Nineteen private cabanas sitting majestically on stilts and a six-room casa grande with high ceilings and a rustic thatched roof are peppered around the property. Excursions include a visit to Lake Sandoval, a water mirror inhabited by Howler monkeys, caimans and giant river otters.
Built in a former cacao and rubber plantation, on the grounds of what was back in the 50’s “Fundo Concepción”, an Amazon Catholic medical mission center, our children friendly lodge is located in an enchanting and serene lush setting within 819 hectares of natural rainforest.
The rainforest acts as a buffer zone between the Tambopata National Park Reserve and the shores of the vast Madre de Dios river, making the location of this new lodge quite unique and wonderfully remote. Located only 8 kilometers / 25 minutes down river from Puerto Maldonado, Hacienda Concepción can only be reached by taking a scenic canoe ride from the town.
Inkaterra Hacienda Concepción has 2 main social areas in the Casa Grande. The first floor has 16 dining tables and a bar. The second floor has a scenic lounge. The nutritious meals are mainly prepared with organic and local farm products with special regional seasoning. Meals include vegetarian options.
A relaxing setting, ideal for couples, private and separate, each Cabaña is equipped with two twin or one king bed, mosquito net, curtains, 100% cotton sheets, 2 hypoallergenic pillows per guest, hypoallergenic comforters, bathrooms with hot water, natural essence toiletries; also, light in the bathroom. For you comfort, reading lights, outlets, ceiling fan, and a sitting area that includes a hammock. Every cabaña has a view to the forest and some of them face the cocha, oxbow lake.
After a day of vigorous but enlightening jungle activity, relax in one of our spacious rooms – ideal for families or group of friends – housed in one big Amazon-style architecture. Equipped with two twins or one king bed, 100% cotton sheets, 2 hypoallergenic pillows per guest, hypoallergenic comforters, cotton bath robes, and bathrooms with hot water, and natural essence toiletries. For you comfort, reading lights, limited electricity, and a ceiling fan; also, every room has a view to the forest with the sitting area on the immediate porch.
Take a walk inside Inkaterra Hacienda Concepción nature trails. Learn about primary and secondary rainforest, its components, uses and transformations by the humans, and its relevance for the world. See the cacao plantation, bread fruit trees, rubber trees, etc.
At dusk, take a ride by outboard motorized canoe on the Madre de Dios River. Learn about the river ecosystems, Amazonian creeks, nocturnal animals behavior, and the southern constellations.
Rainforest by Night
Explore the Amazon rainforest at night and encounter nocturnal animals with intriguing behavior patterns and enhanced senses. Observe the nocturnal sounds of the rainforest, and get a first-hand look inside this hidden world.
Walk to our botanical garden within our hotel grounds and discover the immense variety of medicinal plants that can be found in the Amazon region. Compare the medicinal uses of local plants with traditional remedies.
A short boat ride takes you to a local farm, where its inhabitants use ancient methods to grow their crops. Learn about local techniques of cultivation and taste some of the local products.
Walk 15 to 20 min. toward one of the four clay licks at Hacienda Concepcion and observe the wildlife inside the “blinds” strategically located and especially designed to observe the normal routine of the fauna without disrupting the environment.
Learn about this mammal inland collpa activity and the difference between collpas according to their location. Look for footprints and traces of animal activity on the clay lick salted walls, such as agoutis, monkeys, and peccaries among others.
Navigate towards Gamitana Creek and walk through the Model Farm. Learn about the community projects of ITA-Inkaterra Asociación (NGO) and the importance of farm work in Madre de Dios, one of the primary economic activities. Taste seasonal fruits and crops, either on site or later on with your meals.
Visit the cacao plantation at Inkaterra Hacienda Concepción and take part of the chocolate making process. Learn how to select the fresh cacao fruits and discover how the seeds are fermented and sundried. After peeling the toasted cacao seeds and grinding them into an aromatic paste, end the excursion with a selection of treats made from our organic chocolate.
Take a walk within the hotel grounds to a small hut where our Explorer Guides will teach you about the importance of the Brazil Nut Tree in the local economy of Madre de Dios. Learn how the Brazil nut is collected using traditional tools and techniques, to finally enjoy a fresh Brazil nut.
Take a rowing canoe ride on the Inkaterra Hacienda Concepción oxbow shaped lake. Fish native style using the “catch and release” technique as you enjoy the scenery, observing hoatzins (Opisthocomus hoazin), a diversity of fly catchers, and graynecked woodrails (Aramides cajanea).
Appreciate the remains of the renowned Fitzcarrald steam boat. Learn about its history and how it inspired Inkaterra to ask Werner Herzog to film the award-winning “Fitzcarraldo” (Best Director at Cannes, 1982).
A 25-minute ride by motorized canoe takes you to the Inkaterra Canopy Walkway Interpretation Center. After ascending the first tower, at 95 feet (29 mts.) above the forest floor, you will literally walk through the treetops for one-and-a-half hours along suspension bridges that link eight observation platforms.
Enjoy landscapes and vistas that would be unimaginable from below, while on the look-out for giant strangler fig trees, orchids, toucans, woodpeckers, trogons and –with luck- birds of prey, monkeys or sloths. After your descent from the Canopy, experience the Anaconda Walk for about 15 minutes along the 200-meter wooden bridge over the wetland.
In this lush ecosystem, you may observe the various species of amphibians, birds, mammals and abundant flora and trees of this seasonal flooded marshland.
Walk into the Tambopata National Reserve through terra firma forest, towards Lake Sandoval. Then navigate by dugout canoe around this beautiful oxbow lake.
Learn about the reserves conservation efforts, the lake formation, the water palms (Mauritia flexuosa) and the animals that inhabit this lake such as the endangered giant river otters (Pteronura brasiliensis), blue and yellow macaws (Ara ararauna), red howler monkeys (Alouatta seniculus), black caimans (Melanosuchus niger), and one of the world’s biggest fresh water scaled fish, paiches (Arapaima gigas). (Limited access during months of rain).