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Refugio Amazonas

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9/10

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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.

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Average Rating

based on 503 reviews

(5.00/5)

  • Hi Lisa,

    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!

    Best regards,
    Woan Chyi

    MissingWoan 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.

    MissingPippa 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.

    MissingNatasha L reviewing Thailand Family Adventure on 24 September 2019

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