We stayed at Inkaterra for 3 nights at the end of September and really enjoyed it. The logistics for delivering guests from the airport to the lodge are well ironed out. After airport pick up, we left our big heavy suitcases with the staff to be stored in the office in town and only took two backpacks with us. This is much more convenient than dragging all your luggage to the lodge. Granted, porters will help you with the luggage, but due to the terrain, they have to carry it on their backs up and down stairs, on uneven steps etc, so consider giving them a break and taking only the essentials for your 2-3 nights stay. Also, do keep in mind that it's humid in the jungle and in 40 degrees heat you will need at least few changes of clothes as they will not dry out easily.
The lodge has very beautiful grounds and comfortable cabanas. You get your own little house that includes screened porch with hammocks and chairs, huge bed with mosquito net, bathroom and a toilet. There are no glass windows, but netting provides adequate protection from the bugs. some people mention that there is no privacy in toilet or bathroom, but the windows are quite high up, so only your head would be visible from outside, even my 6'4" husband didn't have an issue. Yes, there's no soundproofing, but many lodges in the area have rooms that share a wall and open roof, so an individual cabin is much better. We didn't have any issues with noise day or night.
the lodge provides eco free toiletries and citronella liquid to be used against mosquitoes, which is very useful if, like me, you don't like applying Deed to your hands and face.
There is limited electricity, but you won't need it at day time as you'll be out and about, and at night it runs til 11, so again not a problem. You're also provided with lanterns and torches in case you need more light. Cabins have a ceiling fan,it's not an air con, but make a difference during a very hot day. If I've realised beforehand how hot and humid it would be, i would try to book a cabin with a pool.
The restaurant serves 3 course lunch and dinner, plentiful breakfast buffet with cooked options and there's also an afternoon tea with cold/hot drinks and cake. We were also given vouchers for a free pisco sour which was great. The food was wonderful and there was enough choice. My husband is a coeliac, and the chef was happy to accommodate any special requests or prepare dishes not on the menu.
There is a good choice of excursions to keep you occupied during your stay, but even if you decide to do them all, if will leave you enough time to relax in a hammock on your porch.
We saw plenty of animals including several types of monkeys, turtles, many different birds including red macaws, snakes, tarantulas, capybaras, agutis, caymans etc.
Make sure you don't step on the resident tarantula that likes to sit on steps just outside the restaurant at night. Saw few people walking barefoot around the lodge - not such a good idea in the jungle!
There is no phone signal or internet, but staff checked us in and printed our boarding passes even before we asked them which was very considerate.
Didn't realise that most of the guests would be retirees, but it didn't affect our overall experience.
- 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