Amazon Inkaterra Lodge
The Inkaterra lodge is located on the banks of the Madre de Dios River. Inkaterra was a pioneer in ecotourism and has remained a leader in creating a comfortable and natural environment for observing and interacting with the Amazon ecosystem. The lodge is situated in a vast private reserve surrounded by the Amazon rainforest. The rustic cabañas allow you to experience the Amazon nights with the light of only candles and lanterns. But otherwise the comforts don’t detract from the experience.
Day 1: Arrival Inkaterra Lodge
We will be there to greet you at the Puerto Maldonado airport before making the 10 minute drive to our Amazon headquarters where you will be briefed and given the opportunity to securely store your heavy trip luggage. Because of the size and capacity of the river boats, we ask that you only carry the minimum necessary in a duffle bag or backpack. Before boarding the boat you will have the opportunity to visit the Inkaterra Butterfly House. In the Butterfly house you will see many of the over 3,700 varieties of butterflies that live in Peru. Your Amazon adventure begins with a 45 minute boat ride on the Madre de Dios River. Arriving at the lodge, you will be briefed on safety and logistics before settling into your private cabaña.
The Inkaterra lodge offers 14 different excursions to choose from. The first afternoon, we recommend a short guided hike into the Inkaterra Reserve, a natural area where you can experience your first up-close view of the forest environment. The trail is an excellent opportunity for bird watching, viewing the fauna and observing the habits of the jungle insects. Later we recommend a Twilight River excursion. This is an early evening boat ride on the Madre de Dios river as the nocturnal wildlife emerges to begin their nightly activities. With luck you may have the opportunity to spot owls, capibaras and possibly a caiman. After dinner there will be plenty of time to take in the evening sounds and smells unique to the Amazon jungle. In the Eco lodge there are daily nature presentations that give you an opportunity to recap your experiences and put them in perspective and context.
Meals: Lunch, dinner
Overnight: Inkaterra Lodge
Day 2: Inkaterra Lodge
Inkaterra offers you the flexibility to program and personalize your own Amazon experience. For the early starters who want to be in the wild for an Amazon sunrise, breakfast begins at 5:30. For the leisurely, there is a full breakfast buffet from 7 to 9:30 am. The choices range from quarter to full day excursions. The difficulty levels are classified as easy, moderate and difficult.
We recommend a visit to Sandoval Lake which is a scenic oxbow lake that is home to the endangered river otter as well as monkeys, macaws, black caimans and even the rare anaconda. We also recommend the Inkaterra Canopy Walkway and Anaconda Walk. The first tower is a 100 foot scaffold from which you get a panoramic view of the surrounding rainforest. The walkway offers a quarter mile suspension bridge with 8 observation points. From these points you can expect to see monkeys, toucans, woodpeckers and a three toed sloth. The Anaconda Walk is a 200-meter wooden bridge that takes you over the Aguajales swamps. From this vantage point you can observe the hundreds of species of flora and fauna including amphibians, birds, mammals and even serpents.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Overnight: Inkaterra Lodge
Day 3: Departure Inkaterra Lodge
You will have the morning free to relax and enjoy the breakfast buffet surrounded by the sounds and smell of the jungle or optionally you can take a final early morning hike through the jungle. At the scheduled time you will take the river boat to Puerto Maldonado where you will then be transferred to the airport for your flight to Cusco or Lima.
End of Services
Includes / Not Included
- Professional bi-lingual guide (English / Spanish)
- Private transfer from airport or accommodation
- All ground transportation needed
- All boat transportation needed
- Typical village house accommodation
- All meals (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
- Purified water
- First aid
- Antiophidic serum
- Solar battery
- Solar panel
- Guide gratuity
- Alcoholic drinks
Vaccinations are not compulsory for entry into Peru. While you are visiting the Amazon region (Madre de Dios) the Ministry of Health of Peru recommends vaccinations against yellow fever. In order to be effective the yellow fever vaccine should be administered at least 10 days before your trip. Therefore the decision for vaccination is left up to each person and their doctor.
What to bring?
- Thin clothing (long pants and long-sleeved shirts) for excursions. At the lodge you can wear short-sleeve shirts, shorts and sandals.
- Jacket, as there may be cool weather, and at night there may be low temperatures.
- Rain poncho. (Rain ponchos can also be purchased at our boutique in the lodge).
- Mosquito repellent
- Cap or hat
- Binoculars, if desired
- Small flashlight
- Small backpack for excursions
- Water bottle
- First aid kit (traveler sized). The lodge has a policy of not administering drugs.
- Cash (soles, dollars or euros) for services at the bar, spa and boutique. You can pay with VISA or Master Card in the office at check-out. We recommend that you bring money in small bills and coins to facilitate the payment of extra services in the lodge.