Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica is a pretty cool place, something like an expensive summer camp for adults. The bungalows are nice with screened porches with uncomfortable chairs and comfortable hammocks. Inside the louvered screens are beds with bug nets, behind the bedroom is the toilet and shower. In addition to the shampoo offered by most hotels, this hotel in recognition of it location also provided bug repellent and bottled water. You get assigned a guide on arrival and select the activities for your stay (archery is not one of the options at this camp).
Getting there is half the fun. The bus from the airport to the river, is open and not for tall folks, but interesting none the less. The boat ride is also interesting due to the power of the river, and the inability of first time “campers” to follow the simple instructions given help us to board the large canoe (sit on alternate sides, do not stand until the aisle is clear to allow you to disembark). Once there, you are essentially trapped, there is only one restaurant, and you left internet access at the butterfly farm in Puerto Maldonaldo. Being trapped in this quality of resort is not such a bad thing. The guides are good and walks can prove interesting particularly to birders. We found that it was easier to find wildlife from the boat or a canoe, rather than when tromping through the jungle on the jungle walks. The Lake Sandoval tour was the best for wildlife, but the walk can be pretty slippery following a rain.
In our group there was a debate about the quality of the restaurant. Some thought they did an excellent job so far from civilization in executing a pleasant, although limited menu (perhaps 3 appetisers, 6 entrees for lunch or dinner, 2 or 3 choices for dessert). The alternative opinion was that the food rarely arrived at the table hot. The feature that seemed to garner the most support from younger members of our group was the concept of free drinks. When we were there, they were offering a free Pisco Sour during the “Pisco Sour Hour”, and thereafter during lunch and dinner hours, there was a “mix and match” deal, consisting of free drinks from a list of types of booze (perhaps 10) which could be paired with items from a list of mixes (e.g. Rum and coke, scotch and water, or scotch with coke, etc.). Wine and beer appeared to be additional cost.
At this camp, there is a mandatory avian 5:00 wake up call. That is when the birds go nuts, waking all but the deepest sleepers. There are a lot of birds in the area. From looking at some of the reviews we had an above average success rate with finding wild life, although we missed out on the famous otters. There were a few mammals visiting the site of the hotel, including agouties and tapirs. The tapir that wandered about the grounds only to be chased by unruly children may be less interested in returning for the experience.
Now for the bad news. As noted by other commentators, these bungalows are very open, with no drapes in the shower or toilet areas. Most have a large window on one side of the bedroom area and a smaller one on the other side. The unit allocated to my daughter, was located on the main pathway, and was completely without drapes. On learning of this issue, I requested that the missing drapes be hung. They were able to hang the small on which faced the bungalow which I occupied, but did not hang one on the side of the path. On seeing this partial remedy, I asked to speak to the site manager his response was to propose to move us the next day to another bungalow. He did not suggest that he could have draped hung, nor additional sheets or towels provided to be laid across the bar. In my view, this was a completely ineffective response. While in many other ways this hotel is a 5 star operation, it lost a lot of points in my mind when they put guests in rooms without drapes and lacked trained staff who were able to muster a “fix” to a pretty obvious deficiency.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica Hotel Puerto Maldonado
- Reserva Amazonica