Best Lodges in the Peruvian Amazon
Did you know that more than 60% of Peru is actually part of the Amazon Rainforest? Most travelers only associate Peru to Machu Picchu and its Andean culture, but Peru has more to offer! A destination bursting with biodiversity, we strongly believe that the Peruvian jungle is one of the best places in South America. Depending on how much you want to be in contact with nature, there’s a broad range of lodges and activities for you to consider on your trip. Below, you´ll see we’ve selected some of the best lodges in the Amazon:
1. Tambopata Research Center
Known as the most remote Eco-lodge in South America, Tambopata Research Center is located in the heart of the Tambopata National Reserve. The jungle there has remained practically untouched by humans for generations, and is an ideal area for wildlife viewing, especially macaws. By staying here, you will not only experience sustainability at its best, you will also have the opportunity to talk to researchers and interns from all over the World about their studies and work for the conservation of endangered macaws.
2. Inkaterra Reserva Amazónica
Exotic and accessible, Inkaterra Reserva Amazónica is located in a private conservation area in Madre De Dios. What we love about this lodge (and about Inkaterra in general) is that they always find a way to combine nature travel with scientific research in Peru, and they also have an excellent record for helping local communities benefit from sustainable tourism. Inkaterra Reserva Amazónica is particularly appealing because it has an amazing canopy walkway circuit, with bridges hanging next to lush, Amazonian treetops – an adventure you won’t want to miss!
3. Manu Wildlife Center
Explore the depths of the Amazon Jungle in this remote lodge! Manu Wildlife Center is great for hiking along amazing wildlife trails and spotting a wide array of Amazonian flora and fauna, particularly bird species. The lodge is equipped with 20 independent, very comfortable cottages a few feet above the ground, as well as a tall observation tower where you can come face to face with the tree canopy, and a restaurant serving top-notch food. According to our travelers, favorite activities at Manu Wildlife Center include a visit to the nearby macaw clay lick, a trip to the World’s only known tapir lick, and observing giant otters in an oxbow lake.
4. Inotawa Lodge
Inotawa lodge is a more accessible (physically and financially) and still excellent option in the Tambopata National Reserve, and you will also be able to come face to face with Amazonian wildlife. A simple 3D/2N program from Puerto Maldonado costs about US$300 per person, and includes lodging, meals, a visit to Tres Chimbadas Lake, guided day and night hikes, a visit to a macaw clay lick and a night excursion to look for caimans in the nearby river.
5. Sandoval Lake Lodge
This is the only jungle lodge you will find in Peru located at the shores of an oxbow lake. Sandoval Lake Lodge works closely with native farming families and conservation organization Peru Verde to protect the pristine lake ecosystem at Lake Sandoval. The highlight of this lodge is definitely its unparalleled location – it provides the best opportunities to spot caymans and river otters with few other tourists around, as well as spectacular Amazonian sunsets.
6. Tahuayo Lodge
The remote Tahuayo Lodge is located at the heart of the Amazon Rainforest, in the province of Loreto, Peru. The flora and fauna here are so stunning that it’s no wonder this lodge was once proclaimed one of the World’s ten best wilderness lodges by Outside Magazine. What’s even better is that they have so many English-speaking local guides, that every guest can customize their own itinerary and go at their own pace, choosing the activities that interest them the most without getting stuck with a huge group of tourists. There’re over 40 different activities for you to choose from, but our favourite ones surely include having a go at their canopy zipline system, fishing for piranhas, exploring native communities downstream and canoeing.
7. Muyuna Lodge
Located right next to the Amazon River, Muyuna Lodge is probably one of the few lodges that actually guarantees you’ll see pink dolphins, sloths and several species of monkeys. The contact with nature is breathtaking, from the moment you navigate along one of the World’s seven natural wonders to each hike and activity involving wildlife viewing. The lodge is a series of independent, top-quality bungalows that blend in harmoniously with the natural surroundings. Curious fact: during the rainy season, water levels rise in the Amazon River, which makes Muyuna Lodge seem to practically float above it!
8. Pampa Hermosa Lodge
Now this is something you’ve got to experience. People don’t normally go to Pampa Hermosa because it isn’t part of the traditional “must-sees” when travelling to Peru. But believe me when I say they really don’t know what they’re missing. Beautiful and off the beaten path, Pampa Hermosa Lodge is located in Pampa Hermosa National Sanctuary, a portion of tropical jungle in the Central Peruvian Andes. The area protects over ten pristine waterfalls surrounded by exuberant vegetation, canyons, natural springs, and endemic flora and fauna. It’s just perfect if you’re looking for a detox vacation with soft adventure and gorgeous nature.
We invite you to take a look to our programs including the Amazon Rainforest in the following link: Amazon Rainforest tours.