Tambopata (Tambopata and Manu, Peru)
A simple but comfortable lodge on the banks of the Tambopata river, 2.5 hours upstream from Infierno port. Wildlife encounters increase the further you travel from civilisation, which makes this lodge ideal for a 3 night stay. A Brazil nut forest managed by a local concessionaire surrounds the property, which is adjacent to the Tambopata National Reserve.
Jungle walks, boat trips and birdwatching. 30m canopy tower. For children there is a special rainforest trail and a children’s playground.
There are 32 rooms with mosquito nets over the beds, all with their own bathrooms. Of these there are 16 classic rooms, which do not have electricity (lamps and candles provide the lighting), 14 (larger) superior rooms with electric lighting available in the evenings and 2 premium rooms with ceiling fans and electric lighting available in the evenings.
A good base for a jungle experience of 3 nights, or combining with the Tambopata Reserach Center, a further 4 hours upstream for a more in-depth Amazon experience.
When to go
Wet season is from November to April, but rain is normally restricted to half days.
Client comments and reviews
We loved the rain forest and the lodge, but you have to know what you’re getting into. I think we were very lucky because it was dry and reasonably cool while we were there, very few insects and easy to get around – it is probably harder when the weather is hot and humid or rainy. We were also happy with the activities, especially the Oxbow lake hike and the macaw clay lick trip. We saw enough animals to keep us happy even if this is not the densest part of the rain forest in Latin America for fauna (something people need to realise up front). Refugio is a family-oriented/ group environment and many of the activities are geared toward kids. We also met other travelling couples and that was a nice part of the experience. - HD (August 2019)
Refugio Amazonas was great, interesting and comfortable. - AB (October 2016)
The jungle trip was interesting, although we did find the single bamboo walls between bedrooms and bathrooms a little disconcerting – rather like being in a bunk room and so not to everyone's taste – although most people tend to be considerate. - JC (May 2012)
What a day for wildlife! When we arrived at Refugio Amazonas, we saw and photographed a harpy eagle, which is another mythic animal for me. And then in the evening we saw smooth-fronted caiman and white caiman. - PM (August 2011)