We stayed 3 nights and 4 days which was perfect. The food was great, the staff was excellent, and the guides were knowledgeable about the area. I highly recommend the twilight cruise, rainforest walk, canopy walk, and Lake Sandoval trips. A shout out to Jackson, our guide, who was terrific, had a great sense of humor, and was extremely astute about the plants and animals. He is from Puerto Maldonado and so were most of the guides, waiters, and staff.
We spoke Spanish as much as we could, but they were all capable of speaking English.
A few tips: They told us that we'd have to leave our luggage at the Butterfly House in PM so we packed a small duffle to transfer all our stuff, but that didn't happen. Our luggage went to the lodge, but we also didn't have huge bags so be aware of that.
You will arrive at the airport. They will pick you up, take you to Butterfly House, and serve you a cold drink. Be prepared to give up your passports for about 24 hours. They will give them back the next day at dinner.
We brought 100% deet and didn't get bit. The mosquitos weren't as bad as we imagined except on the walk to Lake Sandoval. You'll need suntan lotion, hat, and as they state--loose, cool clothing--long-sleeved and long pants. People in shorts and sandals were bit by ants and scratched up a bit. It was hot, but not unbearable.
In your cabin: They will always give you bottled water. There are toiletries, but you had to ask for a hairdryer. We didn't use one. They turn down your bed, and fix the mosquito netting while you're at dinner. They also light kerosene lamps that you can use. The electricity is turned off around 11 pm to 4 am so the fan over your bed will stop working, but by then it was cool enough.
The hammocks are wonderful, and the bed was comfortable.
Excursions: When you arrive, they will designate a guide for you and others. You'll meet with that guide later in the day. You loosely plan your excursions. By that, I mean, the guide is trying to organize the excursions so that he can be your main guide on each trip. For example, one couple didn't want to go on the canopy walk in the afternoon so they went the next morning with another guide. Not a big deal. You'll be with some of the same people depending on how long you stay. Just make your decisions, inform the guide, and then he'll tell you what time to be at the eco-lodge for the trip. Some excursions leave at 6 or 7 am for the morning trips, and then around 2 or 3 for afternoon trips. So in the heat of the day you can relax in your cabin. They'll even do a wake-up call which is a knock on the side of your cabin.
You see what animals you see. We saw sloth, capybara, caiman, tarantula, macaws, and several species of monkeys. One group saw an anteater.
Really loved this experience and highly recommend this place!
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- 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:
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- Reserva Amazonica