This jungle lodge is not somewhere that you can just arrive, knock on the door, and ask if there is a room available for the night! It is necessary to book a package which includes being collected from Puerto Maldonado airport (flights available from either Cusco or Lima) and transported by road to a river station to embark on what is described as a motorised canoe (looks about the same as a 1920's Thames launch except it is powered by a large outboard engine rather than a small inboard petrol or steam engine) for the rest of the journey which takes about an hour.
Various packages are available and my Wife and I chose the cheapest which is the "intro to the Amazon" three days and two nights, for single occupancy this would cost $485(US) but for double occupancy it is $375(US) per person - $750(US) or a little bit less than £500(UK) for the two of us - FANTASTIC VALUE.
So what did we get for our £400++?............The collection from the airport (and the return there at the end of our visit)...............The services of really enthusiastic and friendly guides.............A large number of activities including fishing for piranhas...........A trip to an ox-bow lake where we saw giant river otters............A trip to a hide overlooking a clay lick frequented by parrots, parakeets, and macaws.............A night walk through the jungle..................Sure I have forgotten to mention something but there is just so much to explore and enjoy!!..............About 15 minutes walk from the lodge is a 30 metre (about 100 feet) high observation tower, going up there are three viewing platforms, the first at monkey level (although is is quite rare to see any of them), the second at the 'top of tree' level, and the third above the canopy with a vast vista of treetops and the river.
Also included in the price are all meals, not exactly gourmet standard (who expects to find a michelin* in the jungle?) but very enjoyable and well adequate. The only thing not included in the price are drinks. There is a well stocked bar - beer, wine, and a great range of cocktails (and water if you want it). The bar prices are extremely reasonable.
The rooms are basic but very comfortable and have en-suite facilities. One side is open and sometimes "things" may visit during the night --- some of the most colourful butterflies and moths I have ever seen, and sometimes little scuffling sounds on the floor!! But we are laying on a comfortable bed under a protective mosquito net!!
My general advice is that if you have any severe mobility problems please do not visit (a degree of agility is required). Do take a torch (US - flashlight) with you - there is no electricity at night and if you need to get out of bed to visit the loo you do not want to tread on anything nasty!! Talking of electricity, the generator only runs for about two hours a day, the rest of the time it is candlelight or oil lamp - if you need to charge up your mobile (US - cell-phone) or anything else make sure you meet this window.
To summarize I can say only one thing - IF YOU HAVE EVER HAD THE DESIRE TO VISIT A RAIN-FOREST you will really enjoy your visit to POSADA AMAZONAS.......................ENJOY!!!
Thought I had finished but have just rememberd two more things, firstly when darkness arrives the sound begins - so many jungle noises, a perfect lullaby to ensure a serene nights sleep, and secondly had my first ever encounter (not in the bedroom) with a big hairy tarantular - he/she looked very cuddly and strokeable but I decided not to.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Posada Amazonas is a 30 bedroom lodge owned by the Native Community of Infierno and managed with Rainforest Expeditions. Thanks to its accessibility, excellent wildlife observation opportunities, cultural context and comfortable accommodations, Posada Amazonas is ideal for a two night introduction to Tambopata's rain forests. It is located within the territory of the Infierno Community, built within the 2,000 hectare, private, communal reserve, which in turn is directly adjacent to the Tambopata National Reserve. Posada Amazonas was selected to be among the Best Eco Hotels in 2014 by Gogobot. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Posada Amazonas Hotel Tambopata National Reserve