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Although pretty pricey (was a little wary), this place was great. We did the 3 day, 2 night package for $245 per person. Included lodging (2 bed bungalow with 2 hammocks, mosquito nets, sink, shower and daily clean up), tours (Monkey island, Lake Sandoval, Rainforest hike, night hikes, river exploration, Butterfly Farm visit and local farm visit), food (breakfast, lunch and dinner, plus free bottled water at any time) and transportation to and from Puerto Maldonado.
The staff was extremely nice and accomadating. We hung out with our tour guide a lot and he took us on a night hike when all the other guides told their groups that this wasn't a time to do it. Went out for 2 hours when we were only supposed to go for 1. Great time for that. There is no electrcity in the bugalows, but you are provided with 3 kerosene lamps, which make for great dim lighting if you like to write or read while swinging in your hammock on the porch outside at night. The stars and sounds can put you at serious ease.
The food was excellent, switching between chicken, fish (catfish), and beef. Vegetarians also get a specially prepared meal if requested. All meals are served buffet style so if you get pretty hungry, you can definitely take advantage. Very healthy stuff with rice and massive amounts of lightly sauted or steamed vegetables handy. Deserts ranged from crazy fresh fruit to light but chocolatey cake.
Would definitely recommend and it was just the right way to finish some of the last parts of the trips. Mostly everything is planned out for you so you don't have to fly by the seat of your pants anymore. The great thing about this place is that if you're a bird watcher, they're flying all over the place all the time. It's great to finally see McCaws out in the wild. The lodge also adopts injured and lost animals that they stumble on, hoping to release them later into the wild or keep and feed them if they cannot completely recover from their injuries. There's a resident lemur who is extremely fun to play with as he loves to wrestle with hands and a toucan that is seen to hang in the covered pathways at night to watch the people go by. There's also some blue and scarlet McCaws that hang around and call the place home up in the tree tops.
The lodge also makes available their canopy walk (will be used mostly as a reserach station) for those interested in walking in the tops of trees. While only 2 towers and 8 bridges, it's kind of cool and when else do you get a chance to do that in the rainforest? However, it did cost $40. If you do it, definitely take your time. You can get close to the birds up there that you only see from afar if you stick closer to the ground.
Loved the ambience of the place. Dim lights, solid wood furnishings and how they recycle and run a sustainable operation, with a lot of the money going towards research and protection of the lands around them.
Inkaterra Amazonia a super place
We stayed 3 nights at the Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica near Puerto Maldonado in August 2007. The location on the river was outstanding. Our cottage was back on the jungle which is a good place to be as the motors on the miner boats on the river are fairly noticeable if you are close to the river and they run from about 6am to midnight. Our cottage was all hard wood and screens with shades you could lower for privacy. In the back of our unit we had plunge pool under a huge screened roof.
Our guide Percy was pleasant and knowledgeable. I'll never forget fishing for Piranah under the rope swing and wondering who swims there. The canopy walk was very high for me although my wife enjoyed it.
We found the food to be a bit bland, but considering where we were it was ok.
Fabulous Jungle Lodge
Our group of 7 spent 3 nights and 4 days at the Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica recently. We had a wonderful experience with many interesting guided excursions, great meals, and really loved staying in the the very romantic lantern lit cottages. One couple had a cottage with a plunge pool! It was so fun to wake up to jungle noises since the sides of the cottages were screen...and the bed covered with mosquito netting. We traveled up and down the Madre de Dios river to various spots of interest in a motorized launch and also braved the canopy walk. I don't think you'd be disappoined staying at the Reserva Amazonica.
A great first insight into the amazonian rainforest
We spent 4 days and 3 nights at the Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica after a 4 day inca trail trek, so we were ready for some relaxing and a hot shower! The location was beautiful, set on the river, and our lodge was lovely and had hammocks on the veranda and a big (hot) shower. Only the restaurant had electricity and the lodges were lit by night with kerosene lamps which was very peaceful and romantic. We had lots of birds nests in the tree outside our lodge which meant we were woken up to birds singing in the morning, this along with the natural light was very relaxing. The staff were very friendly, and called us by our first names during all of our stay. The guides were very knowledgable and the excursions very interesting. We were by the river and away from the main restaurant where the generator is kept - would suggest avoiding being too close as the noise at night of the generator could possibly be annoying.
Our party of 7 (3 kids ages 10 to 15) stayed recently at the Reserva Amazonica - what a wonderful place. From the pick-up at the airport to the included excursions, rustic but beautiful (similar to an African Safari lodge) cabins, gorgeous property and above all, top notch staff, this is an unforgettable experience.
My only complaint was the dinners- they have excellent breakfasts and a-la carte lunches but a boring dinner buffet.
Other than that strongly recommended- a jungle experience without roughing it with the infra-structure do be able to experience it as past of a short trip to Peru.
Also, if a "Fitzcarraldo" fan, one of the boats Werber Hertzog used is nearby- part of the movie was shot here.
lovely although lots of generator noise
It is certainly luxury in the jungle but for those hoping to really immerse themselves in the jungle experience this may not be the place. When we were there the jungle noise get somewhat drowned out by generator noise from both the hotel generator and from gold miners across the river. The hotel generator turns of at 11:00 pm but the gold miners generators are somewhat more unpredicatable. But can you have luxury without electricity...? Overall though a great experience.
Great experience in the Amazon Basin
My spouse and I recently spent four nights, five days at Inkaterra Lodge Ecological Reserve (early November 2007). It was a wonderful experience of the Amazon rainforest. The lodge was very well kept, food was all fresh and very healthy, the staff could not have been more professional and considerate. The guides were knowledgeable, friendly, and went the extra mile to take us on the half-day or whole day excursions that made up most of our time there. There is plenty to do, but you need at least three to four days to cover most of the excursions that are offered.
The rooms are sparse and there is no air conditioning and very limited electric in each room, but we had hot running water and good showers the entire time we were there. The bungalows are really charming and virtually everything at the Inkaterra Lodge is made from authentic materials using traditional methods of construction. Be ready to see lots of monkeys, cayman, wild birds, and other large mammals. Don't miss the adventure up Gamitana Creek or the local farm that grows medicinal plants. Don't go in the rainy season, esp. Jan to March, but Sept to mid-November is usually a good time to go. Prepare to be hot and humid for a few days, but it's worth it.
Unique, if restricting
Coming off of 6 days hiking in the mountains, we were looking forward to a relaxing 4 days at Inka Terra -- and that's what we got... mostly. We elected for the top-of-the-line Amazonica Suite, which features a private, in-cabana, pool. It wasn't a hot tub, per se (as it didn't get hot) but it was approximately the same size. We never actually went into ours on account of the cold temperature and the murkiness of the water -- even with the pump/filter running for 24 hours, the bottom of the pool was invisible and the water a sickly green. The rest of the room was quite nice, with a comfortable bed, nightly turn-down service and beautiful kerosene lanterns to light the way. Outside of the room, we found the food to be fair, given that it was being served several miles up-river from the nearest inhabited town (though you would be wise to avoid the fruit juices, which are diluted with local water -- not bottled). The expeditions were not quite what we expected. The website doesn't mention that you don't actually choose your own expeditions -- you're assigned to a group, and the group decides together their expedition itinerary. If you travel with a large enough group (the magic number seemed to be about 6) you will be assigned a group guide... smaller groups are lumped together. We were teamed up with 2 other groups and together we had a great time and went on some fabulous adventures, but we felt badly for the one couple with a young daughter as some of the expeditions were not suitable for her (such as the canopy walk -- not for children!). Our guide was a bit of a disappointment, as he was knowledgeable only about a few of the rainforest's species and not all that helpful. The Lake Sandoval "experience" was a good case in point, where we were made to walk about 4 miles in very uncomfortable rubber boots because our guide hadn't bothered to ask the other guides in advance if the road was muddy (it was not). The boats were a bit of a trouble point as well, as they leak fairly prodigiously and our captain had to bail ours out a few times, mid-trip. I'm not sure how this resort compares to others on the Madre de Dios river and I also don't know how much differently I would have rated our trip if we had had a better guide, but overall we both wished we had simply spent the extra time in the mountains.
We stayed 4 nights at the Inkaterra in an Amazonica Suite. From the moment we got off the plane and was met by the staff you knew everything was going to run smoothly, the staff were very professional. We were took to a nearby Butterfly farm to check-in and then on to the Port, then to a 45 min trip down the river. We arrived, were shown to our room and had a late lunch before going on a trip in the late afternoon.
However when we got back to our room it was dark and the lamps are not very bright (if you turn them high the fumes of kerosene are quite strong) so we struggled to unpack a few things in the dark. The room was lovely with a great hot shower which we needed a few times each day!
The food is very good considering where you are. Lunch you have a menu to choose from. This was the same menu everyday. Dinner consisted of what appeared to be left-overs from the lunch menu, I’m sure it was probably cooked fresh but it looked like what was appearing for lunch. Anyway dinner wasn’t very impressive neither was breakfast although if you asked for an omelette they would cook one for you.
The excursions were very good, we went on most of them as we were there 5 days. Due to the time of year – rainy season – and the trees being plentiful and green it was quite difficult to spot animals and birds but we did and we enjoyed what we saw. And yes there were mosquitoes everywhere! And they will bite through your clothes. We had 100% deet repellent which kept them at bay however one day we omitted to spray our shirts and got bitten.
The staff were always courteous and very helpful. All in all a lovely experience. Definitely recommend a stay here.
From the Mountains to the Jungle
We took a flight from Cusco to Puerto Maldonado on a budget airline which seemed to have great difficulty in clearing the Andes out of Cusco! The town is only a 30 minute flight from Cusco and takes one from 3400m above sea level to 400m, into the Amazon Basin.
We stayed at an Eco Lodge called Reserva Amazonica, which was situated 45 minutes down stream.
The lodge offers 3 night / 4 day packages and it includes all your food and drink. The food is traditional dishes and very tasty. The accommodation is in huts, very basic but comfortable. There is no electricity in the huts but the main dining area has a generator which allowed us to charge batteries in the evenings while it was on for the 4hrs. Showers are cold, however the heat in the jungle ensures that one feels very refreshed after a shower.
There are a number of activities that one can do, most involve taking a dug out boat and travelling up or down the river. The trips are covered in the travelogues below.
Manu in 4 days 3 nights?
Is it possible to visit Manu in this time frame?
Starting point willl be Cusco, and returning to Lima airport.
Or should I just do the Tambopata tour (e.g. Reserva Amazonica)?
Is it much more expensive doing th Manu trip? Thanks!
Recommended jungle trips?
We're planning to do a roundtrip in Peru in June-July 2006. One of the things we certainly want to do is a trip into the jungle near Puerto Maldonado.
Does anyone has good suggestions/feedback/ ... on trips to do?
RE: Recommended jungle trips?
www.worldecadventuretours.com, make one of the best trips down the amazon,and also os an esponsor of a non for profict in the amzin..have a good time
RE: Recommended jungle trips?
If you want to stick around Pto. Maldonado, make sure you pay a visit to Sandoval Lake, it is just beautiful. If you're interested in macaws watching, you can pick a lodge farther upstream (at least 3 hrs boat ride from Pto. Maldonado).
RE: Recommended jungle trips?
If you're looking for a place around Puerto Maldonado that's pretty comfortable, but still gets you out there, take a look at Reserva Amazonica. Just got back from there, and while a little pricey, had ourselves a mighty fine time. I wrote more about it here:
or just check out their website at www.inkaterra.com
Take it easy and good luck.
What Jungle Tour?
My wife and I will be in Peru in April/May and will be doing a jungle tour but not sure which to do. Manu is too expensive for us so we are looking at the Tambopata area. Tours we have looked at are Eco Amazonia Lodge, Posadas Amazonia, InkaNatura - Sandoval Lake Lodge which are cheaper - about US$300 for 4 nights/5 days. We are also considering the longer trip to Tambopata Research Centre - either InkaNatura or Posadas Amazonia which have a combination of the cheaper lodges with the Tambopata - Heath River lodges - but this costs more than twice as much for the same amount of time. In the Tambopata lodges you get to see the big McCaw clay lick. I guess the question is - is it worth the extra money to go there? Do you see much more/better wildlife?
Has anyone had experience at any of these lodges - what would you recommend?
RE: What Jungle Tour?
I know than tambopata is a good area but if you ewant wild life go to Pacaya-samiria reserve this is where you are going to find more wild life in 5 days you can check this web site(www.worldecoadventuretours.com) just in case this is my email. firstname.lastname@example.org
RE: What Jungle Tour?
Hello, my wife, 15 year old son and myself are interested in going to Sandoval Lake lodge but are worried about the yellow fever and mollaria? Have anyone heard good or bad about this? Thanks Sid
RE: RE: What Jungle Tour?
definitely get at least yellow fever vaccination. It is required to enter jungle anyways. I am traveling to reserva amazonica in May and I got my shots yesterday. Typhoid, hepatitits A, yellow fever, tetanus, diphteria. I lived in South America growing up and believe it or not all these diseases DO exist there. Take simple precautions and inoculate yourself and family. I work in a lab so I see crazy stuff. Be safe and have a good time. Aslo suggest taking malaria prophylaxis- malarone or lariam, a week before departure, while you are there and for 4 weeks after arrival home. Crazy but it is only one pill a week.
These diseases are either transmitted by a mosquito or contaminated water. You must assume water is bad while cooking, washing fruit or veggies so Hep A is a really good idea.