Posada Amazonas is built using a combination of traditional native materials and architecture and modern day eco-lodge technology. The walls dividing each 7×4 bedroom extend from the floor to about 2.5 meters height making each room private. The side that looks out to the forest does not have a wall or screening of any kind, acting as a large window facing the forest. Mosquitoes are not really a problem around the lodge clearing and the open section allows for an intimate contact with the rain forest. Doors are replaced with drapes, rooms are not soundproof.
Each room has a private bathroom with cold water only. Rooms and bathrooms are separated by drapes. Each room has beds, mosquito nets, bedside tables and hammocks or lounge chairs. Common areas are include a dining room and bar, a reception lounge with souvenir shop, and an interpretation center.
You are provided with self-serve three course meals at Posada Amazonas. Meals consist of soup or appetizers, salad, main course, and desserts combining Peruvian and international cuisine. All fresh fruits and salads are thoroughly disinfected before serving. At all times you are also provided with unlimited amounts of boiled, filtered, cooled drinking water, coffee or tea as well as fruit juices during the meals. Arrangements for special dietary requirements can happily be made with notification.
Posada Amazonas has no electricity. Light is provided by numerous kerosene lamps and candles. A generator is turned on once a day to recharge batteries for guests or lodge facilities. At night it is very dark, so we recommend good flashlights.
||Tambopata River Port to Posada Amazonas – Canopy Tower
||Tres Chimbadas Oxbow Lake – Parrot Clay Lick – Ethnobotanical Tour – Night Walk
||Transfer Posada Amazonas
This trek is our cultural trek! There are no ruins enroute but you will be taken back in time traversing through the beautiful Lares Valley.
You will pass by many rural farming communities and see how the Andean people still live the way they did 100 years ago! You will see lots of llamas and alpacas and a get a true feel for the Andes! We end our trek in one of the Worlds Wonders, Machu Picchu.
Arrival and Reception by Guide
Our guides are biologists, tourism professionals, or community members and speak English. We assign guides at 10:1 ratio; groups smaller than 10 people will be merged with other groups under one guide. If you would like a private guide or a guide in a language other than English please let us know.
We will welcome you at the airport and drive you ten minutes to our Puerto Maldonado headquarters. While enjoying your first taste of the forest in our gardens we will ask you to pack only the necessary gear for your next few days, and leave the rest at our safe deposit. This helps us keep the boats and cargo light. Skirting Puerto Maldonado, we drive 20 kilometers to the Tambopata River Port, entering the Native Community of Infierno. The port is a communal business. A box lunch is included enroute.
Tambopata River Port to Posada Amazonas: The forty five minute boat ride from the Tambopata Port to Posada Amazonas will take us into the Community´s Primary Forest Private Reserve. Upon arrival, the lodge manager will welcome you and brief you with important navigation and security tips.
Canopy Tower: A twenty minute walk from Posada Amazonas leads to the 30 meter scaffolding canopy tower. A bannistered staircase running through the middle provides safe access to the platforms above. From atop you obtain spectacular views of the vast expanses of standing forest cut by the Tambopata River winding through the middle. Now and then toucans, parrots or macaws are seen flying against the horizon, or mixed species canopy flocks land in the treetop next to you.
Ecotourism Lecture: A daily presentation on the Infierno ecotourism project is available every night from a staff member.
Overnight in Posada Amazonas
Tres Chimbadas Oxbow Lake: Tres Chimbadas is thirty minutes by boat and forty five minutes hiking from Posada Amazonas. Once there you will paddle around the lake in a catamaran, searching for the resident family of nine giant river otters and other lakeside wildlife such as caiman, hoatzin and horned screamers.
Parrot clay lick: This clay lick is only a twenty minute walk from Posada Amazonas. From a blind located about twenty meters away you will see dozens of parrots and parakeets descend on most clear mornings to ingest the clay on a river bank. Species such as Mealy and Yellow-headed Amazon, Blue-headed Parrot and Dusky headed Parakeet descend at this clay lick.
Ethnobotanical Tour: A twenty minute boat drive downriver leads you to a trail designed by the staff of the Centro Ñape. The Centro Ñape is a communal organization that produces medicines out of forest plants and administers them to patients who choose their little clinic. They have produced a trail which explains the different medicinal (and other) uses of selected plants.
Night walk: You will have the option of hiking out at night, when most of the mammals are active. Much easier to find are frogs with shapes and sounds as bizarre as their natural histories.
Overnight in Posada Amazonas
Transfer Posada Amazonas – Puerto Maldonado Headquarters – Airport: We retrace our river and road journey back to Puerto Maldonado, our office and the airport. Depending on airline schedules, this may require dawn departures.
Photographs courtesy of the talented: Lucas M. Bustamante
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