3D2N Refugio Amazonas
Refugio Amazonas lodge lies deep within the rainforest — a luxurious oasis in the wilderness. With its wide variety of a la carte activities, the lodge is ideal for nature-lovers. And as the headquarters of our Citizen Science program, Wired Amazon, you even can contribute to science!
Located in a 200-hectare private reserve within the buffer zone of the Tambopata National Reserve, Refugio Amazonas is a secluded, 32-bedroom jungle lodge. The lodge is located about two hours from the Puerto Maldonado airport, in Southeastern Peru. Its wide variety of kid-friendly, adventure-focused, and science activities, Refugio Amazonas is great for nature-lovers and families. As the headquarters of our Citizen Science program, Wired Amazon, you even can contribute to science or discover a new species on your trip!
Why you’ll love it here
Rooms at one with nature: Our naturally-built rooms have a wall open to the surrounding jungle. This gives you a safe way to enjoy this diverse ecosystem, even during downtime. Wild animals, including monkeys, are often visible from the lodge. Our dining room is a huge open building as well, with a second-floor loft for a stunning view of the rainforest canopy.
Wellness Center: Relax with fantastic massages and aromatherapy at our on-site wellness center.
Children’s Rainforest Trail: Your kids can explore the Amazon rainforest’s only trail specially designed for children, along with our lodge playground!
Aerobotany: Discover where classic field biology and 21st-century technology come together in the rainforest. Join our resident Aerobotanist to fly drones over the canopy and classify the photos, helping with scientific discovery!
We have the most comprehensive set of activities designed to connect you with the dense rainforest, maximize wildlife encounters and share the local culture. Although you can design your own Amazon experience and let your inner explorer out, here are some ideas for you.
This expedition will provide you with luxurious yet authentic nature experiences inside the Amazonian rainforest. Visit the 37- meters canopy tower surrounded by Brazil Nuts forests, actively participate as a citizen scientist with the wired amazon team and discover a new species, join in the excursion to the Chuncho clay lick where dozens of macaws, parrots, and parakeets gather all mornings to lick clay
- Arrive in Puerto Maldonado, capital of Madre de Dios, and join a 1-hour bus and 1-hour boat journey till the lodge. Your first taste of the Amazon culinary will be in the river while you let the city behind to enjoy the amazing jungle landscapes
- Refugio Amazonas awaits – a spacious ecolodge, with bar, a massage center, and buffet service with the Tambopata National Reserve behind it. This eco-lodge is home of Wired Amazon, the first citizen science project which turns explorers into a citizen scientist.
- Accommodation includes a 45-meter square room with mosquito nets, a private bathroom and an open wall facing the forest.
- Your stay includes three meals daily, teas, coffee, guided excursions and activities, refreshments upon arriving, and transfers to and from the airport. We assign guides at 10:1
- A thirty-minute walk from the lodge leads to the 34-meter scaffolding canopy tower. A banister staircase running through the middle provides safe access to the platforms above. The tower has been built upon high ground, therefore increasing your horizon of the continuous primary forest extending out towards the Tambopata National Reserve. From here views of mixed species canopy flocks as well as toucans, macaws, and raptors are likely.
- The light glares against the sheet, highlighting its white color against the dark jungle night. As the bright light flickers, moths begin to flutter towards it. You study them carefully, noting their shapes and patterns. By the end of the night, you might have discovered a new species unknown to science. Now, you get to name it yourself!
- Two hours from the lodge, deep in the Tambopata National Reserve you will stop at the Chuncho clay lick. After a brief walk (~5 minutes) you will have the chance to see dozens of large macaws feeding on the special sodium-rich clays of the riverbank. The Chuncho clay lick probably attracts more large macaws than any other clay lick in the world and the sight of dozens of macaws taking flight is truly unforgettable. The details of our stopover will depend on the weather and the amount of macaw activity, as the birds don’t visit the clay lick when it is raining.
- Meet the charismatic Don Manuel from the neighboring community of Condenado. Just five minutes downriver from the lodge he grows organically a variety of popular and unknown Amazon crops. On this fruit-farm excursion, every plant and tree you see serves a purpose.
- Along the ethnobotanical trail, you will find a variety of plants and trees that are used by the local population with at least the same variety of purposes. Learn about the medicinal (and other) uses of Ajo-Sacha, Yuca de Venado, Uña de Gato, Charcot-Sacha, Para-Para, among several others
- It is time to say goodbye, as the expedition comes to an end.
- Your visit will make a direct contribution to the scientific projects of Wired Amazon and their conservation efforts onwards learning about the biodiversity of the Tambopata National Reserve.
- You will take the journey back to the city to the airport for your national flight onwards.
Prices by room:
|Superior Single||$ 798|
|Superior Double||$ 1,216|
|Comfort Single||$ 838|
|Comfort Double||$ 1,296|
|Amazon Suite Single||$ 1,006|
|Amazon Suite Double||$ 1, 488|
Single: 1 guest – Double; 2 guest
Children: 20% discount for children under 12 years old sharing triple or quadruple accommodation with parents. Not valid for single or double rooms.
Includes all meals, accommodations, and Lodge services, all river transportation, and transfer from and to the airport of Puerto Maldonado.
Entrance to the Tambopata National Reserve: US$13.00. International or domestic airfares, airport departure taxes or visa fees, excess baggage charges, additional nights during the trip due to flight cancellations, alcoholic beverages or bottled water, snacks, insurance of any kind, laundry, phone calls or messages, reconfirmation of flights and items of personal nature.
All our boats are 20-foot long, roofed canoes with 60hp eco-friendly outboard motors.
Transfers-in (From Puerto Maldonado to Lodge): Daily at 13:00 and 14:30 hours.
Transfers-out (From Lodge to Puerto Maldonado): Daily at 7:00 and 8:00
How To Get There
Refugio Amazonas requires at least two hours of travel time. To begin your rainforest tour, you take a quick plane trip from Lima or Cuzco to the Amazonian city of Puerto Maldonado, in Southeastern Peru. After we meet you at the airport, we’ll take you on a one-hour road trip, followed by a tranquil 1-hour boating on the Tambopata River, to arrive at our jungle oasis.
The first step in your trip to Tambopata includes a plane trip from Lima or Cuzco. Flights from Lima depart from the national terminal of the Jorge Chávez airport. The trip takes about three hours. Most flights stop in Cuzco before continuing to Puerto Maldonado. The flights from Cusco depart from the national terminal of the Velasco Astete airport. The trip takes about 45 minutes.
Upon arrival in Puerto Maldonado, you will be greeted by our guides, and taken to a waiting vehicle. We will make a brief trip to our operations office in Puerto Maldonado where we will ask you to keep the luggage you do not need. The luggage is transported by hand in several stages of the long-distance trip, so we ask that you please limit your weight to 15 kilos (32 pounds per piece). You can pack bags separately and leave them safely in our offices in Puerto Maldonado the first day so that we do not load them unnecessarily. Your luggage will be waiting for you at the airport the day you leave. After taking care of your luggage, we take a 1-hour bus trip to the Filadelfia River Port.
In Filadelfia, we board long, stout canoes equipped with outboard motors and downstream to Refugio Amazonas. The 1-hour boat journey is pleasant, and often includes our first sightings of macaws, herons, caimans and capybaras. Once the boat reaches the dock of the lodge, you’ll have officially arrived in the wild jungles of Tambopata!
Once You Arrive
The access to our lodges involves going up a staircase with about 70 to 90 steps. The number of steps will vary depending on the season, rainy or dry, due to the fluctuation of the river. These steps are considered a medium level of effort. It usually takes about a fifteen-minute-walk to get to the lodge.
Rainforest Expeditions Departures from Airport (Puerto Maldonado to Lodge)*:
Two daily departures at 1:00 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Rainforest Expeditions Returns to Airport (Lodge to Puerto Maldonado)*:
Two daily departures at 7:00 AM and 8:00 AM
Two daily departures at 7:00 AM and 8:00 AM
Refugio Amazonas Map Journey