My wife and I stayed at Heath River Wildlife Center for three nights and is only accessible by boat.
The trip to the center is approximately five hours long on a motorized canoe. It is a long trip but you get to see a lot on the way. The center is actually on the Bolivian side of the Heath River.
During our stay we did not see any other people except for the workers at the center and the one other family staying at the lodge with us. This part of the jungle is very natural and has not been altered significantly by people.
We really enjoyed it because it was so remote. We felt like it provided a real sense of the Amazon region. The facility was nicer than we expected but still very basic. Electricity is only available in the main lodge during three designated times. Each Bungalow has a solar powered light. Be sure to take flashlights.
Platform in Pampas de Heath
The days were hot but the nights provided relief from the heat as they were cool. The Claylick was amazing. We saw so many parrots and macaws. Our guide took us on quite a few jungle walks to see trees and insects and birds. Bug spray and sunscreen are definitely needed although we expected a lot more mosquitoes than what we actually encountered. The night hike to the mammal Clay lick was also extraordinary.
Giant Otters in Heath River
After waiting for about 30 minutes we were able to see a large tapir in full view. The sounds of the jungle while we were waiting in the dark for the tapir and also while we were laying in bed each night was amazing. We also saw monkeys, turtles, caimans, capybaras, giant river otters, tarantulas, toucans and so many other birds. The facility also has a canopy platform that is approximately 120 feet above the ground. The view from the top is exceptional. We were able to watch the sunset and get some great pictures. The cook did a great job with all of the meals. We really loved having the different fruit juices at each meal.Service was top-notch especially considering the basic facility.
Hammock in the lodge
If you are looking for a place to be pampered, this is not your place. If you want to see the Amazon region in its natural form, this is the place you want to be. Caesar was our guide and was excellent. He answered all of our questions and had so much information about the wildlife, birds, history, Plants, and people of the region. If you decide to go to the Heath River Wildlife Center, be sure to read their recommended items to pack. It is very helpful.