We are a family of 4, with 9 and 11 year olds. It was a lovely hotel in the middle of the jungle. The food was varied and very good. They were kind enough to make something just for my son when he didn't like what was on the menu.
The staff was wonderful. Your guide sits with you at all meals which we enjoyed. He was extremely knowledgable and would educate us before going on our outings. The rooms were kept very clean. The bartender made great drinks.
The rooms are beautiful with one side being open and facing the jungle. The large downside is you hear everything your neighbors say. We had the joy of listening to some teenage girls singing loudly and off-key with their headphones on. Make sure to get a room at the end where you will only have one neighbor.
We were disappointed with the amount of wildlife we saw, especially at the clay licks. We sat for 2 hours by a clay lick where you are supposed to see macaws. We saw 4, a mile away, and they did not go to the lick. We did get to see some river otters while we waited which was nice. At the mammal clay lick we didn't see anything. I expected to see more monkeys and birds in the jungle. We did happen upon a Peruvian Rainbow Boa.
While the wildlife may have been a bit disappointing, the jungle was amazing. Everything is huge - the plants, ants, trees. Our guide had a wide range of knowledge and made our hikes fun as well as educational.
My son is very well traveled and this is the only place he asked how long it would take to save his allowance so he can come back again.
No one can guarantee wildlife sightings so the only thing of control over is where to stay. I would definitely stay here again. It was a wonderful way to start a 3 week trip in Peru.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Refugio Amazonas is the latest addition to Rainforest Expeditions Tambopata portfolio. As a charming 32 bedroom lodge, it is well placed immediately adjacent to the Tambopata National Reserve. Its location is ideal for stand alone three night experiences and for breaking the expeditions to and from Tambopata Research Center. Refugio Amazonas is built on a 200 hectare private reserve on the buffer zone of the Tambopata National Reserve. It is becoming integrated to the communities of Brazil nut extractors that surround it, attempting to extend the benefits of ecotourism to the families committed to sustainable forest use. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Refugio Amazonas Hotel Puerto Maldonado