Peru: The Amazon

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Peru

The Amazon

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Like the color-splattered beak of a wild toucan, the Amazon basin offers a vibrant array of colors, sights, and sounds. During your stay at an award-winning eco-lodge beside the Tambopata National Reserve—a conserved area the size of Connecticut bustling with over 600 species of bird, 200 types of mammal, and a panoply of color-splashed butterflies—you’re ideally situated to experience it all. Ride in wooden long canoes through Lake Sandoval, spotting giant river otter and perhaps even a basking anaconda. Amble through the tops of towering shihuahuaco trees on one of South America’s most extensive canopy walkways, getting eye to eye with trogons, monkeys, and sloths. Linger for the rare vision of the treetops at sunset, the perfect end to a day in the Amazon.

Activity Level
Activities vary and
are accessible to
most fitness levels;
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Meet
Puerto Maldonado, Peru
Depart
Puerto Maldonado, Peru
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4 days, 3 nights Trip Includes 

Trip Includes

  • Meals: three breakfasts, two lunches (Days 2 & 3), three dinners
  • Accommodations in eco-lodge (Superior Rio rooms)
  • Two full days of guided excursions including: bird-watching from canopy tower, boat excursions, nature walks, and presentations by expert naturalists
  • Transportation from the meeting point to the departure point (including airport transfers on arrival and departure and boat excursion into and from the eco-lodge)
  • 24-hour emergency service
  • The unbeatable and cumulative experience of the Country Walkers staff
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per person double occupancy

Surcharges may apply for solo travelers as well as for trips during New Year’s, Christmas, or national holidays.

Call 800.234.6900 to book this trip.

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Itinerary and Accommodations

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Day 1

The Amazon

Arrival in Puerto Maldonado and transfer to Amazon lodge

Upon your flight's arrival into Puerto Maldonado, the gateway city to Peru’s Amazon Basin, you are met and check in for your stay at the lodge’s airport welcome center, the Inkaterra Butterfly House. From the boarding wharf, you are immediately immersed in the rainforest ecosystem, as a 45-minute boat ride along the Madre de Dios River brings you to Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica lodge. After a short briefing, you settle into your beautiful cabana and enjoy lunch in the dining room. Relaxing from the heat of the day with a siesta, you emerge for a refreshing tea time and afternoon excursion. After gathering with your private guide, you can choose from 14 different excursions offered at the lodge. Highly recommended on this first day is a guided walk along the lodge’s trail system into the Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica natural area—a 42,008-acre private reserve adjacent to the Tambopata Nature Reserve, the “Biodiversity Capital of Peru.” An excellent introduction to the forest environment, the trail winds past exotic trees—such as the super-tall shihuahuacos and the strangely shaped strangler figs—and your guide points out numerous birds and exotic insects. Later on your first night, we suggest a twilight river excursion—a guided late-afternoon boat ride on the Madre de Dios river. You can witness the transformation from a diurnal to a nocturnal world; animals and birds of the daytime give way to species well-adapted to the night. While learning about their behavior, you search for nightjars, owls, capybaras, and up to three different caiman species. Dinner is served in the main dining room from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., and afterwards you may retire early to your private cabana, or share your rainforest experience with other guests and interpreters in the Amazon pavilion’s lounge, as you listen to the intriguing sounds of the jungle at night.

Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica

Tambopata National Reserve, New Zealand

An award-winning jungle lodge that combines luxury with simplicity is centered around its main pavilion with oversized windows, a spacious dining room, and inviting lounges constructed of local materials with cutting-edge design and technology. Connected by raised walkways, private cabanas—inspired by native Amazon design—offer screened porches and hammocks, ceiling fans, warm water in private bathrooms, canopy mosquito netting, and ample amenities such as plush robes, quality bedding, umbrellas, and rainforest-rubber slippers, to name a few. The on-site spa offers a range of treatments using local products. The kitchen creatively uses fresh ingredients in local and international dishes; and cocktails can be enjoyed on the first-floor bar or comfortable lounge couches.

Day 2

The Amazon

Amazon Rainforest guided excursions

You can wake up when you wish—breakfast begins at 5:30 a.m. for early risers who want to avoid the heat—and enjoy nature at its fullest. This morning’s suggested excursion is a visit to Lake Sandoval in the Tambopata National Reserve. With your guide, you board a wooden long canoe and glide across the mirror-like oxbow lake that is home to the endangered giant river otter, as well as red howler monkeys, red-bellied macaws, anacondas, side-neck turtles, and black caimans. Returning to the lodge for lunch, in the afternoon you can visit the remarkable Inkaterra Canopy Walkway. In partnership with National Geographic, Inkaterra has created one of South America’s most extensive and safest canopy walkways: suspended at about 100 feet, in the crowns of the tallest trees, are seven hanging bridges. Ascending the first of two towers, you enter the treetop realm. For more than a quarter mile, you literally walk through the rainforest canopy on a suspension bridge network linking eight observation platforms. During this hour-and-a-half expedition, species to look for are colorful toucans, woodpeckers, trogons, monkeys, and sloths. If you wish, you may extend your excursion and watch the sunset from one of the towers. This evening, back at the lodge, you can enjoy the daily nature presentation in the Eco Center and then happy hour, followed by a dinner of carefully prepared local cuisine.

Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica

Tambopata National Reserve, New Zealand

An award-winning jungle lodge that combines luxury with simplicity is centered around its main pavilion with oversized windows, a spacious dining room, and inviting lounges constructed of local materials with cutting-edge design and technology. Connected by raised walkways, private cabanas—inspired by native Amazon design—offer screened porches and hammocks, ceiling fans, warm water in private bathrooms, canopy mosquito netting, and ample amenities such as plush robes, quality bedding, umbrellas, and rainforest-rubber slippers, to name a few. The on-site spa offers a range of treatments using local products. The kitchen creatively uses fresh ingredients in local and international dishes; and cocktails can be enjoyed on the first-floor bar or comfortable lounge couches.

Day 3

The Amazon

Amazon Rainforest guided excursions

This morning, you can set off on a trip to Gamitana Creek, located 25 minutes by boat from the lodge. For one and a half hours, you follow the rainforest along the banks of a winding, dark-water creek that is home to piranha, caiman, turtles, and birds, all the way to the Sanipanga landing point. You then navigate back downstream, observing the abundant flora and fauna along the way. Continuing to Gamitana Farm, a short, guided tour introduces you to local farmers who demonstrate how they grow fruits and vegetables in this lush environment. After lunch at the lodge, a trip to Hacienda Concepcion reveals over 200 different plant species and the many uses and benefits of much of this local flora. Follow this up with a 30-minute canoe trip to look for turtles, sun grebes, nightjars, and exotic herons. You may also wish to indulge in one of the many treatments offered at the lodge’s river-view spa, perhaps perfectly timed at sunset. Later, for your last night, a “Rainforest by Night” excursion takes you through the Inkaterra Ecological Reserve for approximately two hours. You can experience the mystery of the animal activity and unique species that awaken in the rainforest only after dark, creating an amazing symphony of nocturnal forest sounds.

Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica

Tambopata National Reserve, New Zealand

An award-winning jungle lodge that combines luxury with simplicity is centered around its main pavilion with oversized windows, a spacious dining room, and inviting lounges constructed of local materials with cutting-edge design and technology. Connected by raised walkways, private cabanas—inspired by native Amazon design—offer screened porches and hammocks, ceiling fans, warm water in private bathrooms, canopy mosquito netting, and ample amenities such as plush robes, quality bedding, umbrellas, and rainforest-rubber slippers, to name a few. The on-site spa offers a range of treatments using local products. The kitchen creatively uses fresh ingredients in local and international dishes; and cocktails can be enjoyed on the first-floor bar or comfortable lounge couches.

Day 4

The Amazon

Departure from the Amazon Rainforest and transfer to Puerto Maldonado

After your last full breakfast at the lodge, a 45-minute trip by boat along the Madre de Dios River returns you to Puerto Maldonado, where you may have time to visit the Inkaterra Butterfly House. Peru boasts the greatest variety of butterflies in the world, with 3,700 known species, and many of these can be seen at the Butterfly House, a showcase for the variety, beauty, and adaptability of these fascinating insects.

Note: The order of activities may and can be changed or cancelled based on weather.

Itinerary Disclaimer

Bear in mind that this is a typical itinerary, and the actual activities, sites, and accommodations may vary due to season, special events, weather, or transportation schedules. We reserve the right to alter the itinerary since tour arrangements are made up to a year in advance, and unforeseen circumstances that mandate change may arise. Itinerary changes are made to improve the tour and your experience. If you are currently booked on a CW adventure, an itinerary has been sent to you for your exact departure date. Please call CW at 800.464.9255 if you have any questions about the exact itinerary or hotels selected for any of our tours.

Guest Comments

T. & C. Arnold, New Jersey, September 2013

This was a very different experience for us. The accommodations were very nice (we upgraded our room). One of us was having some intestinal problems and the guide arranged for special meals. The bird life, plants, animals, and insects were really fascinating and unique to us. Our guide was thoroughly knowledgeable and she had a plan for everything she wanted us to do.

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