STYLE: Extension package
Trip Code: PETSRO4
DIFFICULTY RATING: 2 (light adventure - average fitness required)
Start: Puerto Maldonado, Peru
Finish: Puerto Maldonado, Peru
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This one-of-a-kind itinerary allows you to experience the best of the Amazon in style while minimizing your ecological footprint.
Lying deep within the Peruvian rainforest, Refugio Amazonas is a pocket of luxury in this vast wilderness. Nature-lovers are invited to step into a world of jungle activities and get involved in the Citizen Science programme, Wired Amazon. Secluded, intimate and luxurious. Refugio Amazonas is a 32-bedroom jungle lodge set within a 200-hectare private reserve within the buffer zone of the Tambopata National Reserve. Approximately four hours from Puerto Maldonado airport in the southeast of Peru, the lodge offers a huge variety of child-friendly adventures with a focus on conservation and science so is the perfect retreat for travellers of all ages. Choose from a range of stays from 2 nights or more. Contact us for details.
The Rainforest Expeditions Experience
Rainforest Expeditions has three properties nestled in the Peruvian Amazon. The extensive list of expeditions offer immersion in nature and local culture exchange aimed at providing a comprehensive experience of the rainforest. By staying at one of these three properties, you can make a meaningful contribution to sustainable efforts in preserving and protecting pristine land, wildlife populations and locals. Guests benefit from knowledgeable guides who provide an in-depth understanding of life in the rainforest of Tambopata. Enjoy an open wall facing the rainforest and awake with the sounds of jungle. Properties include Refugio Amazonas, Posada Amazonas & Tambopata Research Centre.
Clay Licks – Take a boat trip to the Chuncho Clay Lick inside the Tambopata National Reserve to see macaws descend to the clay lick on clear mornings.
Canopy Tower - A 30-metre scaffolding canopy tower gives you spectacular views of the vast expanses of standing forest with a good chance of spotting toucans, parrots, macaws or mixed species canopy flocks.
Life in the Rainforest - Visit a working jungle farm and a real Brazil nut concession to learn about the way of life in the rainforest. You will taste exotic tropical fruits and discover medicinal plants from the neighbouring local families that we are helping integrate into the ecotourism industry.
Lake - Paddle around the Lake Condenado on a catamaran, looking for wildlife such as hoatzin, caiman, or horned screamers.
Wired Amazon Science Lab – Hang out with resident biologists as they peer through a stereoscope to properly identify insect specimens before mounting them and sending them off to the University of Guelph for genetic sequencing.
Children´s Rainforest Trail - The Amazon´s only trail for children and a playground beside the lodge.
Wellness Centre – Enjoy massages and aromatherapy at our wellness center.
*Refugio Amazonas provides special activities for kids and teenagers, such as seed hunting, natural dye tattoos, drone exploration, and storytelling around the campfire. Ask for the family program to enhance your jungle experience with your loved ones!
On this all-encompassing personalised itinerary, Chimu will provide travel logistics for your travel party for the duration of your journey, plus expert guides for all the major sightseeing as per itinerary. Each night you will stay in superior accommodation, handpicked by our experienced team for their creature comforts, convenient locations, and impeccable service
• In partnership with the locals! 75% of the profits from this amazing lodge goes directly to the local community.
• Citizen science projects offer travellers the opportunity to help the Refugio identify and protect new species.
• Refugio Amazonas runs one of the most important scientific projects to save the Macaw population a study that is hoped to assist populations all over Latin America.
You can also check out our alternate lodge the Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica Extension.
To begin your rainforest adventure, you will take a quick flight from Lima or Cuzco to the Amazonian city of Puerto Maldonado, in Southeastern Peru. Upon arrival at Puerto Maldonado Airport, a Refugio Amazonas representative will greet you and accompany you on the journey to the lodge. You will be taken on a one-hour road trip, followed by a tranquil 1-hour boat trip on the Tambopata River, to arrive at Refugio Amazonas. During the trip, there will be a stop at the local office where you can repack your luggage, bringing only necessary items for the next four days. The remaining belongings will be securely stored at the office.
Upon reaching the lodge, you will be warmly welcomed and given a brief orientation. After dinner, you have the option to participate in a night walk, where you can observe the animals that are active during the evening, but often difficult to spot. The nocturnal frogs, with their captivating shapes and colors, as well as interesting sounds, can be seen more easily.
Note: Please ensure that your flight arrives in Puerto Maldonado before 13pm.
*Refugio Amazonas offers a variety of on-site activities and excursions that can be customized. The itinerary presented below is provided as an example and may be subject to changes depending on weather, availability, or your personal preferences.
After breakfast, you'll have the opportunity to explore the Condenado lake's wildlife from a canoe or catamaran, where you can spot exotic creatures like hoatzin, caiman, horned screamers, macaws, and rare otters. Later, you'll embark on a thirty-minute walk from the lodge to a 25-meter canopy tower with a staircase, offering stunning views of toucans, macaws, and raptors from the treetops.
After lunch, you'll visit a local farm to learn about Amazonian crops and local agriculture. An ethnobotanical tour will follow, where you'll gain insights into the medicinal practices of the region. In the evening, Refugio staff will offer engaging lectures that cover conservation challenges, opportunities, and projects in the Tambopata National Reserve.
Experience the magnificent audio and visual spectacle of a clay lick, where you'll witness vibrant-colored macaws, parrots, and parakeets feast on clay. Species such as dusky-headed and cobalt-winged parakeets are frequently seen, and with some luck, you may also spot mealy and yellow-crowned Amazons, blue-headed pionus, severe macaw, and orange-cheeked (Barraband's) parrots.
After lunch, you'll embark on a brief hike from the lodge to a stunning Brazil nut forest, which has been sustainably harvested for decades. Here, you'll learn about the entire process of collecting, transporting, and drying the rainforest's only sustainable product. In the afternoon, the medicinal plants' trail will take you on a journey to explore the vast array of plants and trees that the local population has used for centuries to heal their bodies and minds. You may recognize some of the names, such as Sacha-Ajos, Uña De Gato, Sacha-Charcot, Para-Para, Ayahuasca, among others.
After breakfast, you will embark on a two-hour journey back to Puerto Maldonado for your departure flight. The trip includes a 1-hour boat ride followed by a 1-hour road transfer to Puerto Maldonado. This provides a final opportunity to immerse yourself in the breathtaking natural scenery of the Tambopata National Reserve, offering a chance to spot a variety of wildlife along the way.
Please note: Departure from the lodge is at 8am and arrival in Puerto Maldonado around 10am. Departing flights must be booked after 11am to allow sufficient time for your transfer to the airport.
We believe that appropriate accommodation should add to the authentic travel experience, as well as providing utmost enjoyment. For that reason our accommodation is scrutinised by our staff on the ground frequently, ensuring the properties adhere to our high standards. This key will help you understand the levels of accommodation available on this tour.
Comfortable properties with dependable facilities and service.
Comfortable properties with dependable facilities and service.
Luxurious properties with impeccable facilities and service.
Accommodation with full meals
All tours, activity services and guides
Return transfers from Puerto Maldonado Airport
All river transportation
Entrance fee to National Park
International and internal flights not indicated
Visa and reciprocity fees (if applicable)
Gratuities for tour guides/drivers
Any items not mentioned as included
A single supplement surcharge applies and is subject to availability. Please contact us for more information.
Prices are based on per person, twin share.
Prices are correct at time of publishing but are subject to change at any time.
All entrance fees are subject to change without prior notice.
Please note the Refugio Amazonas is closed Jan-Mar 2023 and Jan-Mar 2024 - this is due to maintenance on the lodge during rainy season.
Seasonality and availability at time of booking.