We have two different accommodation options available - our comfortable lodge is the Inkaterra Field Station, and the premium lodge is the Inkaterra Hacienda Concepcion. Both lodges are built within the Tambopata National Reserve of virgin tropical rainforest.
The Field Station was originally set up as a research centre for scientists and has now opened its doors for travellers to experience the Amazon rainforest. The Field Station is run by, and is the headquarters for, the Inkaterra Association, an NGO dedicated to supporting fieldwork, biodiversity research and conservation. Note that when there is no availability at the Field Station, we may also use the Ecoamazonia Lodge or the Corto Maltes Lodge. Both of these lodges also offer wonderful accommodation right in the heart of the rainforest, to the same standard as the Field Station.
The premium graded Hacienda Concepcion is built in a former cacao and rubber plantation, on the grounds of what once was an Amazon Catholic medical mission centre. The lodge is located in an enchanting setting within 819 hectares of natural rainforest on the shore of the vast Madre de Dios River.
Each lodge has communal and dining areas thatched in traditional style, with views into the forest. The rooms and cabanas are a short walk from here, also built in local wood and thatch, blending in with the surrounding forest. Each has an outdoor terrace with seating, furnished with crafted wooden furniture and en-suite bathrooms with running water, showers and flushing toilets. There is also a safety box for storing valuables and food, good mosquito nets cover the beds (which are well off the floor) and there are ceiling fans. Electricity is provided by a generator twice a day so Wi-Fi and room lights can be used, batteries charged, etc. but a strong torch is also required.
The main difference in the lodges is in the standard of the furnishings, being to a much higher specification in the Hacienda Concepcion and giving more of a premium experience. In addition, the hot water at the Field Station is sporadic - showers are occasionally lukewarm; perfectly suited to the humid environment.
Meals are all included during your stay and combine delicious local produce; lunch and dinner are served in the communal area self-serve style. Boiled, filtered drinking water is also available at all times, as is tea and coffee. Fruit juices are provided with breakfast, and beers, Pisco and soft drinks are also available to buy at the bar.
The Inkaterra Explorer guides all have a recognised national guiding qualification and most are from the local area. During your stay they will help you explore the primary forest around the lodge, identify animals and plants, and learn about the biodiversity and local way of life. Keep your eyes open as you travel around by boat or walk through the forest as there is abundant wildlife in the area around the lodge.