Stayed 3 nights at TB Lodge in Sept 2016. We stayed in the dorm-style rooms: basic, but clean. Insect nets. Toilet and showers down the hall. No fan or a/c, but was so exhausted each night that I crashed and slept. Food was the best at any jungle lodge on our 3-wk trip...quite tasty! Wifi and battery recharge is available in the dining hall for limited hours -- but includes all evening. Laundry service is also available. We were not at TB for the lodge or food; the real attraction is birds and nature photography. TB was simply awesome: the parrot clay lick ranks as one of the top 5 birding spectacles I have ever seen (birding x40yrs). An astonishing display of multiple species and color. The oxbow lakes are also loaded with birds and photo ops. The lodge provides large, stable rafts with guys to paddle it while you pay attention to your observations and photos -- there is room for several tripods on the rafts. Each oxbow lake seemed to have different birds, so it is worth visiting several. Overall, a great experience. Highly recommended.
Tambo Blanquillo (tambo means ‘resting place,’ blanquillo means ‘little white’) is a lodge that consists of several levels of service & lodging, from tent camping on up to full room and board in private cabins. It is run by a devoted, imaginative, and environmentally conscientious family. The individual cabin in which we stayed is well thought out. Electricity is on at all times, a solar panel on the roof heats the water, a vaporizer disseminates a mosquito repellent in the screened cabin. There are thoughtful touches, such as individual be lights for reading before sleep. The everyday operations are well taken care of by Rufina who also wears the cook’s hat. Her home cooking is both good & healthful. One dinner consisted of mushroom soup, stir-fried chicken and vegetables with rice, and passion fruit custard. It is a real plus having one guide per cabin, a person who tailors the expedition to the guests’ interests. We were lucky enough to be guided by the highly experienced Darwin who has a deep understanding of the rain forest, its flora, fauna, history & culture. In addition, he is a fine photographer, knowing lighting, placement and timing.. The lodge has a number of boats that take guests to wonderful viewing sites, such as the macaw clay lick, oxbow lakes and the observation tower. It is amazing that there’s a lodge of this quality in such a a remote location.
Rated #1 in Manu National Park for September 2016 by TripAdvisor.