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Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica
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“The best Amazon experience!”
Reviewed January 8, 2012

I was mainly going to Peru for Inka tourism, when I had a few extra days I looked into the Amazon basin and found this option.
Its amazing and I'm glad I did it!
Nestled in the Madre de Dios river (not the actual Amazon as many reviews mention) this great lodge provides true 5 star service!
From Victor in the kitchen, Lisette in reservations and Jesus our guide, everyone of them made an outstanding effort to make sure this was the best experience.
The lodges are amazing, each with a resting areas with chairs and hammocks and a twin or kin bed configuration, with a bathroom with separate shower and toilet.
All excursions are awesome, though our favorites were the river by night and the canopy walk, which is unique as you get 30 meters above ground to see how the rainforest looks from above!

Room Tip: Don't expect a silent night as animal sounds will surround you all the time!
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
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Manila, Philippines
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Reviewed January 5, 2012

No regrets that we chose this place.Stayed for 3 days. From the time we arrived at the airport to departure after the trip, everything was well organized. We had a very good guide, Wilson who was very knowledgable and who really enjoyed what he was doing.The place had an excellent chef , Roberto, and there was a variety of food choices. Great wild life experience at Lake Sandoval. And a fantastic view of the rainforest on the canopy walk.
Given the chance, we would stay here again.Luckily, we did not experience the noise from the generators of the gold panners on the opposite side of the Madre de Dios river.So we slept very well. I have previously read about this problem in the other reviews. As per our guide, the government is trying to regulate gold panning.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 27, 2011

We mainly went to Peru for Machu Picchu, but explored much of Peru while we were there. It is a diverse country with desert, mountains and rain forest, and we thoroughly enjoyed it all.

Our stay at this resort was one of my favourite parts of the trip. Many travellers bypass the jungle altogether when visiting Peru, unfortunately.
Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica is remotely located, a 45 minute rustic boat trip from Puerto Maldonado.
We were able to escape completely from the outside world for 4 days here. Our little cabin was comfortable and had everything we needed, at the same time it was unique, with the lanterns, hammocks etc. The planned power outages to refill the generators made it even more quaint.

Going in September was a good idea,.... the end of the dry season meant that we saw no mosquitoes and it rained only the first afternoon and was thereafter sunny and hot.

Our guide, Wilson, was so enthusiastic and wanted us to get as much as we could out of our experience in the rainforest. He took us everywhere and shared his vast knowledge of the flora and fauna of the area. We felt we were very fortunate to have had him as our guide!

The staff in the dining room were very attentive and the food quite good considering the remote location. It was also a good gathering place for those who wanted to socialize. Otherwise you could relax privately in your cabin.

The only downside we found to this property was the poor docking facilities for the boats. The boats were rustic, in keeping with the atmosphere, and we realize that the water levels change because of the wet/dry season, but I was uncomfortable leaping from the wobbly boat to the dirt embankment and back. We were out by boat most days and really enjoyed these adventures on the river, but feel that the poor boating facilities reflected poorly on the up-scale feel of the resort.

Certainly a great place to get away from it all- no cell phones, minimal internet and a chance to escape, while being very eco-conscious. I certainly recommend it to anyone wanting a jungle experience.

Room Tip: We were in the interior, not on the river. Riverside cabins were nice, but when we were there the l...
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed December 13, 2011

I purchased the 3 night/4 day package. The welcome coordinator was not at the airport when we arrived, but after asking around for 5 miniutes, a staff member arrived at the airport and escorted us to the bus. After loading the bus, we were driven to the welcome center where excess luggage can be left. In addition, there is a butterfly cage which is interesting. The welcome center is furnished well and they provide a welcome beverage. After stopping at the welcome center, we loaded back to the bus for the boat ride to the resort. Checking in was efficient and well coordinated. A staff member is provided for a total of 6 - 8 guests and is your guide for the balance of the trip. We participated in the night tour which was good, not great. We saw mostly caiman but not much else. Also a memorable excursion was the lake sandoval tour. The heat was menacing, however, the flora and fauna where top notch including sloths, monkeys, and a variety of birds - we missed the otters. Speaking to other guests, they suggested staying away from the paid pirahana fishing excursion, it was boring and too easy to catch the fish. The food was not as good as I expected, not bad either, especially given the location of the hotel. A few of our dinner's were not warm, which was suprising as it looked prepared fresh. The individual rooms with thatch covered roofs are decorated nicely including a sling to nap. The generator is shut off for 4 hours in the afternoon - which did not really bother us. The units are located close to each other, and since the screen needs to stay open at all times, privacy could be an issue for some. The beds and bedding were good. It rained like I have never experienced the first night. I thought it was great, but it bother my buddy. The big negative is that after the first day, my stomach was wobbly. It got progressively worse til I started to need to be close to the restroom towards the end of the trip- it did not go away for two weeks. The virus affected my buddy, as well as two other people. I did not have contact with that many other guest so that is a large percentage of people. I have been to Mexico, Columbia, Nicaragua, and India and have never been sick, as I am very careful. The only other negative is to watch out on your check out invoice, they added two t-shirts and two drinks I had not purchased. The negatives being pointed out, it is a great property and was a lifetime experience. Ripoff alert - for an additional $400 or so dollars a nite, you can stay in the tree house where they serve you dinner and a night's stay. Take the walk to the unit prior to reserving. Two people signed up for the experience. The first a mom and two kids had to leave in the middle of the night as the rain was coming down too hard and it is not water proof. The other was in our group, and his wife was sick - which I think the resort caused - after he had reserved the experience, so he had to cancel. As he was sitting with us for dinner, the waiter came up and explained that he would have to pay for the tree house experience, but not only that, he would have to pay for his dinner, as they took his meals to the tree house. I was amazed!

Room Tip: I was fortunate enough to be given a unit next to forrest, however the units are preassigned. Also...
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with friends
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California
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Reviewed December 6, 2011

The lodge based on the banks of Madre de Dios river is ideal for those seeking to learn about the Amazon in comfort and safety. The cabins are wonderful, especially overlooking the river, the service impeccable, and very enthusiastic guides on excursions. The sounds of the jungle and the river are amazing, as is the night sky. The staff is very helpful and patience.

Room Tip: Cabins with river view are best.
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with friends
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Cusco, Peru
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Reviewed November 27, 2011

This jungle lodge is eco-friendly (they give you an aluminum water bottle upon arrival to preserve the environment from plastic bottle trash) as well as super clean and comfortable at the same time. The cabins are airy and spacious with hammocks and mosquito netting so you can sleep comfortably listening to the sounds of the jungle around you. The only thing missing here is a swimming pool! All the tours are great and non-strenuous especially the canopy walk (tip: go early in the morning to see birds) although you don't really go further than a few kilometers into the jungle at best which limit your opportunity to see animals (although in order to do this you would probably have to camp overnight in the jungle somewhere). Our guide, Moises, was superb - very knowledgeable about all of the flora and fauna of the jungle as well as very friendly, welcoming and helpful!! I would recommend this lodge if you are looking to be pampered with good food, excellent service and a taste of the Amazon jungle, however if you are looking for something a little more adventurous with the opportunity to see more wildlife I would recommend heading to Manu National Park or Tambopata.

Room Tip: Rooms along the river's edge have a beautiful view of the sunrise!
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed November 13, 2011

The Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica is a very unique “eco” hotel in the middle of the Amazon Jungle, so guest should be prepared for that style of living. If you want luxury with a jungle twist in an eco environment, the Amazonica is for you. Getting there is a journey in itself. You must fly into Puerto Maldanado, take a bus to a riverside dock where you will board a hotel boat that will transport you up the river. We recommend not overdoing your luggage on this portion of your Peru trip – these boats are small, but they aren’t designed to handle the normal American traveling road show of 4 or 5 seventy pound suitcases either. After a pleasant trip up the river (yes, it is hot and it is buggy – hello! It’s the Amazon Jungle!), you arrive at the hotel. There is a steep set of steps going up to the hotel from the river. The hotel staff is great and they will handle all your luggage. The first thing you do is enter an orientation room where you are given a quick brief on the hotel property layout, the activities available and you are assigned a guide that will work with you for your entire stay. This is a great way to start and they provide nice cool refreshments and some finger food. Once we got through that portion and are “checked in”, we were shown to our bungalow. This was one area we did have a discrepancy. We had booked there biggest and best bungalow, but were given one that was at least one or two levels below their best. We spent a decent portion of our first afternoon trying to work this issue out with the hotel management, but it boiled down to a couple simple issues: 1. Our travel agent had screwed up again and booked the wrong room and 2. The room we expected was now booked for the length of our stay. The thing that took the longest was trying to figure out which room we were being charged for. Since our bill was being handled by the travel agent (we paid the travel agent, the travel agent paid the hotels), we were certain we had paid for the upgraded room prior to our arrival. Unfortunately, the hotel does not have very good connectivity. Since the electricity comes completely from generators and the internet and phone service was spotty at best, we never did determine what rate we were paying. We decided to work it out later and not waste any more time while were at the hotel. The “rooms” are individual bungalows that are appointed according to your booking. Ours was a nice two-bed design with a bathroom in the back and a screened in porch in the front. A couple things about the rooms – like much of the hotel, the rooms aren’t truly enclosed. They are screened in, but it is much closer to being outside than inside. Therefore, there is no AC, or TV or any of those types of things. The electricity is provided by generator, so, like many other eco hotels in remote areas, the electricity is turned off during certain hours. The showers, fans, outlets, etc won’t work during those times. We did knew this going in and it never really impacted us at all. It is hot and humid and the hotel does provide a kind of citronella, organic bug repellent, but guest should be ready to have their own bug juice for the trips into the jungle. We did not have an issue with bugs in the room. The restaurant is a large structure in the middle of the compound and they had excellent food. The meals were on a fixed menu, but the choices were superb and we had more than enough great food to eat the whole time we were there. Evening cocktails were also a great time to sit around the restaurant and socialize. The activities are the main attraction of the hotel, and they did not disappoint. Based on your length of stay, the hotel has enough activities to fill up a week or so, if you wanted to do them all. We chose the canopy bridge tour (awesome!), an evening jungle walk (chicken spiders, snakes and tarantulas!), a cool boat ride around one of the area inland lakes (monkeys and more), and a night boat ride up the river (camons and other river critters). In all, there is a lot do to and you should never get bored. Just remember to pack sunscreen, bug repellent, water and snacks – you will be out in the Amazon Jungle traipsing around for hours and hours! At the end of the day, despite the room mix up, this is an excellent hotel if you are looking for luxury with an adventurous side. Those of you looking for air conditioning, modern electronic access and night clubs should not apply – this is for those people that really want to head into the jungle and have fun doing it.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica
Address: Rio Madre De Dios Km15, Puerto Maldonado, Peru
Location: 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 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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