Venture to the Peruvian Amazon Rainforest to witness the flora and fauna found there. Observe the inland collpa, canoe down the Madre de Dios River, taste locally grown crops and learn about the medicinal uses of local plants. The Hacienda Concepcion is the perfect place to get a quick 4 day rainforest experience.
Over the next two days you will be able to partake in many different activities. These activities are subject to change depending on the weather.
Quarter Day Excursions:
Concepcion Trails - Take a walk inside the Hacienda Concepcion nature trails. Learn about primary and secondary rainforest, its components, uses and transformations by the humans and its relevance for the world.
Twilight River - Take a motorized canoe ride on the Madre de Dios River at dusk. Learn about the river ecosystems, Amazonian creeks, nocturnal animals' behavior and the southern constellations.
Rainforest by Night - Explore the Amazon Rainforest at night and encounter nocturnal animals with intrguing behavior patterns and enhanced senses. Observe the nocturnal sounds of the rainforest and get a first hand look inside this hidden world.
Botanical Garden - Walk to the 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.
Native Farm - Visit 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.
Inland Collpa - Walk to one of four clay licks to observe the wildlife inside the blinds strategically located and especially designed to observe the normal routine of the fauna without disrupting the environment. Learn about this inland collpa activity and the difference between collpas according to their location. Look for footprints and traces of animal activity on the clay lick salted walls.
Half Day Excursions:
Gamitana Farm - Navigate towards Gamitana Creek and walk through the Model Farm. Learn about the community projects of ITA-Inkaterra Association (NGO) and the importance of farm work in Madre de Dios. Taste seasonal fruits and crops either on site or later on with your meals.
Cacao - Visit the cacao plantation at Inkaterra Hacienda Concepcion and take part in the chocolate making process. Learn how to select the fresh cacao fruits and discover how the seeds are fermented and sundried. After pealing the toasted cacao seeds and grinding them into an aromatic paste, reward yourself with a selection of treats made from the organic chocolate.
Brazil Nut - Take a walk within the hotel grounds to a small hut where the explorer guides will teach you about the importance of the Brazil Nut Tree in the local economy of Madre de Dios. Learn about how the nut is collected using traditional tools and techniques and try to open one of them using a machete and a nut cracker.
Cocha - Take a dugout canoe ride on an oxbow lake. Fish native style using the "catch and release" technique as you enjoy the scenery, observing hoatzins, a diversity of fly catchers and gray-necked woodrails. Disembark at the remains of the renowned Fitzcarrald steam boat. Learn about its history and the inspiration behind the movie Fitzcarraldo.
Canopy Walkway - Visit the Inkaterra Canopy Walkway Interpretation Center. Climb the tower and enjoy the beautiful landscapes and vistas. Look out for giant strangler fig trees, orchids, toucans, woodpeckers, trogons, monkeys and sloths. On your way back experience the Anaconda Walk along a wooden bridge over the wetland.
Lake Sandoval - Navigate a dugout canoe around Lake Sandoval, an oxbow lake. Learn about the conservation efforts, lake formation, water palms and the animals that inhabit this lake. Look out for the endangered giant river otters, blue and yellow macaws, red howler monkeys, black caimans and one of the world's biggest fresh water scaled fish, paiches.
Birdlife - Take a half hour boat ride down the Madre de Dios River to visit the famous Cachuela clay lick. Enjoy birding while having breakfast. Learn about the bird diversity and clay lick activity from your guides.
Day 4: Depart for Home
Travel back to Puerto Maldonado to begin your journey home.
Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!