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Hacienda Concepcion Lodge

Amazon, Peru

3 days

Summary

Deep within the heart of the Amazon – where the story of Inkaterra first began – lays Inkaterra Hacienda Concepción, located between the Tambopata National Reserve and the shores of the Madre de Dios River. Nineteen private cabañas sitting majestically on stilts and a six-room casa grande with high ceilings and a rustic thatched roof are peppered around the property. An astonishing selection of activities are led by local explorer guides, offering firsthand knowledge of the Peruvian Amazon. Excursions include a visit to Lake Sandoval, a water mirror inhabited by Howler monkeys, Caimans and Giant River Otters.

Highlights

  • Hacienda Concepcion is located deep within the heart of the Amazon between the Tambopata National Reserve and the shores of the Madre de Dios River.
  • Take a walk inside Inkaterra Hacienda Concepción nature trails. Learn about primary and secondary rainforest, its components, uses and transformations by the humans, and its relevance for the world.
  • Get to see Cacao plantations, Bread fruit trees, Rubber trees, and all the flora and fauna that the Amazon has to offer.
  • A short boat ride takes you to a local farm, where its inhabitants use ancient methods to grow their crops. Learn about local techniques of cultivation and taste some of the local products.
  • Walk to Hacienda Concepcion botanical garden within the hotel grounds and discover the immense variety of medicinal plants that can be found in the Amazon region. Compare the medicinal uses of local plants with traditional remedies.
  • Explore the Amazon rainforest at night and encounter nocturnal animals with intriguing behavior patterns and enhanced senses. Observe the nocturnal sounds of the rainforest, and get a first-hand look inside this hidden world.
  • At dusk, take a ride by outboard motorized canoe on the Madre de Dios River. Learn about the river ecosystems, Amazonian creeks, nocturnal animals’ behavior, and the southern constellations.

ITINERARY

Day 1 Puerto Maldonado

Start your journey arriving to Puerto Maldonado, where the Inkaterra staff will welcome you and provide the necessary information for your stay. Navigate by outboard motorised canoe along the Madre de Dios River to Inkaterra Hacienda Concepción for approximately 25 minutes. Enjoy lunch with organic ingredients and native flavours. After lunch, take a walk through Concepcion trails, inside property nature trails, where you will discover and learn about primary and secondary rainforest, its components, uses, transformations by the human being, and its relevance for the world. At dusk navigate by outboard motorised canoe, at the twilight river excursion. By sailing on the Madre de Dios River, you will learn about its ecosystem, Amazonian creeks, nocturnal animals’ behaviour, and the southern constellations. In the evening enjoy a nice dinner at the Casa Grande´s dining room.

Day 2 Puerto Maldonado

New experiences are ahead and after taking a nutritious breakfast, get ready for a long trek through terra firma into the Tambopata National Reserve towards lake Sandoval. Here you will understand why Madre de Dios is called the biodiversity capital of Peru, while learning about the Reserve’s conservation efforts and the lake’s formation. Navigate by dugout canoe across this mirror-like oxbow lake that is home to the endangered giant river otter, blue and yellow macaw, red howler monkey, black caiman, and one of the world’s biggest fresh water scaled fish, the paiche. Back to the lodge for lunch, and later the Inkanaterra Canopy Walkway & Anaconda walk wait for you. Take a 20-minute ride by outboard motorized canoe to the Inkaterra Canopy Walkway Interpretation Centre where you will learn about its construction and the conservation projects of ITA-Inkaterra Asociación (NGO). Ascend one of the two 98-foot towers (30 m.) and cross the 7 hanging bridges that connect the treetops at 91 ft. high (28 m). Enjoy the breathtaking vistas and get the chance to watch white-throated toucans, woodpeckers, trogons, squirrel monkeys and the three-toed sloth. After descending keep on feeling the incredible primary rainforest energy going along the 200-meter wooden bridge over the swamps. You will learn about the fauna and flora of this flooded ecosystem. At night get ready for an adventure during the rainforest by night excursion, where you will explore the Amazon rainforest that gives way to nocturnal animals who display intriguing behaviour patterns, and enhanced senses as adaptation mechanisms. Listen to nocturnal living nature sounds, and penetrate this hidden world. End up your day with a pleasant dinner.

Day 3 Puerto Maldonado

After breakfast, you will take a ride back to Puerto Maldonado by outboard motorised canoe. Arrive at the Butterfly House where you may wait for your flight back home or to your next destination, while visiting this beautiful butterfly house and learning about the fascinating transformation of these colourful insects.

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