Home to one-tenth of the world’s known species and producing over 20 percent of the planet’s oxygen, the Amazon is more than a rain forest—it’s a dynamic life force fueled by an intricate synergy of flora and fauna. Discovering the elements at play in this complex ecosystem is the cornerstone of the Inkaterra Hacienda Concepción experience. Excursions involve observation and learning about the forest’s natural phenomena, activities that provide an avenue toward understanding how life in the rain forest is cultivated. With countless plant and animal species living amid varied landscapes of thick jungle, meandering rivers, and pristine lakes, there are countless lessons to be learned in the rain forests surrounding Inkaterra Hacienda Concepción.
See our sample itinerary describing how you would experience this lodge during a 4-day stay.
The following activities are included in the cost of your stay and are provided in small groups with fellow guests at scheduled times. Activities for a three-day/ two-night stay include:
Walk the trails that wind across the lodge property with an expert naturalist for an introduction to the Amazon rain forest.
Float down the Madre de Dios River in a motorized canoe at dusk to learn about the river ecosystems, nocturnal animal behavior, and the constellations of the Southern Hemisphere.
Explore the rain forest after dark with an expert guide, seeking out nocturnal animals like frogs and monkeys, and learn about their intriguing behavior patterns and enhanced senses.
Trek through Tambopata National Reserve to Lake Sandoval, and navigate the waters of this stunning oxbow lake in a dugout canoe. Try to spot some of the ecosystem’s unique inhabitants, including giant river otters, red howler monkeys, and black caimans.
Climb a 98-foot tower and walk among the treetops on a series of hanging bridges. Take in a new perspective as you survey the canopy close up and the forest floor from above.
In addition to the activities above, a four-day/three-night stay also includes the following:
Visit a local farm where workers use traditional methods to cultivate native crops. After a tour, sample some of the farm’s fresh produce.
Tour the botanical garden on the lodge grounds and discover the incredible variety of medicinal plants that are found in the Amazon region.
Paddle a dugout canoe across the property’s cocha, or oxbow lake, and try your hand at catch-and-release fishing using traditional equipment. Disembark at the ruins of the Fitzcarraldo steamboat and hear the fascinating story of the vessel’s original owner, Carlos Fitzcarrald, an infamous Peruvian rubber baron of the early 20th century.
See one of the area’s famous clay licks, where animals flock to ingest a special anti-toxin mineral. Watch the wildlife from behind constructed blinds that are specially designed to observe the route of the animals without disrupting their environment.
In addition to the activities above, a five-day/four-night stay also includes the following:
Visit the property’s cacao plantation and take part in the chocolate-making process before sampling a selection of treats made from organic chocolate.
Learn about the importance of the Brazil nut to the local economy and try your hand at harvesting and cracking them using traditional techniques. Once the meat of the nuts is free, sample this fresh treat.
The following experiences are offered at an additional cost.
Embark on a boat ride down the Madre de Dios River for a visit to the famous Cachuela clay lick. Try to spot rare avian species such as yellow and blue macaws while enjoying breakfast on board.
Guests have the option of hiring a private guide for any of the above-listed activities. Private excursions are available with guides that speak English, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, or French.
The lodge's dining and bar area are screened in but open to the outdoors, allowing guests to feel immersed in the jungle even while relaxing and socializing. Chefs prepare Peruvian fare using locally sourced, organic ingredients, and dishes are spiced with special seasonings to exhibit the unique flavors of the region. Teatime and cocktail hour are a daily ritual—an opportunity for guests to share stories from the day’s adventures.
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