The Amazon Rainforest is by far one of the most mysterious and exciting locales to visit in all of South America. Teeming with abundant wildlife, exotic trees and plants, and even indigenous communities content with living in challenging surroundings, it is a unique and adventurous choice for your next vacation.
You won’t have to rough it either. Over the years, innovative luxury Amazon Rainforest hotels and lodges have appeared, inviting a wider diversity of people to explore its surroundings. A few are transformed mansions, while others are newly built with sustainable materials and designed to blend in with nature.
You have various choices of where to stay in the Amazon. However, here is a list of eight of the best places to stay in the Amazon rainforest for those seeking a bit of luxury in Peru, Brazil, or Ecuador.
Located on the Madre de Dios River deep within the Amazon in Peru is the luxurious Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica. Here you’ll stay in one of the 35 cabanas, each containing its own plunge pool for you to enjoy anytime day or night. Expect a few extra touches here, including crisp white linens and organic bathing products. Spend time lounging in a hammock on your balcony and spotting unique birds and maybe even monkeys. Take a stroll across the suspended walkway in the treetops and also join one of the many excursions offered, including canoeing deeper into the rainforest with the expert guides. To get to Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica, you’ll need to take a pleasant 45-minute boat ride from Puerto Maldonado.
Feel regal when you stay in the historic mansion hotel known as Juma Opera. Located in the Brazilian town of Manaus, the hotel offers 41 rooms, spacious enough to make you think you’re in a big city, not in the middle of the Amazon. Most of the rooms overlook the Manaus Opera House and also showcase the Negro River and the thick rainforest surrounding the town. Enjoy regional meals influenced by the natural surroundings and also surprising international cuisine in the hotel’s elegant restaurant. Explore the city, join excursions to see wildlife and terrain, or enjoy the view from the rooftop pool on a blazing afternoon.
Throughout the Amazon, lodges are more prevalent than hotels in many locales. The difference between these two hinges on the number of buildings and overall aesthetics. With that being said, you won’t have to rough it while staying at the Anavilhanas Jungle Lodge. One of the more luxurious of lodges, you can choose to stay in a cottage, superior bungalow, or the floor-to-ceiling windowed panoramic bungalow. All are fully air-conditioned with private verandas with hammocks. A separate building houses the restaurant and bar. Meals here are a combination of Amazonian-influenced dishes and international cuisine. In the daytime, couples and families will enjoy the floating jetty and river swimming platform. You can also have access to a pool and observation deck. Daily guided excursions are a highlight, with various opportunities to get out in nature to spot wildlife. In addition, this location is less prone to swarms of mosquitos, making it an ideal place to spend your Amazon vacation, especially with children.
Head into the Ecuadorian Amazon for a stay at the luxury La Selva Lodge. The air-conditioned guest suites enclosed inside bamboo and thatch cabins will surprise you with their marble floors and comfortable interiors. Enjoy the sunrise on your own veranda and sink into the luxurious feel of fine linens as you crawl into bed at night. The family suites also include a jacuzzi on the veranda to enjoy. The on-site restaurant serves up regional dishes and will also work with you if you have special dietary needs. Located within the Yasuni National Park, the La Selva Lodge provides unmatched views of the Amazon rainforest, seemingly immersing you in its reaches. Join the daytime excursions, such as canoeing or hiking, with one of the Naturalist guides.
While exploring the Amazon, you can also enjoy the modern comforts found at the DoubleTree by Hilton hotel. Located within the historic center of the Peruvian port city of Iquitos, you’ll be near the main square of Plaza de Armas de Iquitos and also St. John the Baptist Cathedral. Choose between luxury-designed guest rooms and suites, and enjoy both regional and international dishes in the Manoa Restaurant Café. Cool off with a cocktail at the pool or schedule a massage at the spa. Expect warm and personal service here from a multi-lingual staff as you come and go on your Amazon adventures.
If you are looking for a truly Amazonian experience, start with a stay at the Cristalino Lodge, designated as one of the best eco-lodges in the world. The lodge accommodations consist of four different choices, from independent bungalows to superior rooms. The entire lodge blends seamlessly in with the natural surroundings, and the focus is on conservation and environmentally-friendly activities. Spend time with expert guides exploring the surrounding rainforest, where you’ll see the most amount of bird species in the Amazon, as well as various wildlife.
Designed with conservation and sustainability in mind, the Mirante de Gaviao Lodge blends in beautifully with the surrounding forest. Suites and bungalows are available, all with private terraces. A few even have hot tubs on their balconies for your private use, making it a great spot for couples and honeymooners. The restaurant’s chef creates meals out of local ingredients as well as serving international favorites. Join one of the fascinating tours offered to see the wildlife and unique landscapes nearby.
The luxurious Hamadryade Lodge immerses you in nature while also providing a high level of comfort. Situated in the Ecuadorian rainforest, the lodge overlooks the Rio Napo River with spectacular views from every angle. Stay in one of the bungalow suites, including a 2-floor bungalow perfect for families. Indulge in the restaurant’s French-inspired Ecuadorian dishes, primarily sourced from their own garden and small farm. Tours are available to the nearby reserves full of wildlife, including toucans and cappuccino monkeys. You can also plan a family whitewater rafting trip or visit a local indigenous community.
When it comes to luxury hotels Amazon Rainforest style, any of the eight mentioned above will make a great choice for families, couples, and singles alike. All offer top-rated service and go the extra mile to provide you with a unique yet comfortable experience during your travels. All you’ll have to do, then, is enjoy what the amazing Amazon has to offer.
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