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“Pampered care in the middle of the rain forest” 5 of 5 stars
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Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica
3.5 of 5 Lodge   |   Rio Madre De Dios Km15, Puerto Maldonado, Peru   |  
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Anchorage Alaska
1 review
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“Pampered care in the middle of the rain forest”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2010

We recently had the pleasure of staying at Inkaterra on the Rio Madre de Dias (Reserva Amazonica). The term "Awesome" may be overused in our current dialect, but it is the only word that comes to mind. The accomodations are wonderful, the food is good, and the setting is stunning. Our group of 5 was assigned an interpreter to help us get to know the forest that surrounded us and that was perhaps the highlight. Our guide, Wilson, was terrific. Although we visited during the rainy season, we had a lot of good weather. It was not inexpensive, but worth every dime.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Baltimore, Maryland
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44 reviews 44 reviews
21 hotel reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2010

We had an excellent time at the Reserva Amazonica - excellent staff, professional and knowledgeable guides, amazing creatures!!! And the food and drink was soooooo wonderful ... esp the yuca, purple corn juice and chocolate dessert! I think the best part really was the staff - some of the nicest people we have ever met in our lives. We went on 2 - 3 expeditions a day, and saw a ton of creatures - birds, monkeys, caimen, capybara, brown aguti, frogs, spiders, giant river otters ... I would recommend Inkaterra in a heartbeat!

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom
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15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2010

This is the first review that I have left on Tripadvisor (which is a bit selfish of me considering all of the helpful information I've gained from the site to plan trips). I saw that some people were less that impressed with this awesome lodge and wanted to help set the balance to be more positive.

Firstly, we were greeted at the airport before getting onto an old bus. I'm sure the lodge could afford a new bus but the point is that it had character. We then transferred to the check-in office and we were able to relax, or visit the butterfly enclosure whilst the staff dealt with everything.

Onto the jetty which was a bit drab and dirty but this wasn't the fault of the lodge. We then travelled by boat to the lodge. Finally, we arrived at the lodge. I was somewhat bemused by something which didn't have an address as such but was identified by the number of km down the river (Km15, Rio Madre di Dios).

From the start we saw wildlife in the air and on the ground in the lodge grounds and yet more on the various tours. The tours were agreed within groups (which were put together by the lodge) so the choice of trip is going to go with the majority but if you want to a different trip then you can join a different group. As it happens, all of our group agreed and we stayed for the duration with our guide.

The accomodation was comfortable. The Lunch service in the restaurant was exceptional (although a bit of variety from day to day may have been appreciated). The buffet selection was reasonable at breakfast and very good at dinner.

Overall, what this review can't get across is the magic of the place. There is something very special about going to sleep on a night with rainforest just a few tens of feet away and the sound of nature lulling you to sleep. I can't believe the reviewer who booked a trip to the jungle and then complained about the animal noises coming from the trees!

There was a wide spread of age groups. Nationalities mostly seemed to be UK or US but I think there were others. The atmosphere was very, very good as mostly people felt very relaxed and peaceful in the surroundings.

Got to mention the guides who are absolutely awesome. Our guide - Percy - was very knowledgeable and great to get along with. He could spot a sloth barely moving in a tree about 100ft away when he was looking in a different direction!

If I had to say anything negative then it would be that 4D/3N is a bit misleading as you arrive quite late on the first day and the fourth day they pack you off from the lodge quite early. I think they should probably try and squeeze something in before breakfast on the fourth day. In reality you only get two and a bit days and three nights.

Would live to visit this magical place again some day.

  • Stayed May 2008, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Laguna Beach, CA
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21 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
112 helpful votes 112 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2010

I agree with most of the other reviews posted here. We had the privilege of spending 3 nights here over New Year's (what a way to ring in a new year!) and I can't say enough positive things about this place. First, the people we encountered were incredible; there is a certain type of traveler who goes to a remote place like this and enjoys the experience, so if you choose to go here you will likely encounter great guests. Second, they take very good care of their guests; we never felt unsafe or neglected in any way. This is important, given that the jungle is not a place you would want to visit without an experienced guide (which the resort provides for each excursion offered). The casitas are very comfortable, spotlessly clean and well equipped. It takes getting used to a lack of lighting at night (there is limited electricity only in the bathroom area) but it's pretty cool to arrive at your casita and have it lit only by kerosene lanterns! Just don't plan to do much night-time reading in your casita.

We never had anything short of a great meal, too. The lodge also has a full bar for evening cocktails.

Some reviews have complained about the lack of animals. I suppose if you are an experienced jungle traveler and want to see a lot of animals, then this may not be your place. We live in a large urban area and had never seen the rainforest/jungle, so we were amazed at the plantlife, birds, insects and just learning about how the jungle works. We did see lots of monkeys and there was no shortage of birdlife. We also heard lots of things making noise in the jungle at night, which is quite an experience.

From the moment you are greeted at the airport to the moment you are dropped off at the airport, you are well taken care of; I can't imagine a better way to experience the jungle for a first visit.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2010

When planning a visit to Peru, I almost left out the Amazon. I am not an outdoorsy, buggy person. Looking at the photos now, I do not have the words to say how amazing this area of the world and this lodge is! The food was great, the service excellent and we still keep in touch with our guide, Ivan. The canopy walkways are terrific and we saw so much wildlife - including a rare baby sloth. I almost cried as we left because both of us really loved the lodge and the entire experience - even walking in knee-deep mud in wellies that hurt my feet! It was amazing and I can't recommend it more highly!

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, UK
Top Contributor
81 reviews 81 reviews
70 hotel reviews
Reviews in 67 cities Reviews in 67 cities
130 helpful votes 130 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2009

Enthralling episode in a South American adventure. From the moment of arrival at Puerto Maldonado Airport, you are looked after by the attentive Inkaterra staff. A forty five minute boat journey later and you arrive at the Lodge which is luxury in the middle of the jungle. Rooms which are individual cabins have en-suite facilities, lighting for most of the day (lanterns are provided at other times). Varied activities are included within the room price, you select the ones you want depending upon your own capabalities and interests and all the staff are well informed and friendly. Top quality food at the restaurant. Highly recommended, but not for those on a tight budget.

  • Stayed November 2009
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London
Top Contributor
68 reviews 68 reviews
48 hotel reviews
Reviews in 45 cities Reviews in 45 cities
96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2009

Perfect for a small dose of jungle without getting too boy-scout about things. It's a resort and feels like one, but getting there on a long boat and then being right by the river makes it a very amateur-jungle-tourist-friendly experience. A couple of nights is probably enough - the excursions are good fun, and again well-suited for the clientele: city folk who find the idea of the amazon very exotic, but who might not be cut out for anyhting too demanding. There's not a great deal of wildlife here, but the hanging bridges is a vertiginous and exhilirating trip, and boating on Lago Sandoval was absolute bliss - well recommended, as it gives an extra angle to any Gringo-trail trip to Peru.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Rio Madre De Dios Km15, Puerto Maldonado, Peru
Location: Peru > Madre de Dios Region > Puerto Maldonado
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 36 Specialty 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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