My 5D/4N tour with Tambo Blanquillo was one of the best parts of my three week trip in Peru. I had done a lot of research trying to figure out where to go visit the Amazon in Peru and settled on Manu because of the remoteness and sheer biodiversity in the area. Tambo Blanquillo was one of the few lodges that took credit card payment as I wanted to avoid doing a bank/wire transfer deposit and I had nothing but positive experiences with them from booking to the end of my stay. The owners Luis and Stefano really go out of their way to ensure that you have a great experience at the lodge and are very accommodating and quick to address any concerns. We had an amazing guide Saturnino who was so passionate and knowledgeable about the flora and fauna in the area and his energy and enthusiasm was infectious! I saw so many amazing things in the jungle and had to keep pinching myself to realize that I was not in a zoo and this was real life. Some of the animals we saw included a tapir, sloth (which was the ultimate highlight for me :D), capybaras, giant river otter, toucans, macaws, parrots, red howler moneys, spider monkeys, white caimans and too many other birds to list! The lodge itself is quite basic but very clean and comfortable and was the only thing from making the review 5 stars. There is not much soundproofing at all as all the rooms have a shared ceiling so I was a bit worried about not spending the extra on a private bungalow as I am a light sleeper. Luckily it was just my group (me and another couple) for most of the time I was there so I had a great sleep every night with my trusty ear plugs. This was the only Staff at the lodge were top notch and I can not rave enough about Rufinas cooking which were some of the best meals I had in my Peru trip. Her lucuma and passionfruit ice creams are to die for! Dario and Ancelmo, our boat drivers were super stars. I felt very safe on the boats and always enjoyed the respite of a cool breeze from the heat and humidity of the jungle. Jose was our driver and made sure we got to/from Cusco safely and had some pretty hilarious river crossing moments that he just conquered like a boss. I had such a wonderful experience at Tambo Blanquillo and would highly recommend the lodge to anyone interested in visiting Manu. Thank you all for the incredible stay! Room Tip: Pay extra for a private bungalow
Could not have asked for a better introduction to the Amazon. From pick-up at our hotel to our drop-off at the end of the trip, everything was taken care of - accommodation in the bungalows exceeded expectations, and the food was delicious (our thanks to the lovely staff in the kitchen). Service from all staff was exceptional and always delivered with a smile. Our guide Darwin was incredibly knowledgeable and entertaining, and his passion for the Amazon really topped off our experience. We would highly recommend Tambo Blanquillo to anyone looking for a genuine Amazon experience. Bungalows well worth the extra cost.
Rated #1 in Manu National Park since October 2014 by TripAdvisor.