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Take a magical journey along routes of the Birding Rally Challenge 2012 and 2013 in the beautiful Amazon Rainforest.

An eco-luxury lodge in front of Madre de Dios River, Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica has 35 wooden cabanas inspired in the Ese’Eja culture. 540 bird species have been inventoried in hotel grounds, deep in the rainforest.

The property offers a varied selection of à-la-carte excursions, including a visit to the Inkaterra Canopy Walkway, a bridge system at 30 meters above the ground, allowing adventurers to enjoy a privileged view of the Amazon.

In 2013, Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica was selected by National Geographic Traveler magazine among the world’s 25 best eco-lodges.

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Natural & Holistic Therapies

  • Reflexology


4 / 4 days with instruction
Spanish Instruction language
English, Portuguese, Spanish Spoken language(s)



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Day I

- Assistance at Puerto Maldonado airport and check-in 
- Transfer by land and river to Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica Lodge
- Lunch at the lodge
- A la carte excursions during the afternoon 
- Dinner 
- Overnight

Day II

- Ornithology excursion
- Breakfast
- Lunch
- A la carte excursions during the afternoon 
- Dinner
- Overnight


- Buffet breakfast
- A la carte excursions in private 
- Lunch 
- Dinner 
- Overnight

Day IV

- Buffet breakfast 
- Check-out
- Transfer to Puerto Maldonado airport

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Consider creature comforts and charming conveniences at these restful Ese’ Eja-style wooden cabañas of 38 square meters (408 square feet), topped by a high thatched-palm roof. Stay in a twin bedroom with canopy mosquito net, outfitted with 100% cotton sheets and hypoallergenic pillows.

For your added comfort, plush bathrobes and Andean rubber slippers are supplied. Soak up in the soothing and spacious bathroom with independent shower and toilet, hot water, large towels, and a complete set of ecologically friendly toiletries. Put your feet up and loosen up on the hammock of the screened siesta area. For your rainforest foray, your cabaña is equipped with umbrellas, flashlights, kerosene lamps for lighting, a central ceiling fan and an electric outlet.

Enjoy an expansive view of the Madre de Dios River, from these comfortable Ese ‘Eja- style, high thatched roof wooden cabañas of 38 square meters (408 square feet), comprises a twin bedroom with canopy mosquito net, outfitted with 100% cotton sheets and hypoallergenic pillows. Plush bathrobes and Andean rubber slippers are additionally supplied for your comfort.

The open plan bathroom comes complete with a separate shower stall and toilet, hot water, large towels, and a complete set of ecologically friendly toiletries. An inviting screened siesta lounge area with hammocks, beckons one to rest and relax in the cabaña after a day’s jungle journey. Supreme indulgence and sublime amenities await you at the Superior Rio cabañas.

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Included Meals

Breakfast , Brunch , Lunch , Dinner

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Take a walk to one of the trails that extend approximately 7,3 kilometers (4,5 miles) in Inkaterra Reserva Amazónica Natural Reserve and you will discover the incredible realm of the Amazon rainforest. The trails offer an excellent introduction to the jungle ecosystem, as you walk past exotic rainforest trees, such as the kapok tree (Ceiba pentandra) and the beautiful iron wood tree. Look down and spot the tiny lizards that rustle the leaves as they dart about on the forest floor. Gaze at the treetops and be amazed with the arena for bird watching. Observe the insect life and learn about the interpretation of the primary and secondary rainforest components, as well as the human impact and the relevance of the rainforests of the world.

Duration: 1/4 day.

Difficulty level: I.

Attractions: Footprints / Birds / Native skills / Ants / Medicinal plants.

Recommended for children.


Walk along the lodge trails to the Inkaterra Reserva Amazónica Rainforest Garden just around the cabañas. This interesting native garden was started by the locals more than ten years ago showcasing native plants, trees and orchids. Learn to identify orchids, its flower parts, pollinators and different habitats. Know the fascinating history and legends, 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 highly interesting benefits of the plants and trees used for construction including those that were used for building the lodge, as well as native clothing accessories.

Duration: 1/4 day

Difficulty level: I

Attractions: Birds / Medicinal plants / Photography

Recommended for children


On this guided afternoon boat ride, you will witness the enchanting transformation from a diurnal to a nocturnal environment, as animals and birds of the daytime are replaced by species specially adapted to the night. As you enjoy their paradise, you will learn about their habits and characteristics while searching for nightjars, owls, capybaras and caimans. In addition, on a clear night the southern hemisphere stars can be appreciated.

Duration: 1/4 day

Difficulty level: I

Attractions: Photography / Astronomy

Recommended for children


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 of the animal activity that awakens in the rainforest after dark, enhancing animal resources to create new adaptation mechanisms. Listen to nocturnal forest sounds and spot species that only emerge at night.

Duration: 1/4 day

Difficulty level: I

Attractions: Footprints / Astronomy / Birds / Frogs


Visit the remarkable wetlands system in the 200-meter boardwalk over the Aguajales rainforest swamps. The wooden footbridge is elevated 1 meter from the ground to allow space when the water rises 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 that inhabit them. Get to know the lush flora and trees, how they adapt to the wetland ecosystem, their benefits and uses.

Duration: 1/2 day

Difficulty level: I

Attractions: Birds / Frogs / Ants / Photography

Recommended for children


Enjoy a walk to reach the adventures of Gamitana creek. The sights, scents and sounds of the jungle will surround you as you walk for one and a half hour, rambling through the rainforest along the banks of this winding, dark-water creek that is home to piranha, caimans, turtles and an abundance of brightly colored birds, towards “Sanipanga”, embarkation point. Board a canoe and navigate 1 hour dawn stream to the Gamitana Model Farm, appreciating the rich plant and animal life along the way. Enjoy a short guided walk to learn about an Amazon model farm and get the chance to make your own plantain flour used to make bread for breakfast at the lodge.

Duration: 1/2 day

Difficulty level: II

Attractions: Birds / Canoe / Native Skills / Native Food


A 30-minute ride by motorized canoe takes you to the Tambopata National Reserve, where wildlife surrounds you as you enjoy the one and a half hour walk along three kilometers of trails to reach Lake Sandoval. Glide in a canoe, across a beautiful, mirror-like oxbow lake that is home to the endangered giant river otter, as well as red howler monkeys, macaws, prehistoric hoatzins, also called “shanshos”, point-tailed palmcreepers and yellow spotted side-neck turtles.

Duration: 1/2 day

Difficulty level: II

Attractions: Birds / Photography / Ants / Canoe

Recommended for children (except during the months of rain, Dec.-Mar.)


Take a 15-minute walk along the trail towards the Inkaterra Canopy Walkway Interpretation Center. A short briefing will be given about the project history, structure and the highlights in this unforgettable adventure at the Inkaterra Canopy Walkway. You will ascend the first tower and walk through the treetops of the giant Amazon Basin, across hanging bridges. Views unimaginable from below and possible only from the air are revealed on this network of towers, bridges and platforms. Be on the lookout for different birds, such as toucans, woodpeckers, trogons, among many others, or try to identify them through their songs, while on the observation decks. Learn about the interaction between flora and fauna at the various levels of the forest and its integration into the rainforest ecosystem.

Duration: 1/2 Day

Difficulty level: II

Attractions: Birds / Ants / Astronomy/ Photography

Recommended for children


A 10-minute ride by motorized canoe takes you to the Inkaterra Canopy Walkway Interpretation Center. After ascending the first tower, at 95 feet (29 mts.) above the forest floor, you will literally walk through the treetops for one-and-a-half hours along suspension bridges that link eight observation platforms. Enjoy landscapes and vistas that would be unimaginable from below, while on the look-out for giant strangler fig trees, orchids, toucans, woodpeckers, trogons and –with luck- birds of prey, monkeys or sloths. After your descent from the Canopy, experience the Anaconda Walk for about 30 minutes along the 200-meter wooden bridge over the wetland. In this lush ecosystem, you may observe the various species of amphibians, birds, mammals and abundant flora and trees of this seasonal flooded marshland.

Duration: 1/2 day

Difficulty level: II

Attractions: Birds / Photography / Astronomy / Frogs / Ants

Recommended for children


A 35-minute ride upriver takes you to Inkaterra Hacienda Concepción, home to a remarkable Botanical Garden with over 200 different 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 the observation of cacao and rubber tree plantations.

Duration: 1/2 day

Difficulty level: II

Attractions: Footprints / Birds / Native skills / Medicinal plants / Ants /Canoe /Native food

Recommended for children


Following a short motorboat ride from the lodge, this activity begins with a walk to Lake Sandoval. Be on the lookout for hoatzins, herons and ospreys as you glide across this mirror-like oxbow lake in a wooden canoe. Your excursion continues with a hike through the reserve to Inkaterra Hacienda Concepción. The surrounding vegetation will be roused on this trip, home to the paiche and black caimans, red howler, brown capuchin and squirrel monkeys; and the extremely rare and endangered giant river otter. Lunch at Inkaterra Hacienda Concepción is followed by a guided visit to a garden containing more than 200 medicinal plants and the possibility to practice the native arch and arrow usage.

Duration: 1 day

Difficulty level: III.

Attractions: Footprints / Birds / Native Skills / Photography / Medicinal plants / Ants / Canoe / Native food.

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ENA is Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica’s unique Spa, combining classic nurturing with the exotic ingredients of the Amazon. All of our Spa products are 100% natural, derived from nature botanical extracts, thus providing spiritually soothing experience that is entirely local. The ENA Spa is located on the banks of the Madre de Dios River, facing Rolin Island, providing a great spot for watching Amazonian sunsets, adding to the relaxation of the traveler’s experience.


    This treatment starts with a Lymphatic Drainage massage, using a blend of a cream made from the plant called “Cat’s Claw”, to increase the flow of the lymphatic system. A Cat’s Claw gel mask is applied to the entire body and leaving it wrapped in cloths for 20 minutes. While the body rests wrapped, a face lymphatic drainage massage is done. During this time, the body absorbs the gel mask. To finish the treatment a cooling Amazonia body mist is applied. This is Reserva Amazonica’s signature treatment, designed to purify and cleanse the body. Cat’s Claw (Uncaria tomentosa) is a local medicinal plant from the Amazon. Some of its properties include: blood cleanser, detoxifier, diuretic, anti-inflammatory and analgesic.


    A natural selection of locally grown cocoa plants are used in this treatment. The exfoliator is rich in anti-oxidants, which combat free radicals in the body. This treatment promotes blood circulation, eliminates impurities, and removes the dead layer of skin from the body. It creates a polished effect, improving the skin’s appearance, leaving it smooth and soft. The exfoliation is followed by a rehydrating cocoa milk, which nourishes and protects the skin.


    Using a fragrance of Mint and Copaiba, the body receives a massage with a cooling gel, designed to de-stress the body and restore its physical, mental, and emotional balance. Techniques used aim at recovering flexibility, and deeply relaxing the guest. Copaiba is a local medicinal plant with wonderful antiseptic properties, good for skin allergies and insect bites. A light body mist spray finishes the therapy.


    This therapy is a classic soothing experience that starts with a relaxing foot bath, with your choice of fragrance, followed by a foot exfoliation and the Reflexology treatment. Reflexology is based on the principle that stimulating specific areas of the feet can produce beneficial effects on related parts of the body. By applying pressure of these reflex points, can you increase blood circulation and promote special positive health benefits.


    For this therapy stones taken from the Madre de Dios River are bathed in our Inkaterra blend of Natural Oil, and then applied on to the main energy points of the body. Then, the remaining stones are incorporated in a rhythmic massage sequence. The stones hold the power of Mother Hearth. This power is released to help cool and relieve tension in the body. Afterwards the face massage is applied using a Peruvian Turquoise gemstone. Turquoise is a special stone used to increase power and heal the heart. This therapy promotes wholeness, peace of mind, self-expression and creativity.


    This therapy starts with a foot soak using combination of salts along with various plants and flowers from the region. Then the exfoliation treatment is applied, removing dead skin while at the same time re-hydrating you skin, this is followed by a deep relaxing foot massage.

What is included Review Like

  • Welcome drink
  • Welcome Gift
  • Personalized welcome
  • Accommodations
  • Buffet breakfast / a la carte lunch & dinner
  • Bottled water in room
  • Tea Time
  • Cocktail Hour
  • English and Spanish Inkaterra Explorer Guide service
  • Included excursions à la carte
  • Entrance fees to Lake Sandoval
  • Round trip transportation by land and river (Airport/Lodge/Airport)

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  • Bar
  • Snack to go
  • Private explorers guide
  • Laundry service
  • Special Events
  • ENA Spa treatments
  • Binoculars for rent
  • Day Use

Belt pouch compass, cap, colored pencils, paper block and flash light

Activity designed for children from 5 to 12. It consists of the accomplishment of fun and educative tasks such as riddles, handicrafts, drawings and research taking as a reference the fauna, flora, and the hotel experiences.


Cake, special souvenir, bottle of sparkling vine, and a special greeting card in Ese´Eja.

Candles, cava / wine, butler service, and a-la-carte dinner.

Recipe, cooking, wine pairing, tasting.

Contemplate the mysterious awakening of the rainforest at night while enjoying cocktails before dinner. Select your favorite scenery at: Umbrella Beach (seasonal), Twilight Creek or the Canopy Platforms.

A variety of live regional music for 1 hour.

Ideal for recharging energies.

Enjoy a kayak ride along the Madre de Dios River where you´ll be immersed in nature while touring the river banks admiring the vegetation that the river natures on its path.

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Puerto Maldonado, in the Southern Peruvian rainforest near the Bolivian and Brazilian borders,  is the gateway to one of the world’s most remote and extraordinary tropical environments.


A 20-minute flight from Cusco brings you to Puerto Maldonado Airport, where the Inkaterra staff will greet you. Luggage not needed during your rainforest stay can be stored at the Inkaterra headquarters in Puerto Maldonado, located near the airport. Following a 10-minute bus transfer to the port, you will board a motorized dugout canoe for your trip to your hotel Hacienda Concepcion. The journey down Madre de Dios River allows travellers to appreciate the spectacular scenery that will be part of the rainforest experience. Transportation by boat is also provided upon your departure.


Relaxed, moderately paced, nature & ecological walks within the Nature Reserve with some boat rides along the river. Some activities/excursions may be physically demanding, and require hiking. Agility required for visiting the jungle. Not recommended for wheelchair or other mobility aids.


The US Travel Advisory for Peru usually recommends yellow fever shots and malaria-preventive medication for tourists travelling to rainforest regions. Please consult your doctor at least a month before visiting the Amazon Basin. No cases of yellow fever or malaria have ever been reported on our properties.

Water: Inkaterra uses filtered river water that can be used for showers but is not safe to drink. Bottled drinking water is provided to all guests.


The weather is tropical, with an average temperature of 32°C (89° F), ranging from 25°C (77° F) to 42°C (107° F). The hotter season usually ranges from December to March and comes with frequent afternoon rainfall. Between June and September you may need some warmer clothing, since occasional “friajes” or Patagonia Cold Fronts can reduce the temperature to 10°C (50°F). Cool comfortable cotton clothes are required to counter the heat while sweaters and jackets may be handy at night. See Equipment and Luggage.

Visitors must anticipate the extreme heat and humidity of the jungle by finding out the exact weather condition at the time of travel in order to be ready with clothing and accessories.


  • Long pants and long sleeve shirt made from light, breathable, quick-dry material
  • Good water resistant trekking shoes
  • Raingear (back-up gear is a good idea)
  • Binoculars
  • Sun block, sun hat, sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • A converter (voltage is 220). The hotel has a limited number of converters available
  • Contact lens solution and an extra set of contact lenses or glasses
  • Don’t forget your camera and/or video camera (we recommend a waterproof case), and, if it is not digital, bring plenty of film!**
  • Extra batteries. Thank you for considering that Peru does not have a battery recycling project. Please take your used batteries with you, or leave them at the Ecocenter.

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Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica is adjacent to the lush Tambopata National Reserve, where the Madre de Dios river meanders through the Southern Peru rainforest region, known as the Biodiversity Capital of Peru.

A welcoming haven situated at the heart of a 17,000 hectare (42,008-acre) private ecological reserve, only a 25-minute flight from Cusco.

  • Daily flights from Lima via Cusco to Puerto Maldonado, gateway city.
  • From Puerto Maldonado Airport, check-in, then 10 minute transfer to the Jetty Port for a 45-minute boat transfer along the river to the Lodge.
  • Located at Kilometer 15, on the left bank of the meandering Madre de Dios River.
  • Varied jungle excursions such as Canopy & Anaconda Walk, and easy access to Lake Sandoval.

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Refundable up to 60 days from start date

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  • Hiking

  • Massage

  • Sauna

  • Spa

  • Air-Conditioned Rooms

  • Bar

  • Café

  • Concierge Desk

  • Dining area

  • Eco-Friendly

  • Fireplace

  • Garden

  • In-Room Safe

  • Lake

  • Meditation Garden

  • River

  • Patio

  • Free Parking

  • Wi-Fi (Not Included)

  • Internet Access

  • Room Cleaning

  • Tour Assistance

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"I would like to commend Elias who made our stay at Inkaterra an exceptional experience. His … knowledge of both plants and animals and his attention to detail made the jungle come alive for us and the tours he took us on will be something that we will never forget. We have been impressed too by the kindness and friendliness of all the staff especially Norma who met us at the airport and Victor who was always so welcoming and served such .... well being a daily activities. We hope that we will have the opportunity to return one day." 
Derek & Leslie Solomon 
Our guide at Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica: (Jesus) Ghlemm Ccari. He was absolutely outstanding - no other word for it. His knowledge of the jungle, was encyclopedic." 
Emily Andrews

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    Awaking to the sounds of the jungle birds was like a dream
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    Just loved the bungalows with their hammocks and thoroughly enjoyed the tranquility of the property. Staff was most efficient and the food in the dining room superb...especially my favorite, the gazpacho. Our excursions were fun and just the right length of time and activity. I would love to bring my grandson here one day!
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    A nice 3 day escape
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    From the moment we landed in Puerto Maldonado the staff of Inkaterra Lodge took care of our every need. Private boats ferried us one hour down river to a beautiful jungle setting. There is a main lodge with a dining room, bar and small unassuming gift shop where you take your meals. The rooms are individual bungalows elevated above the ground on posts. Our particular room even came equipped with a small pool in the bathroom area. It really came in handy to cool off in the heat of the day. The guided tours introduced us to the wildlife of the jungle and our guides seem to know where to find everything. The food was also superb, Peruvian dishes with an exotic tropical flair. Once you book the resort all the meals and most of the tours are included in the price. There is no internet or cell service at the resort so bring a good book to read for your down time. It was a great experience and I would defiantly recommend it to others.
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    The Great Escape!
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    Wow! We started our 12-day visit to Peru at this resort. It proved to be the best possible way to unplug and decompress! I totally forgot about work and all other worries as the experience was so amazing. The accommodations were great for my family! The experiences in the dining room were great - food and service. Yomi was our tour guide for our excursions. He is simply the best. Informative, patient, friendly, great sense of humor. We cannot say enough great things about him. We saw incredible wildlife - from ants to Tarantulas to monkeys to macaws to black caimans. We were there over the holidays. On Christmas morn, Resort management had a gift for EVERY guest staying in the resort. We stayed at three Inkaterra properties during the course of a week and were spoiled by their accommodations, service and Food & Beverage. Thanks for such fond memories!

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