Puerto Maldonado is the gateway to this part of the Peruvian Amazon, and LATAM Airlines (formerly known as LAN), Avianca, and Star Peru offer regular flights from Cusco (CUZ) or Lima (LIM). Staff from Inkaterra Hacienda Concepción will meet you at the airport and escort you to the river, where a motorized canoe awaits for the scenic cruise down the Madre de Dios River to the lodge.
When booking your flights, plan to arrive at Puerto Maldonado Airport (PEM) from mid-morning to around noon, as the program at the lodge begins with a welcome lunch before afternoon excursions. On the day of your departure, the canoe transfer back to Puerto Maldonado will be after breakfast, in time for flights departing in the late morning. All transfers to and from the lodge, including the canoe ride and the road transfer between the airport and the boat dock, are included in the cost of your stay.
The lodge does not offer Wi-fi internet, though there is intermittent cell service. Apart from a small boutique, there are no places to buy supplies once you have left Puerto Maldonado. Guests should take care to pack all gear, toiletries, and medications that might be needed during their stay, as any items forgotten during packing may not easily be acquired while at the lodge. The nearest medical facilities are in Puerto Maldonado. Note that malaria can be present in parts of the Peruvian Amazon during the rainy season (January through May). Although the lodge has never recorded a case, you may want to consult your doctor or a travel clinic about bringing a prophylaxis.
The Amazon rain forest has a tropical climate. Conditions are hot and humid throughout the year, and daytime temperatures average around 89 degrees Fahrenheit. During Peru’s winter months of June through September, the area can experience the occasional friaje, or cold front, with temperatures sometimes dropping as low as 50 degrees Fahrenheit overnight. The dry season runs from May through October and is ideal for land exploration, as less frequent rains make trails easier to navigate. November through April are the region’s hottest months and also correspond with the jungle's rainy season. During this period, heavy downpours can cause the rivers to swell, making it an ideal time to explore the forest by boat.
Due to the weight and space limitations of the lodge's transport canoes, each passenger’s luggage may weigh no more than 22 pounds—packing in a carry-on bag is ideal. The lodge has storage available near the airport in Puerto Maldonado for travelers carrying luggage that exceeds these weight restrictions.
Inkaterra Hacienda Concepción is a family-friendly lodge and guests under 12 stay at the child rate. Children five and older are encouraged to use the surrounding rain forest as an avenue for education and exploration. The lodge offers many excursions that are recommended for families, including the activities listed below.
A Child Explorer’s Kit—a belt bag containing a flashlight, cap, magnifying glass, colored pencils, and granola bar—is available for purchase, and for an additional charge kids can participate in an interactive scavenger hunt on the property. Parents or guardians accompanying children under age five must sign a disclaimer form.
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