcanoe from Puerto Maldonado, a 45min walk through the jungle and then be rowed across the lake. (another 45mins). The lodge itself is situated on a small hill above the lake. Rooms are comfortable. The main attraction are the animals ( giant otters, birds, ants, spiders ) There are guided walks and boat trips morning and evening with some "chill time" in the afternoon. If you like watching animals this is a great place to stay.
The animals are outstanding
A very nice spacious lodge. Hammocks were in the lobby area which were a nice way to relax. Tea and coffee were always accessible in the dining area. The rooms were big and open aired. Just a drape was your door and windows. We even had our own resident bats that wizzed by your head once in a while. Fun.
No tvs or phones of course which was great. You really was an interesting feeling staying here. Considering we had just finished the Inka trail so this was a great place to relax while spotting some creatures.
Pepe, the lodge mascot..
The rooms are rustic and have cold howers only. There're electric supply in the eveninging, lights out is around 10:30pm without any warning. A candle is provided in each room.
The units blemd in nicely with the surrounding.
I had a great experience with this lodge...it's the oldest lodge in Tambpata (30 years) and has been said to be the bio diverse place on the earth!!!
They pick you up from the Puerto Maldonado airport where this is a 1.5 hour drive to the river. From there it's another 1 - 1.5 hour boat drive down the river into the jungle.
The lodge provides you with your meals and a guided tour (depending which package you signed up for) and unlimited coffee, tea, water and bananas.
There is only cold running water (trust me NO hot water is needed in the jungle as it's so hot and humid). There are flush toilets and mosquito nets, but no electricity anywhere! So after sunset, it's completely dark - and nature's volume increases...it's so surreal.
Scenery is absolutely gorgeous...this place is honestly just so magical...tranquil and serene...unlike anything I've ever seen...definitely the highlight of my trip
A bit further up the Tambopata River from Posadas Amazonas is the Tambopata Research Center. Here, biologists study the breeding habits of the various species of macaws in the area. Strategically located near the largest macaw clay lick in the region, the center is an absolute must visit for any enthusiast. You will see, at reasonably close range, hundreds of macaws, parrots, and parakeets every day at the clay lick - take a camera with good zoom and a pair of binoculars - you won't be disappointed
This lodge is off the beaten track compared with the majority of tourist lodges. While Posadas Amazonas (see a previous tip) is fairly bustling with eco-tourists (approximately 50 at any one time) I spent three days with only two other tourists (and research scientists) at the TRC, so really gave the feeling of being really out in the jungle (not running into groups of other people)
Posadas Amazonas is one of many ecological tour lodges along the Tambopata River. Facilities are excellent, with washrooms adjoining each room (the showers are completely enclosed, so no worries about creepy crawlies joining you in the shower).
There's a variety of activities at the lodge, from climbing to the top of an observation tower (125 feet) where you can look over the top of the canopy and watch the macaws (and other wildlife) from above, to daytrips to nearby lakes to try to catch a glimpse of the Giant River Otter.
Each room at Posadas Amazonas has only three walls - the wall facing the jungle is open - letting you immerse yourself in the complete Amazonian experience.
The Wasai Tambopata Lodge is one out of about a dozen lodges along the Tambopata River. It has several cabins that are sectioned off into private rooms with private bathrooms. All beds have mosquito netting. There is a communal eating area and bar that provide excellent meals including a vegetarian menu. Beer is available at the bar. There are several trails that lead into the rainforest off of the river.
I visited this lodge through and tour and every day we had some sort of activity.
Meals were included.
The price was around $270 US for four days and three nights.
The staff here was very friendly and informative. The food was excellent and the accomodation comfortable. They seems to be a fairly eco-friendly lodge as well.
The Posada Amazonas is a wonderful jungle abode, featuring outstanding (for the rainforest) comfort and service, coupled with an unbelievable opportunity to visit one of the most amazing ecosystems on earth.
Among the more satisfying aspects of the Posada is the fact that it is a 50/50 (for now) venture between Rainforest Expeditions and the native Es'je people of the region. Within 20 years, complete ownership and venture in the posada will pass to the locals. This is giving them an opportunity to get a foothold in the lucrative eco-travel market.
It's not everyday in the Tambopata rainforest when you have a hotel with a private bath and shower. Never mind that the shower is pretty cold and the toilets are self-contained.
Like its sister institution further into the region, the Tambopata Research Center, the Posada features rooms made of bamboo and native woods, with one wall completely open to the adjoining jungle.
Here's your chance to see what living on Gilligan's Island must have been like. No electricity, only gaslights, and all the peace and quiet you could imagine. And, since you're in the "lungs of the planet" (the rainforest), you'll sleep like a baby with all the extra oxygen.
Please check my Peru travel page for more about the TRC.
One of the most fascinating and informative places you'll ever stay.
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