Inkaterra Hacienda Concepción: About Inkaterra Hacienda Concepción

Located in Amazon Rain Forest, Peru

As daylight breaks in the Amazon, the forest’s sleepy stillness fills with a cacophony of chirps and chatters. Monkeys swing in the canopy branches and myriad birds flit about in search of a morning meal. These are the sounds of the rain forest springing to life, and this is what you hear when you wake up at Inkaterra Hacienda Concepción. Here, your room feels like a natural part the forest. Screens replace walls and high thatched roofs reveal the intricacies of the canopy—so slight are the barriers, it’s easy to forget that they even exist.

During a stay at Hacienda Concepción, intimacy with the rain forest grows with each passing day. Exploration begins right in your room and then evolves as you walk the paths that wind through the property, trek to wildlife-rich lakes, and discover a nocturnal world after the sun goes down. As life under the canopy thrives, you’re at the heart of it, in the optimal position to feel its metamorphoses.

Why We Love This Lodge

The Amazon is a natural classroom, and Inkaterra Hacienda Concepción was designed to facilitate learning from within the rain forest’s complex ecosystems. Your exploration begins almost immediately after your plane touches down on the airstrip. Newly arrived guests are taken to the nearby Inkaterra Butterfly House, a large butterfly garden and reproduction laboratory that offers an interactive experience with a large and colorful variety of butterfly species. The garden also doubles as an information center where visitors can learn about the incredible biodiversity found in the rain forests of the Madre de Dios region.

After this first encounter with the flora and fauna of the area, guests travel by motorized canoe down the meandering Madre de Dios River before disembarking at the lodge, deep in the heart of the rain forest. From this point, each excursion that the lodge offers is an opportunity to delve deeper into the forest's incredible ecosystem. A world of lakes, rivers, colorful birds, and diverse wildlife awaits under the rain forest canopy, and the guides at Hacienda Concepción are there to help you discover it.

Highlights

  • Observe an incredible array of Amazonian flora and fauna on the lodge's nature trails, exploring with expert naturalists in the light of day and after dark.
  • Wake up to the sights, sounds, and scents of the jungle, experiencing its wilds from the comfort of your screened-in cabaña or porch.
  • Learn about local conservation projects and read up on area wildlife at the onsite eco-center.
  • Get a fascinating  perspective of the rain forest canopy while navigating hanging bridges strung between the lodge’s treetops.
  • Hike to Lake Sandoval and paddle across its waters in a dugout canoe as you look for giant river otters, black caimans, and blue and yellow macaws.

National Geographic Exclusive

Guests who book their space through National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World will have the opportunity to take a private guided tour of the lodge's cacao plantation. Learn how the beans are organically grown, harvested, and processed; then join us in a private demonstration for making cacao bread.

Lodge Features

  • Six spacious rooms in the lodge's main building and 19 screened-in ensuite cabañas, perched on stilts amid the lush jungle
  • Eco-center with information on area wildlife and lodge conservation projects
  • Dining room and bar housed in a large thatched pavilion surrounded by views of the rain forest
  • Medicinal botanical garden with some 200 indigenous vascular plant species

Spotlight on Sustainability

Inkaterra Hacienda Concepción works with the Inkaterra Association, a National Geographic-sponsored foundation, to support conservation and research efforts in the Peruvian Amazon. The association protects 24,700 acres of rain forest and supports targeted initiatives to study and monitor the area's wildlife populations. The group co-sponsors a bird-banding station that collects biometric data on some of the area’s avian species and also promotes the study and inventory of reptiles and amphibians—an initiative that has lead to the classification of five new species.

In addition to working with the association and supporting its research and conservation efforts, Inkaterra Hacienda Concepcion has also adopted its own set of sustainability programs to help protect the communities and the ecosystems of the Amazon. The lodge has established waste-management and recycling systems and supports local farmers by buying their crops and providing boat transportation to Puerto Maldonado—initiatives that deter the expansion of farmland into the surrounding forests.

Awards and Recognitions

  • PURE Life Experiences Awards: Contribution to Experiential Travel - José Koechlin, 2015
  • World Travel & Tourism Council Tourism for Tomorrow Awards, Conservation Category, 2012
  • Condé Nast Traveler Hot List, Best New Hotels in the World, 2012
  • Travel + Leisure Global Vision Award, Environmental Stewardship, 2011

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