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Choose your own jungle adventure at Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica
Inkaterra’s Reserva Amazonica was easily one of the highlights of my two-and-a-half-week Peru trip. We went on a short drive through Puerto Maldonado and then took about an hour-long skiff boat ride along the Madre de Dios River to arrive to the lodge and begin our stay. The main dining lodge where we checked in and were welcomed with a delicious beverage, is an open, round, and inviting space with two levels where guests enjoy meals and also can socialize, play games, read, relax, or have a drink at the bar. I loved the personalized aspect of having one guide who worked with us throughout our stay and getting to select which excursions we wanted to do. We went with ones based on the amount of time we had, and we ended up going with a nighttime caiman-searching boat ride (which was thrilling to do in the dark, and so impressive what the guides could spot that I would never have seen!), a morning visit to the canopy walkways along with a jungle walk, and an afternoon wetlands visit combined with a Lake Sandoval boat ride where we were lucky enough to see some Capuchin (or as our guide called them, “Cappuccino”) Monkeys. The guides at Reserva Amazonica were so full of interesting information and knew exactly what to look for – they really made the experience of being in the rainforest come to life. And Reserva Amazonica’s canopy walkway system is one of its gems – it’s truly fantastic and almost surreal to experience the rainforest from high up, and adults will feel like a kid again as you make your way from one platform to the next on swaying bridges made of rope and wood panels. We stayed in a Superior Cabaña, which is Reserva Amazonica’s first level of cabañas, and while cozy on space, it was still incredibly lovely. Getting to read and listen to the sounds of the jungle while swaying in the hammocks in the front half of the cabaña was honestly one of those perfect travel moments I’ll look back on and smile at my whole life. Even though you’re in an enclosed structure, with the screens built into the sides of the cabaña, (you can pull down cloth shades for privacy) you still feel like you’re getting a true jungle experience. One thing to note, though, is that the bathroom doors in the cabañas didn’t have locks, so they didn’t always stay closed all the way, but as the bathroom was in the back of the cabaña, we didn’t really ever run into any issues. Two things I loved most about our cabaña: 1) when we arrived back to it after dinner and our nighttime caiman boatride, the lodge staff had lit lanterns up the steps, making it look magical; and 2) waking up in the morning to the sounds of the jungle and rain. There are also Superior Rio Cabañas, which line the front of the property facing the river, but as our cabaña wasn’t that far back, we still had a partial river view, and as we were out exploring so much, we didn’t necessarily feel like we missed out. Aside from being my first ever jungle experience, which was exciting enough in itself, the other thing I remember most about Reserva Amazonica is how delicious all of their food was. I still think about the meals I ate there often because every one was so different but just as incredible. Another thing I loved about Reserva Amazonica, is that Inkaterra also places a lot of focus on their own sustainability efforts; including turning off the power for a few hours a day while it’s light out to conserve energy, providing each guest with a travel-sized bottle of natural insect repellent that isn’t harmful to the local ecosystem when washed off, and taking an educational approach to exploring and discovering the jungle with their guests and excursions. Reserva Amazonica felt like a real-life choose-your-own-adventure lodge, and they adeptly paired comfort with an authentic Amazon jungle experience that left me wanting to return again as soon as I can!
Holding our booking deposit, dont want to refund
We were planning to go visit Peru in June 2020. We had booked and paid in full at Inkaterra Reserva. When coronavirus hit, we obviously had to cancel all our travels. According to Inkaterra's terms and conditions, cancellations done 31 days prior to arrive date will receive a full refund. We have provided a written notice of cancellation on 14th of March. (More than 31 days prior to our arrival day). However, inkatera's management insists on not refunding our money back. We made it very clear that we no longer plan to come to peru in future dates, but they continue to try to force us to plan to visit in a future date, saying that they no longer provide refunds. Important to note that all the other hotels we had booked in Peru have refunded us fully. Written notice of cancellation is required. A full refund will apply to cancellations received until thirty one (31) days prior to arrival date. Refund process may take between thirty to sixty days to be completed. If the deadline date is a weekend or holiday, cancellations must be made previously.
What a superb place
Such a wonderful experience staying in this truly exceptional place set on the side of the Rio Madre De Dios River. One hour by long boat from Puerto Maldonado. May be remote, but it is a magical place with warm and friendly staff. Excellent range of wildlife tours available provided by knowledgeable tour guides. Thank you for making our stay so memorable.
The Resort Inkaterra is located inside the Amazon forest. For reaching this place we reached Puerto Maldonado by air. From there we traveled in a boat for 50 minutes to reach the resort. The hotel structure is made up of wood and looks nice. The cottages are also all wooden including all the furniture. The hotel staff is very helpful and hospitable. The food served didn’t have much variety. The cottages are equipped with torches, slippers and water bottles. I found there was less reading lights in the room. In the toilet one lantern is kept every night. There is no internet available which makes the stay very dull. The forest is very dense and good
Such an awesome experience
Spent three nights here and had the most amazing time. The accommodation is lovely and rustic but extremely comfortable and having netted windows allowed you really experience the night noises and birds singing in the early morning. Food was great and the staff wonderful. The excursions were well worked out and David our guide was fantastic with wonderful knowledge of everything the rain forest had to offer. We also went piranha fishing which we then ate for lunch which was an added bonus
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