Puerto Maldonado Journals

Jungle Love

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A May 2007 trip to Puerto Maldonado by ShannonBrooke

Quote: Reserva Amazonica is the perfect place to relax after many days of hiking in the Andes.

Jungle Love

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Overview

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Travellers find it easy to visit Puerto Maldonado, in order to access the Amazonian rainforest. Manu has always been remote, and the true Amazon river is to the north. But Puerto Maldonado offers a quick and easy route to the Selva, via a thirty-minute flight from Cusco. Many jungle lodges are set up along the banks of the Tambopata and Madre De Dios rivers, and most pick up their guests in the region's largest town - Puerto Maldonado.A relaxing ride in an outboard canoe takes the guests to their final destination, a jungle lodge, which may be primitive or luxurious depending on one's budget. Some lodges are so remote, they require a trek through the forest! Inkaterra's Reserva Amazonica is a ...Read More

Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica

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Hotel

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Reserva Amazonica is an all-inclusive jungle lodge, a combination of rustic and remote jungle life and luxury amenities. What better place to see the Amazon rainforest for the first time!The first thing that happens when you get off the plane is you relax and hand over all responsibilities to Inka Terra staff. They expertly handle baggage, check-in, information dissemination, entertainment. Each group of guests has their own personal guide, assigned to them not only for activities, but also to answer questions, hang out with them for a bit, and make sure everything is going smoothly. We had Cesar, a wonderful young man who knew a lot about the area despite being a fairly new employee. He reall...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 7, 2007

Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica

Puerto Maldonado, Peru

Inkaterra Butterfly House

Attraction | "Butterfly Farm"

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Inkaterra has an ingenious way to entertain hotel guests in Puerto Maldonado while awaiting late airplane flights. Instead of sitting around the terminal, guests are brought to a Butterfly garden to while away the time until the second flight arrives. We were some of the lucky guests that got this extra activity.The butterfly farm is staffed by a very knowledgeable post-doc (I would guess), who speaks passable English - but I could tell we would both understand each other much better in Spanish! She pointed out the different species of butterfly and told us a bit about this preserve, as well as the life cycle of the butterfly. For the first time, I learned that butterflies live very short live...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on September 7, 2007

Inkaterra Butterfly House
Near the Airport
Puerto Maldonado, Peru

Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica

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Attraction | "Canopy Tour"

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I have always wanted to go on a canopy tour. There is an appeal to being high above the ground, at the treetops, at the level of birds and monkeys. I always loved monkeys and imagined that a canopy tour would be a great way to see them playing in the tree tops, since usually I could barely make them out from the ground level.Inkaterra has a canopy tour built. It was built in part to assist with research, but also brings in tourist dollars - while teaching visitors about the ecology of the rainforest. It is located on their property, within walking distance. I believe other lodges are also invited to visit it. The Canopy Walk is one of their most popular activities. When our small group...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on September 7, 2007

Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica

Puerto Maldonado, Peru

Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica

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Attraction | "River By Night"

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Bring your fleece with you to the River By Night tour - it's COLD on that river at night time!The River By Night tour, offered by Inkaterra as one of their activities, takes a small group of guests (up to twenty) onto a peke-peke canoe to look for the creatures that are only visible by night. Actually, I think they should call it the Caiman Hunting tour. The canoe is driven out onto the river, while one guide searches the banks with a very powerful flashlight. When he spots something, he indicates to the boat-driver to stop. Now, sometimes there is something, sometimes there isn't. Next, the guide focuses the light on the area in question, and points out the dimensions and outlines of ...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on September 7, 2007

Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica

Puerto Maldonado, Peru

A Visit to Lago Sandoval

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Story/Tip

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Our guide told us that the trip to Lago Sandoval was his favorite activity, but that we should be warned that it was not for the out-of-shape. Being sprightly youngsters, we opted for it! The trip entailed a 3am wakeup call. An early breakfast was served to us and then we put on our high-water boots and got into the peke-peke. We got to watch dawn break as our canoe headed upriver to the preserve where the lake is located. This took about an hour, so we arrived at 5am. When we got off of our canoe, we took a short hike to a nature center where we had to sign in. WE had been warned about knee-high mud, but it wasn't that bad. So far, we were skipping on the sticky ground, occasionally splashing...Read More

About the Writer

ShannonBrooke

ShannonBrooke
Somerville, Massachusetts