Don't get me wrong this lodge provides an excellent service for the majority of the type of clientele that frequent it; but for us, a reasonably young couple, the Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica felt like a retirement home for people with a vague sense of adventure. None of the excursions are particularly arduous, and my pregnant wife completed most with ease. Most of the excursions are based around the lodge itself. The lodge is not in the national park - I can only say what I experienced (over 4 nights!) but the lack of wildlife was somewhat underwhelming. We were blessed to have a rare encounter with a gorgeous anteater and also caught fleeting glimpses of wild macaws, otters and caymans but that is all. I appreciate that things in a jungle are not guaranteed - but I take it from the guides themselves that wildlife seekers are best off visiting the Tambopata National Park.
My other gripe is the fact that seemingly the best sounding excursions with guaranteed wildlife encounters - Lake Valencia and ornithology - required additional payment. The reserve does not come cheap and at the very least these excursions should be offered to all guests as part of the standard package.
Can't fault the enthusiasm and knowledge of the guides though. Food was OK.
The accommodation was great. The jungle is humid so no surprises about the humidity in the rooms - and the mesh screens augment the jungle experience.
Top tip for wildlife seekers: if you're feeling let down by the lack of things to gawk at there are 2 beautiful macaws with broken wings being cared for on the lodge grounds. This information isn't necessarily offered to you, so ask. You can take photos and no one will ever know it was staged.
- 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