Did you mean?Try your search again
Favorite thing: 3 hours boat ride from Puerto Maldonado but it can be 30 hours away.. the Refugio Amazonas is where I stayed and the place was magical. To start with, the lodge itself is an amazingly beautiful building. It is situated about 0.5 miles from the Madre de Dios river. It is designed like a pagoda of giant timber frame with a massive thached roof. they have beautifully designed rooms with a 'wall missing', yes, that's the wall facing the jungel... so you enjoy staying 'in the wild'. but dont worry, the beds are very comfy and it goes without saying, the nets are very well maintained.
The guides operating from the refugio are very good. There is the usual array of jungel activities like botanical walk, night walk, canopy climb (via 50 m tower, not canopy bridge) and Brazil nut tree climb(with ropes and jumars), Oxbow lake canoe trip(Piranha feeding and swimming is optional,watch out for the litchesetc). but beside all that they have their resident Shaman who will perform his magic at his jungel hut some 2-3 miles away from the lodge.
Dont ask me for reviewes, I was tempted to try some Shaman session but time was short and I missed out, despite meeting him for a short chat and my honest opinion is that I think, that in this occasion, you better enjoy the jungel without the potions and magic...
The lodge has also a nice restaurant, library, massage/treatment room and a large gallery on the second floor where, on requests (sometime scheduled) the staff will give a lecture focusing on one aspect of their research. Very interesting.
Do not miss the Copuacu ice cream ! Have fun.
Fondest memory: Climbing to the Canopy tower' with dawn and experiencing life and nature in a very raw and serene way. Shame it was in a group of about 10. would rather it was 2-3.
Written Aug 25, 2011
Favorite thing: Pepe the howler monkey. He's the lodge mascot and a real friendly kinda monkey. Maybe he just wants you to get him a banana off one of the trees. He howls like an old truck starting up once or twice a day. We were warned that he did that but when I finally heard him do it I was at the other end of the lodge and I thought there was a hurricane coming. He's loud!
Written Oct 15, 2005
Favorite thing: A large part of responsible eco-tourism is the adage "Take Only Photographs, Leave Only Footprints". When travelling in the Amazon, please respect the environment. Pack out any non-biodegradable waste (candy wrappers etc) and
While travelling to and from the eco-lodges, lunch and/or a snack may be provided. The food is usually wrapped in a large banana leaf - when you're finished, just toss the remaining food over the side.
Written Nov 19, 2004
Favorite thing: I've never enjoyed birdwatching anymore than I did in the Tambopata rainforest area of Peru. Literally millions of exotic parrots and macaws are everywhere. I can hardly stand to see a caged macaw now that I've seen a mating pair of blue and gold macaws flying free and wild in the bright Peruvian sunshine.
Fondest memory: Hearing millions of parrots and macaws calling to each other in the rainforest, as they approach a river bank "clay lick". (a place where they congregate and socialize each morning.) Please see my "not to be missed" section on Peru, too.
Written Mar 26, 2003
Favorite thing: Our guide showed us how to take photos of the macaws by zooming the camer into the viewer in the binocular. A cool trick. The picture came out so so only.
Written Sep 4, 2005