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Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica
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Houston, Texas
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16 reviews
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“Great Adventure for Kids”
Reviewed 14 July 2014

My husband, 10 year old daughter and I recently stayed at the Inkaterra. The staff were waiting for us when we arrived at the airport and took us to the Butterfly house which was literally round the corner which gave our daughter something to do while formalities of checking passports etc were completed. We then took a 10min ride to where we boarded the boat and then a 45min ride down the river to the camp. We were only one of three families checking in so the process was very quick. Once at camp we were given a refreshing drink and had lunch before we were shown to our cabin. Cabins are close together and only have screens so noise could be an issue however it did not bother us. Rooms are large with comfy beds and mosquito nets although we did not have any issues with Mosquitos (maybe after living in Texas we are immune!) and a deck with hammocks which is nice for relaxing. We had booked the suite which came with a plunge pool and outdoor shower which was very nice. We realized this is an Eco lodge and the pool was outdoors but it was dirty but did not stop us from using it. We were then introduced to our guide for the trip Gusto who told us about the different excursions, we chose to go caiman watching at night which was great, we saw plenty of caiman, a family of Capybura and lots of information about the area and wildlife. We also chose to go Piranha fishing, although this is an additional cost it was an unbelievable experience, 10 hours through rivers, creeks and lakes seeing macaws, sloth, birds and then fishing for piranhas. We caught white, yellow and red
Piranhas which the chef prepared and served us for lunch along with a buffet, wines, beer and sodas. The whole day was amazing and the guide Luis was very knowledgeable and great with children. My daughter really wanted to do the canopy walk but we were leaving the next day, Gusto got up extra early to allow us to do this and took us out very early. Although the weather was raining which meant we did not get to see monkeys we did see a Toucan and the experience of being 300ft off the ground was well worth the early morning hike. The food is a set menu with a few choices for each meal, but considering everything has to be brought in my boat there was ample to eat and drink and food always tasted good. One thing to mention, United lost our bags and told us they had no way of getting our bags to our hotel as it was out of their region, we told Inkaterra upon arrival and they delivered our bags directly to the room, which United claimed they could not do. The airport is part of the jungle experience it is very basic and traditional but my daughter loved the whole adventure. Overall this was a great adventure, different, eye opening albeit a little expensive

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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Channel Islands, UK
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Reviewed 30 June 2014

Wow! For me, this was the highlight of our trip to Peru. I can't tell you how much I enjoyed our stay here. Logistically, the hotel has it totally sorted and well organised from the moment you walk out of the Airport at Puerto Maldonado. We arrived at the hotel after our 45 min trip down the river and were taken straight to the dining room for a late lunch. By the time we got to our cabana, our bags had been safely delivered. We had time to relax before heading back to the central area, where we met our guide, Leon, who was awesome! Planned our activities with him for the next three days and, boy, did he deliver. So much knowledge, passion and enthusiasm for the jungle, it's flora and fauna. We were bowled over by the amount of different wildlife we saw with him. Cabanas were simply furnished, but very comfortable. Loved the porch area where we could chill out in the hammocks with the gas lamp on, just soaking up the atmosphere of the jungle. We were lucky to have a cabana right at the riverside. Can't tell you how relaxing it was dozing off to the sound of the jungle and river in bed each night! Staff at the Lodge were fabulous. Food was excellent. I'm glad we opted for the three night package, which meant we could take it all at a slightly more relaxed pace. The whole experience totally surpassed my expectations and was really special.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Smithfield, Kentucky
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Reviewed 30 June 2014 via mobile

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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Pleasant Hill, California
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Reviewed 30 June 2014 via mobile

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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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
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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London, United Kingdom
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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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West Carrollton, Ohio
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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
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Property: 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 57 Speciality Lodging in Puerto Maldonado
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
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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