There didn't seem to be a TripAdvisor record for the Tambo Jungle Lodge, so here is our review:
My husband and I stayed in the Tambo Jungle Lodge as part of a 3 day/2 night program through SAS travel. Overall the stay was an excellent experience, but there were some issues with organization and transportation along the way. We were not picked up at the airport as promised, but once we called the phone number a bus arrived within a few minutes with a boat engine loaded in the front (apparently the boat had broken down earlier that day). We were transported to the office, which also seemed like someone’s house – complete with a child and pets – and were asked to wait for about 20 minutes before being transported to the port area to catch the boat to the lodge. It was a bit awkward. There was a lot of downtime between activities/excursions, meaning we often waited for a few hours in the hammocks in the lounge area or just lying in our beds. If you like to relax by “doing nothing”, this is a good place.
The lodge is about 45 minutes up the river. Upon arrival we were fed a big lunch of guacamole, rice, and a beef curry and then had a couple hours break until the first activity (monkey island). The rooms are basic – no windows, just mosquito screens and each bed has a mosquito net as well. There weren’t a lot of bugs inside the bungalow, but there were some big spiders outside the room and bathroom. The bathroom was clean but there was never hot water and there was only electricity for a few hours in the evening so flashlights are a must. One woman found a tarantula in her room on the ceiling one of the nights we were there, which added to our fear of creepy crawlies.
Our young guide for the trip, Michel, did a wonderful job despite some awkward circumstances. The boat continually wouldn’t start or was getting stuck in the mud (we’d all have to de-board). Also, since people are on trips of varying length, we were often merged with other groups or tour guides who never seemed to introduce themselves – we often felt like outsiders along with one other couple who arrived the same day as us.
The food was okay – not bad, but not particularly good either. Breakfast was usually basic with scrambled eggs and toast. Lunch and dinner were almost always a rice and potato dish with some type of meat curry or fish in sauce entrée. There was usually a simple dessert (peaches or pudding). Juice was provided at all meals, but alcoholic drinks were extra (and expensive).
We paid US$185 per person for the 3 day trip, which based on the amenities, condition of the rooms and resort, and food – was probably a gross overpayment. Compared to our US$40 a night hotel in Cuzco (the Ninos Hotel I), this tour through SAS Travel was probably a rip-off. That being said, we wouldn’t trade the experience for anything. We saw some great wildlife and were exposed to the lifestyle of the people in this part of Peru.