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EcoAmazonia Jungle Lodge

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  • EcoAmazonia cabins seen from a central walkway
  • Don't forget your boots before going on  an excursion.
  • A baby python:  attention must be paid!
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Since most people visit Peru to see Machu Picchu, they learn that the great mystery of Machu Picchu is where did all the Incas go? According to many historians, they disappeared into the Amazon forest in the eastern part of the country after the Spanish conquest. So a trip to Peru isn’t complete unless you visit the Madre dos Dios region of southeastern Peru, not only to discover the descendants of the Incas but also to marvel at the world’s most varied biodiversity. Port of entry is Puerto Maldonado, the capital of Madre dos Dios, with a population of 25,000 for an area of 30,880 square miles. The region’s total human population is 600,000 but visitors generally come to see more than 1,000 birds (10 percent of the world's species,) 900 butterfly species, more than 20 kinds of monkeys, and 500 flower varieties.

I stayed a few days at the EcoAmazonia Jungle Lodge, about 90 minutes by motorboat from Puerto Maldonado. The lodge offers one, two, and three-night all-inclusive packages – accommodations, food, excursions, and rubber boots to use during your stay. If you don’t take advantage of the rubber boots, you are in trouble from the get-go: the first excursion is to Monkey Island, where rubber boots are indispensable. Without them, your feet sink into quicksand-like mud and it’s not easy to extract either your footwear or yourself. You see at least four kinds of monkeys on the eponymous island, but much more interesting is the half-day hike to Concha Perdida lagoon, which includes a lengthy trek through the jungle, a climb to the 100-foot canopy platform, and a canoe ride. If you have a competent guide, you will learn about indigenous medicines, tapirs, tarantula mating habits (if you are a man, you don’t want to know) and fire ants (if you are a woman, you don’t want to know). Other excursions on foot and/or by canoe or motorboat facilitate close encounters with flora and fauna such as caimans, cocoa leaves and the local cannabis. Don’t go on May 1, as the lodge program is reduced and meal choice is curtailed. The lodge facilities are a series of spacious two-person bungalows, with full mosquito netting and private bathrooms. No hot water and no electricity, so remember your flashlights. 

EcoAmazonia Lodge: Bajo Río Madre de Dios Km. 30 
Jr. Lambayeque 774

Written by  Claudia Flisi.

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