Refugio Amazonas is built using a combination of traditional native materials and architecture and modern day eco-lodge technology. The lodge consists of three wings of 8 rooms connected by raised boardwalks to a central, two story, 20 foot tall common area. This area has distinct ambience serving as lobby, dining room, bar, shop and lounge. This structure is the heart of Refugio’s atmosphere: it provides great canopy views of the surrounding forest – from a hammock… and a whistle away from a drink!
Each of the 24 double bedrooms are 7 x 4 meters so they can comfortably hold three beds, although most are set up for two. The walls dividing each room are built using cane, and 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. A second small window on the opposite side, set up very high, keeps the rooms well ventilated. 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.
You are provided with self-serve three course meals at Refugio 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.
Refugio 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 Port to Refugio Amazonas
||Activities arranged at lodge per a-la-carte menu
||Activities arranged at lodge per a-la-carte menu
||Transfer back to Port
The perfect amount of time to immerse yourself into jungle life! The lodge is located around 2.5 hours from the port of Puerto Maldonado with wonderful activities are included in the program.
Your travel via flight from either Cusco or Lima.
On arrival you will be welcomed at the airport and driven 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 Refugio Amazonas: The 2.5hr boat ride from the Tambopata Port to Refugio 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.
Activities are scheduled four times a day: pre-morning, morning, afternoon and night. Check exact times with your guide when planning your daily activities and please select one activity per time segment.
Canopy tower: A 30 minute walk from Refugio Amazonas leads to the 25 meter scaffolding canopy tower. A staircase running through the middle provides safe access to the platforms above. The tower has been built upon high ground, therefore increasing your horizon of the continuous primary forest extending out towards the Tambopata National Reserve. From here views of mixed species canopy flocks as well as toucans, macaws and raptors are likely.
Parakeet clay lick: A 15 minute boat ride and sixty minute walk from Refugio Amazonas is a parakeet clay lick. From a blind you will see parakeets descend on most clear days to ingest the clay on a bank. Species such as Dusky headed and Cobalt winged Parakeet descend at this clay lick. We visit the lick at dawn, when parrots are most active or in midmorning or early afternoon, when they are active.
Farm Visit and Ethnobotanical Garden: 5 minutes downriver from the lodge lies a farm owned and managed by charismatic Don Manuel from the neighboring community of Condenado. He grows a variety of popular and unknown Amazon crops – just about every plant and tree you see serves a purpose. He has also identified and cultivated many of the medicinal plants used in the region in a little backyard garden.
Sachavacayoc Oxbow Lake: A 2 hour hike takes you to Sachavacayoc Lake. You will then paddle around the lake in a catamaran, searching for the resident family of five giant river otters (seen by about 30% of lake visitors) and other lakeside wildlife such as caiman, hoatzin and horned screamers. We hike out at dawn – when otters are active. Don’t forget the 2 hour return hike! For those who do not want to take the long hike Condenado Lake, thirty minutes from the lodge, is an option.
Brazil nut trail and camp: A few minutes hike from the lodge is a beautiful old growth patch of Brazil Nut forest that has been harvested for decades (if not centuries) where the precarious remains of a camp used two months a year by Brazil Nut gatherers can still be experienced. We will be demonstrating the whole process of the rain forest’s only sustainable harvested product from collection through transportation to drying.
Mammal clay lick: 20 minutes walking from Refugio Amazonas is a peccary clay lick. These wild rain forest pigs show up in herds of five to twenty individuals to eat clay in the late morning. Chances of spotting them are around 15%, but well worth the short hike. Other wildlife also shows up including deer, guan and parakeets.
Stand Up Paddling
Farm Visit and Ethnobotanical Garden: as above
Sachavacayoc Oxbow Lake: as above
Brazil nut trail and camp: as above
Mammal Clay Lick : as above
Stand Up Paddling
Caiman searches. We will be out at the river’s edge at night, scanning the shores with headlamps and flashlights to catch the red gleams of reflection from caiman eyes.
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.
Tambopata National Reserve Lecture: Nightly lectures prepared by the staff of Refugio Amazonas cover conservation threats, opportunities and projects in the Tambopata National Reserve.
On your last day we return to main Port and transfer to the airport for your flight back to Cusco or Lima.
Photographs courtesy of the talented: Lucas M. Bustamante
CLASSIC Double/Triple/Quad Room: US$ 805 per person
CLASSIC Single Room: US$ 1005 per person
SUPERIOR Double/Triple/Quad Room: US$ 895 per person
SUPERIOR Single Room: US$ 1135 per person
AMAZON SUITE Double: US$ 1010 per person
AMAZON SUITE Single: US$ 1340 per person
AMAZON Villa Double: US$ 1,295 per person
AMAZON Villa Single: US$ 2300 per person
Children 2-12yrs old 15% Discount in Triple rooms only.
All rooms have an authentic Ese-Eja décor which has been crafted by artists from the local community of Infierno. All rooms feature private bathrooms with access to hot water showers. The rooms also feature an open veranda to maximize the experience with the tropical rainforest.
Superior Rooms : 2 or 3 Single beds
Comfort Rooms : 2 Double size beds
Suite Rooms : 2 Queen size beds
Villa: 1 King bed
- English speaking Naturist Guide
- Includes National Park Fees ($13 per person)
- All transportation
- All meals and certain beverages
- All excursions
- Paypal fees for easy credit card payment
- Transfers in Lima or Cusco
An approximate cost for roundtrip from Lima/Cusco is US$250-$350 per person depending on airline and dates of travel. We can obtain quotations for you.
The lodge has 2 transfers in and out per day. You must arrive into Puerto Maldonado between 1-2pm. Departure flights can be any time as transfers are out at 7am and 8am.
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