Amazon Luxury - Reserva Amazonica

Twilight River - Lake Sandoval - Canopy Walkway - Gamitana Creek - Hacienda Concepcion - Rainforest by Night

Duration

04 Days

Max. Altitude

610 ft - 180 m.

Activities

Wild life, Photography, Bird Watching, Medicinal Plants, Native Farm, Night Walks

Difficulty

Moderate

Transport

Van, Boat and Canoe

Tour Description

Travelling to Tambopata National Reserve offers a rare opportunity to discover a lively biodiversity of birds, mammals, reptiles, insects and trees. Record-setting numbers of animal species are concentrated within small areas, and the variety of plant life is greater than almost anywhere in the world. To help you experience the wonder of this magic place, we have prepared a suggested itinerary for your stay at Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica.

Excellent for:

Wildlife Observation, Photography, Nature Walks, Oxbow lake exploration, Exploration by boat, Night walks.

Ideal for viewing:

Monkeys, Capibara, Macaws , Hoatzin, Spiders, Black Caymans, Giant River Otters, Birds, Medicinal local plants.

Itinerary

Welcome / Reception (L&D)

Welcome to Puerto Maldonado. Begin to experience the enchantment of the rainforest as you take a 45-minute boat ride along the Madre de Dios River, to arrive at Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica lodge. After a short briefing, settle into your beautiful cabaña and enjoy your lunch in the dining room. Take a siesta, share a refreshing tea time and get ready for the afternoon excursion.

After gathering with your Inkaterra Explorer Guide, choose from the 14 different excursions available at the Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica. On your first day, we recommend a guided walk along the Trail system, into the Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica natural area, where you will discover the Amazon Basin. This trail offers an excellent introduction to the forest environment, winding past impressive trees such as the Shihuahuaco, and the strangely beautiful strangler fig, offering excellent opportunities for bird watching and observing exotic insects.

We also recommend on the first night our Twilight River excursion — a guided afternoon boat ride on the Madre de Dios river. Witness the transformation from a diurnal to a nocturnal world: animals and birds of the daytime give way to species specially adapted to the night. As you enjoy their paradise, you will learn about their habits, while you search for nightjars, owls, capybaras and up to three different caiman species.

Enjoy dinner served in the main dining room from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. After dinner, you may retire early to your own cabana, or share your experience in the rainforest with other guests and interpreters, as you listen to the intriguing sounds of the jungle at night.

Lake Sandoval & Inkaterra Canopy Walkway (B, L&D)

Wake up late or rise early — the choice is yours. Breakfast begins at 5:30 a.m., for those who want to avoid the heat, and enjoy nature at its fullest. A full buffet breakfast is served from 5:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. During the morning you may visit the Lake Sandoval excursion into the Tambopata National Reserve. Glide in a wooden canoe, across a beautiful, mirror-like oxbow lake that is home to the endangered giant river otter, as well as red howler monkeys, red-bellied macaws, anacondas, side-neck turtles and black caimans. Return to the Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica for lunch.

After lunch, consider the remarkable Inkaterra Canopy Walkway. Ascending the first tower, 29 meters above the forest ground, you begin your encounter with the treetop realm. For more than a quarter of a mile, you will literally walk through the rainforest canopy on a suspension bridge network linking eight observation platforms. During this hour-and-a-half expedition, be on the lookout for colorful toucans, woodpeckers, trogons, monkeys, and sloths. If you wish you may extend your excursion and watch the sunset from one of the towers. Once at the lodge, enjoy the daily nature presentation in the Eco Center and the Happy Hour. Dinner starts at 7:30 p.m.

Gamitana Creek & Rainforest by Night (B, L&D)

Enjoy a trip to Gamitana Creek, located 25 minutes by boat from the lodge. For one and a half hours, explore the rainforest along the banks of a winding, dark-water creek that is home to many piranha, caiman, turtles and birds, until the Sanipanga landing point. Navigate your way back downstream, observing the abundant flora and fauna along the way. You will return to Gamitana Farm to do a short guided tour to see how local farmers grow fruits and vegetables. Return to the lodge for lunch.

After lunch, enjoy the Hacienda Concepcion excursion, with over 200 different plant species, and learn about the uses and benefits of local flora. This is followed by a 30 minute canoe trip to look for turtles, sun grebes, nightjars and exotic herons. Return to the lodge.

Then consider the Rainforest by Night excursion through the Inkaterra Ecological Reserve at night for an approximately 2 hour excursion. Venture into the forest and experience the mystery of the animal activity that awakens in the rainforest after dark, enhancing animal resources to create new adaptation mechanisms. Listen to nocturnal forest sounds and spot species that only emerge at night. Return to the lodge.

Transfer to Puerto Maldonado Flight Back to Lima or Cusco (B) 

Enjoy a full breakfast before departure. A 45 minute return trip by boat on the Madre de Dios River takes you to Puerto Maldonado, where you will visit the Butterfly House.

Peru boasts the greatest variety of butterflies in the world, with 3,700 known species. Many of these can be seen at the Butterfly House, a showcase for the variety, beauty and adaptability of these fascinating insects.

  • Transfers from/to hotel.
  • Accommodation based on the selected hotel category.
  • Excursions as noted in the itinerary.
  • Private services with local English speaking guide.
  • Meals as noted (B: breakfast, L: lunch, D: dinner).
  • Entrance fees to the sites mentioned in the itinerary.

Not included:

  • Tips, extra expenses.
  • Binocular, Alcoholic drinks.
  • Domestic flights.
  • A shaman for a private Ayahuasca meditation ceremony.
  • Original passport.
  • Binoculars.
  • Flashlight and extra batteries.
  • Small back pack and confortable shoes.
  • Rain jacket or poncho (December – April).
  • Three complete change of clothing.
  • Sport sandals or water shoes.
  • Personal hygiene products.
  • Hat or cap to protect you from the sun.
  • Sun block (sun protection cream).
  • Insect repellent.
  • Snacks, chocolate, dried fruit, etc.
  • Camera, plenty of film and batteries.
  • Sunglasses
  • Extra Money (soles).
  • Swimwear.

The Region

Puerto Maldonado is the capital of Madre de Dios, province of Tambopata and has a population of 67,632 inhabitants. This region of Peru is located southeast of the country and the region has 85,300.54 km2 and a population of 99,452 inhabitants, consists of three provinces: Manu (Manu), Tambopata (Puerto Maldonado) and Tahuamanu (Iñapari), with ten districts.

The Natural Protected Areas with which this Department has, are the National Park of Manu, National Park of Bahuaja-Sonene, The National Reserve of Tambopata, as well as the Reserved Zone of Alto Purús. The main economic activities are the extraction of Brasilian nut, rice, cassava, coconut, rubber (historically the most important), wood and alluvial gold. The city of Puerto Maldonado was founded on December 26, 1912. The richness and abundance of its biodiversity are also reflected in the cultural wealth, existing ethnic groups such as the Machiguengas, Mashcopiros, Ashaninka, Shipibos, Ese Ejas, among others.

From the city of Puerto Maldonado you can see how the great Tambopata River flows into the Madre de Dios River with approx. 300 m wide flow. It is located in the Amazon Rainforest of Southern Peru, at an altitude of 186 m.s. The climate you will find is Humid Tropical with rainy season from December to March, so the best months to visit Puerto Maldonado and its surroundings are between July and November.

Weather

The city of Puerto Maldonado has a hot and humid climate, except for the months of June and July in which the temperature can drop due to the cold, caused by the winds coming from the South that reach the Amazon.

The rainy season is from December to March. In the towns of the province of Manu the climate is temperate and rainy, with high atmospheric humidity and the presence of nebulae in the mornings; in these areas of high forest the precipitations are majors that in the low forest.

Can I design my own trip?

Absolutely. If you want you can change the program according  your interest, just let us know and the Neotropic Travel Designer is going to give you more options.

Are flights included?

Unfortunately no. Neotropic Peru does not include flights for this trip.

Which Vaccines Do I Need for Peru?

Vaccines for Peru vary based on your specific itinerary. A Passport Health travel specialist will help you decide which vaccines are best for you. The CDC and WHO have recommended that travelers receive the following vaccines:

  • Yellow Fever
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B

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