Refugio Amazonas is a thirty-two bedroom lodge, opened in 2005, located in a 120-hectare private reserve. It is an excellent option for introductory nature tours and the ideal stepping stone for longer explorations to the Tambopata Research Center. It is also the perfect choice for those traveling with children. The Refugio Amazonas offers the only attraction especially made for children, in the Peruvian Amazon – the Children’s Rainforest Trail. There are also special programs for teens and soft adventures available.
Refugio Amazonas has been built using a combination of traditional native materials (wood, palm fronds, wild cane and clay) and architecture and modern day ecolodge technology. All bedrooms are private even if the side that looks out to the forest does not have a wall or screening of any kind, acting as a large window facing the forest. The rooms all have private bathrooms with hot water for warm showers and mosquito netting for beds. There is electricity in the common areas until 10pm with kerosene lamps and candles available for the night, and a 110V generator is turned on once a day to recharge batteries for guests or lodge facilities. It is an excellent option for introductory nature tours and the ideal stepping-stone for longer explorations to the Tambopata Research Center.
Access from Puerto Maldonado takes a total of 4 hours (1 hour by land and 3 hours by motorized canoe)
A Private Bungalow
The Amazon Villa, located 15 minutes from the Refugio Amazonas, allows guests to experience the wonders of the rainforest with exclusive services and activities to explore the flora and fauna in privacy. A stay at the Amazon Villa offers a completely customizable experience based on a choice of fifteen activities and excursions each day and a private dining room, where delicious Peruvian meals are served upon request. From the bungalow, guests can relax in one of the most biodiverse regions on earth, spotting wildlife like monkeys and exotic birds from the surrounding gardens.
The Amazon Villa blends with its jungle surroundings with a natural design that incorporates elements of local architecture and materials. The bungalow has a king size bed, a small desk work-space for a laptop, satellite Internet connection (no Wi-Fi as it is in the depths of the Amazon), a 40 inch flat screen TV and electricity 24/7. There is a spacious bathroom with hot water and a tub for a refreshing bath after a day exploring in the rainforest. Guests can also use the refrigerator and microwave in the room for food. The living room has an open wall with views directly out to the rainforest, and there is a dining table with six chairs where meals will be served and a cosy sitting area for relaxing.