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Posada Amazonas eco-lodge is located two hours upriver from Puerto Maldonado in a private reserve set aside by the Native Community of Infierno in their 24,700-acre (10,000-hectare) territory. These lands are inhabited by the Ese’ejas people and settlers from other indigenous groups, representing about 600 people from 160 families who subsist on farming, hunting, fishing, and, on a smaller scale, by harvesting timber and gathering Brazil nuts. Since the lodge opened in 1998, the Infierno community members have been working with Posada Amazonas as staff, guides, or suppliers.
Nestled in a 5,000-acre (2,000-hectare) protected community reserve, Posada Amazonas is co-managed by Rainforest Expeditions and the Native Community of Infierno. The short distance from Puerto Maldonado makes Posada Amazonas an ideal destination for a two-night stay that allows guests to enjoy nature at their leisure and gain insight into life in the rainforest. Activities include hikes to the parrot clay lick, observation tower, two large ceiba trees, a lake where guests frequently enjoy sightings of the giant river otter, and visits to the ethnobotanical center and a local farm. Posada Amazonas also offers “voluntourism” opportunities, adventure tours, holistic programs, and birdwatching hikes.
Posada Amazonas is located close to Tambopata National Reserve which borders Bahuaja-Sonene National Park in the department of Madre de Dios in southeastern Peru. These conservation units encompass an area that is 1.5 times the size of Costa Rica, protecting more than 3.7 million acres (1.5 million hectares) of diverse habitats that include the Andean foothills and the lowlands of the Amazon Basin. Holding one of the highest levels of biodiversity in the world, the region is home to healthy populations of species that require large ranges such as the jaguar, giant river otter, tapir, macaw, and harpy eagle. The Reserve harbors more than 1,300 species of birds, including 32 species of parrots (10% of world’s parrot population), 200 species of mammals, 90 species of amphibians, and 10,000 species of vascular plants.
Number of employees: 29
Percentage of local employees: 89%
Rainforest Expeditions manages three initiatives: Posada Amazonas, the Tambopata Research Center and the Refugio Amazonas in southeastern Peru. In addition to the staff employed by the lodge, Rainforest Expeditions works with 35 to 40 guides who provide tours to guests at the three lodges. Fifty percent of the guides are local.
Posada Amazonas trains and hires local people from the Native Community of Infierno. The community has invested its earnings from tourism in infrastructure (high school, running water), training (accounting, leadership, organization), and conservation (guards, concessions). The majority of the population believes that the project is beneficial to the community.
The Community receives 60% of the profits from Posada Amazonas, while Rainforest Expeditions keeps 40%. Decisions are made by consensus of the project's partners, with the Community being represented by a 10-person committee.
For the past two years, Rainforest Expeditions has participated in the Rainforest Alliance’s sustainable tourism program.
Posada Amazonas participates in the Pack for a Purpose program, in which guests can bring school supplies, medical supplies, and other small items from home to donate to the local community. Guests simply drop off their donation with our staff, and we will deliver it for them.
$150 and up
$150 and up per night depending on the program. Rates include lodging, meals, transportation, activities, and guides.
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Nearest international airport: Lima (LIM)
Nearest local/national airport: Puerto Maldonado (PEM)
Travel time to nearest airport: 2 hours
You can reach Puerto Maldonado in 90 minutes by plane from Lima or 45 minutes from Cuzco.
Posada Amazonas is a two-hour trip from Puerto Maldonado – one hour by bus and one hour by boat.
Rainforest Expeditions, the company that owns Posada Amazonas, was the winner of the following awards and recoginitions:
Posada Amazonas Rainforest Expeditions
María Esther Stagnaro
Sales, Rainforest Expeditions
Tambopata, Madre de Dios