Peru has a wealth of natural attractions that are worthy of anyone's time, but perhaps none are quite as spectacular as those in the Southern Peruvian Amazon. The area is home to many fascinating species of wildlife, as well as plenty of plants that are rarely seen anywhere else in the world.
Madre de Dios is the best place to see all these amazing creatures, as it lies within south-eastern Peru in the Amazon basin. Sprawling into the area is the Manu National Park, which is a Unesco World Heritage Site. Species often seen within the national park include the black spider monkey, giant otters, jaguars, anteaters and Andean deer, making it a must see among nature lovers.
Although there are various accommodations in this region, Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica is perhaps the most exceptional of the lot. Located on a private nature reserve, it is surrounded by jungle and makes every effort to fit into its surroundings. It is described as being exotic yet accessible, making it the first port of call for anyone who wants a back to nature experience on their luxury Peru tours.
Rooms at the hotel have been constructed with luxury in mind; each of the 35 private thatched roof cabanas combines natural materials with contemporary features. Four different types of accommodation are available: the Suite Tambopata, Suite Amazonica, Superior Rio and Superior.
Guests staying in the Suite Tambopata will find they benefit from a private plunge pool and terrace, as well as a hidden outdoor shower. The bedrooms have either one king-size or two double beds, which are kitted out with a mosquito net canopy, hypoallergenic pillows and luxury cotton sheets.
Bathrooms, on the other hand, have bath robes and Andean rubber slippers, as well as separate shower and toilet, double basins and ultra-soft towels. To be in-keeping with the natural theme of the hotel, ecologically-friendly toiletries are also provided.
At the end of the day, the screened siesta lounge is the ideal place to unwind, as it is features two hammocks, two comfortable chairs and a side table.
For those who want a view of the Madre de Dios River, the Superior Rio rooms are just the places to book. The wooden cabanas have been constructed under a thatched-palm roof and the twin beds are protected by mosquito netting. Open-plan bathrooms also await visitors, where they can find all the facilities needed for a comfortable and enjoyable stay. All of the rooms on-site are kitted out with umbrellas, torches, kerosene lamps for lighting, a central ceiling ventilator and an electric outlet.
Staying at Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica is, however, more than just about the lodgings. A real effort is made to ensure guests have an enjoyable stay and make the most of their remarkable surroundings.
Dishes prepared at the residence use local ingredients and local techniques to give tourists a real taste of Peru. Meanwhile, the dining area is carefully lit with lanterns so guests can enjoy their meals while listening to the sounds of the rainforest. The dining pavilion itself has been constructed around the trunk of a strangler fig tree and also includes a bar, relaxation areas and evening nature presentations. Balconies are provided for anyone who wants to engage in a spot of bird watching or stargazing.
Undoubtedly one of the highlights of Inkaterra Reserva Amazonicais is its jungle canopy. Claiming to be one of the largest in South America, the canopy is suspended 103 feet above the ground close to Tambopata and enables visitors to walk for more than a quarter of a mile. The hotel has joined forces with World Bank and National Geographic to make the construction that consists of two tall towers and seven hanging bridges. It gives guests the chance to gain quite a different vantage point on the jungle from what is considered to be one of the safest canopies in the world. Efforts were also made during the construction phases to ensure a minimal impact on the surroundings of the structure.
Figures show that inside the canopy there are 375 species of bird, 135 mammals, 315 different types of butterfly and 365 ant species, among others.
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