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Reserva Amazonica 5 Day Amazon Tour

5 days | 4 nights
Shared tour
From 639USD per person
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Inkaterra Reserva Amazónica is a gorgeous rainforest lodge, adjacent to the lush Tambopata National Reserve, one of the last easily accessible primary tropical rainforests in the world. The 678,774-acre reserve (274,690 hectares), offers a wealth of biodiversity, as well as magnificent natural landscapes. Located in a welcoming haven of 494 acres (200 hectares), Inkaterra Reserva Amazónica is an excellent place to set out on land and river excursions and experience the magic of the rainforest. This simple yet hospitable lodge has been an ecotourism pioneer for 40 years, promoting innovative sustainable use of the southern Peruvian rainforest, and supporting important scientific investigations from the day it opened in 1975. The lodge counts with tree-trunk boardwalks winding through the property. Designed to look like a typical village of the indigenous Ese'Eja people overlooking the Madre de Dios river, the cabañas (bungalows) connect with a central pavilion that houses the dining room, the bar and main lounge, all fitted with balconies ideal for bird watching and stargazing. Enjoy your Amzonian stay and spot giant colorful parrots, toucans, macaws, tamarins, tapirs and other incredible animals. The Tambopata National Reserve has broken numerous world records for the wealth of its biodiversity and new species are constantly being discovered. 

Destinations

Peru

Trip at a glance

Visits

Amazon Rainforest, Trail System, Twilight River, Lake Sandoval, Inkaterra Canopy, Botanical Garden, Wetlands

Accomodation

4 nights in a superior room at Reserva Amazonica Lodge

Transportation

Shared boat transfer from/to Puerto Capitania/Lodge

Shared bus transfer from/to Puerto Maldonado Airport/Pier

Dates and Prices

Arrival date

Trip details

Itinerary

Day 1 Boat ride to the lodge, trail system, twilight river

Morning

Your driver will be waiting for you at Padre Aldamiz, Puerto Maldonado international airport. After a 15-minute transfer to the port of Puerto Capitanía, you will board a motorized riverboat to access your lodge.

Enjoy the fantastic river views, the surrounding lush forest and the fleeting wildlife on the 45-minute boat ride to your lodge. 

Check-in and installation in your cabaña. 

Afternoon

Take a walk on one of the many tracks of the 4,5-mile circuit (7,3 km) within the Inkaterra Reserva Amazónica Natural Reserve and discover the incredible ecosystem of the Amazon rainforest. The trails offer an excellent introduction to the jungle, as you walk past exotic rainforest trees, such as the kapok (Ceiba pentandra) and the beautiful iron wood (Dipteryx micrantha). Look down and spot the tiny lizards that rustle the leaves as they dart about on the forest floor. Turn your gaze to the treetops where birdlife abounds and observe the teeming insect life everywhere. Learn about primary and secondary rainforests, how humans use and process its resources and understand the relevance of these ecosystems for the world. 

Evening

On this guided afternoon boat ride, you will witness the magical transformation of the rainforest as diurnal activity gives way to the nocturnal animals and species specially adapted to the night come out. As you enjoy their paradise, you will learn about the habits and distinctive biological characteristics of nightjars, owls, capybaras and caimans. Immerse yourself in the nocturnal sounds of the Amazonian rainforest under the southern stars. 

MEALS
  • Lunch at the lodge
  • Dinner at the lodge

Day 2 Lake Sandoval, inkaterra canopy

Morning

In the morning, a 30-minute ride by motorized canoe will take you to the Tambopata National Reserve, where you will hike for one and a half hour to Lake Sandoval. Glide in a canoe, across a beautiful, mirror-like oxbow lake, home to the endangered giant river otter, red howler monkeys, macaws, the prehistoric-looking hoatzins, locally known as 'shanshos', point-tailed palmcreepers and yellow spotted side-neck turtles. 

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. Climb up the tower and set out on an exciting adventure through the treetops, across hanging bridges, 95 feet off the ground (30 m) with extended views of the giant Amazon Basin. This network of towers, bridges and platforms will open views that would not be accessible otherwise and as you make your way through the canopy, your guide will point out the different species of birds, such as toucans, woodpeckers ,or trogons that can be identified from their unique songs. Learn about the interaction between flora and fauna at the various levels of the forest and its integration into the rainforest ecosystem. 

Afternoon

Back on the firm land explore the Anaconda trail, a 15-min walk on a 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. 

MEALS
  • Breakfast at the lodge
  • Lunch at the lodge
  • Dinner at the lodge

Day 3 Gamitana creek, rainforest garden, rainforest by night

Morning

Enjoy a morning walk to 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 caimans, turtles and an abundance of brightly colored birds, towards the embarkation point. Sail one hour on a canoe downstream to the Gamitana Model Farm, where you will take a short guided walk and learn about an Amazon model farm. 

Afternoon

Walk along the trails of the lodge 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 and it showcases native plants, trees and orchids. Hear about the fascinating local stories and legends and the practical and beneficial use of indigenous plants. An in-depth explanation will cover the process, traditional use and highly interesting benefits of the plants and trees that were used to build the lodge. 

Evening

Walk through the Inkaterra Ecological Reserve after dark and experience the mystery that awakens in the rainforest at night, learning about the animals' adaptation mechanisms. Listen to the nocturnal sounds of the forest and spot the southern constellation in the sky above. 

MEALS
  • Breakfast at the lodge
  • Lunch at the lodge
  • Dinner at the lodge

Day 4 Botanical garden, Wetlands

Morning

A 35-minute boat ride up the river will take you to the Inkaterra Hacienda Concepción, home to a remarkable Botanical Garden with over 200 different species of rainforest plants. Your guide will give you an in-depth explanation about the processing, uses and benefits of these traditional indigenous plants, including fascinating native medicinal uses. Then paddle out on a small lake where turtles, sun grebes, nightjars and herons coexist peacefully. End with a visit of the cacao and rubber tree plantations nearby. 

Afternoon

Walk through the remarkable wetlands system on the 650-foot long (200 m) boardwalk over the Aguajales (Mauritia flexuosa) rainforest swamps. 3 feet off the ground, the footbridge allows for the water to rise during the wet season. See the transition of the forest ecosystem from dry grounds to marshlands, and observe the various species of amphibians, reptiles, snakes, birds and mammals. Learn about the lush flora and trees, how they have adapted to the wetland ecosystem and their benefits and uses. 

MEALS
  • Breakfast at the lodge
  • Lunch at the lodge
  • Dinner at the lodge

Day 5 Departure

Morning

Early breakfast, then boat transfer back to the port of Puerto Maldonado (45 min). 

Transfer by bus to the airport (15 min). 

MEALS
  • Breakfast at the lodge

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What's included

Accommodation

Nights
4 nights in a superior room at Reserva Amazonica Lodge

Meals

Full board plan
4 breakfasts + 4 lunches + 4 dinners, daily teatime

Transportation

Boat
Shared boat transfer from/to Puerto Capitania/Lodge
Bus
Shared bus transfer from/to Puerto Maldonado Airport/Pier

Orientation

Guide
Shared English-speaking naturalist guide

Entrance Fees

Entrance fee to Lake Sandoval

What's not included

  • Domestic flights: 390 USD/Person
  • International flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Extra meals
  • Drinks
  • Tips

Important notes

If necessary, it is imperative to get your yellow fever vaccine at least ten days prior to departure.

Weather conditions in the Amazon rainforest vary greatly depending on the two seasons: the wet season from December to May and the dry season from June until November. Regardless of the season, you have to be prepared for rain throughout the year, although it rains a lot less during the dry season. 

We recommend avoiding travel to the Amazon from December to February. 

Amazon rainforest packing list:

  • binoculars
  • waterproof hiking shoes
  • hat
  • quick-dry clothing
  • long-sleeve shirt
  • long-sleeve pants
  • strong insect repellent
  • strong sunblock
  • bathing-suit
  • case or protection for your camera and phone
  • personal medication. 
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