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Reviewed 19 September 2018 via mobile

We have just returned from an incredible 3 nights at the two lodges, which has easily been the highlight of our trip to Peru.

The accommodation in both lodges was exceptional, certainly up there with the best either of us we have stayed in. From welcome drinks and hot towels, to twice daily maid service and the rooms themselves, everything about this place illustrated a five star service.

From the moment we stepped on the bus at the airport until we left them 4 days later, our guides were always enthusiastic about wildlife and made the seemingly long journeys as enjoyable as the excursions. We saw a wide variety of wildlife, including many birds, monkeys, caiman and even an anteater. TRC’s remote location in particular seems to provide a huge opportunity to see wildlife. Even better, our guides would take pictures on our phones through their telescopes, giving us many excellent pictures to remember our trip with.

The food was always plentiful, with 3 large meals each day. The porter service allowed us to just relax, with the company taking care of our every need. We were particularly impressed that our boarding passes had been printed in advance as we arrived back to the office. They really went the extra mile and took care of our every need.

Whilst the price may be off putting, this is clearly an ethical company (using renewable energy and biodigradable resources whenever possible) that provides full value for money. Unlike other companies we’ve encountered in our time here, there were no hidden costs and it never felt as though they were taking advantage of us.

Overall a fantastic experience that we would highly recommend.

Thank Jay E
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Reviewed 15 June 2018

Rainforest Expeditions provides a wonderful, low-stress way to see the Amazon. Right from when the company picks you up from the Puerto Maldonado airport, it's clear they are professional, well-practiced, and knowledgable.

My wife and I stayed for 5 days, so we were able to visit both the Refugio and Tambopata Research Center, both of which are impressive hotels that are open to the jungle. When they say "open to the jungle", the company really means it: there are 3 walls and one totally open—not net. Thus, travelers better be comfortable with some amount of insects getting into the hotel and room. The upside is beautiful views and jungle sounds, right in your hotel room. The lodges are beautiful in themselves, and include a bar, hammocks, and massages for the downtimes guides bake into the schedule. The food, too, is spectacular: an array of Peruvian dishes, well-executed and delicious.

Each set of visitors is paired with a guide. Ours was named Angel, and he was personable and extremely good at spotting wildlife and leading us on hikes. Angel had an encyclopedic knowledge of birds, monkeys, insects, and plant life, and peppering in a lot of information about the Peruvian people that still dwell in the jungle.

We learned a great deal, and had a great time.

4  Thank kiernanpschmitt
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Reviewed 10 May 2018

Had my Amazon experience courtesy of Cayman Lodge Puerto Maldonado 4 days no power only candles for light and no hot water for showers the water was from the river and cold.No air conditioning and nets to keep the bugs away while you slept.Flushing toilets .Generated power from 5 - 9 pm for charging of electrical devices.Electricity is only available in the main lodge.
It was hot humid and dank.Not for the faint hearted or 5 star lover.
I loved the place
On arrival which is via a motorised canoe down the river you are met by your assigned guide who will be with you for the duration of your stay.He will also be the one that takes you for guided walks into the jungle
The first night was celebrated with a night jungle walk so equipped with boots(suppled by the lodge) a head lamp and off we go like Uncle Arthur.
Having slugged through mud and avoiding spiky tree trunks the night shows us tarantulas,a possum looking creature,so many insects, and much more mud
The day hike to the lake which involved wading through water that came to the top of the boot,slushing through mud and straddling over fallen trees also revealed leaved carrying ants,spiders,birds,little bats and monkeys.We saw walking tees and spiky trees
On arrival at the lake we board a small motorized canoe and go up river and we are lucky enough to see the giant otter even though it was brief
Returning to a special site the fishing line is dropped and although no one but the guide caught a piranha we are all pleased to have seen one up close and personal Thats dinner sorted
On returning to where we boarded the canoe we have our provided lunch and a rest before returning to the lodge
The meals are very filling and enjoyable not one breakfast,lunch or dinner was repeated
Unfortunately the rain arrived on the last day and therefore was unable to go see the parrots at the claylick but experienced an Amazonian rain the place flooded The rain thunder and lighting started the night before and did not stop till midday.But what a display of mother nature
An experience that I am glad I was able to have but glad to get back to a dry environment.While at the lodge if clothing got wet it stayed wet nothing got dry so dank so first stop when back in civilization was the laundry
The common phase was "I am going to burn these clothes except that they are so wet they will not burn"
I often thought of the movie with Shawn Connery the one where he is up in the treetops with the bromalides while I was wading through the jungle

2  Thank KeenTraveller12372
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Reviewed 10 April 2018

Fantastic guides, fantastic tour group. Can’t say enough about our experience with Rainforest Expeditions. Our guides, Lucy, Uriel, and Oscar, were absolutely wonderful — professional, incredibly informative, kind, funny. Great people, great guides! We had the privilege of seeing so much wildlife including giant river otters, macaws, piranhas, and so much more. Would definitely recommend Rainforest Expeditions to anyone.

Thank Ariana S
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Reviewed 31 March 2018 via mobile

We ventured into the Rainforest on the MV Cattleya and were the only guests on the boat with 7 staff. Oh , it was great fun. We had Uciel as our guide - fantastic knowledge of the Amazon - expert birder. We did see a lot; disappointing we did not see piranha. Great adventure into the forest , visiting locals and views from the skiff.

Thank oreodiv
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Reviewed 9 March 2018

As others have said, don't come here with expectations of Parrot Jungle in Miami, or you will be terribly disappointed. It's hot, humid, rainy, muddy, filled with bugs of all types -- some bite badly -- and electricity goes on and off at times. That said, I can't say enough good things for our experience with Rainforest Expeditions. We adored our guide, Lucia; she was knowledgeable, enthusiastic, careful, responsible, patient, and all good things. She also lent me myriad items I didn't know to bring (flashlight, binoculars, etc.) Be mindful that Rainforest Expeditions runs three distinct sites on the Amazon -- each further up the Amazon from Puerto Moldonado. Many of the reviews here are for the research center, furthest upstream. We stayed at the second-furthest away. There was a fabulous hike to a lake, on which we found beautiful birds. Our foray to the macaw salt lick was a bust, but Lucia did find four pair of macaws flying about overhead and perched on trees. She also spotted macaws on the boat trip to the facility, so we didn't leave disappointed. Electric generators were spotty, and this required some patience of our own. Meals are served buffet style, and the kitchen was very kind about accommodating special diets of all types. It was a lovely 4 days (2 of which were transport days to and from Puerto Moldonado).

1  Thank EmilyMartha
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Reviewed 24 February 2018

we spent 3 nights four days in the Peruvian amazon rainforest we loved it saw so much of the local wildlife and fauna such a good experience would recommend doing any kind of trip like this and there are many available from add on tours to holiday's to ones you can book individually

Thank anthonyjames1000
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Reviewed 29 June 2017

We visited the Amazon rainforest as part of a Delphin cruise on a small ship (eight passengers). The boat was excellent, with a great staff and good food. We explored several areas and walked through the forest on several occasions. Our excellent naturalist pointed out birds and animals that were interested and nearly hidden from untrained eyes. We saw sloths, three types of monkeys, and more birds than I can count. The paths through the rainforest were well worn, but not too hard to manage. The ship provided us with boots so that we didn't get out shoes muddy. Overall, we had a great experience.

3  Thank jxx9595
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Reviewed 20 April 2017 via mobile

Great place to visit for a back to nature holiday. Saw amazing plants and animals. Did lots of walking in a humid climate but so worth it!

2  Thank bod100
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Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

We had a 3 day Amazon tour with G Adventures after 4 day Inca Trail trekking. Amazon may give us an impression of survival tour and dangerous encounter to predators and I was fully prepared with malaria medication, Deet, cholera vaccine, etc... and it was definitely good for peace of mind. We saw tarantulas in their nest during night rainforest walk and a jaguar and Caymans from boat tour. Our guide Elvis appeared to be quiet, but he was a real jungle boy, spotting rare creatures and animals instead of just talking about them!
The lodges had no ceiling under the roof and we felt indescribable freedom in nature! We had an afternoon nap, listening to birds, insects and some monkeys, which was really comfortable and relaxing. As my friends and I are from Queensland, Australia, many trees and plants in rainforest are not that special, but there are a few interesting plants like the one you get bright purple colour dye from just a squeeze of a few green leaves. I was personally relieved because the tour was physically not too hard on us and it was rather relaxing instead.

8  Thank xianli814
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