- Reviews: 1438
El Dorado Plaza Hotel
El Dorado Plaza Hotel is the only five-star hotel in the city of Iquitos. It features 65 rooms, including five executive suites and three junior suites. Other amenities include a restaurant, bar, fitness room, swimming pool, sauna, gift shop, and a fully equipped business center with internet service, a facsimile, and international telephone service.
The rooms are spacious and comfortable. Each room features air conditioning (which was very refreshing after having spent two weeks in jungle lodges with no electricity), television, direct-dial international telephone service, a well-stocked mini bar, safety deposit box, and hair dryer.
My group ate dinner twice in the restaurant, which offers international and Peruvian cuisine, as well as Amazonian specialties such as cayman (which I tried and found to be delicious). However, we lost our appetites and decided to try a local restaurant on our third night after seeing a large rat run across the dining area. That incident was the only negative aspect of my three-night stay at the hotel. And to be fair, rats are apparently everywhere in Iquitos.
- Reviews: 1438
Located on the south bank of the Amazon River, Cumaceba Lodge is a jungle lodge popular among eco-tourists. The lodge is accessible only by river, and guests are transported to the lodge via high-speed boats. It is about 45 minutes down river from Iquitos. Upon arriving, there is a reception at which juice from local exotic fruits is served.
The lodge is situated in várzea forest, which is flooded during the rainy season. Therefore, all the buildings, including the common dining area, bungalows, and walkways, are on raised stilts high enough to be above the water level.
Guests can relax in a hammock or take excursions which include hiking along trails in the rainforest to look for local wildlife, visiting a native village, or traveling to an island populated by all the species of Amazonian monkeys.
Cumaceba Lodge lacks electricity and is very rustic and basic. Rooms have private bathrooms which include a sink and shower, but the water supply comes from the river and frequently runs out. This is definitely not a lodge for those seeking luxurious accomodations.
The lodge's rooms are in two-room thatch-roofed bungalows. They are simply furnished, containing beds, a chair, and a table. At night, the rooms are illuminated by kerosene lanterns and the raised walkways by kerosene pots.
Buffet-style meals are provided in the common dining area and usually consist of dishes containing chicken, beef, and locally caught fish. Although the lodge does not have electricity, there is a generator for the bar which ensures that drinks are cold.
- Reviews: 1438
ExplorNapo Lodge is one of four jungle lodges owned and operated by Amazon Explorama Lodges, the largest and most visible adventure tour company in Iquitos. ExplorNapo Lodge is about 100 miles (160 kilometers) down river from Iquitos. The lodge is accessible only by river, and guests are transported to the lodge by power boat during a two-hour cruise down the Amazon River and then up the Napo River to the lodge, which is actually located on the Sucusari River, a small tributary of the Napo River.
The ExplorNapo Lodge is very rustic and basic, lacking such modern amenities as electricity, running water, and en suite bathrooms. This is definitely not a lodge for those seeking luxurious accomodations.
The lodge underwent a complete renovation in 1996. Its 20 rooms are located in thatch-roofed long houses and are open to the air on the back side and under the overhead thatching. They contain beds with mosquito netting, a chair, and a table with a wash basin. River water is provided for washing up. At night, the rooms are illuminated by kerosene lanterns and the raised walkways by kerosene pots.
Toilets and showers are in buildings seperate from each long house. Water for the showers comes directly from the river and is slightly muddy. However, after a day hiking trails in the heat and humidity, the cool water is welcome nevertheless.
Buffet-style meals are provided in the common dining area and are rotated every three nights between chicken, beef, and locally caught fish. Although the lodge does not have electricity, there is a generator for the bar which ensures that drinks are cold. The bar's specialty is Pisco sours, which are advertized as the best in the Amazon.
Guests can hike on the numerous trails through the rainforest, visit the nearby canopy walkway (see under my "Things to Do" tips for more information), go fishing for piranha, take a boat ride along the Sucusari River, relax in the hammock house, or visit the ReNuPeRu Ethnobotanical Garden which is tended by a local shaman and features rainforest plants that are used in modern medicine or by the natives as remedies for various maladies.
Because the area underneath the thatching is open, a group of four bats roosted in the thatching above my room. Although I thought it was neat to have bats in my room, and it added to the jungle experience, the main problem was that their droppings were all over the floor and had to be swept up daily by the lodge's staff.
- Reviews: 1438
The Amazon Conservatory of Tropical Studies
I have written tips about the Amazon Conservatory of Tropical Studies under my "Things to Do" and "Hotel/Accomodation" categories because it is both a research station for scientists and a lodge where guests can stay while exploring the surrounding rainforest.
Built by CONAPAC, a Peruvian conservation organization, and opened in 1993, the Amazon Conservatory of Tropical Studies is used mainly as a scientific research station for the study of the Amazonian rainforest. However, guests are welcome to stay in the lodge and participate in various activities. A donation to help maintain the canopy walkway and enlarge the surrounding rainforest reserve is included in the price of a room.
The Amazon Canopy Walkway (see the tip under my "Things to Do" category for more information) is maintained and operated by the Amazon Conservatory of Tropical Studies, and is about a five-minute hike from the lodge.
The lodge is only accessible by hiking along a jungle trail from the nearby ExplorNapo Lodge. The hike takes about 45 minutes. Because there is no river or road access, all supplies, including food, drinks, and potable water must be carried in by porters along the trail.
The lodgings at the Amazon Conservatory of Tropical Studies are very rustic and basic, lacking such modern amenities as electricity, running water, and en suite bathrooms. This is definitely not a lodge for those seeking luxurious accomodations.
The lodge's rooms are identical to those of nearby ExplorNapo Lodge. They are located in thatch-roofed long houses and are open to the air on the back side and under the overhead thatching. They contain beds with mosquito netting, a chair, and a table with a wash basin. River water is provided for washing up. At night, the rooms are illuminated by kerosene lanterns and the raised walkways by kerosene pots.
Toilets and showers are in buildings seperate from each long house. Water for the showers comes directly from the nearby Sucusari River and is slightly muddy. However, after a day hiking trails in the heat and humidity, the cool water is welcome nevertheless.
Buffet-style meals are provided in the common dining area and are rotated every three nights between chicken, beef, and locally caught fish. Although the lodge does not have electricity, there is a generator for the bar which ensures that drinks are cold.
Guests can hike on the numerous trails through the rainforest, visit the nearby canopy walkway, or relax in the hammock house. One of the trails is called the Medicine Trail and is used to teach visitors about rainforest plants that are used in modern medicine or by the natives as remedies for various maladies.
- Reviews: 2
Sumac Wasi: Hostel
We arrived in Cusco and it was our second night in Peru. We were a bit overwhelmed having only stayed one night in Lima and having never been to South America at all. I am a seasoned world traveler but my traveling companion on this trip had never left the US.
We arrived at Sumac Wasi after having just booked it on the internet. We only booked one night as we wanted to experience all that Cusco had to offer including their hostels.
We arrived and were immediately impressed by its proximity to Plaza de Armas and the heart of the Cusco tourist district.
The proprietor immediately made us feel welcome and at home. They were very accommodating and helped to set us up with some immediate activities and meal options. They also warned us of things to stay away from and places not to go at night etc.
I was a bit nervous because I have traveled a lot but I had virtually no experience with hostels. When they gave us our room with toilet ensuite on the second story of a beautiful old colonial house, I immediately felt better. We elected to get a private room (not a shared dorm style room) and we did not have to share a bathroom. The only other hostel I had stayed in was in Prague and we shared a bathroom with others and it was beyond disgusting.
Sumac Wasi was very very clean though. I have read other reviews that called the accommodations 'basic' but what else do you get with a hostel budget?
I thought it was more than acceptable for the price and the atmosphere was very very charming and safe.
The building itself is beautiful. The rooms overlook a courtyard with a charming cafe and pretty trees. The owners have done a good job of maintaining the historic feel of the building without it being too shabby. It is located in a narrow charming alleyway literally 50 meters from the main square Plaza de Armas. As far as we could tell this was the heart and soul of Cusco and where ALL the traveling action happened. We had a GREAT time staying there and in fact tried another hostel the next night.
We had done all of our booking from the states and wanted a variety of experiences. We went to our new hostel the next night and it was WEIRD, uncomfortable, cultish and dirty. We went right back to Sumac Wasi foregoing our deposits and a night we had already paid for at the other hostel (I will review it in a different page but it was called Casa de la Gringa) and ended up staying there for almost our entire tenure in Cusco.
Highly recommended! Search it online and read other reviews, but I am a bit picky and was very nervous about the experience and I loved Sumac Wasi!!!!!!!
Clean, friendly, VERY charming and couldn't be located in a better spot.
- Reviews: 6
Santa Catalina: Cusco Hotel
We really enjoyed Santa Catalina. It is considered a hostel, but felt more like a hotel since every room has it's own bathroom/tv/fridge/phone. A single room is US$ 30 per night and double is $40. There was always hot water, too. They have breakfast in the mornings (bread, jelly, coffee/tea, fruit, orange juice). Just make sure you use your own bottled water for the coffee or tea! They will heat it in the microwave for you. Otherwise, YOU WILL get diarrhea.
You might want to request a room in the back if noise bothers you as it is on a busy street. I was so tired every night, that nothing could keep me awake. Or, you can get a room over the street with a balcony.
- Reviews: 4
doble: conquistador hotel
very confortable and necesary services
only necesary services for example : hot water, americans breakfast, internet, internationals call`s services, savebox..
- Reviews: 2023
Casa de Mamayacchi: Meet Manches the guard alpaca!
Cas de Mamayacchi is a charming place to stay whilst visiting the Colca Canyon. One of the highlights is meeting Manches, the hotel's guard alapaca, who is usually to be found in the hotel lobby. The hotel is very attractive and has a beautiful, peaceful location, 3640 m above sea level.
- Reviews: 2023
Blanca Family Farmhouse: Homestay on Isla Amantani
Many families on both Isla Taquile and Isla Amantani offer homestays. I stayed with the Blanca family on Isla Amantani and it was one of the most memorable experiences of my travels in Peru.
- Reviews: 2023
Tikawasi Hostal: Great hostel in Cuzco
Tikawasi Hotal is a really nice place to stay in Cuzco. There is a great variety of rooms, however. You'll need to make a reservation as it's really popular. Its 26 comfortable rooms have cable TV and heaters. Try to get Room 22 with the skylight view over the rooftops of Cuzco. It's spectacular, especially at night.
The only disadvantage is that you have to climb up quite a steep hill to reach it.
Singles are $35 and doubles $50 per night.
- Reviews: 2023
La Castellana Hotel: Colonial hacienda with a courtyard
La Castellana Hotel is a nice, secure, three-star hotel in the cente of the Miraflores district. Rooms have ac, cable TV and safes. You can eat breakfast in the attractive courtyard. There are 44 rooms, but the hotel is extremely popular so you need to make a reservation.
I would recommend La Castellana to those looking for a comfortable, mid-price hotel in a safe part of Lima. The staff are friendly and helpful too. Although it is in a quiet area, there is a major commercial street, with shops, restaurants and a big supermarket just a few minutes' walk away.
Doubles are $50-60 and singles $38-48, including continental breakfast. Shop around online to see who is offering the best rates.
- Reviews: 62
Hostel Resbalosa: Hostel in Cuzco
Cuzco if just a lot of choices of Hotel and hostels. It's all depend on the budget you want to spend, but if you decide to go over the 10 eur per bed, you can already find something really valuable. Hostal resbalosa is a nice terrace just on the main square of Cuzco. Owner is professional enough and there is nothing to complain about this place
- Reviews: 2
Don Carlos Hotel: Reasonable accomadation
Very well located on La Avenida del Sol, about a half mile from the Plaza de Armas and a few blocks from the Artisan's (Indian) market. The rooms on the front do overlook the busy street but you can watch the parades go buy. The back rooms overlook an alley, but are quiet. The breakfast is more than adequate......love the white cheese. Dinners are really good and fairly priced.
Great location......between the artisans market and the main square.
- Reviews: 63
Hostal Marani, Cuzco: Cuzco for "grown ups"
Hostal Marani is a family hostel, located in the historical center of Cusco, the former capital of the Inca Empire.
Hostal Marani is located at a 5 minute walking distance from the Plaza de Armas, one of the most beautiful squares in Latin America.
This hostel provides good services, friendly atmosphere and good location.
The place is owned and run by a dutch lady, Tineke, and her entire team are efficient and helpful.
The rooms are nice, all en suit. Shuttle from the airport is provided. Internet free service available.
- Reviews: 63
Antigua Miraflores: Very good value for money in Lima
Nice rooms, (some air conditioned) good homey atmosphere, efficient service and assistance in English. Good and free Internet, as well as wireless coverage in the rooms.
The location in Miraflores is good both for walking in this area, and vicinity to major sites.
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