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The adventure begins as soon as your plane lands. The pick up was smooth. We arrived with two other couples, they took us through the town and to the port, with some history of the small city along the way. Once at the port, we tried a bite or two of local food, then got on our boat and took us to a replica village of a jungle tribe . The families that live there live the jungle life but also cater to tourists, wearing their tribal outfit and doing dances. Keep in mind, they expect money as a tip, or you can buy some of their jewelry or art work instead of tipping.Next you travel to the lodge, which was well maintained. Upon arrival and receiving the introductory, it is lunch time. The food was fantastic and filling- typical Peruvian food. The room was comfortable, they provided water, shampoo, soap, towel, rubber boots for hiking, and a hammock in a screened in porch. It was lovely. The lodge has limited electricity, so you have to time the electricity if you need to charge batteries. The limited electricity was not a problem for us because they guides kept us busy with activities. However, even though there were at least 3 activities each day for us, there was still time to rest. The hikes in the jungle were interesting, fishing for piranhas was fun even though our guide caught all the piranhas we had for dinner. We also really enjoyed visiting a family that had several young wild life that we could hold. In early January (2014) he had a baby monkey, sloth, snake, turtles and more. Victor was our guide and he did a great job telling us the next item on our itinerary with just the right information. He did a great job over all. One thing we were not aware of was that at the end of the tour, it is expected to tip the guide as well as the staff at the lodge. But over all, those at the lodge do a fantastic job! Other fun parts of the lodge include the pet parrot, banana bunches hanging around which can be eaten as a snack, Foosball, pool, billiards, and a bar.
With the help of my excellent English-speaking guide, I did everything on the itinerary and more! My room at the lodge was spacious and clean, with all of the amenities I needed. They provided shampoo, soap, a poncho, flashlight, and rubber boots. Each room has a hammock on a screened-in deck, and all other windows have screens - perfect for falling asleep to the sounds of night critters. The food was delicious and for each meal there was a choice of chicken, fish, or beef, served with rice or potato, plantain, and vegetables. There was always a salad before the meal and dessert of fruit after the meal. Tea and coffee available all day for no charge. Beer was 6 soles, cocktails about double that, all reasonably priced. The pool was small but very clean and very refreshing. Piranha fishing was a lot of fun, and they even let me keep my biggest piranha to eat for lunch - they fried it for me at the lodge! I would suggest carrying a little bit of money or treats with you whenever you leave the lodge, just in case you end up in a village where there are little kids selling crafts or allowing you to hold their pet cayman or pet sloth. The sugar cane distillery was more interesting than I expected, and you can buy small bottles of the liquor they produce there. Bring a plug adapter if necessary - many places in Peru have plug shapes for North America and Peru, but the lodge only has Peru shapes as far as I could tell. It was a fantastic trip, would love to go back!
No problems whatsoever, an enjoyable experience. Nice food, good guides, helpful staff.