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Refugio Amazonas

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

Highlights

- Immersive Amazon experience
- Best for adventurous travellers
- Activities for all ages, great for families
- Mountain biking, cruises, jungle walks

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Overview

The Peru Nature Portfolio comprises a number of lodges within Peru's Tambopata National Reserve. This chain of lodges provides guests with the chance to gain first-hand experience of what the vast Amazon Rainforest has to offer and immerse themselves in some truly spectacular natural surroundings. Of all the options within the chain, Refugio Amazonas offers the broadest menu of things to see, do and experience, and has plenty to offer for all age groups making it an excellent choice for families. Situated on the edge of the reserve, the lodge is reached via a three-hour motorised canoe ride up the Tambopata River to its picturesque and peaceful setting amidst pristine rainforest.

There are 32 rooms, all opening out onto the surrounding rainforest and offering a generous amount of space. Bedrooms are separated from one another by light cane fencing, with drapes instead of doors so while they are private, they are not soundproof. Amenities include hot water (available at all times), a mosquito net, electrical lamps and outlets, and complimentary eco-friendly toiletries. Note that rooms are open to the jungle, and it can be hot so this property is best suited to adventurous travellers. An electricity generator is turned on once a day to recharge batteries and lodge facilities. Note that although light is provided by numerous kerosene lamps and candles, it does get very dark at night so we recommend bringing good torches.

The food consists of self-service three-course cooked meals, with a selection of Peruvian and international dishes. Specific dietary requirements are catered for and unlimited sterile drinking water, coffee and tea are provided, as well as fruit juice with meals. There's a second story 'loft' above the dining room furnished with plenty of hammocks for that all-important relaxation time and wild animals, including monkeys, are often visible from the lodge.

There’s a huge variety of immersive and enriching group activities on offer, ranging from paddle-boarding and kayaking trips up the river, to mountain biking sessions, hikes to clay licks, sunset cruises, night walks through the jungle and visits to nearby farms where staff grow their own produce. Guests have the unique opportunity to learn about the area’s incredible biodiversity and its fascinating flora and fauna. A particular highlight is the chance to join the 'Wired Amazon' research project - those who opt to do so have the opportunity to study the rainforest from above by drone, set camera traps to capture photos of various animals and maybe even discover a new species. Private excursions can be arranged for an extra charge. A number of massage treatments are also offer for an additional fee.

Of the three lodges in the chain, Refugio Amazonas is the best for families. Many of its activities are child friendly and there are even some tailored in particular to youngsters, such as the rainforest trail for 4 - 10 year olds, along with the lovely on-site playground. It goes without saying that parents should keep an eye on their children at all times due to the lodge’s remote rainforest setting.

Nearby Alternatives

Posada Amazonas

Amazon Basin

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Immersive rainforest experience
- Relatively short hop from Puerto Maldonado
- Cultural village & farm visits, river cruises
- Bird watching from tree canopy, night walks

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Particularly remote spot in the Amazon
- Superb biodiversity in untouched location
- Night jungle walks, macaw clay lick visits
- Floodplain walking trails, endangered species

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What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

based on 508 reviews

(5.00/5)

  • Hi - now back.
    In short it was a great holiday with very very little to fault. Location on Lopud was perfect for family and accommodation was exactly as you said ‘simple’ clean and comfortable hosted by a wonderful friendly local family ...all 1min walk from the front. Great breakfast that was straight from the garden in part and always abundant.
    Our guide Nina was excellent always putting our safety first and adapting the itinerary to suit weather. She was a great host with the two families in our group and went out her way to keep us informed and even take photos to share when we were out on the water.
    Transport arrangements were spot on - always there waiting at airport or ferry! Slight confusion that it wasn’t a TourDust sign but that was quickly solved.
    Kayaking was a great adventure and a challenge some days but worth it for the stops on other islands and opportunities to swim, dive and explore caves. I suspect it could be a long day if your child is too young or not such a ‘water baby’ as once your in the kayak your in it! It is also a hefty bit of exercise on a two person kayak if the child in front isn’t up for paddling! I was fine except on one or two occasions where it was a bit of a struggle and I had to persuade him to do some more paddling for me.
    Finally, your service has been great since we got in touch especially as it was a last minute decision for us to go. The speed in responding to queries on a personal basis and quickly was really great (very unusual these days!)
    All in all a great holiday - my 11 year old had a great adventure he will talk about for years! So will I....
    M. Cameron

    Missingmurdoch C reviewing Family Sea Kayaking Holiday in Dubrovnik on 08 August 2019

  • We had a fabulous holiday thank you! Everything went very smoothly - accommodation was good, breakfast fantastic! The kayaking was great - really well thought out schedule with plenty of rests and time to relax. Lovely meals out.

    Just wanted to add that our guide Nina was excellent. She worked really hard to ensure the whole trip went smoothly and that we were all happy with the pace, including giving the boys plenty of opportunities for jumping in off the cliffs!!

    All in all a great trip! And all the admin side of things has been very efficient throughout.

    Thank you so much!!

    Kate T

    MissingKate T reviewing Family Sea Kayaking Holiday in Dubrovnik on 05 August 2019

  • Hi, just back home now as stayed in London last night. It was fab! We loved it! Amazing all round- Thankyou. Best holiday ever!!!

    Accommodation great at both places, guides lovely, staff great. We saw more animals than ever expected: giraffes, lion, elephants, water hog, wilder beast, impala, white rhino, crocodiles, hippos in lake Sybia, monkeys in trees at Tonga.

    Beach beautiful, but a bit windy, waves v rough but didn’t deter my boys. We snorkeled which was fab but too rough on day we booked to do ocean experience.

    My boys swam in all pools!!!

    Weather better than we expected!

    Must go and do some laundry, but hope that helps?

    Best Nicola

    MissingNicola B reviewing South Africa Luxury Safari & Beach Holiday on 24 July 2019

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