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“A real, rough-it jungle experience!”
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Mejia Lodge
Reviewed 16 March 2013

We opted to rough it in the jungle, rather than stay at the expensive, cushy lodges. It made for a memorable visit. We spent 2 nights.

Pluses:
-The food is excellent, and is served with beverages (all is included in the price)
-The cost is a fraction of the cushy lodges
-You will go to sleep with cicadas and wake with birds and HOWLER MONKEYS!!
-Right on the lake, great for canoeing and wildlife watching
-Nice easy trail around camp for jungle exploration
-It doesn't get any more authentic than this
-Night jungle hikes!!!
-Lake swimming!
-Awesome hammock area overlooking the lake
-Mosquito netting over the beds

Minuses:
-HAVE CORRECT EXPECTATIONS. These are clapboard bungalow shacks, not Club Med.
-No electricity, except from 6pm-8pm in the common room for dinner
-No hot water (but the water is lukewarm, and it's hot outside!)
-It's the jungle. There will be cockroaches and bugs in your room, the showers, etc. But the mosquito netting over the beds is heavy-duty
-Very public outdoor showers and toilets
-You will need to bring your own towel, headlamp/torch, sandals, soap, DEET bug spray, sunscreen, any snacks
-Be warned that the lodge is a 2-3 mile walk in from the river; in the wet season, it's ankle- and knee-deep mud. Our hostel in Puerto Maldonado lent us gumboots for the hike.
-You can't book directly; you must be taken there by a guide. I recommend Tambopata Hostel- their guides are top-notch (see my review of that hostel)
-No wi-fi, obviously :)

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank cool_jonez
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Reviewed 19 October 2008

Mejia Lodge is a small camp by the shore of Sandoval Lake, consisting of a few small wood shacks divided into rooms. Some have two beds, others have three or even four. There is nothing else in the rooms other than the beds and their individual mosquito nets. The beds have old matresses, a sheet, a wool blanket and a tiny pillow that feels like clumps of foam. The shacks have no ceilings, so there is an open space from where the wall ends to the roof. It's like sharing a room with your neighbors. Fortunately, we were the only guests on our one-night stay.

There is a large hut that serves as the dining/socializing lounge, and adjacent to it is another shack that is the kitchen.

A couple of separate shacks contain the toilets and showers. There is no hot water, but the water is naturally lukewarm. Bring soap, shampoo and towels, as neither is provided. You'll need some footwear for the walk on the dirt and grass between the room and the shower. Note that while taking a shower, the plastic curtain is all that is hiding you from public view.

The meals were plain but tasty and filling. Lemonade was served with the food. It was made with underground water that they pump out and boil. As was the soup. The water in the sinks should not be drunk. They sell bottled water if you didn't bring enough with you.

There is no electricity. A single candle and a box of matches is in every room.

Outside were many domestic animals: dogs, cats, chicken, ducks, turkeys, pigs. They all roam the property freely and eat whatever they find.

We had no interaction at all with the lodge operators; our guide handled everything. You can't enter the reserve without a guide.

Getting to the lodge takes a one-hour (about 3 miles / 5 kilometers) walk on a dirt path from the entrance to the reserve on the Madre de Dios river. When it rains, the path turns into thick mud, so be prepared with rubber boots (should be provided by your tour operator).

We used a bug repellent consisting of 100% DEET, and did not suffer a single bite. We got the stuff from Walmart in the camping gear section before leaving the U.S.

It's as basic and crude as it gets. I don't know if and how it can be booked directly (don't think so because you must be accompanied by a licensed guide to go into the reserve). We had walked into a tour-operator place in Puerto Maldonado and booked a 2-day excursion with them for the next day. Mejia Lodge is the property they use for the overnight.

  • Stayed: October 2008, travelled with family
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6  Thank zbenye
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Reviewed 29 November 2013
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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with friends
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2  Thank Eduardo_Chercoles
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Address: Tambopata National Reserve, Peru
Region: Peru > Madre de Dios Region > Tambopata National Reserve
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Ranked #15 of 21 Speciality Lodging in Tambopata National Reserve
Number of rooms: 19
Also Known As:
Mejia Lodge Peru/Tambopata National Reserve

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