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4 Day Inkaterra Amazon Reserve Wildlife Holiday in Tambopata National Reserve, Madre de Dios Region

Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica, Tambopata National Reserve, Made de Dios, Peru

Wildlife Holiday in Peru

Pristine, remote and yet easily accessible. 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. Join in river boat tours around this beautiful region and discover the flora and fauna of the Peruvian forest.

Key information

  • Private or group safari
  • English and Spanish speaking guide
  • Includes entrance fees to Lake Sandoval

Meet the guides

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Highlights

  • Canoe trip to Lake Sandoval into Tambopata National Reserve
  • Canopy walk where you will literally walk through the rainforest canopy
  • One daily walking exploration and two nocturnal tours to see the typical species
  • Explore the rainforest along the banks of Gamitana Creek and visit to a native family
  • See a variety of birds as well as red howler monkeys, red-bellied macaws, anacondas, side-neck turtles, and black caimans
  • Transportation by boat and canoe during the exploration trips on the river
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, dinner, and tea time
  • 3 nights accommodation

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4 activity days in English
The organizer also speaks: Spanish
Group size: Maximum of 3 participants
Airport transfer included: Padre Aldamiz International Airport
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Accommodation

Check-out Time:
11:00

Facilities

  • Spa
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden

Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica is an eco-luxury lodge in front of Madre de Dios River, which 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.

Included services and amenities

  • Welcome drink
  • Welcome gift
  • Personalized welcome
  • Buffet breakfast / a la carte lunch and 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)

The Cabanas

Your rainforest retreat comprises a private covered terrace with plunge pool, plus sunbathing chairs and outdoor shower in four integrated areas in a comfortable Ese’ Eja style wooden cabaña with tall fishtail palm rooftops, with one king or twin beds, graceful canopy mosquito net, all cotton sheets and hypoallergenic pillows. Added for your comfort are plush bathrobes and Andean rubber slippers along. Delight in the comfy amenities of the open bathroom concept with a separate shower and toilet, double basins, hot water, lush towels, and a whole set of ecologically friendly toiletries. Stay for a slumber in the screened siesta lounge furnished with hammocks. Your Tambopata stay offers you the ultimate in amenities and convenience in the seclusion and splendor of the Southern Amazon. Umbrellas, flashlights and kerosene lamps, and ceiling fan are also among the room amenities.

Program

Day 1: Puerto Maldonado - Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica

Arrival at Puerto Maldonado airport. Greeting and transportation from the airport to the river port. You may visit Inkaterra Butterfly House near the airport, check-in, and in only 15 minutes you can get to the boarding wharf. Begin to experience the enchantment of the rainforest as you take a 45-minute boat ride along the Madre de Dios River, to arrive at Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica lodge. After a short briefing, settle in to your beautiful cabaña and enjoy your lunch in the dining room. Take a siesta, share a refreshing tea time and get ready for the afternoon excursion.

After gathering with your Inkaterra interpreter, choose from the 14 different excursions available at the Inkaterra Lodge. On your first day, a guided walk is recommended along the trail system, into the Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica 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 Shihuahuaco, and the strangely beautiful strangler fig, offering excellent opportunities for bird watching and observing exotic insects.

It is also recommended on the first night your twilight river excursion to go on a guided afternoon boat ride on the Madre de Dios river. Witness the transformation from a diurnal to a nocturnal world: animals and birds of the day time give way to species specially adapted to the night. As you enjoy their paradise, you will learn about their habits, while you search for night jars, owls, capybaras and up to three different caiman species.

Enjoy dinner served in the main dining room from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. After dinner, you may retire early to your own cabana, or share your experience of life in the rain forest with other guests and interpreters, as you listen to the intriguing sounds of the jungle at night.

Day 2: Reserva Amazonica - Rolin Island - Lake Sandoval

Rest in bed or rise early - the choice is yours. Breakfast begins at 5:30 a.m., for those who want to avoid the heat, and enjoy nature at its fullest. A full buffet breakfast is served from 5:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. This morning you may go on a Lake Sandoval excursion into the Tambopata National Reserve. Glide in a wooden canoe, across a beautiful,mirror-like ox bow lake that is home to the endangered giant river otter, as well as red howler monkeys, red-bellied macaws, anacondas, side-neck turtles, and black caimans. Return to the Inkaterra Lodge for lunch.

After lunch, consider the remarkable Inkaterra Canopy Walkway. Ascending the first tower, 29 meters above the forest ground, you begin your encounter with the tree top realm. For more than a quarter of a mile, you will literally walk through the rain forest canopy on a suspension bridge network linking eight observation platforms.

During this hour-and-a-half expedition, be on the lookout for colorful toucans, woodpeckers, trogons, monkeys, and sloths. If you wish you may extend your excursion and appreciate the sunset from one of the towers. The excursion finishes by returning to the lodge. Once at the lodge, enjoy the daily nature presentation in the Eco media center.

Dinner starts at 7:30 p.m.

Day 3: Reserva Amazonica - Gamitana Creek

Enjoy a trip to Gamitana Creek, located 25 minutes by boat from the Inkaterra Lodge. For one and a half hours, explore the rainforest along the banks of a winding, dark-water creek that is home to many piranha, caiman, turtles and birds. You will navigate until the Sanipanga landing point. After you will navigate your way back downstream, appreciating the abundant flora and fauna along the way. You will return to Gamitana Farm to do a short guided tour to see how local farmers raise fruits and vegetables. Return to the lodge for lunch.

After lunch, enjoy the native experience excursion, located 25 minutes by boat from the lodge. Visit an indigenous Southeastern Amazon family, where you will learn about their customs, traditional daily living, basic hunting skills, farming and food preparation. You will also have the opportunity to produce banana flour that the local communities consume. Return to the lodge to enjoy lunch.

Then consider the rainforest by night option through the Inkaterra Ecological Reserve at night for an approximately 2-hour excursion. 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. Return to the lodge.

Day 4: Departure day

Enjoy a full breakfast before departure. A 45-minute return trip by boat on the Madre de Dios River takes you to Puerto Maldonado, where you may visit Inkaterra 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.

Note: Check out time is at 11:00, you could choose to stay at the lodge or go earlier to Puerto Maldonado. Although lunch is not included on the last day, you can coordinate it previously (additional cost). All activities and excursions are subject to change depending on weather conditions.

Included excursions

  • Trip to Rolin Island and canoe trip to Lake Sandoval
  • Experience the Inkaterra Canopy walkway
  • Gamitana Creek exploration trip
  • Two rainforest by night trips through the Inkaterra Ecological Reserve
  • Visit a native family and Inkaterra Butterfly House

Guides

Mateo

Location

Pristine, remote and yet easily accessible, 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. The resort is located at Kilometer 15, on the left bank of the meandering Madre de Dios River.

GUIDE TO TAMBOPATA

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.

Your journey will take you to the heart of the Tambopata National Reserve, where you will experience magnificent beauty in the sounds, scents, colors and solitude of the rainforest.

You will find yourself surrounded by a vast environment, connecting with nature in an entirely new way. As this may be your first rainforest experience, we have prepared a guide to help you enjoy your trip to the fullest. Please take time to review it to enjoy an amazing Amazon experience.

Features

Activities

  • Spa

General

  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Hammock
  • River

Services

  • Mosquito net

Food

Inspired by the tropical flavors of the Amazon region, meals and beverages at Inkaterra Reserva Amazónica are prepared with fresh local ingredients. They serve an international buffet breakfast; lunch and dinner are served à la carte. All meals include a variety of salads and fruits, as well as a selection of homemade breads. They also offer vegetarian options and a children’s menu, upon request. Meals are served in the dining room, where you can also enjoy complete bar service, including a complimentary Pisco Sour at the Cocktail Hour (drinks not included in room-rates).

Meals schedule

  • Breakfast: 5:30 a.m - 9:00 a.m
  • Bar: 12:00 p.m - 11:00 p.m
  • Lunch: 12:30 p.m - 3:00 p.m
  • Tea time: 3:30 p.m - 5:00 p.m
  • Dinner: 7:30 p.m - 9:00 p.m
  • Cocktail hour: 5:30 p.m - 7:00 p.m

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Spa Treatments at Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica

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.

  • Amazon Purification Treatment

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.

  • Reserva Amazonica Body Exfoliation

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.

  • Cooling Massage Treatment

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.

  • Reflexology

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.

  • Cold Stone Massage

For this therapy stones taken from the Madre de Dios River are bathed in a 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.

  • Foot Therapy

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 your skin, this is followed by a deep relaxing foot massage.

What's included

  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Welcome drink
  • Welcome gift
  • Personalized welcome
  • Daily buffet breakfast and a la carte lunch and dinner
  • Bottled water in room, tea time, and 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)
  • Explore the wildlife of the rainforest by boat and by foot
  • Two nocturnal tours to see the typical nightspecies of the area
  • Canoe trip to Lake Sandoval into Tambopata National Reserve
  • Canopy walk where you will literally walk through the rainforest canopy
  • Explore the rainforest along the banks of Gamitana Creek and visit to a native family

What's not included

  • Spa treatments
  • Lunch and dinner on departure day

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Book your flight to arrive at Padre Aldamiz International Airport (PEM). Check-in, then you need a 10 minute transfer to the Jetty Port for a 45-minute boat transfer along the river to the lodge. Transfers from airport to the lodge are included in the price.

Daily flights can be booked from Lima via Cusco to Puerto Maldonado, gateway city.

Airport: Padre Aldamiz International Airport Airport transfer included: Padre Aldamiz International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 60% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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