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Great family vacation! Would recommend lodge to provide fans in the room and some kind of bug repellent. Awesome tour guide!!
The jungle tour was one of the highlights of our Peruvian trip. Our guide, Julio, was certainly the one who made this trip very very memorable. He has an amazing and fun personality and being a born native, he is very familiar with the natural habitat. His machete came in handy multiple times. His ability to spot wildlife was very impressive which allowed us to see caimans, otters, monkeys, different species of birds, etc. The food and accommodation was top notch keep in mind that you are in the middle of a jungle! In fact the food was some of the best we had during our entire 2 week Peruvian trip. The rooms were clean and there was hot water to wash off all the sweat and DEET! Trust me, you will sweat and you will get dirty if you truly embrace this tour but it's a worthwhile life experience that will leave a smile on your face.
This tour was well-organized and our guide, Manuel, was fantastic. The rooms were nice and we loved the hammocks on the porch area. It was a shame that we ended up getting so much rain, as we weren't able to enjoy them as much as we would have liked. For anyone who also encounters rain when you are there: get everything away from the windows! We learned the hard way that the screened-in windows, coupled with the curtains, do very little to prevent water from entering your room and soaking the floor. Luckily, our hard-sided luggage prevented everything from being soaked, but it was a close call. The only down-sides of our trip were the market walk at the end it was very strange, and something that most people spending some time in Peru will experience anyways and the fact that the WiFi was out the whole time we were there it had been out for quite some time as a result of a storm that passed through. It's nice to disconnect, but we were leaving to fly back home to Canada directly after our tour, and were unable to check-in to our flights and keep in touch with people picking us up from the airport! Overall, this was a great tour and we highly recommend it!
All the logistics were handled very well. The lodge was very nice albeit simple. Ceiling fans would have been nice...it was pretty hot and humid. Our guide Manual was fantastic, very knowledgeable and easy going. The food was very good, and appreciated the pool and bar after an early morning hike in to the jungle!
Our guide, Franklin, was a treasure trove of knowledge insofar as how natives used and understood the nutritional and medicinal nature of plants and animals that throng through the jungle, lake and river that you will visit on this trip. His eyes, furthermore, were incredible, spotting things that took most of us some time to see even after he pointed them out, through our binoculars. For this alone, he gets 5 stars. Your 'close encounters' will likely be far from that, but with eagle-eyed guides your binoculars can make out forms and occasionally features within the elusive jungle.
That said, the lodge does not look like the pictures. It's not bad at all just very basic, with electricity and hot water at certain hours of the day, and everyone following an identical schedule. The bungalows are paper-thin, which is fine, as most are free-standing, but if you're caught in the 4-room 2-story house units C-1 through C-4, be prepared to hear every word and non-word, iPhone buzz, footstep and sound as though your neighbors are sitting in your lap. Worse, the French-run, French-saturated hostel it's very much a hostel don't expect anything more has zero 'Western' customer service or attentiveness to speak of, whether food no choice no timetable no discussion or drink be prepared to wait up to 40 minutes to be served at the one time everyone is dumped into the bar, simultaneously, awaiting dinner. For this, the Lodge itself gets 1.5 stars.
Mostly good, however a BIG issue that wasted hours of our time. I added a traveler to our booking at least a month before our arrival. I was assured all would be fine...but his name was not on our pick up list from our accommodations in Puerto Maldonado. Luckily our hostel host went with us to the travel headquarters to make sure everything was clear. We had been switched from Corto Maltés Lodge to Inkaterra Lodge Field Station which was beautiful and very peaceful! So this review is not for Corto Maltés, just Viator as a booking service. The agent had emailed me the itinerary but I assumed it was all part of the same lodge group. It wasn't.
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