Inkaterra Hacienda Concepción

Sample Itinerary—Amazon Adventure

Curated exclusively for National Geographic

Venture into the wilds of the Peruvian Amazon, discovering the fascinating flora and fauna of this complex ecosystem. Explore the rain forest with naturalists on foot and by canoe, from high up in the canopy and while floating down the Madre de Dios River. Learn to make chocolate from the bean, and feast on cuisine inspired by the jungle.

Your experience at the lodge will be tailored to your interests. The sample itinerary below was designed for National Geographic travelers and can be customized as you wish. Some experiences featured in this itinerary incur an additional cost.

Highlights

  • Take a guided tour of the lodge's cacao plantation to discover how the beans are cultivated, then learn how to make cacao bread—a local specialty (National Geographic Exclusive).
  • 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.
  • Find new perspectives of the rain forest, from hanging bridges strung between the treetops to a nocturnal tour of its nightlife with an expert naturalist.
  • Visit a traditional local farm, and learn about medicinal plants at a botanical garden.

Day 1—Arrival

Fly to Puerto Maldonado, where a representative from Inkaterra Hacienda Concepcion will greet you and escort you to the river’s edge. Board a motorized canoe for a 25-minute scenic cruise down the Madre de Dios River to the lodge. Enjoy a delicious buffet lunch, and then join an expert naturalist for a walk along the nature trails that wind through the property, learning about the species of the primary and secondary rain forest. Later, take a private guided tour of the lodge’s cacao plantation to hear how the beans are cultivated, and get a hands-on chance to make raw chocolate and cacao bread, a local delicacy. At dusk, float down the Madre de Dios River in a motorized canoe and discover the river ecosystems, nocturnal animal behavior, and constellations of the Southern Hemisphere. After your twilight excursion, sit down to a Peruvian meal surrounded by the jungle in the screened-in dining room.

Day 2—Tambopata National Reserve

Fuel up at the breakfast buffet for a naturalist-led trek into the Tambopata National Reserve. Navigate the mirror-like Lake Sandoval by dugout canoe, and watch for endangered giant river otters, blue and yellow macaws, red howler monkeys, black caimans, and other unique wildlife. After lunch back at the lodge, ply the river to the Inkaterra Canopy Walkway Interpretation Center. Climb one of the two 98-foot towers and cross the seven hanging bridges that span the tree canopy for breathtaking vistas—and more wildlife viewings that might include white-throated toucans, woodpeckers, trogons, squirrel monkeys, and three-toed sloths. This evening, venture into the rain forest after dark with an expert guide in pursuit of nocturnal creatures, such as frogs and night monkeys with enhanced senses.

Day 3—The Bounty of the Jungle

Following an early breakfast, head to a local farm where workers use traditional methods to cultivate native crops, and sample some of its fresh produce. Continue on to the lodge’s botanical garden to discover medicinal plants that grow in the Amazon. Enjoy lunch and some down time before setting out in a dugout canoe on the property’s cocha (lagoon). Try your hand at catch-and-release fishing using traditional equipment, and watch for unusual birds, including the prehistoric-looking hoazin. Glide by the wreck of the Fitzcarraldo and hear the fascinating story of how Werner Herzog and Mick Jagger ended up in this wilderness, filming a movie about an infamous 19th-century rubber baron and his ill-fated steamboat. This evening, watch animals flock to one of the area’s famous clay licks—observing their movement through constructed blinds specially designed to allow wildlife viewing without disrupting their environment.

Day 4—Departure

Enjoy one last breakfast in the jungle before boarding an outboard motorized canoe for the ride back to Puerto Maldonado. Before taking flight, stop by the Inkaterra Butterfly House—a large butterfly garden that flutters colorfully with many of the 1250-some species found in the region.

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