amazon river during high water season with a zodiac skiff full of adventure travelers unloading into the jungle
amazon macaw parrot with vibrant red yellow and blue feathers cleaning itself with a dark background behind it
female solo traveler walking through the amazon jungle canopy on a land tour
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amazon river at night with the jungle reflecting off of the water and a cloud above
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South America Amazon Land Tour

Peru Amazon Adventure

For those traveling to Peru, adding the 5-day Peru Amazon Adventure land extension at the famous Inkaterra Reserva Amazónica lodge is a must. Get to know the Peruvian Amazon with a variety of excursions, including guided hikes; canoe rides; and early morning, twilight and night excursions. 

The Peru Amazon Adventure is a trip extension designed to be booked in conjunction with a longer Peru tour, Peru Amazon River cruise or Galapagos cruise. It is a perfect opportunity to combine your Peru travels with an exciting extension to the Amazon.

Birdwatching; observing exotic insects and butterflies; witnessing unique flora like tall kapok and strangler figs, and fauna like endangered giant river otters, monkeys and sloths; and traversing the incredible Inkaterra canopy walkway are just a few of the unforgettable activity options at Inkaterra. Expert guides outline and help choose which excursions suit each guest’s interests. Early risers can avoid the heat of the day and watch the Peru Amazon awaken; cultural and historical buffs explore Hacienda Concepcion, an old cocoa and rubber plantation; adventurers ascend the Inkaterra canopy walkway, 95 feet above the forest floor on a series of suspension bridges; and guests from all walks of life travel to Lake Sandoval into the Tambopata National Reserve.

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Peru Amazon Adventure Itinerary

The Peru Amazon Adventure operates round-trip from Puerto Maldonado, Peru with a 45-minute boat ride along the Madre de Dios River. Spend 5 days exploring the Amazon Basin, bird watching, and glide along in wooden canoes. Highlights include the Inkaterra canopy walk, Gamitana Creek, Hacienda Concepcion and a visit the Butterfly House. This trip is designed to complement another Peru land tour or Galapagos cruise.

Route map of 3-, 4- & 5-day Peru Amazon Adventure land tour, operating round-trip from Puerto Maldonado, with nightly accommodation at Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica on the Madre de Dios River, & visits to Sandoval Lake, Inkaterra Hacienda Concepcion, the Butterfly House & Tambopata National Reserve.
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Day 1
Arrive Puerto Maldonado to Inkaterra Reserva Amazónica, Peru

Welcome to Puerto Maldonado. Begin to experience the enchantment of the rainforest and take a 45-minute boat ride along the Madre de Dios River to arrive at Inkaterra Reserva Amazónica lodge. After a short briefing, settle into your beautiful cabaña and enjoy lunch in the dining room. Take time for a nap, followed by a refreshing tea time and get ready for the afternoon excursion. An Inkaterra explorer guide helps choose from the various excursions available at Inkaterra Reserva Amazónica.

We recommend a guided walk along the trail system, into the Inkaterra Reserva Amazónica natural area to discover the Amazon Basin. This trail offers an excellent introduction to the jungle environment, winding past impressive trees such as the staggeringly tall kapok and the strangely beautiful strangler fig, offering excellent opportunities for birdwatching and observing exotic insects. On this first night in the Peru Amazon, enjoy the Twilight River excursion—a guided afternoon boat ride on the Madre de Dios river. Witness the transformation from a diurnal to a nocturnal world: animals and birds of the daytime give way to species specially adapted to the night.

Enjoy their paradise, learn about their habits and search for nightjars, owls, capybaras and up to three different caiman species. Dinner is served in the main dining room from 7:30pm to 9:30pm. After dinner, retire early to your cabaña or share your experience in the rainforest with other guests and interpreters, while listening to the intriguing sounds of the jungle at night.


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Day 2
Amazon Exploration & Inkaterra Canopy Walkway

Wake up late or rise early—the choice is yours. Breakfast begins at 5:30am for those who want to avoid the heat and enjoy nature at its fullest. A full buffet breakfast is served from 5:30am to 9:30am. This morning, perhaps take the Lake Sandoval excursion into the Tambopata National Reserve. Glide in a wooden canoe across a beautiful, mirror-like oxbow lake that is home to the endangered giant river otter, as well as red howler monkeys, red-bellied macaws, anacondas, side-neck turtles and black caimans. Return to the Inkaterra Reserva Amazónica for lunch.

After lunch, consider the remarkable Inkaterra canopy walkway. Ascending the first tower, 95 feet above the forest ground, begin your encounter with the treetop realm. For more than a quarter of a mile, walk literally through the rainforest canopy on a suspension bridge network linking eight observation platforms. During this hour-and-a-half expedition, be on the lookout for colorful toucans, woodpeckers, trogons, monkeys and sloths. Perhaps extend your excursion and appreciate the sunset from one of the towers. The excursion finishes by returning to the lodge for the daily nature presentation in the Eco Center. Dinner begins at 7:30pm.


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Day 3
Gamitana Creek & Amazon Exploration

Enjoy a trip to Gamitana Creek, located 25 minutes by boat from the Inkaterra lodge. For one and a half hours, explore the rainforest along the banks of a winding, dark-water creek that is home to many piranha, caiman, turtles and birds. At the Sanipanga landing point, navigate back downstream, observing the abundant flora and fauna along the way. Return to Gamitana Farm to do a short, guided tour to see how local farmers grow fruits and vegetables. Return to the lodge for lunch.

After lunch, walk along the lodge trails to the Inkaterra Reserva Amazónica Rainforest Garden around the cabañas. This interesting native garden was started by the locals more than 10 years ago to showcase native plants, trees and orchids. An in-depth explanation tells of the traditional use and highly interesting benefits of the plants and trees used for construction, including those that were used for building the lodge, as well as native clothing accessories. Then consider the Rainforest by Night excursion through the Inkaterra Ecological Reserve for an approximately two-hour night excursion. Biological activity differs greatly between night and day in the Amazonian ecosystem. Venture into the forest and experience the mystery of the animal activity that awakens in the rainforest after dark, witnessing different species’ adaptations that enhance their access to resources. Listen to nocturnal forest sounds and spot species that only emerge at night. Return to the lodge.


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Day 4
Hacienda Concepción & Amazon Exploration

Enjoy the trip to Hacienda Concepción, built in an old cocoa and rubber plantation on the grounds of a place once known as “Fundo Concepción,” a medical center of the Catholic mission in the 1950s. Until 1976, this property also served as a center of ecological research and training for the local community within 2,024 acres of natural forest naturally nestled in an oxbow lake. Hacienda Concepción features diverse ecosystems, tropical plants and wild animals. During this excursion, learn about the history and visit the remains of a ship called Fitzcarrald. Return to Inkaterra Reserva Amazónica for lunch. After lunch, perhaps enjoy a visit to the wetlands for the opportunity to visit an interesting ecosystem in the 656-foot boardwalk over the Aguajales rainforest swamps. See the transition of the forest ecosystem from dry to marshlands and observe the various species of amphibians, reptiles, snakes, birds and mammals. Get to know the lush flora and trees, how they adapt to the wetland ecosystem, and their benefits and uses. Return to the lodge.


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Day 5
Butterfly House & Depart Puerto Maldonado, Peru

Enjoy a full breakfast before departure. A 45-minute return trip by boat on the Madre de Dios River takes you to Puerto Maldonado, for a visit to the Butterfly House. Peru boasts the greatest variety of butterflies in the world, with 3,700 known species. Many of these can be seen at the Butterfly House, a showcase for the variety, beauty and adaptability of these fascinating insects. Transfer to the airport for your flight to Cusco or Lima.





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Inclusions, Terms & Notes


Carbon Neutral hotel stay; round-trip transportation by land and river (airport/lodge/airport); complete meals and overnights at Reserva Amazonica; bottled water and homemade nonalcoholic drinks; English and Spanish guide service; a la carte excursions with basic equipment; entrance ticket to Lake Sandoval IRENA; canopy and butterfly house entrance fee.


Airfare to Peru; domestic flights of approximately $TBD per person for 2024; airport taxes; excess baggage charges; items of a personal nature such as alcoholic beverages, insurance of any kind, gratuities and spa services; $85 per night supplements for Christmas and New Years.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of $500 is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 91 days – 50% of deposit
90 to 31 days – 50% of total trip cost
30 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Arrival & Departure

The Peru Amazon Adventure Trip begins and ends Puerto Maldonado, Peru (PEM). Travelers are responsible for independently arranging domestic flights between Lima (LIM) or Cusco (CUZ) and Puerto Maldonado. We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. Plan flights to arrive to Puerto Maldonado by 1:00pm on Day 1 of the itinerary. Plan flights to depart Puerto Maldonado no earlier than 1:00pm on the final day. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Room Configuration

Single travelers wishing to book a double-occupancy cabin may do so at a 125% supplement of the per-person listed rate in select cabins upon availability.

Families & Children

Children under 12 years old receive 50% off when sharing with two adults.

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

The Peru Amazon Adventure is a trip extension designed to be booked in conjunction with a longer Peru tour or a Peru or Galapagos small ship cruise. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, National Park regulation or at the guides’ discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of adventure travel unique.

Rates & Dates

Trip Rates & Details

Departures available daily, year-round. Contact us for current rates and availability.


Learn About the Jungle Lodge on Your Itinerary

Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica

Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica is an ecological lodge in the heart of the Peruvian Amazon Rainforest, adjacent to the Tambopata National Park. Since 1975, the lodge has been instrumental in the scientific study of the rainforest.

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