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“Pretty good lodge”
Review of Refugio Amazonas

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Refugio Amazonas
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Reviewed 20 October 2013

Stayed here for 4 days on my tour of Peru.
Getting to this lodge wasn't very easy...Flight from Lima to Puerto Maldonado, the airport in itself was an experience.......
Then a short bus ride to the head office to drop off unwanted stuff...they actually gave me a small bag to pack some stuff in.
Then a 2-3hr boat ride to the lodge but we stop after 1hr to checkin at a central site. (toilet stop)
The boat ride was an experience.... of driving in the pitch black without lights but I guess these guys are skilled. Then a 10 minute walk to the lodge.

The lodge was nice, we had a welcome drink and was in time for dinner.
The manager explained the dos and the donts.
A guide is assigned to a group and he/she eats with you and decides on the time for the tours.

The room was pretty big, and the beds were comfortable.
I had visitors to my room at night but none was able to breech the strong mosquito net.
The bathroom was the best and there was hot water.
I had a hammock and slept in it...one afternoon.
I went for the superior room which had electricity until 10pm as wanted to charge my stuff but there is loads of chargers in the restaurant area to charge your stuff.
There is a safe in the room, and a whistle.....not sure what it was for lol.
There was wifi for a brief period.
The restaurant meals are served at set times...its buffet style and the meals were pretty tasty.
I notice that the food was pretty limited in quantity meaning one could not have seconds or thirds lol.

We did several walks.....one to the parrot clay-lick and we saw loads of green macaws.
One to a lake where sat in a canoe and looks around for wild life...one to a mammal lick but we didn't see any......canopy walk was very good, climbing a 25m tower, we had a good look at the scenery...and a few birds....
One trip to a farm and another on a medicinal trail.

All in all I loved this experience.
If you want to experience life in a lodge and traveling on the river with a relaxing evening then this is the place for you.
If you want to see a lot of wild-life then maybe this is not the place.....but there are loads of birds.

Make sure you have insect repellant as during the walks the insects can be a bit annoying. Remember to apply it to you face as several people in my group had bites to their face. Also spray the repellant on your clothes as well. I saw someone with a hat with an attached netting....I wish I had brought one of those.
If I had to do this again would have probably stayed at the closer lodge.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled solo
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RainforestExp, Public Relations Manager at Refugio Amazonas, responded to this reviewResponded 5 November 2013

Thanks for your review; we hope you enjoyed your stay in the Amazon. We are reviewing the per head food portions of our lodges and already making some changes to be able to provide a better service at this end.

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Reviewed 19 October 2013

We stayed here one night on our way the Research Center and it was very pleasant. Good food and the drinks were cheaper than most places in Miraflores. We really liked the open walled room that allows all the sounds of the jungle to with you all night.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 October 2013

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.

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  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 18 October 2013

We were not sure what to expect but the lodge was excellent - very clean food good even a fully stocked bar - the boat trip up to the lodge was very quick and interesting - we did night cruises to find Caymen and then nature walks in the morning - our guide Yohan was amasing - he knew all the animals and flora - thank you

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank mparr27
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Reviewed 17 October 2013

The Refugio is a nice lodge with excellent service. The guides were extremely knowledgable and could explain and highlight many interesting thinghs about the location. The transfers were well organised and seamless.

However, for us there didn't seem to be the wildlife that we expected either mammal or otherwise.

One day we spent several hours visiting the lake and the only real thing of interest we saw were some bats on a tree. Another day we spent several hours visiting a mammal clay lick and the only thing we saw was one wild turkey. We climbed the canpoy tower another morning and although it was a nice view, we didn't see anything bar a few butterflies. When we visited the McCaw clay lick we did at least see some McCaws but they were at a considerable distance and never came down to the lick.

Things we did see:
We did see the Caimans at night, big water rats on the transfer in, a brief glimpse of a couple of Tamarind monkeys, a tree frog, tarantulas and cicada (grasshopper).

If you temper your expectations of the wildlife you might expect to see and enjoy more of the narrative provided by the excellent guides then you might really enjoy the experience. However, if you expect to see more you may be somewhat disappointed as we were.

We spent several hours in transfers, took Malaria tablets and had a yellow fever vaccinations as well as spending extra on binoculars clothing etc. In retrospect if I had the time again I would have extended my trip to visist Colca Canyon or somewhere instead as the extra effort and cost did not warrant our expections of the experience.

Many reviews have lauded the quality of the food but we were not particularly impressed with this.
We found it was often luke warm, that there was a very limited choice and that it quickly ran out if you were not quick in the queue. My wife also got sick here.

I recommend bringing your own shampoo. When we were there it was extremely hot and humid and you will certainly want to shower often. We ran out of shampoo by the second morning and despite asking never received any more.

In summary it's a nice place with excellent guides and service from the staff; however make sure weigh up the cost and effort involved in getting here with your expectations.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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RainforestExp, Owner at Refugio Amazonas, responded to this reviewResponded 7 November 2013

Thanks for your review. We are really sorry that the rainforest trip didnt meet your expectation.
The Amazon is not a consistent wildlife destination. Some weeks are great, others not so much. We do try to temper wildlife expectations with this chart http://www.perunature.com/rainforest-expeditions-wildlife-sightings.html based on last years wildlife sightings. Please let me know if you think that does the job, or what we can do to improve it.

Regarding the food, again, despite being 20 years in the business, we still mess this up on occasion, and we apologize. We try to temper expectations for food choice by offering a fairly complete list of our menu here: http://www.perunature.com/peruvian-recipes.html. Because Peru is such a great food destination, we literally describe our meals as "self serve 3 course meals" and stay away from words such as gourmet.

Finally running out of food, is an issue of logistics, more than an issue of budget. Were trying to solve this with an automatic purchase order generator and are testing and fining it. It would be of great help it if we could get in touch with you personally so we can understand what date you were there and we can fine tune the problem and also try to figure out why you got sick. My email is kurthollef at gmail.com

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Reviewed 8 October 2013

Coming back from an early morning jungle adventure, lying on the bed, listening to the sounds of jungle life, half asleep, half adream. That's what I think of when life seems difficult back at home. The lodge fits perfectly into the environment, the staff are friendly and attentive, food is fine, and drinks are cold. it's not easy to get to, but that's all part of the adventure - arriving by river in the dark wasn't the plan but it all added to the excitement. We captured (on camera) tarantula, piranha, bullet ants: but probably just as well our son didn't see whatever animal came into his room and nibbled away at the apple carelessly left out overnight. The jungle and hotel was still his highlight of the whole Peru trip.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 7 October 2013

Our trip to Refugio Amazonas kick started our three week visit to Peru. It is a brilliantly organised lodge and Miguel and his staff keep it ticking over like clockwork. The food was excellent and plenty of it, the accommodation was very good (albeit a bit unreliable with hot water) and the general layout and amenities really helped the social side of what time we had to spare. Everything seems to have been thought of and the guides (Erick and Enzo for our group) were excellent. It was a shame to leave after only three nights but we had to move on. The Refugio Amazonas can be recommended.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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RainforestExp, Manager at Refugio Amazonas, responded to this reviewResponded 11 October 2013

Thanks for your review of Refugio Amazonas. We are sorry that your room had some problems with the hot water service, we are improving the hot water service in our lodge. In hot days a cold water shower can be also quite refreshing :)

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Address: Av Aeropuerto | La Joya km 6, Puerto Maldonado 084, Peru
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Region: Peru > Madre de Dios Region > Puerto Maldonado
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 62 Speciality Lodging in Puerto Maldonado
Price Range: £422 - £531 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Refugio Amazonas 3*
Number of rooms: 32
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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