Tambopata & Manu
Compared to some other countries with Amazon Rainforest, Peru has a great offer of local and ecological lodges located in the rainforest but still with good connectivity. This is especially true for the Tambopata National Park. Located at about 1 hour in boat from the city of Puerto Maldonado the park has dozens of lodges for all types of budgets. The lodges offer similar excursions but obviously the more expensive ones offer more inclusive excursions and special activities such as canopy walkways. Manu is somewhat more difficult to access as the only airstrip close to the park stopped operating some time ago. Nowadays the best access to Manu is via road from Cusco with the last part done in boat. It takes about 8 hours to get to the park from Cusco. For lodges we look for several qualities such as accessibility, diversity of the activities, the amenities of the cabins, comfortable and inviting common areas, quality of the food and of course the ecological efforts of the lodges.
Tambopata & Manu Luxury Jungle Lodges
Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica
The beautiful Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica is one of the higher end lodges in the region giving you a great glimpse of what is life in the jungle like. Located on the left bank of the Madre de Dios River, about 1 hour in boat from Puerto Maldonado, this lodge provides large individual cabins with river or jungle view. A beautiful main building, a canopy walkway and a la carte meals make a stay in this lodge an unforgettable experience. The lodge has also a treehouse available for those looking to spend a night in the canopy.
Amazon Villa (Refugio Amazonas)
This small private lodge is part of the Refugio Amazonas Lodge but is slightly separated from the rest of the lodge and includes all top luxury services one can imagine in the jungle. A complete private cabin with sitting and dining area, large bedroom and bathroom with hot tub. The cabin even comes with TV with documentaries and a private porch with hammocks and grill.
Tambopata & Manu Superior Jungle Lodges
Inkaterra Hacienda Concepcion
The second Inkaterra Lodge, the Hacienda Concepcion is located on the left bank of the Madre de Dios River and the main building is housed in a renovated large jungle cabin that used to be a medical outpost during the rubber boom. Close to the main building there are individual cabins with view on the forest or a small lake. Located close to lake Sandoval this lodge provides superior lodging and activities.
Refugio Amazonas Lodge
The Refugio Amazonas is located on the Tambopata River about 3hours in boat from Puerto Maldonado. Due to its location deeper into the forest, this lodge provides excellent wildlife viewing opportunities without having to give up on certain comforts. The lodge provides different types of cabins but all according the same high standards. This lodge is also the last stop for the Tambopata Research Center even deeper in the Amazon and member of the same family of lodges. These lodges are known for its longstanding services, environmental efforts and professional guides allowing for a great introduction to the Amazon Rainforest.
Tambopata & Manu Standard Jungle Lodges
Posada Amazonas Lodge
Also from the same family as the Refugio Amazonas, the Posada Amazonas is located on the Tambopata River at about 1.5 hours in boat from Puerto Maldonado. Its location allows for a great accessibility but without having to give in to the wildlife viewing opportunities. Standard, superior and deluxe accommodations are available at this lodge combined with great meals, interesting activities and the lush Amazon Rainforest.
The Pantiacolla Lodge is located in the Manu National Park and can be reached by a two day excursion from Cusco. Manu National Park is one of the parks with the highest diversity in birds and reptiles in the world as well as several larger mammals living in its forests. This beautiful lodge allows you to explore this amazing park without having to give in too much on basic comforts.
Tambopata & Manu Budget Jungle Lodges
Corto Maltes Lodge
The Corto Maltes Lodge is located at about one hour from Puerto Maldonado on the banks of the Madre de Dios River. Great accessibility but with access to some great parts of the Rainforest. Visits to the Lake Sandoval, nearby cocha’s as well as parrot clay licks make that the activities offered will allow you to enjoy the jungle to the fullest. When not exploring you can take a dip in the swimming pool or sip your cold beverage at the shores of the river.
Inkaterra Field Station
The Inkaterra Field Station is a relatively new lodge operated by Inkaterra and offers a more budget option for those looking to visit the jungle but want to make sure to have great professional guides and services. Located on the Madre de Dios River the lodge provides access to all the Inkaterra activities such as the canopy walkway as well as visiting the Lake Sandoval and other interesting places. Accommodations are in shared cabins of 4 or 8 people that offer individual sleeping spaces.