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Get back to nature in the tropical rainforest. Located on the famously diverse Tambopata River in the Peruvian Amazon, our exclusive 'G Lodge Amazon’ is both comfortable and intimate. Explore the jungle by canoe or on dry land trails, swim in the lodge's cool stream, or strap on a harness and rope up to the lodge's tree platforms for a bird's eye view of the forest—including close-ups of arboreal orchids!
Day 1 Puerto Maldonado / G Lodge Amazon (L,D)
Following your early morning arrival to Puerto Maldonado from Lima or Cuzco, you will be met at the airport by your naturalist guide and transferred to a dugout canoe for the trip up the Tambopata River to the lodge. On the journey the vegetation changes from colonized deforested areas to virgin rain forest. A box-lunch is provided on board. On arrival you'll have a welcome drink and meet the rest of the staff. In the late afternoon you set off for an introductory walk into the "terra firme" forest behind the lodge, dominated by giant Brazil-nut and dipteryx trees. Frequently seen mammals on this trail are saddle-back tamarinds, brown capuchins, agoutis, pacas, blue-morpho butterflies, trogons, toucans and many other species of birds. After dinner enjoy a night walk to find nocturnal animals or insects - about 50% of the animals are nocturnal in the rainforest.The G Lodge Amazon is situated within the Tambopata National Reserve (TNR) and is on the edge of the Bahuaja Sonene National Park, creating an immense area totaling more than 3,000,000 acres of sub-tropical moist rainforest. The area has became part of a cross border park system, joining with the Madidi National Park in Bolivia, together they constitute the largest protected zone of tropical forest on the continent of South America.The buildings or cabins of the lodge have been designed to exist in complete harmony with this exotic environment. They are made from wood and thatched with woven leaves and screened to protect their occupants from insects. Each bed is protected by a mosquito net and the cabins all have a private bathroom with running water. The dining room serves food, as well as drinks and snacks all day. All meals are prepared by the lodge's own specialized professional staff using a blend of forest products and more traditional recipes. Some of the dishes are typically Peruvian and international food is also served.The lodge compound and buildings are lit at night with flame lanterns and candles but it is recommended that you keep your own flashlight handy. Tap water in the rooms comes from the clear Gallocunca stream found towards the rear of the lodge. The water is chlorinated and fit for showers and swimming though it is recommend you use the purified water supplied as drinking water. The lakes are also good places to swim, so remember to take your bathing suit with you on morning walks to the lakes.The lodge maintains several trails on both sides of the river totaling approximately 25km. Most are circular trails beginning and ending at the lodge which are well marked. Guests are welcome to explore them during their leisure time. The trails on the other side of the Tambopata River can only be reached by boat. Transport to and from the lodge is by boat. All boats are protected from both sun and rain by a roof and side closures. Boat seats have back rests and seat cushions for greater comfort. All passengers will be provided with a life jacket, and all the drivers we use are qualified, experienced and possess a great knowledge of the river and its fauna.For walks in the forest it is recommend that you bring light clothing, long loose-fitting trousers, long-sleeved shirts, a wide-brimmed hat and walking boots or tennis shoes. The early mornings can be cold, especially when on the river so you should bring along a windbreaker or a sweater. Come prepared with a rain jacket or poncho, as heavy rain may fall at any moment.*Please note that you need to arrive into Puerto Maldonado prior to 2pm at the latest
Day 2 G Lodge Amazon (B,L,D)
Hike to Lake Condenado. After an early breakfast you and your nature guide will board the motorized canoe once again for the short journey to the trail head to begin a morning's exploration by foot and paddle canoe of the lake system of Condenado, rich in bird and aquatic life. A family of giant otters live in the vicinity of the lake and are often observed. Birdlife is abundant especially rufescent tiger-herons, great egrets, wattled jacanas, hoatzin, the noisy donacobius and many others. Remember to bring your hat and sun screen for there is no shade out on the water. You will return to the lodge in time for lunch. The afternoon is for exploring the forest close to the lodge (with or without your guide), relaxing and bathing in the Gallucunca stream, or visiting our tree platforms, going up with ropes and harnesses for a bird's eye view of the forest and for close-ups of arboreal orchids and the many other species of plants and animals that are never seen near the ground (extra cost). After dark you will go searching for caiman (alligators) and other nocturnal animals by motorized canoe along the Tambopata River.
Day 3 G Lodge Amazon (B,L,D)
Hike to Lake Sachavacayoc (Tapir Lake). After an early breakfast you will take a short boat ride down river to the trail head. Here you embark on a longer trail which leads to a spectacular hidden lake, requiring the crossing of streams and swampy ground, past the giant lupuna trees (kings of the jungle) which abound in this part of the forest. On the walk you are introduced to more aspects of the forest and its animals. At the lake itself it is possible to spot the elusive black caiman and giant otters. We return for lunch and the afternoon is free for relaxation and swimming.
Day 4 Puerto Maldonado (B)
A dawn start is required for the canoe trip back to Puerto Maldonado, you are rewarded with memorable views of the sun rise over the river. Lookout for the early morning wildlife which is particularly active at this time. Howler monkeys are frequently heard, as they stakeout their territories. Your guide will take care of you on arrival in Puerto Maldonado and will deal with all the necessities at the airport prior to your departure.*Please do not book any flights out of Puerto Maldonado until 11am or later
Exploring the Amazon Rainforest from the comforts of an exclusive lodge, spotting wildlife by foot and canoe, exploring the Tambopata National Reserve.
Car, Van, Boat/Canoe, Walking
Car, Van, Boat/Canoe, Walking
3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners.
Eating is a big part of traveling. Travelling with G Adventures you experience the vast array of wonderful food that is available out in the world. Generally meals are not included in the trip price when there is a choice of eating options, to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat. It also gives you more budgeting flexibility, though generally food is cheap. Our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There is no obligation to do this though. Your group leader will be able to suggest favourite restaurants during your trip. On truck trips in Africa, aboard the expedition ship Explorer or our Galapagos yachts, while trekking in remote regions etc. food is included, plentiful and made of fresh local ingredients. The above information applies to G Adventures group trips. For Independent trips please check the itinerary for details of meals included. For all trips please refer to the meals included and budget information for included meals and meal budgets.
G Lodge Amazon (3 nts)
A variety of accommodation standards are available for Independent tours, see your dossier for the accommodation class specific to your tour. Please remember that hotel/lodge/resort standards can be different from what you are used to in your home country, which is part of the appeal of adventure travel . Porterage is not included, but can be arranged directly at most hotels.
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I got to see so much of Israel; cities, historic & religious sites, seas, countryside, desert, and mountains. Moving at a relatively fast, but doable pace with stops and breaks, we got to see a lot of Israel which made the vacation still more varied, interesting and enjoyable. The experiential component of the vacation e.g. eating lunch at a family\'s home, staying at a Bedouin camp, and floating in the Dead Sea was a big plus, and aided in getting a feel for the people and the culture. Lastly, a relatively small tour group, a nice tour group and tour guide made it a still more enjoyable experience.
Trip of a lifetime, amazing service and a great adventure!
The trip was great! Our CEO was especially wonderful. The trip was fast-paced and challenging both physically and emotionally but was one of the best experiences of my life. Well done G-Adventures!
I prefer to travel independently whenever possible, but there are certain spots in the world where an organized, group tour works better due to concerns such as local transportation or safety. Recently, I was able to get a bit of time away from my client and did not have time to plan an individual journey. I elected to visit a spot or two that would work best on a tour. After scouring sites for potential trip(s) that would fit into the time I had available, I chose two handled by G Adventures (a company that I did not know previously due to my choice to usually travel independently). One trip was to Jordan (Explore Jordan tour) and the other was to India (Golden Triangle tour). I was highly pleased with the Explore Jordan tour, but disappointed by the Golden Triangle tour. As I sit here and write this review and ask myself the reason, I can say that it was the difference was primarily because of the tour guide (or CEO, as G Adventures calls them).
The Explore Jordan tour guide exhibited strong leadership, was well being organized and professional, and he handled changing situations very well. It was Ramadan during the time of my trip which means that hours and conditions varied, often with no advance notice, and he was able to successfully navigate the rough landscape to the pleasure of the tour participants. He also was presented with a couple of unique "challenges" that almost seemed like plants to see how a tour guide could handle them. I am pleased to say that the CEO succeeded with flying colors. Since I am not a veteran of many organized group tours, I admit that I took his accomplishments a bit for granted.
I gained an increased appreciation for our previous CEO after completing the Golden Triangle tour and seeing a tour guide who lacked the leadership capabilities of our previous one, seemed less than prepared, and took minimal interest in helping tour participants with the optional activities. The tour participants, who were veterans of organized group tours, spoke rather highly of G Adventures, so I do hope that preponderance of G Adventures tour guides are similar to my previous experience.
As far as other things on the trip, I found the Grand Palace Hotel to be lacking in consistent attentiveness of the staff. Some of the staff (mostly the younger staff members) were quite good, but others could not have cared less about the guests. Hotel Petra Moon was quite decent and the location was excellent. Ramada Dead Sea scheduled a rather loud and late event that was very much of a sound intrusion (read, no way of sleeping through it), but once I finally reached the manager on duty, I was able to get my room changed. The time spent at the Rahayeb Desert Camp was a highlight, but it is in the desert and there is not air conditioning in the tents (or anywhere else), which is just something of which to be aware. Due to Ramadan, we were not able to get into the National Museum in Amman, and the CEO was able to substitute a visit to Little Petra for us. I am very appreciative of this and would strongly encourage G Adventures to figure out how to make Little Petra a part of the regular itinerary. The time spent at the various locations was adequate, or at least as adequate as the number of days in the trip would allow. If I had it to do again, I would have figured out how to add a second day at Petra. But that is a me thing, and nothing against G Adventures. There was one shopping stop during the trip. I know that many organized tours have way too many "merchandise opportunities" so I am grateful that there was only the one stop, which was of a reasonable length and was at a location that helped the local people in Jordan. I am not much of a person for local foods, so I brought a good amount of things in my suitcase and kept myself fed well enough. While the taste of local cuisine is truly appreciated by most people on an organized tour, I did wish that there were a few more choices that would meet my palate.
If anyone is doing the Explore Jordan trip, I would encourage them to get into Amman a bit early so that they can add a tour of the so-called "Desert Castles." They are the main sites in Jordan (except Kerak Castle) that are not part of the Explore Jordan tour. It only takes about 6 hours to do, and is well worth it. The tour does not include the Roman Theater either, and it is also worth a look if time allows. But you will get a good view of the Roman Theater from above when the tour goes to the Citadel, so you will not feel cheated for not visiting it. Jordan exists in a tough neighborhood of the world, but I found the Jordanian people to be good folks and felt safe most of the time that I was there. As with anything today, you always need to be careful, but I would not avoid visiting Jordan because of the wars in a couple of its neighboring countries (but keep aware of events after I write this review, as things can change quickly). An upside for those visiting Jordan today is that, because of the state of that corner of the world, tourism numbers as very depressed. That means for someone visiting Jordan, there is not the crush of tourists that you would find elsewhere.
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One of the best tours I ever had. Thank you,
Small group, great activities, mix of culture, history, fiesta, varied food, hotel was very nice, great breakfasts, good location in city center, When we changed planes in Mexico City we had to get luggage and go on sky train to get tickets on AeroMexico recheck luggage and had difficulty finding good directions to do this. It took quite a while and help from fellow tourists. Never had to do this in traveling all over the world.
I've been traveling with g adventures, but in this specific trip I had problem with my room/roommate. I had an 23 hr flight from San Francisco to Budapest. I arrived in Budapest at 1am. By that time all I wanted is to get to my bed and get some sleep. But for some reason there was another person sleeping in my bed when I got to my room. The CEO of g adventures said this 2 people can't room together already but they decided to do it anyway. So I was left with no bed. I had to wake the CEO and had him to talk to my roommate and get that person out of my bed. Then I have to ask for clean sheets which the hotel didn't have. So we had to get the some sheets. From where that guy is supposed to be sleeping and then I had to do my own bed.
By choosing G Adventures, the service and the hassle free is above exceptional.
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Excellent guide and good value.
My whole experience was beyond my expectation. Our tour guide made my experience to Japan most memorable. It was the best way to experience Japan in a small size group tour. Thanks for your constant dedication to each and everyone in the group. Thank you for the unforgetable experience, for answering our questions, accommodating our concerns, and for making us feel at home just by being around you. You are such a great guide and we are so greatful GAdventure chose you for our group.
It was a great trip! The tour director was very helpful. Though the accommodations could have a little bit better.
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