Inkaterra Reserva Amazónica is a hospitable rainforest lodge adjacent to the lush Tambopata National Reserve. Remote and pristine, yet easily accessible, this region is only a 35-minute flight from Cusco. Here, the “Biodiversity Capital of Peru” allows you to discover an incredible variety of species — birds, mammals, reptiles, insects, trees, and much more.
A welcoming haven of 200 hectares (494 acres), Inkaterra Reserva Amazónica offers a range of land and river excursions that introduce guests to the magic of the rainforest. This simple yet comfortable, limited-electricity lodge has been an ecotourism pioneer for 40 years, promoting innovative and sustainable use of the Southern Peruvian Rainforest, and supporting important scientific investigations since opening in 1975 as Cusco Amazonico.
An award-winning ecolodge, Inkaterra Reserva Amazónica beckons from the steep banks of Peru’s meandering Madre de Dios River. Thirty-five solidly constructed thatched-roof cabañas, built on raised platforms in the indigenous style, surround an architecturally stunning main building and dining room, built of native materials that blend seamlessly into the jungle. Luxurious furnishings and delectable food offer a congenial complement to the simplicity of lantern-light and the rich sounds of the rainforest.
Tree-trunk boardwalks wind through the property, designed in the fashion of a native Ese’ Eja village overlooking the Madre de Dios, connecting cabañas with a pavilion that houses the dining room, as well as the bar and main lounge, plus balconies for bird watching and stargazing. The Ecocenter provides useful information to our guests, as well as a meeting point for excursions and night
A visit to the tropical rainforest is like entering another world. Two-thirds of all known plant and animal species make their home in these magic jungle regions, and hundreds of millions more are believed to be still undiscovered. Butterflies flit all around — some sky-colored and big as saucers, others tiny with translucent wings of red lace. Birdsong and raucous screeches pierce the thick air. Animals in this densely-vegetated region tend to avoid human presence, meaning that opportunities for viewing them are varied yet unpredictable.
The flora, however, is luxuriant and ever-present, with tangled vines, staggeringly tall trees, and leaves so huge they block the sun. There are engaging opportunities to experience the wonder of this diverse plant kingdom, to explore the lakes and wetlands, and to discover the rainforest ecosystems. The richness of the Amazon Basin also creates a spectacular arena for bird watching; more than 540 different bird species can be found here, including boisterous toucans, tanagers, flycatchers,
and vibrant macaws.
Puerto Maldonado – Inkaterra Reserva Amazónica (L, D)
We will meet you upon arrival at Padre Aldamiz International Airport in Puerto Maldonado and take you to the Inkaterra Lounge (Butterfly House) just 5 minutes away. After check-in, head to the boarding wharf, just 15 minutes away by car. Experience the impressive and dense rainforest during a 45-minute motorized canoe ride along the Madre de Dios River until you arrive at Inkaterra Reserva Amazónica Lodge. After a brief orientation, settle into your beautiful cabaña and enjoy lunch in the dining room. After gathering with your guide and group, choose from the 13 different excursions available at the lodge.
If you’d like, take a short guided walk along a trail system that explores the Inkaterra Reserva Amazónica natural area, where you will discover the Amazon Basin. This trail offers an excellent introduction to the forest environment, winding past impressive trees such as the staggeringly tall Kapok tree and the beautiful strangler fig, and offers great opportunities for bird watching and observing insects.
Another great option is a twilight river excursion by motorized canoe on the Madre de Dios River. Witness the jungle transform from a diurnal to a nocturnal world as animals and birds of the daytime give way to species specially adapted to the night. Learn about animal habits while you search for nightjars, owls, capybaras and three different caiman species. Enjoy dinner served in the dining room from 7:30 to 9pm. Afterward, retire to sleep or socialize with other guests as you listen to the intriguing sounds of the jungle at night.
Overnight: Inkaterra Reserva Amazónica Lodge in the Peruvian Amazon Basin
Lake Sandoval and Inkaterra Canopy Walkway (B, L, D)
Wake to the sounds of the rainforest. After a buffet breakfast at the lodge, visit Lake Sandoval on a guided morning excursion into the Tambopata National Reserve. Here, the dense rainforest and bird-filled marshes are mainly accessed by waterway. Glide in a dugout canoe across a beautiful, mirror-like oxbow lake—a black-water lake formed by the meanderings of rivers—home to the endangered giant river otter. Listen and look for red howler monkeys, red-bellied macaws, anacondas, side-neck turtles and black caimans.
After returning to the lodge for lunch, head out on a moderate 1.5-hour journey over the remarkable Inkaterra Canopy Walkway, a network of towers and suspension bridges linking eight observation platforms. Ascending the first tower, 98 feet (30 meters) above the forest floor, begin your encounter with the treetop realm. During your walk through the rainforest canopy, be on the lookout for colorful toucans, woodpeckers, trogons, monkeys and sloths. Stay and enjoy the sunset from one of the towers. After your descent, experience the 30-minute Anaconda Walk along a 656-foot (200-meter) wooden bridge over the wetlands. In this lush ecosystem, you may observe various species of amphibians, birds, mammals and snakes amid the abundant flora of this flooded marshland. Return to the lodge and enjoy the daily nature presentation in the eco-center before dinner begins at 7:30pm.
Overnight: Inkaterra Reserva Amazónica Lodge in the Peruvian Amazon Basin
Inkaterra Reserva Amazónica – Puerto Maldonado (B)
Enjoy a full breakfast at the lodge before departure.
A 45-minute return trip by motorized canoe on the Madre de Dios River takes you to Puerto Maldonado, where you may visit the Butterfly House. Peru boasts the greatest variety of butterflies in the world, with 3,700 known species. Many of these can be seen at the Butterfly House—a showcase for the variety, beauty and adaptability of these fascinating insects. From here, you’ll be transferred to the international airport in time for your departing flight.
In a 4 days & 3 nights trip
we add the following excursions on the 3rd day.
Walk through a green-tinted universe to reach Gamitana Creek. The sights, scents and sounds of the jungle will surround you as you walk for one and a half hours, rambling through the rainforest along the banks of this winding, dark-water creek that is home to caimans, turtles and an abundance of brightly colored birds, towards the point of departure. Board a canoe and navigate 1 hour downstream to the Gamitana Model Farm, appreciating the rich plant and animal life along the way; afterwards. enjoy a short guided walk to learn about an Amazon model farm.
A 35-minute ride upriver takes you to Inkaterra Hacienda Concepción, home to a remarkable Botanical Garden with more than 200 species of rainforest plants. An in-depth explanation familiarizes you with the processing, uses and benefits of these traditional indigenous plants, including fascinating native medicinal uses. Next, take a canoe trip on a small lake and watch for wildlife – turtles, sun grebes, nightjars and herons. The activity ends in the forest with a tour of cacao and rubber tree plantations.
Rainforest by night
Walk through the Inkaterra Ecological Reserve at night. Biological activity differs greatly between night and day in the Amazonian ecosystem. Venture into the forest and experience the mystery that awakens in the rainforest after dark. Listen to nocturnal forest sounds and spot species that only emerge at night.
In a 5 day & 4 night trip
you can add these excursions as part of your program
Walk along the lodge trails to the Inkaterra Reserva Amazónica Rainforest Garden, close to the cabañas. This interesting native garden showcasing native plants, trees and orchids, was started by the locals more than ten years ago. Learn to identify orchids, flower parts, pollinators and different habitats. Soak in the fascinating history and legends, and learn the practical and beneficial use of indigenous plants as well as other remarkable rainforest flora. An in-depth explanation familiarizes you with the process, traditional use and benefits of the plants and trees used for construction– including those that were used for building the lodge–as well as native clothing accessories.
Visit the remarkable wetlands system in the 200-meter boardwalk over the Aguajales (Mauritia flexuosa) rainforest swamps. The wooden footbridge is elevated 1 meter to allow for rising water during the rainy months. See the transition of the forest ecosystem from dry to marshlands, and observe the various species of amphibians, reptiles, snakes, birds and mammals which inhabit them. Get to know the lush flora and trees, how they adapt to the wetland ecosystem, and their benefits and uses.
– Assistance at the airport
– Round trip transportation by land and river (Airport / Lodge / Airport)
– Overnights at Inkaterra Reserva Amazónica
– Full board
– Bottled water
– À-la-carte excursions (Spanish and English)
– Inkaterra Canopy Walkway and Anaconda Walk
– Basic equipment for each excursion
– Entrance fees to Lake Sandoval (SERNANP), Inkaterra Canopy Walkway
– 10% service charge
– Personal expenses
– Additional services
– Compulsory supplement of US$ 85.00 per person on the nights of December 24th and 31st
– Confirmation will be made within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability.
– For triple occupancy consider the same rate applied per person in double occupancy.
– Maximum one additional bed per cabaña, limited capacity
– Children under 12 when accompanied by one or two adults in the same cabaña – maximum 2 per cabaña
– We do not recommend children under 5, otherwise the guest must sign disclaimer
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