Eco luxury takes the lead when staying in one of the 35 wooden, carbon-neutral cabanas scattered around Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica's 17,000-hectare private ecological reserve. The design of every room and suite draws on the homes built by the Ese'Eja people, who live across the southwestern Amazon basin. Lofty thatched palm roofs cover pared back white and wood living spaces, while traditional netted beds and hammocks are ideally placed for a little siesta. Top suites boast a private plunge pool.
Deep in this remote yet easily accessible part of Peru's southern rainforest, more than 500 bird species have been recorded; days here are given over to outdoor exploration and discovering an abundance of wildlife. Quarter, half or full-day excursions might involve educational twilight river boat rides or rainforest walks as nightjars and owls come out to hunt at night (ideal for children). Ascending 30 metres into the canopy will allow you to take a new perspective on the rainforest, crossing suspension bridges between the resort's observation platforms. Striking out to Lake Sandoval or Tambopata, near the Bolivian and Brazilian borders, will reveal the glorious wetlands.
Later, the spa on the banks of the Madre de Dios River - where sunsets are utterly arresting - provides a relaxing welcome, perhaps with an anti-oxidising treatment that uses local cocoa plants to help exfoliate and nourish the skin. All meals are served in the wood-decked dining room, with floor-to-ceiling views of the rainforest. An international buffet is offered for breakfast, with lunch and dinner a la carte (all accompanied by fresh salads, fruits and homemade breads). Afternoon tea is also on offer, as well as Pisco Sours for cocktail hour and other drinks are mixed at the bar. Every meal uses local ingredients, many of which are grown at Inkaterra's nearby farm.
Nature and wildlife lovers
Couples & families
THINGS TO DO AT THE LODGE:
Immerse yourself in Peru’s lush wilderness with a mesmerising jungle walk
Join the rainforest’s canopy-dwelling residents on one of the largest treetop walkways in Latin America
Enjoy an insightful lesson on medicinal plants in the rainforest garden
Revive with afternoon tea and refreshing Pisco Sours at the bar
Indulge yourself at ENA Spa with its treatment room and private plunge pool overlooking the rainforest
THINGS TO DO NEARBY:
Enjoy stunning wildlife safaris by motorised canoe along the Madre de Dios River
Take a laidback excursion by boat to Lake Sandoval, often frequented by giant river otters
Look out for the rainforest’s evening residents on a magical twilight boat safari or night walk
Try your hand at fishing on Lake Valencia
Seek out colourful Amazonian birdlife with an expert guide
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