This is more an eco lodge in the jungle rather than a 'hotel'. Whatever the title it was absolutely amazing! There are loads of reviews on this website about this hotel so I will try to write about some of the things I missed when reading other people's reviews / tips that I think someone going there might need. Bring socks (ankle or normal) for the gumboots that the are provided for your tours of the jungle. There are lots of gumboots and you will be able to find your size however lots of gumboots means other people have worn them (think Athlete's foot). Clothes take 3 days to dry (if you wash them in the sink in your room) so you need to bring enough for your trip. Generally you can do two or three trips a day except the day you arrive you will only get to do the afternoon trip and evening. Everything gets a bit muddy so take old clothes. Also recommended is long-sleeved tops made out of thin material (mosquito-proof but also not too hot). Insect repellant is provide but we brought out own from the UK. Lake Sandoval was the muddiest trip for me. You have to hike a total of 1.5km to get to the lake (which is great) and 1.5km back to the dock to catch the motor boat back to the lodge. However the path is so muddy that thank goodness my guide gave me a stick just after we got off the boat from the lodge but before we started the hike. Gumboots (provided by the lodge) are definitely needed for this trip. Trainers are sufficient for the twilight boat trip as all you do is walk from your hut to the dock and get on the boat and that part was not muddy when I was there in March 2010. Take lots of band-aids with you (just in case the boots rub / you get a blister from padding - there are some trips where you can help the guide paddle if you want). Also take more bars/sports bars than you think you need. It is hot and sweaty in the jungle. When we went it was not unbearably hot but each trip is enough to make you sweat as if you had done a gym class. The food is amazing (especially given the lodge is in the middle of the jungle). The rooms are super-clean and the people are so friendly and trained to a very high standard. The lodge shuts down for a few days/weeks a year and plants trees and does other eco-friendly activities to help make them eco-neutral. In fact they are eco-neutral to the point of not being practical (glass shampoo and conditioner bottles are provided). There is a 10kg baggage limit but no one weighed by bags (I went in shoulder season so maybe in high season they are stricter). The food is amazing especially for the middle of the jungle. The chef is from Lima and produced high quality, tasty food (plantain-crusted catfish, succulent hand-made chicken nuggets, fish curry in coconut sauce, fillet steaks etc). Our guide, WIlson, was amazing and really made our trip special. He is so knowlegable and has a dry sense of humour which made the trip all the more enjoyable. He knew and pointed out all sorts of birds and fruits and trees and insects and has super-sharp eagle eyes. He spotted a sloth on our first trip. He also went the extra mile. We asked him if it was OK for him to get up extra early (5am) to do a repeat trip up the canopy to catch the early morning birds (gumboots required on this trip) he said, 'no problem'. Nothing was too much trouble for him. Please do tip the housekeeping and the guides. They work very hard and do deserve a little extra. Also I must mention Ysmaei the bartender. We were enjoying a free pisco sour (first one free from 5-6pm) when we heard a Maccaw screech and so we ran outside to try to find it. He went the extra mile and ran out after us to help us locate it. He didn't have to do that at all and it was really appreciated. This happened after I passed one other guide who just said, 'it flew in that direction' and walked off. Hope you have a wonderful time, we did!
- 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