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Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica
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Reviewed 30 June 2014

So we stayed in the main lodge in rooms 1&2. Head read some negative reviews about noise level...but really its a great location if you like to get up early and drink coffee. Rooms were super! Included meals- breakfast was good; lunch was very good (both buffet); dinner was a'la carte, was good but a bit rushed...service overall was very good. Tour guides- I think we lucked out with Angel- he took his time; explained animals, plants, bugs etc to the kids. Really patient. Saw some other groups rushing through their jungle tours. Night boat ride for alligators was awesome. Canopy walk- frightening- but outstanding; Amazon jungle hike was great! All transport and checkin was seamless! Well done great place!

Stayed: June 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 30 June 2014

Most of the people stay here as part of the two day (three night)itinerary and that is what we did as well. Wish we stayed a day or two longer. Nevertheless in the time we had we did get a great introduction in Amazon and much of it is due to the meticulous organization of every aspect of the stay by the Inkaterra stuff.
As we arrived from Lima there was a bus waiting for us to take us to the boat. The boat takes another hour to get to the lodge. Rapid sunset enhanced the feeling of the isolation you get as the boat takes you down the river with nothing to see but the forest. The baggage found its way to our rooms unnoticed.
Although the rooms do have electric light, kerosene lamps are used through the complex at night. Looks very nice and it reduces light pollution witch gave us an incredible view of the Milky Way, something my boys never saw like this before.
The food was very good and the three course dinner always offered a dish option which was inspired by the local food. Since the tours start early breakfast are early too. If I could suggest one thing it would be the espresso machine. Cappuccino in the jungle, now that would be decadent.
As I said the tours start early and since the animals are early birds (and not just the birds)there is no way around it. However that is why we were there. You get your own assigned guide who will try to plan an itinerary with you as soon as you arrive. I know that some people companied that this was a bit rushed but I looked up the available tours online and knew what we wanted to see weeks in advance. We did the Lake Sandoval (a lots of fun even though it entailed hiking through the heavy mud - that kind of made it more fun), the canopy tour (it is not likely you will see many animals since they do their best to hide, but try to enjoy the whole ecosystem, after all it is mostly made of plants anyway), the night tour and the apex of the whole vacations(for my boys at least) the piranha fishing trip at Lake Valencia. Our guide, Jesus, was truly someone who was palpably enjoying his work.
Due to the uncommon cold wave (Hawaii cold!) we have seen more giant tarantulas than mosquitoes. Nevertheless the cabins are fully netted and provided with the citronella extract to use as the natural repellant.
Great vacation made possible by very professional and friendly stuff. Great job.

Stayed: June 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 25 June 2014

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.

Room Tip: Definitely worth asking for a river view room
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  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 June 2014

Taken by boat for a hour upstream from Puerto Maldonado, this place is remote with nothing else nearby. You may see the odd boat going past transporting wood etc but apart from that you're alone in the jungle!

Rooms are large dark wooden cabins, with an open, but netted front porch complete with hammocks. As they are open to the air, I love that you could drift off listening to the sounds and smells of the jungle.

There is no electricity at certain parts of the day and night, which does mean you can get very hot and sticky, but that just adds to the experience (my dad, 70, hated it though). It also means that at twilight you can't see anything until the lights come on, so have no choice but to sit and enjoy the jungle around you. No TVs or anything either, you have to make your own entertainment!

The main lobby/large round tree house where they serve the communal meals is impressive. You can go to a mezzanine level and sit in little cubby holes, sipping on Pisco sours and nibbling on Peruvian nibbles before dinner. The meals in general were pretty good, but as it is remote, there is only the choice of 2-3 dishes a night.

The best part about Inkaterra lodges (I stayed at the one at Machu Picchu too) in my opinion is the organised activities. There were a great number here, mostly of them free, and divided by difficulty and how long they took. We did the canopy walk, which is about 20 minutes' walk through the jungle to high walkways suspended VERY high up in the tree canopies (not for those with vertigo), an excursion to Lake Sandoval to see giant otters, about an hour's walk in the jungle, and my parents did orchid farms etc. My favourite one was one I did by myself, which was a full day trip to the Brazil border to a lake 3 hours upstream where we fished for piranhas. This we had to pay for, but boy was it worth it! One of the best experiences of my whole life.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 24 June 2014 via mobile

We enjoyed our two evening stay in a deluxe casita on the grounds. We had multiple daily options for touring the river or jungle trails. I will always remember our sunset trip w/a boat excursion on a fresh water lake in a jungle reserve. The sunset over the water & the exuberance of the birds in the trees will be memorable.
I was amazed at the warm shower & how comfortable our bed was under the netting. Slept both nights like a log. Got dark on the property early!
Courteous staff was appreciated.

Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
Thank Mr. Boss
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Reviewed 21 June 2014

This hotel was more than I expected, the boat ride, to the rooms to the daily excursions, it was a great once in a life time experience. Our guide was informative and senstive to our needs. The "huts" were comfortable and spacious. The main dining room was a structural delight, while the food was good.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 21 June 2014

Stayed here for our honeymoon! Great lodge, food was amazing, three courses for lunch and dinner. Only criticism was that it was too much food. The guides were great, very helpful. Catered each tour to the group. We saw lots of wildlife. Make sure you do the Sandoval Lake tour. Would definitely recommend.

  • Stayed: June 2014
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Additional Information about Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica

Address: Rio Madre De Dios Km15, Puerto Maldonado, Peru
Region: Peru > Madre de Dios Region > Puerto Maldonado
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Spa Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 63 Speciality Lodging in Puerto Maldonado
Price Range: £289 - £481 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica 3.5*
Number of rooms: 35
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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