- 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.
The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.
Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)
Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!
Woan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019
Driver-guide: Very punctual, except for pick up for airport when he was delayed by >30 mins due to road closures. Vehicle very clean and well maintained- plenty of water and supplies of clothing for religious sites, tissues, postcards etc. Very good at understanding what level of conversation we wanted. Happy to stop for paracetamol, supermarket etc. Took us to signal box at railway since we were early (which was very interesting)
The Walawwa: Lovely place to arrive at and get a bit of rest. Great pool, lovely rooms and food etc. Peaceful oasis so close to town.
Wilpattu Camp: Wonderful food- really enjoyed trying lots of new things in excellent surroundings.Felt like the place had not been visited much recently (which I don’t think it had due to the terrorist attacks) so our safari guide had been brought up from another park and did not know the park too well- it worked out well though and we saw all the animals we hoped to see so no complaints on that front. We did feel that we should have been told about extra things we could have done- when we commented on the great food on final day we were told that they could have done a cookery demo for us, but it was too late at that point. It worked well for us but clients should probably know that they are likely to have multiple wildlife in their tents (eg frogs)- didn’t bother us at all, but others it might do. We were given a questionnaire to fill in at the end whilst all the staff were standing around, which wasn’t ideal as you felt a bit of pressure! Felt really well looked after here!
Water Gardens Sigiriya: Beautiful suites with plunge pools- quiet and peaceful with lovely big swimming pool. Food good
Jungle Beach: Beautiful location on beach. Rooms good. Food a bit limited I would have liked a bit more variety ideally.
Camellia House: Lovely location- beautiful views. Food OK but service below average- our food orders were wrong a couple of times and even pre-ordered food was delayed. Tea factory tour was only an hour and that was the main reason to be here. It was interesting but quite brief seeing it was the main attraction according to our itinerary. Also, we were taken there in a minibus which didn’t have seatbelts on all seats and was quite smelly- not up to the standard of the usual transportation. Rooms were described as having panoramic views- one did have amazing views but the other one definitely didn’t.
Galle Face: Lovely old hotel- but it did have some problems (leaking ceiling and ‘smuts’ coming out of air conditioning.) Weather very bad (spectacular storms). It was a shame the street food tour couldn’t take place but totally understandable given the weather, however we enjoyed our dinner here and free drinks/canopes!). Good choice at breakfast.
Pippa R reviewing Sri Lanka Highlights - Classic on 30 September 2019
Once again you organised a really good holiday for us.
If there was one criticism it was that there were too many flights. I don’t know whether you could do Bangkok first, Chiang Mai, then fly down South?
Your drivers and Guides - all really good. The variety of transport on the tours in Bangkok and Chiang Mai; we all loved.
Tamarind Village - Our room was a bit of a squeeze, with the 3 of us and 3 big suitcases.
Lisu Lodge- I enjoyed our time here. Going forward I would suggest only 1 night or they need to have some more activities. I liked how we ate on the floor, the food was really good. Staff very friendly. We liked the cycling, tea plantation, trekking and white water rafting.
Riva Surya- good location.
Elephant Hills- we loved looking after the elephants, the lake was also a really good experience. The guides were informative and looked after us well. The resort locations and tents were perfect.
Santiburi - amazing; we upgraded to a beach bungalow which was fantastic. The hotel is in a stunning location, the facilities and the service was impeccable. Sam has some private Thai boxing lessons, which he loved. We had cookery lessons and used the paddle boards. A perfect end to quite a busy holiday.
Natasha L reviewing Thailand Family Adventure on 24 September 2019