We recommend Wilson Diaz whole heartedly: excellent organisation, charming personality, very good English, prompt responses to emails. especially notable was when two of our internal flights were disrupted he swung into action and seamlessly re-schedule our arrangements. 10/10.
Cock of Rock Lodge: perhaps our favourite; one could birdwatch from the veranda and see a succession of birds such as tanagers and hummingbirds. Food excellent, accommodation good; candles for lighting, no wifi or phone signal (but didn´t expect that).
Manu Research Centre: A 7h boat trip to here. Highlights here included a hand-reared adult tapir, excellent canopy tower and macaw clay lick (a 30 min boat ride away). Ox-box lake birding by boat was cool and relaxing. The lodge boasted wifi, but there wasn’t any. This lodge had a sense of care-less management.
Tambopata Research Centre (TRC): coming here it was obvious one had moved into a protected zone, there was much more wildlife, including a jaguar, which made our trip. However, our room here was in an area of the lodge under construction, and was unfinished. The place was a building site with noisy machinery. TRC should have warned us and/or offered a price reduction. Food was excellent, staff charming, parrot clay lick good.
Refugio Amazonas; one night here on our way to Maldonado to fly home: Harpy Eagle and chick at nest and an anaconda were fantastic.
Guides: Juan Chalco: excellent in every respect: company, birding,breadth of interest, good sense of humour. Oscar Mishaja: also excellent with detailed local knowledge of TRC – a very determined and effective birder. In three weeks: 350 bird species, 15 mammals, hundred (probably 1000s) of insect species including fabulous moths and butterflies.….