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Refugio Amazonas, Tambopata, Peru
Refugio Amazonas, Tambopata Peru

Refugio Amazonas is a simple, 24 room lodge located in a 120 hectare private reserve surrounded by the community of Condenado, 3 hours by boat from the nearest town, Puerto Maldonado, and 2 hours up-river from Posada Amazonas. Puerto Maldonado can be reached in 30 minutes on daily commercial flights from Cusco and 90 minutes from Lima. Thanks to its location in the Tambopata National Reserve buffer zone, Refugio Amazonas is an excellent option for introductory nature tours and the ideal stepping stone for longer explorations to the Tambopata Research Center. Refugio Amazonas will play an important role coalescing the communities around it to support the conservation of the buffer adjacent to the Tambopata National Reserve. By working together with the surrounding river communities a more effective protective belt can be established to shield the fragile habitat bordering onto the Tambopata Reserve. Involving the communities in the project provides alternative sources of income that are based on conservation and sustainable development rather than on exploitation, poaching or habitat destruction. Refugio Amazonas is already operating, though the building work will be completed in May 2006.


Refugio Amazonas is ideal for a three night intorductory excursion to the Tambopata rain forest, for family trips or as a stop-over for those travelling on to Tambopata Research Center because:

* It takes over three hours to get there from Puerto Maldonado and most of the your first afternoon is spent on the river. Therefore you should spend at least three nights at Refugio Amazonas to have enough time to fully explore the surrounding primary forest.

* The extra hours of travel time are well worth it in terms of your increased chances to view wildlife since you are further from Puerto Maldonado.

* Refugio Amazonas offers all the activities of Posada Amazonas with one great addition: an authentic Brazil nut trail and camp.

* For those travelling to Tambopata Research Center, it brings you two hours closer to your final destination (see TRC programs for details.)

* For those travelling with children it offers the only attraction especially made for children by children, in the Peruvian Amazon - The Children's Rainforest Trail.


Refugio Amazonas has been built using a combination of traditional native materials (wood, palm fronds, wild cane and clay) and architecture and modern day eco-lodge technology. The lodge itself consists of a complex divided into sections: rooms, dining area and kitchen, relaxation area and internal support facilities. The entire roof of the lodge is constructed using high quality crisneja palm fronds, whereas the floors are of tropical mahogany.

The room's complex is built of four 9 X 24 meter structures. The rooms are 7 x 4 meters so they can comfortably hold three beds, although they are set up for two. The walls dividing each room are built using cane and clay, and extend from the floor to about 2.5 meters height making each room private. The combination of clay and cane achieves two important objectives: regulating heat and providing a charming final appearance. However, sounds can be heard from room to room. 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 reason we have been able to incorporate this design into our lodge is because mosquitoes are not really a problem around the lodge clearing and the open section allows for an intimate contact with the rain forest. A second small window on the opposite side, set up very high, keeps the rooms well ventilated. Beds are sized for Americans or Europeans (1.05m X 2.05m) with mosquito nets. Each room has a private bathroom with cold water only. Rooms and bathrooms are separated by drapes. The dining room and lounge is spacious and offers ample area for resting and socializing.

Standard Room Superior Room
Standard Room at Refugio Amazonas Superior Room at Refugio Amazonas


  • Built with wood, palm fronds and wild cane
  • 24 large, well ventilated rooms arranged in doubles, triples and quadruples
  • One open wall faces the forest and provides permanent contact with nature
  • Rooms are fitted with comfortable beds, mosquito nets and bedside tables
  • En suite private bathrooms with showers, but no hot water
  • Ample bar, dining area and interpretation with mezzanine offering beautiful views of the surrounding forest
  • Meals are buffet-style, three-course self serve meals combining peruvian and international cuisines
  • Light is provided by parafin lamps and candle light. There is no electricity except for charging batteries
  • Amazon library
  • Souvenir shop

Now also available: Superior and Premium Rooms

  • Fully varnished
  • Door at bathrooms and rooms
  • Electric light outlets ( when the generator is turned on)
  • Special decoration


For booking inquiries and further information, please contact Sacred Earth


Classic Program Traditional Room Comfort Room Amazon Suite
Duration Price per person Single Price per person Single Price per person Single
3D/2N US$457 US$630 US$544 US$732 US$634 US$889
see details above
US$686 US$946 US$782 US$1064 US$917 US$1300
5D/4N US$915 US$1261 US$1020 US$1396 US$1200 US$1710
Extra Night US$229 US$315 US$240 US$334 US$283 US$411


'Á LA CARTE' PROGRAM Traditional Room Comfort Room Amazon Suite
Duration Price per person Single Price per person Single Price per person Single
3D/2N US$554 US$740 US$592 US$778 US$682 US$936
see details above
US$831 US$1109 US$888 US$1167 US$1023 US$1404
5D/4N US$1108 US$1479 US$1184 US$1556 US$1364 US$1872
Extra Night US$277 US$370 US$296 US$389 US$426 US$776


  • Lodge accommodations based on double occupancy
  • All scheduled land and river transportation
  • All transfers
  • All scheduled excursions with English-speaking guide services
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary, B=Breakfast; L=Lunch; D=Dinner.
  • US$13 reserve entrance fee
  • 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,
  • Extras such as:
    Phone calls,
    Radio calls or messages,
    Reconfirmation of flights
    and items of personal nature.
  • Handling charge $10 per person
Please note:
  • Transfer-in (From Puerto Maldonado to Lodge): we have two departures daily at 13:00 and 14:00
  • Transfer-out (Lodge to Puerto Maldonado) : Two daily departures at 07:00 and 08:00

Special programs are also available, such as: Biology and Ecology Seminar, Biology Workshop, Conservation and Sustainable Development Seminar; Sacred Earth, Family Program for Kids 4d/3n or 5d/4n, Family Program for Teens 4d/3n or 5d/4n, Wellness Tour, Yoga Retreat, Soft Adventure and Butterfly Lovers Tour


The Ethnobotanical Trail begins outside the lobby. As it meanders through the primary rainforest behind the lodge it zigzags towards plants with medicinal and practical uses that have been identified by staff of the Centro Ñape. The Centro Ñape is an organization within the community of Infierno that produces medicines based on forest plants and adminsters them to community members who choose to use the services of their little clinic.
Five minutes down-river from the lodge lies a farm owned and managed by a charismatic farmer from the neighboring community of Condenado. The owner grows a diverse variety of popular and unknown Amazon crops. Just about every plant and tree has a purpose.
Brazil Nut Trail and Camp
A few minutes walk from the lodge is a beautiful old growth patch of Brazil Nut forest that has been harvested for decades and where the remains of a camp used two months a year by Brazil Nut gatherers can still be experienced. We will be demonstrating the whole process of the rain forest's only sustainably harvested product, from collection to transportation and drying.
Nocturnal Walks
You will have the opportunity to hike out at night, when most of the mammals are active, though difficult to see. Easier to find are frogs with shapes and sounds as bizarre as their natural histories.
Video presentations or lectures are available every night at the interpretation center. Video topics are on the macaw project (trc). Presentations cover the threats to the Tambopata National Reserve.


Canopy Toweryesyes
Sachavacayok Oxbow Lakeyesyes
Brazil Nut Trailyesyes
Parrot Clay Licknoyes
Ethnobotanical Tournoyes
Nocturnal Walkyesyes

Optional services, such as private hire of birdwatching guide or handicraft workshops are available on request.

Please also see the suggested itinerary.


For further information and booking inquiries, please contact Sacred Earth.