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.
-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!!!
-Awesome hammock area overlooking the lake
-Mosquito netting over the beds
-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 :)
- Also Known As:
- Mejia Lodge Peru/Tambopata National Reserve