The Explorer's Inn: "A Rustic but Fascinating Wilderness Lodge" Peru Hotel Tip by Paul2001

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  The Explorer's Inn
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While visiting the Peruvian Amazon near Puerto Maldonado, I stayed at the Explorer's Inn for three nights. This was one of the more fascinating experiences I had while touring Peru. The lodge has 38km worth of trails located on throughout the Tambopata National Reserve. You hike along these trails by way of a personalized guide. In my case this was a 22 year old student from Lima who was very charming and informative even if she did not like spiders. There was also a very helpful Englishman on site who was studying the rain forest during my stay.
The trails are in various states of maintenance. Most visitors walk a 5km hike out to a bow lake that is on a very well kept trail. The other trails are somewhat less maintained and more demanding. There is also a wonderful spot to catch the sunset. I was told that some people have found this very romantic and have gone to extremes to prove it. I would not as there are plenty of hungry ants about that will devour both of you. We also took a nighttime boat ride out on the Tambopata River to see caiman resting on the banks. This is a great place to be awakened by a red howler monkey. Actually this might be the noisiest place I have ever been when I consider all of the jungle birds.

Unique Qualities: The food here in the restaurant was decent if unadvanturous. All meals are included in the price of your stay There was a small museum dedicated to the regions wildlife in the main lodge building.
The lodge is very rustic and not for those who do not mind roughing it a bit. The cabins have no electricity and the plumbing is turned off after dinner. The grounds are well kept with lovely gardens. There are also two macaws on site that are pets of sorts. One is a rare scarlet macaw named Willy that is very cantankerous and tried to do me harm.
To book a room go to the offices in Cusco or Lima. The addresses is posted below.

Address: Cusco Office: Plateros 365, Cusco, or Alcanflores No. 459, Miraflores, PO Box 10088, Lima, Peru
Directions: The Explorer's Inn is 58km south of Puerto Maldonaldo. The lodge provides a boat from a dock near the town that travels down the river. This takes 3 to 4 hours to get there and 2 hours to get back.
Phone: (51 84) 235 342
Theme: Other
Website: http://www.peruviansafaris.com

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Oct 5, 2006
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