The Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica is a very unique “eco” hotel in the middle of the Amazon Jungle, so guest should be prepared for that style of living. If you want luxury with a jungle twist in an eco environment, the Amazonica is for you. Getting there is a journey in itself. You must fly into Puerto Maldanado, take a bus to a riverside dock where you will board a hotel boat that will transport you up the river. We recommend not overdoing your luggage on this portion of your Peru trip – these boats are small, but they aren’t designed to handle the normal American traveling road show of 4 or 5 seventy pound suitcases either. After a pleasant trip up the river (yes, it is hot and it is buggy – hello! It’s the Amazon Jungle!), you arrive at the hotel. There is a steep set of steps going up to the hotel from the river. The hotel staff is great and they will handle all your luggage. The first thing you do is enter an orientation room where you are given a quick brief on the hotel property layout, the activities available and you are assigned a guide that will work with you for your entire stay. This is a great way to start and they provide nice cool refreshments and some finger food. Once we got through that portion and are “checked in”, we were shown to our bungalow. This was one area we did have a discrepancy. We had booked there biggest and best bungalow, but were given one that was at least one or two levels below their best. We spent a decent portion of our first afternoon trying to work this issue out with the hotel management, but it boiled down to a couple simple issues: 1. Our travel agent had screwed up again and booked the wrong room and 2. The room we expected was now booked for the length of our stay. The thing that took the longest was trying to figure out which room we were being charged for. Since our bill was being handled by the travel agent (we paid the travel agent, the travel agent paid the hotels), we were certain we had paid for the upgraded room prior to our arrival. Unfortunately, the hotel does not have very good connectivity. Since the electricity comes completely from generators and the internet and phone service was spotty at best, we never did determine what rate we were paying. We decided to work it out later and not waste any more time while were at the hotel. The “rooms” are individual bungalows that are appointed according to your booking. Ours was a nice two-bed design with a bathroom in the back and a screened in porch in the front. A couple things about the rooms – like much of the hotel, the rooms aren’t truly enclosed. They are screened in, but it is much closer to being outside than inside. Therefore, there is no AC, or TV or any of those types of things. The electricity is provided by generator, so, like many other eco hotels in remote areas, the electricity is turned off during certain hours. The showers, fans, outlets, etc won’t work during those times. We did knew this going in and it never really impacted us at all. It is hot and humid and the hotel does provide a kind of citronella, organic bug repellent, but guest should be ready to have their own bug juice for the trips into the jungle. We did not have an issue with bugs in the room. The restaurant is a large structure in the middle of the compound and they had excellent food. The meals were on a fixed menu, but the choices were superb and we had more than enough great food to eat the whole time we were there. Evening cocktails were also a great time to sit around the restaurant and socialize. The activities are the main attraction of the hotel, and they did not disappoint. Based on your length of stay, the hotel has enough activities to fill up a week or so, if you wanted to do them all. We chose the canopy bridge tour (awesome!), an evening jungle walk (chicken spiders, snakes and tarantulas!), a cool boat ride around one of the area inland lakes (monkeys and more), and a night boat ride up the river (camons and other river critters). In all, there is a lot do to and you should never get bored. Just remember to pack sunscreen, bug repellent, water and snacks – you will be out in the Amazon Jungle traipsing around for hours and hours! At the end of the day, despite the room mix up, this is an excellent hotel if you are looking for luxury with an adventurous side. Those of you looking for air conditioning, modern electronic access and night clubs should not apply – this is for those people that really want to head into the jungle and have fun doing it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Remote and pristine, yet easily accessible; a welcoming haven of 494 acres, Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica offers a range of land and river excursions that introduce guests to the magic of the rainforest, including the spectacular 1,129-ft. long and 100-ft. high Canopy Walkway, which allows an incredible experience from over the tree tops. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica Hotel Puerto Maldonado
- Reserva Amazonica