The rich biodiversity of the South American jungle continues to inspire and fascinate, and when hotels and rainforest mix, the result is incredible. Here are some of the most jaw-dropping hotels in the jungles of South America that will make you want to immediately pack your bag and go.
With imposing floor-to-ceiling windows that offer a view out over mountains carpeted with forest to one side and the thick jungle to the other, Mashpi Lodge in Ecuador offers the ultimate rainforest retreat. Located in a huge nature reserve in the Andes, the lodge is a few hours west of Quito and is home to exotic wildlife and unusual plants. The contemporary and minimalist decor creates a tranquil atmosphere and the earthy tones subtly blend the hotel into the surrounding environment.
With the roaring sound of some of the world’s largest waterfalls in the background, the Belmond Hotel das Cataratas provides an up-close and personal experience with the Iguaçu falls on the Brazilian border. As the only hotel in the national park on Brazil‘s side, guests of the hotel have a privileged admission to the surrounding forest that other visitors are limited to seeing during park opening hours. The luxury hotel evokes lazy days of lounging by the pool yet also offers exciting day trips to the waterfalls including helicopter trips and hair-raising boat rides that get right up to the falls’ spray.
The Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica blends the wild rainforest with luxurious, subdued elegance in its 35 individual cabins. The huts are located on the bank of the Madre de Dios river, which winds through the Amazon rainforest. The thatched roofs lend a natural touch, while the low-swinging hammocks and white linen details add to the holiday comforts. Guests can observe a breathtaking sunset through the treetop canopies, before turning on rustic lanterns and enjoying the most unforgettable bath inside the cabin whilst listening to the sounds of the forest at night.
The lodge is located in a private reserve that is full of exotic wildlife that makes for a once in a lifetime trip. Residents include 600 different bird species, several types of butterflies and moths, and other larger animals such as jaguars, harpy eagles, and capybaras. The team at Cristalino are keen to inform guests about the rainforest, and local guides are on hand to answer any questions regarding the local wildlife. Guests with a larger budget can enjoy one of the private bungalows that come complete with ceiling fans, double beds and a private outdoor leisure area.
One of the most special qualities of the Chalalán Lodge is its exclusive location. Sat in the middle of the Madidi National Park in Bolivia, the area is a space that is preserved by the indigenous people of San José de Uchupiamonas. The park has extraordinary biological and ecological importance, in addition to providing a unique rainforest retreat – snow-peaked mountains, lagoons, waterfalls, glaciers, and forest make up the incredible surrounding landscapes of the park. The lodge itself is a managed by the local indigenous community and it’s sustainably constructed with local materials. The nearby Lake Chalalán offers days of swimming or enjoying the nature for the intrepid explorer.
Guests at the Tambopata Research Centre can enjoy the comforts of lodge-life whilst being deep within the rainforest in an area teeming with wildlife. Located in the vicinity of a large macaw clay lick adds to the wild adventure experience and gives nature-lovers a true glimpse into the wildlife of South America. The clay lick is a large, clay wall where wild macaws and other colourful parrot species live, breed and mate. The lodge runs a conservation programme to protect the species there and guests can visit the macaw project and see how it is managed and see the macaw chicks being looked after.