A stay at the amazing Wasai Tambopata Lodge is an experience unlike any other . Here you can pass your time exploring, taking in the wildlife and enjoying the vast unknown of the Amazon jungle.
Are you ready for an Amazon Adventure?
~ Heading down the Tambopata into the depths of the Amazon ~
Deep in the Amazon, along the winding Tambopata river, sits an Eco lodge retreat that’s unlike any other. There’s no highways, no telephones and limited power from a generator. Access to this lodge is limited to the river. You will start in Puerto Maldonado before taking a 3 hour boat ride to the Wasai Tambopata Lodge. Yes, 3 hours against the current. On the way back it’s slightly faster as you travel with the current.
The boat ride may be 3 hours but it’s worth the time. You will see all kinds of wildlife living next to the river and flying above. It is surreal as you hear the sounds of the macaws echo through the jungle. Keep your eyes out for Capybaras, they are everywhere. The boats are medium sized and made of wood. They hold approximately 12-15 people if there’s no supplies being carried.
~ Capybara on the banks of the river ~
~ Enjoying a banana leaf lunch on the river ~
Wasai continues the customer service by providing you with a hearty lunch of rice, chicken and vegetables wrapped in banana leaves while you cruise up the river. The views slowly change as you get deeper into the jungle and you can watch the jungle rise around you. The farther you get from the town the thicker it becomes and soon you will be somewhere only a few people before you have been.
There’s a few locals still living along the river. So every now and then you will see a boat parked along the side of the river. It makes you wonder how can they live so basic. No computers, no phones , no cars and maybe even no power. Their lives are simple and they rely on the jungle to sustain them. I must say, now that’s living!
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~ Riverview of the Eco-Lodge ~
Arriving at the Wasai Tambopata Lodge
When you arrive at the Wasai Tambopata Lodge there is no dock. Just a place along the river where boats are docked and pulled partially ashore. You will see a walk way and many steps that lead up to the main lodge. Along the side of the river you will see a grounds keepers lodge. The building next to the river is raised around 30 feet in the air because the river rises depending on the time of the year.
It would be neat to see when the water is up that far. This lodge is manned at all times when there are guests at the lodge to watch over the boats, kayaks and other supplies that are near the river. We were told that some nights people will sneak up the river and attempt to take supplies, boat propellers and other items like that. It never happened while we were there.
~ Shared cabin at Wasai Tambopata Lodge ~
Where will you be sleeping?
The grounds has several Eco huts on the grounds. some have two rooms and others are private, all have decks with hammocks. We lucked out with hut 14, one of the farthest from the main lodge with an absolutely stunning view of the river.
Once you receive your key to your hut, grab your items and find your way through the grounds. There are many large tree trunk steps that make a path through the huts. These come in handy when it rains and the ground floods. You can hop between them and stay dry. This happened the first day we were there. It rained for 1 hour and the whole grounds was flooded. It was amazing! The next morning, no sign of the flooding.
~ Our private bungalow on the edge of the Amazon Rainforest ~
~ Interior of Bungalow 14 ~
Our hut was very large and spacious with 2 twin beds and 1 queen bed. The bungalows are well constructed of wood and palms with screen windows and a thatched roof. All the beds have ceiling hung netting that you are advised to drop and tuck into the mattress at night. Our advice? USE THE NETTING.
You are in the jungle, in an open air bungalow. There are tons of crawling things that make their way into your hut. You won’t see them during the day, but at night, the jungle comes alive and you will be happy with that netting at night. You never know what will be on the other side of that netting.
There are no glass windows, just window cutouts with soft mesh screen and curtains. This lets the humid jungle breeze flow through each hut. It is amazingly comfortable to just lay on your bed with the breeze blowing. Each hut also has a full bathroom with plumbing and a cold shower.
Don’t worry, the last thing you want in the humid heat of the jungle is a hot shower. The cold water was refreshing and much needed. They run a generator for power from 6-9pm each night so you can charge those camera batteries.
~ View of the Tambopata River and Amazon Rainforest from our bungalow ~
The hut doors lock and do not be worried, this is a safe place so feel free to just leave your items where ever you want. Overall the place was very clean with rustic amazon charm. However, remember you are in the jungle.
You are not at the Hilton. There will be bugs. There will be noises. You are in the middle of the upper Tambopata. Embrace this experience, you will not meet many others that have done it. Most of all, embrace the view. It’s stunning.
~ Kayaking on the Tambopata River ~
Our stay with Wasai was wonderful. It is ran to accommodate all ages of people and they offer all kinds of activities. When you book your adventure with them you will choose from one of their pre-designed packages. Each one includes certain activities.
However, they are very flexible and allow you to swap out activities to get the stay you want. If you do not like an activity just lay in your hammock on your deck or swap it out for something else. We booked one of the adventure packages, so we participated in night hiking, day hiking, kayaking, swimming, macaw clay lick, zip lining and adventure activities.
~ Macaws at the El Chuncho Clay Lick ~
~Trekking in the Amazon ~
Activities at the lodge include night walks through the Amazon, day hikes, mammal clay lick observation, adventure activities, zip lining, camping in the jungle, shaman ceremonies, boat rides, kayaking, fishing, local tribe visits, soccer, night Cayman watching, swimming, tree climbing, parrot clay lick, bird watching and many more.
After a long day exploring the jungle you can belly up to the bar at the main lodge. There won’t be many people there with you, so you get a chance to meet everyone and get to know them. Including your awesome guides. The main lodge also includes the mess hall with a large dining room and surprisingly delicious fresh made meals. You will get fed well during your stay.
~ Beautiful, fresh cuisine ~
~ Polly, the resident Parrot, always there for dinner time! ~
Above the mess hall is a tower where you can lay in a hammock, stare at the stars or observe the jungle canopy. This company goes above and beyond to educate the people staying with them, so take advantage of the lodge displays that include maps, books, photos, animal and plant guides. Of course you can always chat with your guide too. They’ve grown up in the Amazon and can tell you pretty much anything you want to know about the area.
During our stay we had two different groups. They will break you up based on the package you booked. Each group will have their own designated guide. They are happy to work with you to have the stay you dreamed of. Our group leader was one of the funnest, kindest people we had ever met. He has lived in Peru his whole life near the Amazon. He loves the area and has gone to school for research on the Amazon. He shared many stories of growing up and living in the jungle with us.
At the end of the day, he didn’t ditch you, he sat at the bar and shared a drink with you. It was a personal experience we will not soon forget. All the staff rotates their time at the lodge and comes in as needed. They love their jobs and they love soccer. Feel free to join in, the soccer field is behind the main lodge. They also live in the bungalows that are located closest to the main lodge.
Over all our stay at the Wasai Tambopata Lodge was an amazing and a unforgettable experience that only a few people will experience in their lifetime.
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