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Eight hours by boat from Puerto Maldonado, in the heart of the Tambopata National Reserve, this rustic lodge is one of the best places in Peru to experience the wildlife and diversity of the Amazon rain forest. Naturalist guides lead you down jungle trails to see dozens of bird species, several kinds of monkeys and, perhaps, peccaries (wild pigs). Hundreds of parrots and macaws visit the nearby Collpa Colorado clay lick each morning. Rooms are small, open on one end, with mosquito nets over beds; a separate building connected by an elevated walkway has toilets and hot-water showers. Kerosene lanterns light rooms, but common spaces have electricity at night. Buffet meals are served in an open-air restaurant. Due to the distance, stays here are combined with overnights at the Refugio Amazonas on tours with a four-night minimum, though a five nights are recommended.
Tambopata River, 150 km (93 miles) southwest of, Puerto Maldonado, Madre de Dios, Peru
01-719–6422; 877-231–9251-in U.S.