Stay deep in the Amazon rainforest of Peru to experience the sights, sounds, and sensations of the world's most diverse ecosystem, which contains at least 10% of the world's known biodiversity. Walk along the treetops of the rainforest, sail around the mirrored Sandoval Lake, take a nighttime walk to encounter nocturnal animals, and more on this 4-day itinerary.

Highlights

  • Ride in a canoe around Sandoval Lake to see a variety of species
  • See the Amazon from above on a treetop canopy walk
  • Hike through the rainforest at night to see a new perspective of this ecosystem

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrival at Puerto Maldonado - Canoe Trip down the Madre De Dios River Inkaterra Hacienda Concepcion
Day 2 The Amazon from Different Perspectives: Sandoval Lake Tour - Canopy Walk - Nighttime Excursion Inkaterra Hacienda Concepcion
Day 3 Excursions to a Native Farm & Botanical Gardens - Go Fishing in a Natural Pond Inkaterra Hacienda Concepcion
Day 4 Depart the Amazon  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival at Puerto Maldonado - Canoe Trip down the Madre De Dios River

Beautiful sunrises over the Amazon await (c) Edwin Bellota
Beautiful sunrises over the Amazon await (c) Edwin Bellota

Welcome to the Amazon! Our staff will welcome you when you arrive to Puerto Maldonado and bring you to your accommodations.

Jump right into life in the Amazon as you take a motorized canoe along the Madre de Dios River to reach your hotel. The trip will take 25 minutes, so sit back and take in the sights of nature as you travel down the river.

Once you settle in, you can sit down to a lunch made from local, organic ingredients. After lunch, a guide will take you through the Concepcion Trails, which are nature trails in the area around the hotel. Learn firsthand about the rainforest and its components: the flora and fauna of the area, the ways in which humans interact with it, and its significance for the world at large.

At dusk, hop onto a motorized canoe to travel down the Madre de Dios River and experience the Amazon at night. Our guide will tell you more about the Amazonian ecosystem, behaviors of nocturnal animals, and constellations of the Southern Hemisphere.

Enjoy a delicious dinner of local flavors when you return and spend the night taking in the unique atmosphere of the rainforest.

Day 2: The Amazon from Different Perspectives: Sandoval Lake Tour - Canopy Walk - Nighttime Excursion

A variety of colors on the Madre de Dios River
A variety of colors on the Madre de Dios River

Stock up on a hearty breakfast as today will include a long trek into the Tambopata National Reserve. Travel down the Madre de Dios River and see for yourself why this river is called the biodiversity capital of Peru.

A dugout canoe will take you across the Sandoval Lake, where you can find animals such as the endangered giant river otter, red howler monkeys, and paiche, one of the world's largest fresh-water fish. Return to the hotel for lunch and a bit of relaxation before going back into the rainforest.

The afternoon will be spent in the treetops, as we will take you to the Inkaterra Canopy Walkway Interpretation Center. There, you can climb one of the two 98-foot towers (30 meters) and cross the seven hanging bridges that connect the treetops. 

Enjoy the breathtaking views and world seen from above as you walk amongst the treetop animals of white-throated toucans, woodpeckers, squirrel monkeys, and three-toed sloths. After the canopy tour, we will continue on through the rainforest, crossing a 650-foot (200 meter) bridge in a swamp area, where our guide can teach you more about the flora and fauna of this unique ecosystem.

Once the sun sets, get ready to head back out for a nighttime rainforest excursion. Immerse yourself in the sounds of the nocturnal animals, who remain hidden all day, and learn more about their behaviors, patterns, and evolution. Return to the lodge and enjoy a nice dinner.

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Day 3: Excursions to a Native Farm & Botanical Gardens - Go Fishing in a Natural Pond

Calm waters to try catch-and-release fishing
Calm waters to try catch-and-release fishing

Sit down to an early breakfast before embarking upon our Native Farm Excursion, where you can learn local techniques of agriculture and cultivation as well as try some of the homemade products of this farm.

A visit to a botanical garden is next, where a variety of plants are on display, many of which are considered to be part of the "natural pharmacy" used by inhabitants of the Amazon. Head back to the hotel for lunch.

In the afternoon, grab a seat on the dugout canoe for the Cocha river sailing excursion. The canoe will take you around the Inkaterra Hacienda Concepcion natural pond, otherwise known as a cocha.

Here, you'll be able to try your hand at catch-and-release fishing as you look for animals such as hoatzins and gray-necked wood rails. Disembark at the remains of the Fitzcarrald steamboat to learn about the history of this vessel and how it inspired Werner Herzog's award-winning film, Fitzcarraldo.

After returning to the hotel and resting, you can take part in the Inland Collpa, an evening excursion. This nighttime adventure will expose you to even more nocturnal species, which you can observe through our special binoculars. End the day with a hearty dinner of local flavors and recipes.

Day 4: Depart the Amazon

An early departure offers stunning views (c) Keith Cuddeback
An early departure offers stunning views (c) Keith Cuddeback

After breakfast, settle in on a motorized canoe to return to Puerto Maldonado to catch your flight to your next destination.

Thank you for visiting Peru's Amazon and we hope you return soon!

Map

Map of Discover the Peruvian Amazon - 4 Days
Map of Discover the Peruvian Amazon - 4 Days