- Immersive rainforest experience
- Relatively short hop from Puerto Maldonado
- Cultural village & farm visits, river cruises
- Bird watching from tree canopy, night walks
The Peru Nature Portfolio consists of three eco-friendly lodges located within the Tambopata National Reserve. Of these three, Posada Amazonas is the nearest to Puerto Maldonado, the city which serves as the meeting point for those staying at any one of the three lodges. This lodge's location makes it ideal for travellers who might be a bit short on time with perhaps only a couple of nights for a rainforest stopover. The transfer from the city to the lodge entails a 40-minute drive followed by an upriver ride in a motorised canoe.
There are a total of 30 rooms available in three categories: Superior, Comfort or Suite. All rooms offer plenty of space and are designed to blend in naturally with the lodge’s lush, unspoiled rainforest setting. Plenty of creature comforts include eco-friendly toiletries, a mosquito net, hot water and electrical outlets.
The restaurant serves three meals a day and offers both Peruvian specialties and international favourites, along with plenty of refreshing drinks. Complimentary drinking water is provided round-the-clock; it’s sourced from a nearby spring and is properly purified in order to make it safe for consumption. For those looking to unwind, the lodge offers a number of massage treatments, some of which use various plants sourced from the rainforest.
While staying here, the focus is very much on exploring the Amazon. The line-up of excursions is very broad and diverse, with something for everyone. Walks through the rainforest at night, trips to clay licks, visits to nearby farms where lodge staff cultivate a wide variety of tropical crops and plants, and cruises along the Tambopata River at sunset are all on offer. One of the key excursions is Ese Eja Day when, for an extra fee, guests can visit the local community of Infierno. This traditional Amazonian village is populated by the indigenous Ese Eja people who offer visitors the chance to participate in activities such as fishing using a traditional cane and handicraft demonstrations. Another highlight is a trip up the lodge’s canopy tower, which offers guests the unique opportunity to view the superb birdlife that inhabits the rainforest’s tallest trees.
Families are more than welcome, and while there are no particular child-oriented services or facilities, there is plenty on offer to keep all age groups busy. Due to the lodge’s location in an open rainforest, parents will need to keep a close eye on their children at all times.
We had a wonderful time! Our transfers (besides a bit of a wait when we arrived) were smooth. The gentleman that drove us to and from the airport also drove us to our hike and he was very nice and helpful, clean car and very accommodating.
Our tour guide on the first day, Mandy, was charming and insightful. It was a slow day in the markets but we appreciated the space and gave us a chance to hear all about the Souks. The gentlemen who was with her was a wealth of knowledge and both did a very nice job!
Our hike was awesome and our guide was great- he even took us to a cool waterfall and took great care of us; lunch in the mountains was delicious!
The hotel was so lovely and the staff was very accommodating and helpful. The food was great and the rooms very comfortable!
I did a good amount of damage in the market (often accused of being Berber;) and truly hope to be back next Spring... maybe a girls trip or perhaps I’ll bring my kiddos!
Thank you for organizing such a nice getaway for my husband and I; we will confidently recommend Tourdust to our friends!!
Jennifer H reviewing Boutique Marrakech & Atlas Mountains on 12 June 2019
We had an amazing trip. Everything was well thought out and so much fun. What a great way to truly see the country and learn the culture.
Joseph was the perfect guide. Very kind, professional, knowledgeable and patient. The kids loved Joseph and keep asking when will they meet him again. He found the Big 5 for us which was unforgettable! Please pass along our appreciation to Joseph.
Maji Moto was also another incredible experience. They had great customer service and we loved experiencing their culture.
Sunbird was absolutely beautiful and I wish we had more time there. We loved the view of the lake!
One suggestion to make the trip even better for other guests in the future would be to have a cooler with drinks and snacks in the Jeep at all times because a ton of driving is involved and it would be helpful to have a cold drink and snacks during the long trip.
Thanks again for organizing this experience of a lifetime for us!
Brandon H reviewing Maasai Family Adventure on 12 June 2019
Both hotels were excellent. Sari Konak is in a superb location for visiting all the iconic sights. Our family suite was spacious, newly decorated and very clean. There was a separate room for our son and a kitchenette with ‘fridge and kettle. Good choice at breakfast and served on lovely roof terrace. Great views of Bosphorus. One evening, we caught the commuter ferry to Kadikoy for an evening meal. A great option if there isn’t time to fit in a Bosphorus cruise. Also recommend The Old House restaurant which is very close to the hotel. We were in Istanbul during Ramadan so there was a family atmosphere in the city late into the night.
Esbelli Evi was delightful; a huge cave suite, great character, two bathrooms, sitting room and kitchenette with a fridge well stocked with beers and soft drinks. Private, quiet courtyard with gate to communal areas. Breakfast choice was really good and plenty of outdoor seating. Easy walk into village. Favourite options for dinner were Ziggys (stylish outdoor roof terrace) and Urgup Pide (popular with locals).
Really must mention owner Suha Ersoz and his staff - all of whom are extremely kind and helpful.
All our transfers went smoothly. Our driver and guide (Gaia) in Cappadocia were excellent and our itinerary was fast paced and interesting. Lunch options were great, especially on the river at Ilhara. A highlight for me was spitting a wild tortoise!
Balloon flight with Kapadokya Balloons was well worth the money and well organised.
Tim S reviewing Istanbul & Cappadocia Family Holiday on 07 June 2019