Refugio Amazonas
Refugio Amazonas
Refugio Amazonas
Refugio Amazonas
Refugio Amazonas
Refugio Amazonas

Refugio Amazonas


Refugio Amazonas is a 32-bedroom lodge four hours from the Puerto Maldonado airport. It is ideal for science enthusiasts, soft adventurers and families. Refugio Amazonas is located in a 200-hectare private reserve within the buffer zone of the Tambopata National Reserve.
Highlights include:

  • Claylicks – Take a boat trip to the Chuncho Clay Lick inside the Tambopata National Reserve to see macaws descend to eat clay lick on clear mornings.
  • Discover a New Species – Join our resident and help him collect insects that will be genetically sequenced. Every month, a lucky guest discovers a new tiger-moth, scorpion-wasp, caddisfly or treehopper species that is new to science!
  • Canopy Tower - Our 30-meter scaffolding canopy tower gives you spectacular views of the vast expanses of standing forest. You will have good chances of spotting toucans, parrots, macaws or mixed species canopy flocks.
  • Camera Trapping at a Mammal Clay Lick – Configure camera traps at a nearby mammal clay lick and download wildlife photos from the past few days to help scientists find out what is present at The Big Grid, our 288 kilometer trail system experiment. 
  • Life in the Rainforest - Visit a working jungle farm and a real Brazil nut concession to learn about the way of life in the rain forest. You will taste exotic tropical fruits and discover medicinal plants from the neighboring local families that we are helping integrate into the ecotourism industry.
  • Lake - We will paddle around the Lake Condenado on a catamaran, looking for wildlife such a hoatzin, caiman or horned screamers.
  • Natural Construction Rooms – Bedrooms open out onto the surrounding rainforest, allowing you to enjoy this diverse ecosystem even during downtime, with wild animals, including monkeys, often visible from the lodge. The dining room is a huge open building with a loft on the second story for an eye level view of the surrounding rainforest canopy. 
  • Adventure in Nature – Kayak and Stand-Up Paddle on the Tambopata River and rappel to a Canopy Platform. 
  • Wired Amazon Science Lab – You will be able to 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 - Your kids can enjoy the Amazon´s only trail for children and a playground beside the lodge.
  • Wellness Center – Enjoy massages and aromatherapy at our wellness center.

How To Get To Refugio Amazonas

Refugio Amazonas requires at least four hours of the travel time. The first step on the journey to Tambopata includes a plane ride from either Lima or Cuzco. Flights from Lima depart from the domestic terminal of the Jorge Chavez airport. The trip takes around 3 hours. Most flights stop in Cuzco before continuing on to Puerto Maldonado. Flights from Cusco depart from the domestic terminal of the Velasco Astete airport. The trip takes around forty-five minutes. 

Our bus and boat transportation services have schedule routes at set times of the day. The boats are programmed to meet ongoing and departing flights. Our schedules meet the following flights from Lima, Cusco or Puerto Maldonado.

From Lima:
Airline and FlightDaysDeparture timeArrival
LAN 2075Every day of the week09:20AM12:15 PM
TACA 809Every day of the week8:15 AM11:00 AM
Star Peru 2I 1181Every day of the week8:05 AM10:45 AM
From Cusco:
Airline and FlightDaysDeparture timeArrival
LAN 2075Every day of the week11:56AM13:01 PM
TACA 809Every day of the week10:40 AM11:38 AM
Star Peru 2I 1181Every day of the week10:00 AM10:45 AM
From Puerto Maldonado:
Airline and FlightDaysDeparture timeArrival
LAN 2076Every day of the week13:05PM15:55 PM
TACA 808Every day of the week11:30 AM14:20 PM
Star Peru 2I 1182Every day of the week11:25 AM14:15 AM

Upon arrival to Puerto Maldonado, you will be greeted by one or more of our guides and then taken to a waiting vehicle. You will take short ride to our operations office in Puerto Maldonado where we will ask you to store luggage you don’t need. Luggage is hand-carried at various stages in the trip for long distance so we ask you to please limit your weight to 15 kilos (32 pounds apiece).
You can 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. After taking care of luggage, we take a 40-minute drive to the Infierno Community Port where we board long, sturdy canoes equipped with outboard motors and head upstream to Refugio Amazonas. The three-hour boat ride is pleasant and often includes our first sightings of macaws, heron, caiman and capybara. Once the boat arrives at the lodge dock, you will have officially arrived to the wild rainforests of Tambopata!



Looking for a beautiful room in the middle of the rainforest? Our comfort rooms have lovely, varnished tropical hardwood floors, are 45 square meters, and have an open verandah that looks out into a roadless, wild tropical rainforest preserve. Comfort rooms are available as singles, doubles or twins, and each is equipped with a mosquito net over large, comfortable beds, two hypoallergenic pillows per person, a hammock, and a reading table.

Stay in one of our comfort rooms and enjoy:

  • A large, spacious, 45 meter square room.
  • A big spacious bathroom with plenty of hot water.
  • Electricity in the middle of the Amazon rainforest until 10 PM every night.
  • An outlet to charge your laptop, tablet, and other devices.
  • Free online access from the comfort and privacy of your room to communicate with the outside world, and share the images and excitement of your Amazon adventure.
  • Personal safe deposit box.
  • An umbrella (this is the rainforest after all).
  • Eco-friendly amenities.
  • A place to relax after discovering species new to science, watching macaws fly past at the canopy tower, placing camera traps, experiencing the rainforest way of life, and enjoying other exciting Amazon rainforest activities.


Add a bit of extra comfort and quality to your Amazon experience by staying in one of our suites. You can upgrade your stay in the Peruvian Amazon by booking one of the new suites at Refugio Amazonas. Each of these beautiful new rooms features authentic Ese-Eja décor that has been crafted by artists from the local indigenous community, handsome varnished tropical hardwood floors, and the same intimate view of the surrounding rainforest as our other rooms. These rooms also add comfort with a big luxurious bed, hypoallergenic pillows, ceiling fans, electricity, and other fine amenities in the middle of the jungle.

Relish your time in one of our suites and enjoy:

  • A large, beautiful room with varnished, tropical hardwood floors.
  • Large bathrooms that feature showers with tempered glass, and hot water 24 hours a day.
  • A ceiling fan for a bit of extra comfort in an already well ventilated room.
  • Electricity in the middle of the Amazon rainforest until 10 PM every night.
  • Beautiful, authentic Amazonian décor crafted by local Ese-Eja artisans.
  • Wireless internet service to share the images of your adventure with friends and family from the privacy and comfort of your room.
  • Small refrigerator and mini bar.
  • Amenities such as comfortable flippers and binoculars for watching wildlife from the verandah.
  • A big luxurious bed with hypoallergenic pillows and comfortable sheets.
  • A reading table to jot down notes about your Amazon adventure.
  • Electrical outlets for recharging those essential devices.
  • Safe - deposit box.
  • A comfortable place to relax and email images from an exciting morning at the canopy tower, a visit to the macaw clay lick, paddling on tranquil oxbow lakes, night hikes, and other adventurous jungle activities.


Quaint, comfortable rooms in the middle of the tropical rainforest allow you to experience this global biodiversity hotspot even during your down time. Monkeys, many species of birds, frogs, and other rainforest wildlife are often visible from our signature windowless verandahs. Those same verandahs also add comfort with excellent ventilation. Our traditional rooms have been enjoyed by thousands of guests and are built with local materials such as tropical hardwoods, palms, bamboo, and adobe. Our traditional rooms are available as doubles or triples and come equipped with mosquito nets for the beds and have spacious private bathrooms with hot water. Electricity and internet are available in the evenings until 10 pm.

Experience the Peruvian jungle in one of our traditional rooms and enjoy:

  • Quaint, classic, comfortable Amazon rainforest rooms.
  • Watching birds and looking for other rainforest wildlife from an open verandah that looks straight into the Amazon jungle.
  • All rooms are built with local materials for an authentic experience.
  • Each bed has a mosquito net.
  • Hot water bathrooms in the heart of the jungle!
  • Electricity in the middle of the Amazon rainforest until 10 PM every night.
  • Wireless internet service to share the images of you rappelling up jungle trees, kayaking down the soft waters of the Tambopata River and hiking on pristine rain forest trails. 

Services at Refugio Amazonas Lodge

Electricity - A 110V generator is turned on from 6pm to 10pm every day. There are plenty of electrical outlets and docking stations for recharging batteries. At night it is very dark, so we recommend good flashlights. 

Communication – Refugio Amazonas is in daily contact with our offices in Puerto Maldonado and Lima via internet, satellite phone and hf radio. Wireless internet is available throughout the lodge. Internet is good enough for sending and receiving emails and images. It is not good enough for voice communication or video streaming. Thank God we do not have telephone services in our lodge!!

Rubber Boots - 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. Inside the lodge you can use sneakers, sandals or even socks!

Mosquito Nets - All rooms have mosquito nets over the beds, bedside tables and a rack of clothes hangers.

Hot Water - Hot water is available in this and all of our other lodges. 

Services that are included in the price:

  • Accommodations
  • All meals
  • All tours, activity services and guides
  • Transfer from and to the airport of Puerto Maldonado
  • All river transportation

Services that are 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 
  • Insurance of any kind
  • Laundry
  • Phone calls or other items of personal nature.

Meals at Refugio Amazonas Lodge

We provide self-serve three course meals at Refugio 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. Click here to see our menu and try it at home: Our Rainforest Recipes.

We provide unlimited amounts of boiled, filtered, cooled drinking water, coffee or tea and we provide fruit juices during the meals. 

The water at Refugio Amazonas comes from underground spring water. It is purified with an ozone treatment.

Breakfast time depends on your scheduled activity but starts from 4:30am onwards. Lunch is served at 1:00pm and dinner is served at 7:00pm.

If you have special dietary requirements, we are happy to make individual arrangements, but please notify us.

Macaw Clay LickMacaw Clay Lick
On most clear mornings of the year dozens of large macaws and hundreds of parrots congregate on this large river bank in a raucous and colorful spectacle which inspired a National Geographic cover story. Discretely located hundred meters from the cliff, we will observe Green-winged, Scarlet and Blue-and-gold Macaws and several species of smaller parrots descend to ingest clay. Outings are at dawn when the lick is most active.
Ox Bow Lake VisitOx Bow Lake Visit
We will paddle around the lake on a canoe or a catamaran, looking for lakeside wildlife such a hoatzin, caiman and hornerd screamers. You will also be rewarded with overhead sightings of macaws and parrots.
Canopy TowerCanopy Tower
A thirty minute walk leads to the 25 meter scaffolding canopy tower. A bannistered 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.
Discover A Species New To ScienceDiscover A Species New To Science
Help our team of entomologists and collaborators from the Museum of Natural History patiently catalog each one of the thousands of species of insects present in the Tambopata river basin. We are working on tiger moths, treehoppers, scorpion wasps and others. Every month one of our guests discovers a new species.
Mammal Clay Lick & Camera TrappingMammal Clay Lick & Camera Trapping
You will help San Diego Zoo scientists obtain data that will answer questions about the density and movement patterns of large mammals in Tambopata. You will visit a mammal clay lick located in one of the corners of the Big Grid, a 288 kilometer experimental trail system that has camera traps placed within it.
Nature Trail HikeNature Trail Hike
We leave 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.
Caiman SearchCaiman Search
We will be out at the river’s edge at night, scanning the shores with headlamps and flashlights to catch the red gleams of reflection from caiman eyes.
Jungle Farm VisitJungle Farm Visit
A thirty minute boat drive downriver 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.
Jungle Night WalkJungle Night Walk
You will have the option of hiking out at night, 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.
Canopy ClimbingCanopy Climbing
Replicating the daily work of macaw researchers, we will climb a 30 meter tree with a rope, harness and jumar. From this vantage point we will have a macaws eye view of the forest. This demanding exercise is perfectly safe and requires no previous experience.
*NOTE: $75 cost is for Posada Amazonas and Refugio Amazonas. No previous experience is required. A boat will bring us upriver and then we will paddle down a portion of the Tambopata River with some rapids, although most of the progress presents low difficulty. At the shores we will observe fragmented parts of the forest and come across with locals that work at the few farms in the region. To finish our experience, we´ll stop on a sandy beach and take a well deserved bath. No experience required, only swimming knowledge.
Stand Up Paddle Boarding in TambopataStand Up Paddle Boarding in Tambopata
We will paddle up a portion of the Tambopata River that presents no difficulty. At the shores we will observe fragmented parts of the forest accompanied by nature sounds and some wildlife we may observe, like birds, caimans and turtles. To finish our experience, we´ll stop on a sandy beach and take a well deserved bath. No experience required, only swimming knowledge.
Children´s Rainforest TrailChildren´s Rainforest Trail
Hike a short trail especially made for young kids. Activities, games, challenges and surprises lead to a treasure of seeds with meaning. Learn about Brazil nut and leaf cutter ants and what makes the rainforest so special.
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2016 Rates (Prices per person per night)
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