Planning a trip to Cusco to see Machu Picchu? Extend your stay three days and make your way to the awe-inspiring Tambopata National Reserve.
Cusco sits on the edge of the Andes giving way to the lush green Amazon region of Madre de Dios. You will see evidence of this everywhere, like the contrasting colorful tropical orchids that grow amongst the high-altitude mountains. While traveling through Cusco and the Sacred Valley you will get a glimpse of rainforest life, but why not stay a few days longer and dive into the beautiful jungle region right next door? Here’s how to do it while staying at the impressive Inkaterra Reserva Amazónica.
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Day 1 in Tambopata
You’ll fly out from Cusco to Puerto Maldonado and your immersion into the jungle starts right away. You’ll make your way to the Butterfly House, a unique place to do your check-in with Inkaterra. From there, experience the charm of the forest sailing 45 minutes along the Madre de Dios River to the hotel.
After having lunch made with local ingredients, and some time to nap, you’ll be ready for an afternoon excursion of your choosing. One option is a guided walk along the trail system in the natural area of the hotel, where you will discover the Amazon Basin. The tour provides an excellent introduction to the rainforest environment, passing by impressive trees such as the millenary Shihuahuaco and the strangely beautiful strangler fig, offering excellent opportunities to observe birds and exotic insects.
At nightfall, you can do the River by Night Tour: a guided boat ride by the afternoon sailing through the Madre de Dios River. You’ll witness the transformation from a diurnal to a nocturnal world: birds and other daytime animals give way to species specially adapted to the night. While enjoying the nature around you, watch for the appearance of nightjars, owls, capybaras and up to three different species of alligators.
Breakfast starts very early for those who want to avoid the heat and enjoy nature to the fullest. During morning, you can make an excursion to Lake Sandoval in the Tambopata National Reserve. Sail on a wooden canoe across the lake that home to many species that are endangered such as the giant river otter, red howler monkeys, red-bellied macaws, anacondas and side-neck turtles.
After lunch, you can visit the Inkaterra Canopy and the Anaconda Walk. When you reach the first tower, 29 meters above the forest floor, begin your encounter with the species that inhabit the treetops. You will literally walk through the rainforest for more than a quarter mile in a suspended bridge network linking eight observation platforms, where you will see colorful toucans, woodpeckers, trogons, monkeys, sloths, among other species.
If you wish, you can extend your tour to appreciate the sunset in one of the towers. After descending the Canopy, go through the Anaconda Walk for about 30 minutes along the 200 meters of wooden bridges over the Aguajales Swamps. In this lush ecosystem, recognize different species of amphibians, birds, mammals and wild flora. There is also the possibility of seeing snakes on these wetlands. The walk ends with a presentation about nature in the lodge’s Eco Center.
Enjoy a full breakfast before your departure. Soak in the last moments immersed in the Tambopata jungle during the 45-minute return boat trip back to Puerto Maldonado. Depending on the time of your flight, you will have another chance to enjoy the Butterfly House. Peru has the greatest variety of butterflies in the world, with 3,700 known species. Many of these can be seen in the Butterfly House, a sample of the variety, beauty, and adaptability of these fascinating insects.