- Particularly remote spot in the Amazon
- Superb biodiversity in untouched location
- Night jungle walks, macaw clay lick visits
- Floodplain walking trails, endangered species
The Peru Nature Portfolio consists of several off-road lodges that lie within the Tambopata National Reserve, a vast nature reserve within the Peruvian Amazon basin. Of the several lodges in the chain, the Tambopata Research Centre is the most remote and secluded. Due to the lodge’s out-of-the-way location, accessing it is very much part of the whole experience of staying here. Guests first take a three-hour boat ride on motorised canoes up the Tambopata River to the Refugio Amazonas lodge, where they spend the night. The following day, there’s a four-hour canoe trip to the Tambopata National Reserve. The journey is staggered to avoid having to traverse the river at night and so that guests can have a break in between the two canoe trips.
There are a total of 24 rooms and suites at the lodge. All of them have been carefully designed to complement and respect the local environment, while at the same time providing plenty of comfort and convenience for guests. Amenities common to all four categories of room include a hot shower, eco-friendly toiletries, a mosquito net, umbrellas and slippers. Rooms open out on to the rainforest and guests can often spot various animals, such as monkeys, from the comfort of their own lodgings.
Three meals a day are provided, featuring either Peruvian or international dishes. Water comes from a nearby underground spring; it’s boiled, filtered and then cooled down before being offered to guests.
Staying here is all about being immersed in the unspoiled, raw natural beauty of the Amazon Rainforest. Whilst the rainforest and its native animal species constantly face threats from deforestation and logging, the area surrounding the lodge hasn’t experienced such threats for quite a few years now. As such, its ecosystem is fully intact and it has a thriving wildlife population, with a number of endangered species living in the area. Guests can explore the unspoiled rainforest and discover its incredible biodiversity for themselves. There’s an exciting menu of activities available, ranging from visits to macaw clay licks and treks along floodplain trails, to night time jungle treks and walks to a nearby palm swamp. A stay here provides the unrivalled opportunity to explore a unique part of this vast rainforest that’s particularly well preserved and unspoiled. While the group excursions are highly recommended, private excursions are also available for an extra charge.
Despite its remote location, the lodge does welcome children, although there are no designated child facilities on offer. Parents should bear in mind that there's an adventurous journey to reach the reserve, and that children must be supervised at all times due to the property's open location out in a rainforest.
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