- 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.
Everything was fab, I especially loved Tuningi such a special place and my son got to see his favourite animal the cheetah (after a bit of time hunting about on foot!). Mauritius is lovely we saw quite a bit of the island in the end.
Laura L reviewing South Africa Safari and Mauritius on 12 December 2018
We had a wonderful trip to Morocco. What a fascinating country. Thank you so much for all of your help making things smooth and less stressful!
Here are a few things we wanted to pass on:
Dar Housnia was absolutely delightful. It was like an entire wing of a house to ourselves with perfect Moroccan decor. The private area where we ate was so cute, the riad staff so accommodating. I loved waking in the cozy space with our family and hearing both call to prayer as well as roosters. Just perfect.
I was a little unclear how to ask what time we were being picked up etc, but your office promptly replied to my emails - even on weekends- when we had these questions about transport times. Once, we met our guide in Imlil these details we not problematic as our guide “Abraham” totally took care of us. Abraham was awesome. You should definitely request him again in the future. He was young (29)and energetic. He had a ton of hiking experience in Imlil as he was from there. He also seemed to know everything else about morocco, the desert, the culture, etc, etc. He was approachable, kind, patient, great with our kids and answered SO MANY of our questions.
The hike was lovely - after rain the day prior in Marrakech - there was snow in the mountains. It was gorgeous. We may have been up for a longer hike up Mt Taboukel if I had known this was a realistic option for families ( I thought from reading that it was too technical for us). Yet not sure we had enough days for all these things always since getting in the desert was a priority.
The mountain house, Dar adar, was just as described… very basic. The wifi was broken (which was a nice break when you have pre-teens addicted to phones, plus my husband called no wifi an amenity to not be available by email for his work!)). There was no heat and the fireplace helped a tad - but was so very cold in the rooms. My husband loved the rustic space, I may have gone up one step in niceness of mountain accommodation if I had to do it over again. Yet, meeting the other families in this Dar Adar (including another Tourdust family from England) made this house very memorable.
We were then joined by our driver for the next several days, Jamal. What a fun guy and a perfect driver. He could joke with my kids, he had a fun smile, and he had worked with Abraham before so they were a great team. The drive to desert was long as I knew it would be. It was nice to have the stop on way there near Ait Ben Haddu. The drive back from desert was long. It was more near 10 hours of driving (plus 1 hour at lunch = 11 hours) but I wouldn’t have made any different choices.
The luxury desert camp was far and away the highlight of our trip. The tents were adorable, I was sufficiently warm even at night inside the tent. We loved the camel riding, the ATV vehicles at a nearby camp, sunsets on the dunes, music around the camp fire, meals with others at the camp and more.
The last night was at Riad Jona. This was so very very lovely. The food was amazing - such a good idea to eat here after our long drive back to Marrakech. They had a small dining pool plus a hot tub which was delightful. It was almost more of a boutique hotel as it had several rooms.
Gwyneth R reviewing Luxury Family Desert Holiday on 11 December 2018
The trip was amazing everything was better than we could have imagined.
There was a moment climbing the mount Kenya where my wife accused me of tricking her into doing this (half kidding) as some of the nights got pretty cold, but we were dressed well and the sunrise at the peak was astonishing.
Safari was spectacular, Ben who was our main guide and driver was awesome! We saw everything excepts rhinos which were more of a hope than a reality. We also were able to watch a rock python eat a Thompson gazel live. It was one of the most interesting and unsettling things I have ever seen.
Just overall, so many moments that make you think wow or I can't believe I am here. Thank you for your help in getting everything set up. I don't believe I could have booked the trip without your help and guidance. It was an amazing way to start our marriage and truly the trip of a lifetime!
William K reviewing 11 Day Mount Kenya Trek and Masai Mara Safari Combined on 29 October 2018