Inkaterra Hacienda Concepción: About

Located in Amazon Rainforest, Peru

As daylight breaks in the Amazon, night’s sleepy stillness breaks with a cacophony of bird chirps and monkey chatters—sounds of the rainforest springing to life, and the daily wakeup call at Inkaterra Hacienda Concepción. Here, your room feels like a part the jungle: 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. Your Amazon exploration evolves as you walk the paths that wind across 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.

Highlights

  • Observe an incredible array of Amazonian flora and fauna on the lodge's nature trails, exploring with expert naturalists.
  • Get a fascinating perspective of the rainforest canopy while crossing 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.
  • Let a cacophony of croaking frogs and chirping insects guide you through the jungle on an illuminating night walk.
  • Visit the property’s cacao plantation and make your own organic chocolate from bean to bar.

Why We Love This Lodge

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 rainforest and supports targeted initiatives to study and monitor the area's wildlife populations, an initiative that has led to the classification of five new species. The lodge has also adopted its own set of sustainability programs to help protect the communities and the ecosystems of the Amazon. Hacienda Concepción 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.

Lodge Features

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

National Geographic Exclusive

Each of our lodges has created a special complimentary experience offered exclusively to guests who visit through a National Geographic expedition. At Hacienda Concepción, National Geographic guests 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 try your hand at milling the bean and making the local delicacy of cacao bread.

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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