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One of three lodges on the Tambopata River run by ecotourism company Rainforest Expeditions, the Refugio lies within a 200-hectare (500-acre) protected forest that is contiguous with the Tambopata National Reserve, so it has plenty of wildlife and buildings that are open on one side to view it. Spacious rooms are private but not soundproof, separated by cane walls and with drapes instead of doors. The airy bar and restaurant is a great spot to hang out, and has Wi-Fi and electricity at night for charging batteries. Kerosene lanterns light the rest of the lodge, though superior rooms have electricity from dusk to 10 pm. The Refugio's Amazon Villa, which has 24-hour electricity, is the nicest room in the region. Travelers who visit the Tambopata Research Center spend a night here on the way there and back, but with its protected forest location, the Refugio is a worthy destination in its own right.
Tambopata River, 80 km (50 miles), three hours by bus and boat, southwest of, Puerto Maldonado, Madre de Dios, Peru
01-719–6422; 877-231–9251-in U.S.