Explore the many trails and observation areas in this pristine Amazonian rainforest
Posada Amazonas Lodge is located on the Ese'eja Native Community's territory and is directly adjacent to the 1.5 million hectare Tambopata-National Reserve in southeastern Amazonian Peru. With your English-speaking guide you will explore the many trails and observation areas in this pristine Amazonian rainforest. Natural attractions include an oxbow lake with giant river otters, parrot and small macaw clay licks, small monkeys, and hundreds of bird species. The canopy tower provides easy access to one of the world's final biological frontiers: the rain forest canopy. Opportunities for cultural interaction with an Ese'eja: guided activities include ethno botanical walks, visits to small scale farms, and other experiences we are developing in association with our native partners. For those interested in delving more deeply into the Amazonian rainforest you can extend your stay and visit the Tambopata Research Center located in the Tambopata National Reserve.
Puerto Maldonado - Posada Amazonas
Upon arrival from Lima or Cusco, reception and transfer to the Tambopata River port in Puerto Maldonado. Puerto Maldonado is situated at the confluence of the mighty Madre de Dios and Tambopata Rivers and is a bustling, booming tropical frontier town. Its principal activities are gold mining, Brazil nut collecting, timber extraction, agriculture and ecotourism. After a brief stop at the operation’s office we will depart on a 40-minute drive to the Infierno Community port, followed by 45-minutes boat journey by motorized canoe to Posada Amazonas. Depending on the arrival time of the plane we will have a boxed lunch aboard the boats or have lunch upon arrival at Posada Amazonas. During our voyage we may see bird species typical of the river or forest edge such as: Black Skimmer, Pied Lapwing, Capped Heron, Jabiru Stork, Roadside Hawk, and several species of kingfishers, swallows and flycatchers. When we arrive at Posada Amazonas we will unpack and unwind.
We will receive a short orientation and a complete briefing on the lodge before our afternoon activity: the canopy tower. In this activity, we will visit a 35-meter scaffolding tower that is 15 minutes walking from the lodge. The scaffolding tower is built so that you safely climb using the internal staircase with verandas on each side, and rest in platforms present every 2 meters. From the top you not only get spectacular views of the river and the surrounding forest but also excellent opportunities to observe birds from the canopy including parrots, toucans and macaws. A video about the forest of Tambopata will be displayed after dinner.
We will be up at dawn for a visit to the Tres Chimbadas oxbow lake. After an early breakfast we depart, fifteen minutes from Posada Amazonas by boat and a 30 minute walk take us to the lake shore. From here we take a long, easy canoe ride around it. We will look for giant river otters, turtles, hoatzin, and wading birds. The giant river otters that are seen in Tres Chimbadas belong to a resident family of nine. Then we will return to the lodge and visit the Clay Lick located only twenty minutes from Posada Amazonas. From a blind located about twenty meters away you will see dozens of parrots and parakeets descend on most clear mornings to ingest the clay on a river bank. Species such as Mealy and Yellow- headed Amazon, Blue-headed Parrot and Dusky headed Parakeet descend at this clay lick. The clay lick is most active at dawn and during the late mornings and mid-afternoons.
We return to Posada Amazonas for lunch before embarking on our afternoon outing. In the afternoon we will visit the community's ethno botanical center. From this little shop, the community has been registering the uses of medicinal plants from elders and planting, producing and distributing them for over ten years. We will hike the trails around the center with one of the residents who will explain to us the everyday uses of forest resources in medicine, construction, food and fiber. We will return to Posada Amazonas for happy hour and dinner.
Optional Night Walk: You will have the option of hiking out at night with your guide, when most of the mammals are active but rarely seen. Much easier to find are frogs with shapes and sounds as bizarre as their natural histories.
After an early breakfast we will visit a clay lick. This clay lick is located 20-minute walk from the lodge, but next to the river. Mealy and yellow crowned Amazons visit this lick, as well as the smaller parrots and parakeets. From the blind we have constructed next to this lick, even the amateur photographer can take good pictures of these wonderful birds. We will also have a great opportunity to spot other spectacular wildlife, active at this time of the day, like scarlet or blue and gold macaws and a great deal of other birds. From the blind we return to the lodge.
Later in the morning we continue with our activities. We depart from the lobby at Posada Amazonas and embark on a two-hour hike crowned by the largest tree in the vicinity: a giant ceiba tree. During the hike we will focus on the natural history of the rain forest and its principal taxonomic groups. We return to the lodge for lunch.
After lunch we embark on a thirty-minute boat ride downriver which takes us to the most complete farm in the community of Infierno. The owner grows a diverse variety of popular and unknown Amazon crops. In his garden, just about every plant and tree serves a purpose. After our visit we return to Posada Amazonas.
Posada Amazonas - Puerto Maldonado
After an early breakfast, we depart by boat back to the city of Puerto Maldonado, directly to the airport, in time for our flight back to Lima or Cusco.
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, radio calls or messages, reconfirmation of flights and items of personal nature. Single supplement fees. Tips.
All our boats are 20-foot long, roofed canoes with 55 hp, eco-friendly 4 stroke outboard motors.
- Transfer-in (From Puerto Maldonado to Lodge): we have two departures daily at 13:00 and 14:30
- Transfer-out (Lodge to Puerto Maldonado) : Two daily departures at 07:00 and 08:00 For other schedule possibilities please consult us
WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO CHANGE THE ORDER OF THE ACTIVITIES OR CHANGE TRAILS DEPENDING ON THEIR CONDITION DUE TO WEATHER OR EXTENSIVE USE.
Cost per person - Traditional Room:
Cost per night per person with double occupancy: US$ 222.00 per night
Cost per night in Single Occupancy: US$ 306.00 per night
Cost Per Person - Comfort Room
Cost per night per person with double occupancy: US$ 272.00 per night
Cost per night in Single Occupancy: US$ 366.00 per night
Cost Per Person - Suite
Cost per night per person with double occupancy: US$ 317.00 per night
Cost per night in Single Occupancy: US$ 445.00 per night
How to get to Posada Amazonas Lodge
To get to Posada Amazonas you must fly to Puerto Maldonado from Lima or Cusco on daily commercial flights lasting 45 or 90 minutes respectively.
Boat Transportation to/from Posada Amazonas
All our boats are 20-foot long, roofed canoes with 55 hp outboard motors.
- Transfer-in (From Puerto Maldonado to Lodge): we have two departures daily at 13:00 and 14:30
- Transfer-out (Lodge to Puerto Maldonado) : Two daily departures at 07:00 and 08:00
- For other schedule possibilities or private transfers please consult us.
From the airport you are transported by bus to the Infierno River Port where you board our boats for a forty-five minute trip to Posada Amazonas. Posada Amazonas is located a few minutes walk from the river bank.
About Posada Amazons Lodge
Posada Amazonas is a 30-bedroom rainforest lodge perfect for your first taste of the Amazon’s natural wonders. This spacious lodge offers an excellent combination of convenience and comfort with outstanding opportunities to see Amazonian wildlife. Five wings of 6 rooms connected by raised boardwalks. All of the bathrooms at Posada Amazonas are private and have hot water. Posada Amazonas features a wellness and holistic center for massages and aromatherapy.
Posada Amazonas is owned by the indigenous Ese-Eja community of Infierno and managed in partnership with Rainforest Expeditions, Posada Amazonas is located within the Ese-Eja’s communal reserve, next to the Tambopata National Reserve.
Included in the Price
All meals. Accommodations. All tours, services and guides. Transfer from and to the airport of Puerto Maldonado. All river transportation
Not Included in the Price
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.
A 110V generator is turned on once a day to recharge batteries for guests or lodge facilities. At night it is very dark, so we recommend good flashlights. Light is provided by numerous lamps and candles. The lodge is run mainly on propane. You can charge batteries a few hours a day in the dining rooms. Every room has kerosene lamps on the walls and candles on the night-stands. Please do not handle kerosene lamps and always blow out the candles before sleeping or leaving your room. We use electric bulbs in public areas at night.
Accommodations at Posada Amazonas Lodge
Twenty-four rooms overlooking tropical rainforest allow guests to enjoy this unique ecosystem, even during down time. Wild monkeys and birds are often visible from our signature windowless verandah, which also provides excellent ventilation. The rooms are built with local materials such as wood, bamboo, adobe mud and palm trees. Rooms are double or triples, as requested. Each bed is equipped with its own mosquito net. Each room has a spacious private bathroom with hot water. Numerous kerosene lamps and candles provide the lighting. Electricity and internet are available only in the common areas of the lodge.
We have eight superior 45-m2 rooms overlooking the tropical rain forest. The fascinating sounds and colors of the forest are important elements of the experience during your stay in our Superior rooms. The entire decoration is based on Yanchama, a natural bark that is “harvested” by artisans from Eseeja community of Infierno. The rooms are single, double or twin, as requested, Each one is equipped with a bed, a mosquito net, two hypoallergenic pillows per person, a hammock and a reading table. Rooms have spacious private bathrooms with hot water.
Electric lighting is available in the evenings until 10:00 pm, at your bedside table, your bathroom and an outlet to charge your electronics. Free Internet is available in every room. Each visitor has access to a personal safe-deposit box, an umbrella for rain and a special set of eco-friendly amenities.
Posada Amazonas is in daily contact with our offices in Puerto Maldonado and Lima via internet, satellite phone and hf radio. Contact your cell phone service provider to find out about international plans in order to use your phone in Peru.
All rooms have mosquito nets on beds, bedside tables and a rack of clothes hangers.
Bedrooms open out onto the surrounding rainforest, allowing guests to enjoy this unique ecosystem even on their downtime, with wild animals, including monkeys, often visible from the lodge.
Showers have hot water 24 hours a day.
Meals at Posada Amazonas Lodge
We provide self-serve three course meals at Posada Amazonas. Meals consist of soup or appetizers, salad, main course, and desserts combining Peruvian and international cuisine. All fresh fruits and salads are thoroughly disinfected before serving. We also provide at all times unlimited amounts of boiled, filtered, cooled drinking water, coffee or tea and we provide fruit juices during the meals. If any visitor has special dietary requirements, we are happy to make individual arrangements, but please notify us.
Drinking Water at Posada Amazonas Lodge
We provide natural spring water 24 hours per day. Please use the water wisely. We advise you not to drink the water from the river, lake or any of the taps. Consumable water can be found throughout the lodge from many dispensers and pitchers as well as a variety of other beverages available. All the water that the lodge provides is purified with an ozone treatment. We also suggest that you use this water to brush your teeth. Please turn off the water flow while lathering and soaping up to reduce unnecessary water usage.
A few words about luggage
Luggage is hand-carried at various stages in the trip for long distance. We strongly recommend you limit your weight to 15 kilos (32 pounds a piece). If you are visiting other destinations in Peru or South America that require different kinds of clothing, you can always pack separate bags and safely leave them at our offices in Puerto Maldonado on the first day so we won’t be carrying them around uselessly. Your bag will be waiting for you at the airport the day you leave.
What to bring suggestions:
- Good binoculars
- Camera gear
- Tight-weave, light colored, long cotton pants
- Long sleeved, tight-weave, light colored cotton shirts
- Ankle-high hiking boots and sneakers
- Flashlight with batteries
- Sunblock lotion
- Broad-brimmed hat
- Rain suit or poncho
- Insect repellent
- Small denomination bills
- Small daypack
- Camera screwdriver set & epoxy glue.
- Swiss army knife & sewing kit with scissors.
- Travel alarm clock & plastic adhesive tape.
- Extra camera & flashlight batteries.
- Duck tape
- Extra duffel bag I you plan to do some purchases.
- Notebook & reading material.
Safes at the Lodge
We ask you to keep your valuable belongings and documents in the safe. Do not leave them valuables in plane view. Equally if you have food or candies please keep them in the safe. Do not leave them outside. This way you will avoid attracting insects and other animals. Ask the lodge manager or guide to inform you about the proper use of the safety box.
Around the lobby you will find racks with rubber boots arranged by size. You can use these boots for our walks or outings into the forest. Please remember ALWAYS that when walking inside the lodge facilities and in order to prevent bringing mud inside, you must walk without boots or any muddy shoes. Use only sandals, socks, clean sneakers.
Soap and Shampoo
According to our environmental policies, we only use Brazil nut biodegradable soap and shampoo which you will find in the bathroom If you are allergic to nuts, please let us know and we will provide you with a lemongrass soap. We wash the towels and bed sheets using biodegradable detergent and we clean the bathrooms with biodegradable products as well.
This service is only available on sunny days. Please ask for the rate at the lodge. Clothes are hand-washed using White Swipe biodegradable soap and are sun dried in order to protect the environment.
Smoking is allowed in the lobby and bar except at meal times. Please do not smoke in your room, the dining rooms, boats or during activities.
First Aid and Emergencies
In case of emergencies we have a first aid kit that is equipped to deal with most cases that may reasonably arise in the area. Our guides are all certified by the Red Cross, which means they are prepared to deal with foreseeable emergencies (broken bones or snake bites, for example) but not complex emergencies (such as an appendicitis).
For snake bites, an unheard of at Tambopata so far, we have extractors and an anti-venom at the lodges. In case of evacuation, we need to travel by boat by to Puerto Maldonado. During the day, evacuations take about 20% less time than our regular boats. During the night, evacuations take about 30% more. In Puerto Maldonado there is access to a state clinic.
Immunizations / Medication
Before traveling to Peru it is important for the visitor to have the right protection against diseases and to understand fully what type of vaccinations that will be needed according to the regions he/she will be visiting. For general protection for visitors to Peru, it is important to have the following vaccinations:
- Hepatitis A
- Yellow Fever inoculation is highly recommended for travel to Tambopata.
How about Malaria? This is the most common question travelers ask when planning their travel to Peru. Malaria is a serious disease, which humans can contract by being bitten by an infected mosquito. Malaria is present in Peru but however it is extremely rare and most would say not an issue in the Tambopata region. We are not in a position to make medical recommendations so we recommend you speak with your doctor or your travel clinic regarding this issue. We highly recommend following anti-malarial drugs recommended by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) if you decide to take malaria medication:
For more information on medical considerations please contact the:
Center for Disease Control and Prevention
It is vital that persons with medical problems or special diet requirements make them known to us well before departure so that land operators are properly informed.
Leishmaniasis is present throughout the rain forests of southeastern Peru. It is a skin lesion caused by a protozoan transmitted by a certain kind of small biting fly. There is no vaccination against it but it is curable in every case. The selected cure, injections of pentavalent antimony (Glucantime), is uncomfortable. Leishmaniasis is also very easy to prevent by wearing long-sleeved shirts, pants, and repellent on exposed skin at all times, and sleeping under mosquito nets. If you are interested in receiving complete information on leishmaniasis contact us before your trip.
The lowland rainforests of Tambopata lie far enough south of the Equator to provide a cooler, drier winter season between May and October. The general weather conditions, are warm and humid.
In Tambopata the average daytime high temperature is between 78F and 93F (24C and 31C). The average nighttime low is between 66F and 78 F (20C and 24C).
Cold fronts can occur without warning from May through September. This cold fronts originate in Argentina and can sweep into southwestern Amazonia and push daytime highs down to 50° F (9° C) and the nighttime lows to 43° F (5° C). Thus, during that season always be potentially prepared for cold and drizzle.
The rainy season runs from November till April. Be prepared for heavy rain that can continue for hours or days. Around 80% of the annual average 3000 mm rainfall occurs during this season.
- No smoking in the forest, nor in the boats (which carry gasoline).
- No littering.
- Do not harrass wildlife – when sighting wildlife follow your guides instructions.
- No wildlife collection or manipulation, unless specifically authorized by SERNANP. If you should come across hurt wildlife, leave it be. It is part of the natural processes of the wilderness.
- Please separate your trash in the proper trash bins. All non-biodegradable trash is taken to Puerto Maldonado. Please take batteries back with you.
- Please keep it quite. Our rooms are not sound proof and guests come to listen to the sounds of nature. If you should want to listen to music outside the bar area, use headphones.
- The lodges are highly flammable. Do not leave candles unattended and locate the nearest extinguisher.
- Never go swimming in the Tambopata river.
- Stay on the trails and take to the trails only with a guide. If for some reason you are separated from your guide, you can return to the lodge using your map and the trail markers.
- Always use life jackets on the boat and during boarding. Wear light shoes that are easy to take off. Never have rubber boots on when in the boats.
- Use rubber boots when heading to the forest or gardens at night. They reduce the risk of snake bites.
- When taking people photos, ask first!
Amazon Rainforest of Tambopata