Inkaterra Hacienda Concepción: About the Destination

Located in Amazon Rain Forest, Peru

Inkaterra Hacienda Concepción was built on the grounds of a former cacao and rubber plantation, deep in the rain forests of the lower Peruvian Amazon. Now a private ecological reserve, the property comprises more than 439 acres, including dense primary forest, and is bordered by the meandering Madre de Dios River. The main lodge and each private cabaña are enveloped by lush jungle teeming with tropical plants and wildlife, and some accommodations overlook a natural cocha, or oxbow lake. 

Wildlife and Natural History

The Amazon tropical rain forest stretches more than 2,300,000 square miles across nine countries, comprising a biosphere that is vital to the world’s oxygen production and species preservation. These forests contain the Earth's most wildlife-rich ecosystem,  encompassing vast biodiversity and sheltering many speciesthat are still unclassified— or even undiscovered. The land surrounding Inkaterra Hacienda Concepción is home to a diverse share of this fascinating wildlife, including giant river otters, blue and yellow macaws, titi monkeys, black caimans, and more than 108 species of butterflies.

People and Culture

The indigenous Ese’Eja people of Peru’s Amazon region lived in isolation for hundreds of years following the 16th century arrival of Spanish colonialists in South America, avoiding conquest due to their secluded jungle location removed from the area’s major rivers. European rubber barons eventually settled here in the latter part of the 19th century, establishing plantations throughout the region—bringing diseases that ravaged indigenous groups. Today, small numbers of Ese’Eja continue to practice traditional hunting, gathering, and fishing, but their lifestyle and customs are threatened due to limited access to their ancestral lands and sacred sites.  

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