The Reserva Amazónica is located on the banks of the Madre de Dios River, just a 35-minute flight from Cusco and a 45-minute boat-ride downstream from Puerto Maldonado. It is positioned next to a protected area known as the Tambopata National Reserve, which is one of the last remaining areas of easily accessible virgin tropical rainforest in the world and one of the most biodiverse in Peru.
The lodge is made up of 35 private cabins built on raised platforms at the side of the river and a main building, which houses the lodge’s dining room and bar. The lodge’s eco-centre is located at the entrance to the property, away from the guest accommodation, and is the departure point for the different activities offered by the lodge. At night the lodge is especially pretty when lanterns light up the tree-trunk boardwalks which lead between the cabins and the main areas.
The cabins are built to reflect the local indigenous style with palm-thatched roofs and wooden sides. Each cabin has it’s own seating area fitted with hammocks and chairs and is divided from the bedroom and bathroom by a wooden screen. The rooms are extremely comfortable and are equipped with mosquito nets, ceiling fan, electricity and hot water. If we had to choose, we’d recommend opting for one of the cabins overlooking the river as there’s nothing quite as relaxing as sitting and watching the meandering river from your hammock!
The lodge offers a choice of three daily activities to explore the rainforest and the surrounding lakes and wetlands. Guests are assigned a guide on arrival who will talk you through the different activities on offer to decide on a program for your stay. Choices include a twilight river cruise, a night walk through the forest, canoeing on nearby Lake Sandoval to visit palm clay licks or ascending to the lodge’s canopy walkways. For those who want a more unique experience, there is even the option to spend a night in the lodge’s canopy treehouse.