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“The Traveling Hillbilly, At one with Nature” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Refugio Amazonas

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Refugio Amazonas
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Los Angeles, California
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45 reviews
22 hotel reviews
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“The Traveling Hillbilly, At one with Nature”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2011

This a great hotel for those who truly want to unplug and get back to nature. It is a beautiful lodge located in the Tambopata Reserve. It is not for the faint of heart though. There is no hot water, no electricity in the rooms, no locks on the doors and an open wall overlooking the jungle. But if you are up for the adventure, then this might be the right place for you. It has a great bar for meeting other travelers. The bar does have electricity between certain hours and during those hours you can recharge your electronics. The guides are great and staff very friendly. They do have mosquito nets over the beds at night to help fight off the bugs. It is nice to be in a place where feel like you can leave your valuables out without worry.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with friends
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Basildon, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2011

We went as part of a grand tour of Peru with llama travel in the UK. We had no idea what to expect having only seen 'an idiot abroad' on tv.
It was a lovely boat ride to the lodge and we arrived in the dark. What an amazing sight to see in the jungle.
Even though most of the trips start early we found it the most relaxing part of the holiday.
There is no hot water but you don't need it. You have a power point to charge cameras etc for 3 to 4 hours a day.
Leave you phones at home!
Our guide was Yuri, he was great, he understood our English humor.
If you have a chance you should go, you will not regret it.
Ps food was great and we are vegi too.

  • Stayed September 2011
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2011

After a 3 hour boat trip - and after spotting a Jaguar on the banks of the river, we arrived at the Lodge. It was truly amazing, we were offered cool towels and a cold drink and shown to our rooms, beautiful, open to the jungle, very clean and a lovely cold shower. at night the staff put down your mozzy nets over the bed, and light the lamps.
Great food, great bar and cocktails - just a lovely place to stay! In the morning I was woken to the sounds of the jungle, and howler monkeys. I highly reccommend this place!!!

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  • Stayed May 2011, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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San Francisco, California
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2011

Highly recommended, the rooms and bathrooms are really nice and very romantic when candle lit. Lodge was peaceful, loved all the bird sounds. The hikes were great, our guide (Andrea) was super nice and friendly, and we really enjoyed having meals with other people of the group, makes you feel at home. Totally worth it!

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Weybridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2011

The agents met us at Puerto Maldonado airport, and we then had a 5 minute ride back to their office for refreshments, bag drop-off and introduced to our personal guide. Then it was about an hour minibus ride followed by a wonderful three hour boat trip up the Tambopata River until we finally arrived at the lodge at dusk. The 10 minute walk from the riverbank (which was muddy after rain) to the lodge was lit by lanterns. We then had a welcoming drink and much needed wet towel, while our day-packs were brought to our rooms by the porters.

The lodge is fabulous. Clean, open and well constructed from the local materials. The 48 elevated bedrooms are in four blocks of 12, down boardwalks, well away from the central dining and bar area. A staggered buffet breakfast is served early, before the morning activities begin. The buffet dinner was about 7pm, comprising soups, main course and desert, with a vegetarian option available if ordered by your guide. There was a bit of a rush for the queue for dinner and I noticed some of the main dishes ran out for the latecomers, although I don’t think anyone went hungry. Above the dining area was a rest area, with several hammocks and seating overlooking the forest. By 10pm, all is quiet, as most guests are off to bed, ready for the early morning excursions.

The bedrooms are basic, but adequate for such a jungle location. One side is open to the jungle with just a low railing to protect those who may be inclined to sleep-walk over the edge! Our room had a single and double beds with mosquito nets, hammock, and en-suite shower room with WC. We were also provided with candles (only use while in attendance), drinking water, towels, and a safe with key. Rooms were cleaned daily while we were out on our guided walks, and the bed-nets dropped and kerosene lights lit while we were at dinner. During each night, some quit big noisy jungle visitors would fly around our beds, but they never managed to penetrate the nets.

There was only power for a few hours each evening, but plenty of sockets for re-charging in the bar area. The only thing I didn’t like about the lodge were the cold showers – ouch! There’s a technique to it though. A quick 5 seconds blast to get wet, and then lather up (shampoo provided) and you’ll warm up a bit. Then, when feeling brave enough, turn the shower back on again to rinse off. That way you don’t get cold for too long, and save water at the same time.

Overall, a great jungle experience. Bring waterproofs, boots and thick socks (Wellingtons provided). 3 nights recommended.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2011

We stayed here for three nights as part of a Journey Latin America package, between stays in Lima and Cuzco. It was awesome - everything a jungle lodge experience should be. The experience started with a 45-minute bus ride and then a three-hour boat trip from Puerto Maldonado/Infierno (Hell). Sitting in the motorised canoe heading up the Tambopata River we truly felt like we were travelling into the back of beyond. Wonderful.

We had an incredible guide, Johan, who just about knew everything about everything in terms of the jungle flora and fauna, and bless him he answered our sociological and political questions too! He was very patient with the children (aged 11 and 8), and with me when I was not feeling well.

The rooms were lovely - simply furnished and open to the jungle. Completely open on one side, but also open in the sense that there were gaps high in the wall to the walkway, where kerosene lamps were lit between nightfall and 9pm) and that there were no doors, just curtains. The shower was powerful and cool - just what you needed in the heat and humidity. Sound did carry a little over the tops of the dividing walls, but not so much that it was a problem. The noise of the jungle was more intrusive, but in a good way! No electricity in the rooms, just candles and the kerosene lamps - and robust mosquito nets over the beds.

The main lodge had lights (and wifi, as well as multiple sockets for charging camera batteries etc) between 5pm and about 9.30pm. Dinner was served communally at 7pm, and the food was delicious. Lunch similarly was always at 1pm, but breakfast times varied depending on what activities we were doing. Activities included climbing a tower to the level of the tree canopy, canoeing across a lake, swimming in the river, night walks looking for cayman, frogs and insects, and using plant dyes to create temporary tattoos.

The bar was well-stocked with beers and various cocktail ingredients, but we stuck to sodas, which were pretty reasonably priced. It was generally very hot and humid wherever you sat, but if you were lucky there was a bit of a breeze early evening.

This was a trip never to be forgotten, and a really special part of our longer journey. Johan was a star who made our stay unique and even more precious. We feel privileged to have stayed at the Refugio.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Forestville, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2011

A great experience..the lodge was much more luxurious than I expected! The rooms do only have 3 walls so you can get "close"to the jungle! The beds have mosquite nets! The room has a hammock (sadly only one!) and a safe..no door just a curtain! No hot water either..only cold showers! A library upstairs in the main lodge has 5 hammocks and chairs...food was great..no complaints there. Activities are good...out on the kayak, walking up the tower..we didn't get to do much else as a huge storm came through..although our guide did try and entertain us! really enjoyed the visit and would recommend it!

Room Tip: All the rooms are the same..3 walls and cold water!
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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Refugio Amazonas
Address: Av Aeropuerto | La Joya km 6, Puerto Maldonado 084, Peru
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Region: Peru > Madre de Dios Region > Puerto Maldonado
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 52 Speciality Lodging in Puerto Maldonado
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Refugio Amazonas 3*
Number of rooms: 32
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Refugio Amazonas is the latest addition to Rainforest Expeditions Tambopata portfolio. As a charming 32 bedroom lodge, it is well placed immediately adjacent to the Tambopata National Reserve. Its location is ideal for stand alone three night experiences and for breaking the expeditions to and from Tambopata Research Center. Refugio Amazonas is built on a 200 hectare private reserve on the buffer zone of the Tambopata National Reserve. It is becoming integrated to the communities of Brazil nut extractors that surround it, attempting to extend the benefits of ecotourism to the families committed to sustainable forest use. ... more   less 
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