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
||Sachavacayoc Oxbow Lake – Refugio Amazonas
||Tambopata National Reserve
||Transfer Refugio Amazonas
It takes over 3 hours to get here from Puerto Maldonado and includes all of the activities at Posado Amazonas plus an authentic Brazil Nut trail and camp. For those traveling with children it offers the only attraction especially made for children, by children, in the Peruvian Amazon. And there are many Soft Adventure activities at this location as well.[title size=”3″ content_align=”left” style_type=”single” sep_color=”” margin_top=”” margin_bottom=”” class=”” id=””]DAY 1[/title]
Arrival & Reception by Guide: Our guides are biologists, tourism professionals, or community members who speak English. We assign guides at a 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 two and a half hour boat ride from the Tambopata Port to Refugio Amazonas will take us past the Community of Infierno and the Tambopata National Reserve’s checkpoint and into the buffer zone of this 1.3 million hectare conservation unit. A box lunch is included enroute.
Orientation: Upon arrival, the lodge manager will welcome you and brief you with important navigation and security tips.
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.
Overnight in Refugio Amazonas
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Sachavacayoc Oxbow Lake: A two 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 and other lakeside wildlife such as caiman, hoatzin and horned screamers. We hike out at dawn – when otters are active. Don’t forget the two hour return hike! For those who do not want to take the long hike, Condeando Lake, thirty minutes from the lodge, is an option.
Farm Visit and Ethnobotanical Garden: Five 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.
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 sustainably harvested product from collection through transportation to drying.
Night Walk: You will have the option of hiking out at night, when most of the mammals are active but rarely seen. Much easier to find are frogs with shapes and sounds as bizarre as their natural histories.
Overnight in Refugio Amazonas
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Clay Lick – Tambopata
Parakeet Clay Lick: A fifteen 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 include Dusky-headed and Cobalt-winged Parakeets.
Mammal Clay Lick: Twenty 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. Other wildlife also show up including deer, guan and parakeets.
Canopy Tower: A 30 minute walk from Refugio Amazonas leads to canopy tower. From here, views of mixed species canopy flocks, as well as toucans, macaws and raptors, are likely.
Tambopata National Reserve Lecture: Nightly lectures prepared by the staff of Refugio Amazonas cover conservation threats, opportunities and projects in the Tambopata National Reserve.
Overnight in Refugio Amazonas
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Transfer Refugio 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
|Price of Tour
|CLASSIC Double/Triple/Quad Room: US$ 630 per person
CLASSIC Single Room: US$ 805per person
SUPERIOR Double/Triple/Quad Room: US$ 750 per person
SUPERIOR Single Room: US$ 960 per person
Children 2-12yrs old 15% Discount in Triple rooms only.
|Price of Flights
|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.Important Note about Flights
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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- 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
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