After a week and a half of trekking and taking in the Inca history and culture, it was time to wind down and head to the region of Amazonia for three nights of glamping. That’s right: glamourous camping. We flew from Cusco to Puerto Maldonado then took a 15 minute shuttle to the Jetty Port, where we boarded our long boat which took us 45 minute ride down the Madre de Dios River to our resort, the Inkaterra Reserva Amazonia. We climbed the long flight of stairs to the top of the river bank (after Machu Picchu I thought I was done with stairs!;)) and sat down with the other newcomers (there was a family of four from New Zealand and a mother/daughter pair from Toronto) for our welcome and orientation to the lodge. They explained the various exceursions (about fifteen in total) that we could partake in which varied from swamp and trail walks, nocturnal bug excursions, evening boat rides and a canopy tour – walking along the eight rope bridges built 95 feet in the air to see the birds at their level in the trees. We signed up for the evening boat ride to see caimens in the dark the first night, and a few other excursions for the following two days.
Lanterns are lit at night to light the paths – and to provide extra light inside our cabin
What did our days look like in the jungle? Wake up around 5-6am to have breakfast and leave on an early morning excursion. Back to our lodge by around 11am-12pm. Lunch at 12:30pm in the main lodge. Afternoon excursion around 3pm, back around 5-6pm. Either an evening excursion at 6:30pm, or, a couple of nights we opted for happy hour instead in the main lodge followed by dinner at 8:30pm. In between excursions and meals we would head back to our ‘glam-lodge’ to nap or read in the hammocks.
During the excursions we met a lot of interesting people from Lima, New Zealand, the US and even Toronto, and enjoyed their company during happy hour and dinner.
The excursions were hit and miss (mostly miss) in terms of seeing wildlife beyond birds, but it was a restful last few days in Peru. And on the way back to the airport, the shuttle stopped at a butterfly convervatory. I can’t say that butterflies are my thing, and I certainly wouldn’t have gone out of my way to visit a conservatory, but we got out to take a look anyway….at least we were guaranteed to see the wildlife!