Reserva Amazonica Jungle Lodge Trip Highlights

  • Private bungalows nestled near the river on an ecological reserve make this the most imtimate jungle option
  • Explore the Peruvian Amazon’s most extensive canopy walkway system
  • Choose from a variety of excursions to explore the Amazon Jungle and spot various wildlife
  • Book with Knowmad for guaranteed best pricing at Reserva Amazonica
  • Easy access of just a 40-minute jet flight from Cusco and a pleasant motorized canoe trip downriver
  • Enjoy the Amazon’s best food during your inclusive adventure stay
  • Support a truly ecologically friendly jungle lodge

Overview and Lodge Tips

Reserva Amazonica is a private Amazon Jungle lodge and ecological reserve. Its 35 comfortable cabañas are done in a traditional jungle style and offer more privacy than other lodges. A selection of a-la-carte excursions in the reserve and its surroundings, a spectacular canopy walk way system, and the best food make this jungle stay a relaxing yet adventurous experience and a traveler favorite.

Reserva Amazonica lodge out of Puerto Maldonado can be accessed easily from Lima or Cusco making it an ideal extension to Machu Picchu focused trips. Typically adding these flights adds less than $200 per person in flight costs. We suggest considering staying at the lodge at the beginning of your trip as sometimes going from high altitude to an area with humidity at sea level can be taxing. Instead opt to explore the Amazon and enjoy relaxing evenings before flying back to Cusco to continue your trip. Although two night stays are possible, Knowmad highly recommends staying three nights so that you can have two full days for full day excursions.

The Amazon Jungle

Is It For Me?

One of the nicest Amazon jungle lodges in the Southern Amazon Basin, Reserva Amazonica caters to all ages as well as families and adventurous honeymooners with its range of excursions. This Amazon jungle lodge is a great way to get a taste of the Amazon while in Peru without having it result in extensive travel times or costs, and is a traveler favorite with great guides, ecologically friendly private bungalows, fun excursions, and great food.

Knowmad has vast knowledge and operations in Peru; this is a private trip and we are happy to modify excursions, accommodations, and the flow of the itinerary to perfectly suit your travel style and interests.

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Important Info

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Costs

Listed prices are approximations. All Knowmad trips are custom and exact pricing is provided in your trip proposal.

  • 3 night stays from $710 including 10% service charge
  • 2 night stays from $545 including 10% service charge

Type Flexible Date Private Departures.

LIGHT OR MODERATE TRIP Activities are flexible and can include hiking, canopy walk, canoeing, wildlife viewing, photography, cultural opportunities

LENGTH Suggested stay of 3 nights / 4 days. 2 nights minimum

BEGIN / END Puerto Maldonado, Peru – Accessed via Lima or Cusco

Air Travel

International Airfare is not included in the land cost of our trips. You may arrange your international airfare independently, or we are happy to offer our feedback and assistance in helping you book it.

Regional If booked by Knowmad Adventures, internal airfare for this trip (Lima – Puerto Maldonado – Lima or Cusco – Puerto Maldonado – Cusco) averages $150, however this is an approximation and the airfare is subject to change upon booking. If you would like to arrange your own regional flights, please consult us prior so we can verify the departure and arrival times.

What's Next?

Ready for the trip of a lifetime? Signing up is easy. Call us at 612-315-2894 or email travel@knowmadadventures.com and reserve your spot. Or simply download our registration form, fill it out, and send it back to us along with your trip deposit. Please refer to registration form for terms & conditions.

Weather & When to Go to the Amazon Jungle

The Amazon Jungle is hot and wet throughout the year. Daytime average temperatures are in the mid 80s  to the mid 90s F. It can rain at any point in the day at anytime, however the rains generally come and go quite quickly. December through March is slightly hotter and wetter than other times of year. Reserva Amazonica encourages excursions during the early morning hours and later afternoon to avoid the heat of the day.

Weather in the Amazon

Prior to your departure, you are provided a detailed pre-trip information packet including a recommended pack list, information about the regions you’ll be visiting, suggested readings, up-to-date health information including any recommended vaccinations and more.

Accommodations

Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica is situated on the steep banks of Peru’s meandering Madre de Dios River, in a private ecological reserve deep in the Amazon Basin Rainforest. Guests enjoy a delightful combination of simplicity and luxury. Their 35 lantern-lit, palm-thatched cabañas, designed in the fashion of local Ese’ Eja-style huts, are appointed with comfortable beds swathed in mosquito netting, log chairs, and a writing table, plus umbrellas,lanterns, and a complete set of their own natural toiletries. Every cabaña has a spacious siesta porch with hammocks. There is no air conditioning, but every suite and superior room is equipped with fans, hot water, and limited electricity.

Photos below are from this itinerary’s preferred accommodations. For more specifics, call or write to request more info.

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Detailed Itinerary

What you choose to do and the order you choose to do it in while at Explora is entirely up to you and will be decided after discussing with your guide upon arrival to the lodge. Excursions have a maximum size of eight, but can often be much smaller. Below is a suggested itinerary for three night stays.

DAY 1

Welcome in Puerto Maldonado. You may visit Inkaterra Butterfly House near the airport, check-in, and in only 15 minutes you can get to the boarding wharf. 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 Interpreter, choose from the 14 different excursions available at the Inkaterra lodge. 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 of life in the rainforest with other guests and interpreters, as you listen to the intriguing sounds of the jungle at night.

DAY 2

Rest in bed 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. This 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 lodge 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 appreciate the sunset from one of the towers. The excursion finishes by returning to the lodge.

Once at the lodge, enjoy the daily nature presentation in the Ecomedia Center.

Dinner starts at 7:30p.m.

Day 3

Enjoy a trip to Gamitana Creek, located 25 minutes by boat from the Inkaterra 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, appreciating 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 raise 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 traditional topical flora. This is followed by a 30- minute canoe trip to look for turtles, sun grebes, nightjars and exotic herons. Return to the Inkaterra lodge.

Then consider the Rainforest by Night excursion through the Inkaterra Ecological Reserve at night for an approximately 2-hour excursion. Biological activity differs greatly between night and day in the Amazonian ecosystem. 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.

Day 4

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 may visit Inkaterra 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.

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