An award-winning eco-lodge, Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica beckons from the steep banks of Peru’s meandering Madre de Dios River. Thirty-five solidly constructed thatched roof cabanas, built on raised platforms in the indigenous style, surround an architecturally stunning main building and dining room, built of native materials that blend almost seamlessly into the jungle. Luxurious furnishings and delectable food offer a congenial complement to the simplicity of lantern-light and the rich sounds of the jungle.
Tree-trunk boardwalks wind through the property, designed in the fashion of a native Ese’ Eja village overlooking the Madre de Dios, connecting cabañas with a pavilion that houses the dining room, as well as the bar and main lounge, plus balconies for bird watching and stargazing. The Eco-Media Center provides useful information to its guests, as well as a meeting point for excursions.
A visit to the tropical rainforest, is like entering another world. Two-thirds of all known plant and animal species make their home in these magic jungle regions, and hundreds of millions more are believed to be yet undiscovered. Butterflies flit all around — some sky-colored and big as saucers, others tiny with translucent wings of red lace. Bird song and raucous screeches pierce the thick air. But animals in this densely vegetated region tend to avoid human presence, meaning that opportunities for viewing them are variable and unpredictable.
The flora, however, are luxuriant and ever-present, with tangled vines, staggeringly tall trees, and leaves so huge they block the sun. There are engaging opportunities to experience the wonder of this diverse plant kingdom, to explore the lakes and wetlands, and to discover the rainforest ecosystems. The richness of the Amazon Basin also creates a spectacular arena for bird watching; more than 480 different bird species can be found here, including boisterous toucans, tanagers, fly catchers, and vibrant macaws.