We booked our trip to the Amazon as a package deal when we were in Cusco. We had priced out several different tours but went with the one that we did, mostly because Monte Amazonico Lodge had such great reviews.
Our tour was a very reasonable $200 each which included lodging, food and all excursions for 4 days and 3 nights. While it wasn’t a true 4 days since we left early the 4th morning, it was still a great deal.
Upon arriving at the lodge, we were given room #1. I would argue that this is one of the worst rooms as it was at the end of the row of rooms and was beaten with sun during the day. Since it was located at the end of the rooms, everyone staying in the rest of the rooms had to walk by our door to get to their room.
When we went to open our door we noticed that we had a visitor, a very friendly male cat. During our time there, he would swing by to say hi and even sat outside our door on our final morning so he could say goodbye to us.
The room itself was basic, which we expected, but larger than we anticipated. There was a full bed and a twin bed, both outfitted with mosquito nets. While they were newer than the nets that we used at our hostel in Mancora, they seemed to be too small for a full size bed. The net was essentially on my face the entire night which defeats the purpose of a mosquito net. There were headboards and footboards as well as mattresses outside our room on the deck one day. When we arrived back from a hike, we were surprised to see a third bed in our room. While it was fine, it was a little strange since nobody said anything about it.
Going in, I was a little worried about the bathroom situation. When we arrived I was pleasantly surprised. The bathroom itself was quite large and very clean. There was a flushable toilet and plenty of toilet paper since the bathroom was equipped with a cheese wheel size toilet paper roll that you commonly see in public restrooms.
We knew that the shower would be cold water only. In the Amazon jungle it is very hot and the water is not ice cold, so it’s not nearly as bad as it sounds on paper. It actually felt quite nice to take a cold shower after our hikes in the jungle when we were overheated and super sweaty. My only issue with the shower is that the drain was to small so by the time I was done showering I was always standing in water.
While electricity is not normally an amenity, when you are in the middle of the jungle it is. We had electricity from 5:30-9:30 every night. There was only 1 plug in our room so we had to switch off what we charged, making sure that we had everything charged before the power was cut off.
The worst part about only having electricity a few hours a day is that means there is no electricity at night. This means no fans to cool you off and no lights if you have to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night. Neither was an issue as it cooled down quite a bit at night and we had a flashlight to use when needed. Surprisingly we both slept amazingly well the 3 nights that we were there.
All of our food was included in our tour. We were served breakfast at 7:30am, lunch at 1pm and dinner at 7:30pm. Everything was made fresh and was pretty good, especially if you like rice because we had rice with every lunch and dinner. While it was plenty of food for us, some of the guys on our tour that eat a lot normally were were a little hungry after their meals.
In addition to our meals, there was also a bar where you could purchase beer and mixed drinks. Some days though, only beer was available as the lodge is not always able to secure ice, another amenity that we take for granted.
- Rolls with butter and jam
- Fruit salad
- Fruit juice
Lunch and Dinner included:
- Chicken curry
- Beef stroganoff
- Chicken in a fruit sauce
- Fruit juice
We had an English and Spanish speaking guide included in our tour. He did a great job of explaining everything that we saw and answering any questions that we had.
We were pretty excited to have a pool at our hotel as jumping in to cool off after a trek sounded great. It sounded better on paper than it did in actuality.
I thought since it was quite warm in the jungle that the water would be a nice temperature, but that was not the case. It was absolutely freezing! Even colder than the water that came out of the shower. We had our suits on and had to bail because there was absolutely no way that I could get into that cold of water.
It worked out that we didn’t go to the pool. A few people in our group were reading by the pool one afternoon and got quite a few mosquito bites.
Each room had its own hammock on the deck. I tried to enjoy the hammock one afternoon, but shortly after I laid down all the bugs started to come after me. It would have been nice to have a hammock inside the room since that would have allowed for relaxation without any of the insects.
The communal lodge where we had our meals also had games including darts, pool, foosball and chess.
We had a great time at the Monte Amazonico Lodge. While at times it felt a little bit like camping, it was fun to experience the Amazon jungle without cheating and going to a posh resort. We had to do without a few things that we are used to such as electricity, hot water and ice, but it just made us appreciate all of the everyday luxuries that we have.
The lodge took care of all of the mundane details such as transportation, food and so on, so we could focus on having fun. I really appreciated this as it was nice to have a break from all of the planning that is required for extended travel.