There are two Inkaterra properties from which you can explore the Peruvian Amazon Rainforest. A short flight from Lima or Cusco to Puerto Maldonado is followed by a boat trip and possibly then by a short walk to your home in the Amazon. We recommend a minimum of 3 nights, which affords two full days to explore the forest, on foot, by boat or by canopy walk-way or tower – all accompanied by an expert naturalist guide.
You will be met upon arrival at Puerto Maldonado Airport, where excess luggage will be taken and stored safely at the local office. You will be transferred in Inkaterra’s specially designed open sided truck to the river port. Board the motorised canoe for the journey down the Madre de Dios River to your lodge.
The delightful Inkaterra Hacienda Concepcion is the answer for nature lovers seeking an authentic Amazon rainforest experience in a very comfortable environment and who may be a little more constrained by time and budget. In a serene rain forest (7km from Puerto Maldonado) setting beside an ox-bow lake, the main house with its high ceilings and palm-thatched roof is surrounded by wide verandas decked out with furniture crafted from reclaimed timber.
Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica lodge is situated deep in the heart of a private rainforest reserve, just an hour by boat from Puerto Maldonado. This rustically elegant lodge is a complex of 35 thatched and lantern-lit cabañas built in traditional indigenous style and each with a large attractively furnished bedroom, private facilities and a screened porch with hammocks.The heart of the lodge is the central Amazon Pavilion, a beautiful two-storey building with a lounge and spacious dining room. Its upstairs loggias, with big balconies overlooking the Madre de Dios River and the surrounding forest, are ideal for relaxing at day’s end and enjoying a pre-dinner cocktail.
Exploring the Amazon takes many forms.
Forest walks; Both lodges have a series of nature trails. Take guided walks or journey on them on your own and learn about primary and secondary rainforest, its components, uses and transformations by the humans, and its relevance for the world. You can even choose to explore these incredible havens for life by night, watch and listen as the nocturnal animals appear, with intriguing behaviour patterns and enhanced senses.
Canopy towers and walkways. Many of the rainforest inhabitants spend their days high up in the forest canopy, to afford access many lodges have built canopy towers, and or canopy walkways supported by steel-cables and strung between significant trees (often fruiting trees) that, after climbing many steps, you’ll find yourself looking out across the forest canopy and with luck at howler monkeys, paradise tanagers and macaws.
By boat, raft or canoe. The Amazon’s many tributaries and ox-bow lakes are wonderful places to explore. The lodges have river crafts that enable you to explore the waterways that are home to yet another group of animals; such as black caiman, giant otters and the hard to spot jaguars.
Local Areas and Communities; the Amazon’s original human inhabitants have an understanding and connection with their forest homes that date-back to a period long before Europeans arrived. Visit local farms and experience life as a local in these remote areas.
Both Inkaterra properties are located in the Tambopata-Candamo Reserve Zone, in the southeastern Peruvian state of Madre de Dios, is an immense reserve adjacent to the Bahuaje-Sonene National Park. The Reserve Zone was created in 1990 to protect the amazing wealth of biological diversity found in the excellent lowland rainforest. It is home to over 20,000 plant species, 500 species of birds, 1,200 butterflies, more than 120 amphibians and reptiles and much more! The Reserve is also a haven to many mammals, including the Amazon’s largest and most endangered predators – the jaguar, the giant otter, the harpy eagle and the black caiman.