Travel to the Peruvian Amazon Rainforest to experience life on the Madre de Dios River. Enjoy a variety of quarter, half and full day excursions. Some even include trips to Hacienda Concepcion. Search for the endangered giant river otter, explore Lake Sandoval on a canoe and walk through the wetlands. See a variety of amazing wildlife such as caimans, osprey, trogons and sloths. Learn about the flora and fauna as you venture through the rainforest and experience the beauty on this 4 day tour at Reserva Amazonica.
Learn about the history and uses of indigenous plants
Canoe to the Gamitana Model Farm and learn how to make plantain flour
Walk across hanging bridges above the Amazon Basin
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:
Trail System - Take a trail into the rainforest. Walk past exotic trees, such as the kapok tree and the iron wood tree. Spot tiny lizards, bird watch, observe insects and learn about the primary and secondary rainforest.
Rainforest Garden - Explore the native garden started by locals and showcases native plants, trees, and orchids.
Twilight River Cruise - Explore the jungle by boat at dusk to witness the enchanting transformation from a diurnal to a nocturnal environment, as animals and birds of the daytime are replaced by species specially adapted to the night. Learn about nightjars, owls, capybaras and caimans.
Rainforest by Night - Walk through the Inkaterra Ecological Reserve at night. Venture into the forest and experience the sights and sounds of the rainforest at night.
Half Day Excursions:
Explore the Wetlands - Visit the wetlands system in the 200-meter boardwalk over the Aguajales rainforest swamps. See the transition of the forest ecosystem from dry to marshlands. Observe the various species of amphibians, reptiles, snakes, birds and mammals that live there.
Gamitana Creek - Enjoy a walk to reach the adventures of Gamitana creek. Board a canoe and navigate one hour dawn stream to the Gamitana Model Farm, appreciating the rich plant and animal life along the way. Enjoy a short guided walk to learn about an Amazon model farm and get the chance to make your own plantain flour used to make bread for breakfast at the lodge.
Lake Sandoval - Glide a canoe across this oxbow lake and look for giant river otters, red howler monkeys, macaws, prehistoric hoatzins, point-tailed palmcreepers and yellow spotted side-neck turtles.
Inkaterra Canopy Walkway - Visit the Inkaterra Canopy Walkway Interpretation Center. Learn about the project history, structure and the highlights. Climb the first tower and walk through the treetops across hanging bridges. Be on the lookout for toucans, woodpeckers, trogons and many others.
Inkaterra Canopy Walkway & Anaconda Walk - Take a motorized canoe ride to the Inkaterra Canopy Walkway Interpretation center. Ascend the tower and walk through the treetops on hanging bridges. Enjoy the beautiful landscapes and vistas and look for giant strangler fig trees, orchids, toucans, woodpeckers, trogons, monkeys and sloths. After the Canopy Walkway, experience the Anaconda Walk for about 30 minutes along the 200-meter wooden bridge over the wetland. Observe the various species of amphibians, birds, mammals and abundant flora and trees.
Hacienda Concepcion - Take a ride upriver to Hacienda Concepcion, home to a remarkable Botanical Garden with over 200 different species of rainforest plants. Learn about the processing, uses and benefits of these traditional indigenous plants. Next, take a canoe trip on a small lake and watch for turtles, sun grebes, nightjars and herons. End the day observing cacao and rubber tree plantations.
Full Day Excursions
Explore Tambopata - Paddle and hike through the reserve to Hacienda Concepcion. After a short motorboat ride, walk to Lake Sandoval. Be on the lookout for hoatzins, herons and osprey as you glide across the lake in a wooden canoe. Next, hike through the forest torwards Hacienda Concepcion. The surrounding vegetation will be roused on this trip, home to the paiche, black caiman, red howler, brown capuchin, squirrel monkey and giant river otter. After lunch visit the botanical garden and learn about the plants.
Day 4: Depart for Home
Travel back to Puerto Maldonado to begin your journey home.
Everything was amazing! The planning with Adventure Life went smoothly. The actual trip was fantastic! One of the best trips I have experienced. The cruise staff members were knowledgeable and attentive. I will be writing more about this on the blog!