We were looking forward to this, so we started researching for accommodation in the Amazon months before our trip.
We ended up staying at Juma Lodge, and we were very pleased. The trip to the hotel takes about three hours (by car, boat, car then boat again) and then you’re in the middle of the jungle. We booked a two-day package, which was perfect for what we wanted.
A WALK IN THE JUNGLE
After settling into our room and having a very nice lunch, we were off for a walk in the jungle. Our guide, Leon, would stop every now and then to explain everything about the local flora and fauna.
We learned about the medicinal property of some plants and spotted lots of little frogs and a massive tarantula!
For the jungle walk, we had to wear trousers and long sleeve shirts. Luckily, in the jungle itself it’s not as hot.
Our hotel was just above the water, so everything was done by boat.
Apart from the jungle walk, all other activities that we did were boat rides at different times of the day and with different objectives. We went birdwatching in the afternoon, saw the sunrise and went looking for caymans at night.
All in all, the best thing about these activities was seeing the jungle and the river change throughout the day.
At sunrise, everything was very quiet and a mist covered the margins of the river. Riven dolphins came and went. At night, the sounds changed and the moonlight showed us the way. Snakes watched us from the top of the trees.
Our hotel was very nice. It was right in the middle of nowhere but extremely comfortable.
Every room was a bungalow built on stilts. Because we went at the end of the wet season, our room was pretty much floating on the water.
The place was very peaceful, with only the sound of birds and the occasional boat breaking the silence. We had our own little terrace with a hammock and amazing views of the river and the jungle. Amazonian luxury at its best.
But the most impressive thing about the Juma Lodge was the staff, who work around the clock to make sure everyone is happy. The guides were extremely well informed, speaking many different languages without thinking twice.
HOW TO DO IT:
There are a few different options of jungle hotels, but booking in advance is essential to guarantee you get your first choice. Packages are not cheap, but are all inclusive and definitely worth it.
I discovered Juma Lodge through the Lonely Planet Traveller magazine and I definitely recommend it. We paid around £270 per person for a two day package, and although it’s expensive, it definitely delivered on quality.
Ariau Towers is the most famous jungle hotel in the Amazon, and should be really good as well.