Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica is the swishest Amazon lodge getaway in Peru. A total of 35 rustic-chic wooden cabins are tucked away in a private ecological reserve on the banks of the Madre de Rios River, adjacent to the Tambopata National Reserve. Sitting in Peru’s southern rainforest, this area is the biodiversity capital of the country. A la carte guided excursions will see you traverse a tree-top canopy walkway, spot night-time jungle critters, cruise the river to catch a glimpse of caiman and hike wooden walkways through ancient trees and wetlands. When not exploring, sink into a hammock in your cabin, indulge at the spa, learn to make an exotic pisco cocktail or dine on creative creations in the table-service restaurant at this rainforest retreat.
Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica
A highly aaccessible pristine setting, Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica’s easy-to-reach location is a real advantage for those looking to visit the jungle with relatively little effort or travel time. There are short direct flights from Lima and Cusco to the gateway city of Puerto Maldonado. After just a 10-minute drive to the Jetty and a 45 minute boat ride along the river, you arrive at the plush eco-luxe lodge and enter a magical natural world.
While the general wildlife watching rule is that the further away from civilization the better, Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica strikes a balance between providing an aunthentic jungle experience and luxury in the rainforest. If serious wildlife watching is your overriding motive to travel and you have the time, we’d suggest you head deeper into the jungle and stay at Tambopata Research Center. But if you’re looking for creature comforts for a very comfortable stay with the rainforest on your doorstep, then Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica is an ideal base. It has the feel of a lodge-meets-intimate-resort deep in the rainforest and will suit couples and families alike. With an impressive 540 bird species inventoried in the hotel grounds, you’re still going to get the chance to see a wide array of flora and fauna during your stay.
Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica is only a few minutes away by boat from its sister jungle lodge, Inkaterra Hacienda Concepción. Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica is slightly more upscale as it offers more premium touches like a la carte excursions to choose from, and table-service for both lunch and dinner.
Luxury Wooden Cabins
The eco-friendly lodge has a cluster of thatch-roof cabins including four suites. These all provide a screened porch and hammocks, ceiling fans, hot showers, low-impact electricity, eco-friendly organic bath products and plush robes to keep you comfortable within this natural environment. Although this isn’t a hyper-deluxe safari-style five-star+ lodge, it’s the smartest in all of Peru and ensures a truly comfortable stay in the picture-perfect rainforest.
Twin beds in the simple but stylish superior cabin have a canopy mosquito net, kitted-out with 100% cotton sheets and hypoallergenic pillows. Premium details include plush bathrobes and Andean rubber slippers. The en-suite bathroom has a hot-water shower, large towels and ecologically-friendly toiletries. In between excursions, take a siesta in your hammock. The cabin has umbrellas, flashlights, kerosene lamps, a central ceiling fan and electric outlet.
Like the Superior room the Superior cabins are similarly equipped with the same creature comforts, with the added bonus of views of the Madre de Dios River.
The roomy-Amazonica Suite is 60m. sq (647 ft), ample space for one King bed or twin beds with a canopy mosquito net. The generously proportioned en-suite bathroom has a hot shower and double basis.
The largest room at Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica, the Tambopata suite is a spacious 78m.sq (840 sq-ft). It boasts a private covered terrace with plunge pool, sunloungers and outdoor shower across the four integrated areas.
If you feel like embracing the jungle and escaping civilization entirely, then spend a unique and memorable night in in a tree-house (perfectly suitable for adults!). Built on a private platform some 22m (73ft) above the jungle floor adjoining the canopy walkway, this is a truly remarkable view point. Enjoy dinner closer to the stars, walk along the canopy at nightfall and listen to the sounds of wildlife at night.
Nestled in a 17,000 hectare (42,008 acre) private ecological reserve, just step outside the comfort of your cabin and you’ll get up-close with the local wildlife. A wide range of a la carte excursions will take you birdwatching and on boat cruises, discovering the biodiversity of the Amazon by day and night. A highlight of any stay is the jungle canopy walkway with two tall towers and seven hanging bridges – you can stroll for more than 1/4 mil suspended some 30 meters (98 feet) above the ground. This unique vantage point affords fantastic views of the rainforest canopy. You might also like to venture to the Butterfly House for an interactive look at a menagerie of butterfly species that make up some of the 3,700 identified species solely in Peru. You can track footprints after dark with the ‘Rainforest by Night trek’ to seek out frogs, spiders and snakes that come alive by night, or take a boat trip to Lake Sandoval.
The lodge has its own on-site spa where you can indulge in the likes of an Amazon Purification Treatment, Cold Stone Massage or one of the other relaxing spa treatments offered by ENA Spa, which utilizes 100% natural, local botanical extracts.