This lodge will be the starting point of our expeditions through the jungle. You will go to discover Lake Sandoval, whose fauna and flora are stunning and luxuriant, the Monkey Island, the parrots’ clay pecking, the Fitzcarrold boat, as well as a huge diversity of medicinal and curative plants such as Ayahuasca.
Corto Maltes Amazonia Lodge is built on the banks of the Madre de Dios River and stretches on a surface of 60 hectors. It is also lined with a quebrada (a river coming from the depths of the jungle) which is protected by the Tambopata Candamo National Reserve. It is on this mysterious river that we want to invite you to discover the thousand and one wonders of flora and fauna of this natural paradise.
During the walk in the jungle, you will also discover a large variety of trees and medicinal plants. The guides will be delighted to teach you all about this mysterious environment with great professionalism and a very particular kindness.
Corto Maltes Amazonia Lodge has 22 bungalows in total, made of exotic wood with all needed comfort: private bathroom with permanent hot water, electricity, excellent bedding (1 double bed and 1 single bed), as well as a very pleasant deck with two hammocks from where you can admire fabulous sunsets.
Common areas: Spacious restaurant, large and pleasant deck, bar, shop – all of them overlooking the river and the garden.
Food: All our meals are prepared by a French cook who combines local products with refinement and imagination. A very special attention is given to our vegetarian guests.
Your day begins with a friendly reception at the Padre Almirez International airport in Puerto Maldonado, where your professional guide will wait you. He will accompany you during your whole stay. From there we will go to our office to obtain the official waterway permits (you can also guard luggage you won’t need during your stay). Meanwhile, you can visit the town’s main square and also take some photos of the beautiful scenery overlooking the confluence of the rivers Madre de Dios and Tambopata from Grau square.
Embarkation will be at the Capitania port, from where we will go to our lodge, navigating approximately 40 minutes on the Madre de Dios River in a typical Amazonian boat.
Arriving at the Corto Maltes Amazonia Lodge, we will have a welcome cocktail. Afterwards, you will be handed over the keys to your bungalow and we will have lunch. The kitchen of our lodge stands out for a beautiful presentation and exquisite tastes of the dishes, prepared by our French chef. After that, you will have some free time to get comfortable in your bungalow or to take a refreshing dip in our pool.
At 03:30 pm it’s time to have some first contact with the jungle. On this 3-hour-trek you will see a large variety of tropical trees, medicinal plants, insects, butterflies and other animals. Upon our return, we will make a small stop at a breathtaking lookout. Here, you can observe toucans, macaws and other species of birds for sunset.
Returning to the lodge, you can take a refreshing dip in the pool or have an exotic cocktail in our terrace-bar. You could also watch the sunset in the relaxing tranquility of palm and mango trees at our port.
At 07:00 pm before dinner, we will go on a nightly boat trip – a little safari trying to spot the white caiman (caiman crocodilus) that lives in the river banks.
At 08:00 pm we will have our delicious dinner. Afterwards, those who wish can have some talk in our reclining seats or have some fun and make friends with other travelers at the bar. Another option is to take a bath in the pool (with bar) under the shining Amazon sky and marvel at the Cross of the South.
Early in the morning, at 05:30 am, we will go on a 20-minutes-trek until we arrive at the parrot clay-lick. Here, a minimum of five different parrot species feed themselves on a special clay which is vital for their metabolism. It’s a truly marvelous, multicolored spectacle!
At 08:00 am, we will have a delicious breakfast and then have some free time to explore the splendid gardens of Corto Maltes Amazonia. There are dozens of varieties of exotic plants and flowering trees waiting for you to discover them!
Afterwards, around 10:30 am, we start navigating at the Madre de Dios River. This time it’s an expedition destined to the Monkey Island where we can find many different species of these interesting and entertaining animals, living in freedom. Following we do another boat ride of 30 minutes while we enter the territory of the Tambopata- Candamo National Reserve. We will trek around 5 km through the dense vegetation of the tropical rainforest and observe many giant trees, snakes, monkeys, birds and sometimes even the illusive jaguar!
The trek’s destination is heavenly Sandoval Lake. Its’ privileged setting is shared by numerous species of animals: birds (in particular Hoatzins, Kingfisher and Cormorants) and different species of monkeys (Squirrel monkeys, Howler monkeys, Capuchin monkeys). At the lake itself we can enjoy the spectacle of Giant River Otters, Black Caimans and Piranhas (sometimes we can even observe Anacondas in the areas covered by reed). This is also the habitat of the giant Arapaima, a fish of more than 2,5 meters, weighing about +200 kg. Traveling by canoe, the sunset in the lake will be a spectacular, unforgettable sight. On our return to the river we might be able to spot some nocturnal animals as well.
After all these great experiences and an active day in the jungle, our body will demand some rest and food. Therefore we will enjoy the exotic tastes of our meals, especially our desserts, around 08:00 pm. If you still have energy left, you can share some moments of music and conversation in the bar whilst having a cocktail or enjoy the sounds of the rainforest surrounding you from your hammock. After a long day full of activity you will enjoy the comfort of your bungalows hammocks! You can also recover with a massage by one of the qualified masseurs.
In the morning of our third day, we will have a delicious breakfast at 08:00 am and then some free time to have a bath in the pool or maybe to buy some exclusive Amazon handicrafts and jewelry in our shop.
At 10:00 am, we will follow the course of the river for approximately 1,5 hours in order to visit a native community. Occasionally we can see monkeys, river turtles, caimans and various birds in the dense vegetation of the riverbanks. We will also see some medicinal plants like Sangre de Grado, Oje and Capirona.
The Project for the Rescue of Cultural Values supports the local native community of Palma Real. It is the biggest one with approximately 200 families of the Eseeja tribe. Two families, working with the project located at Gamitada island, will introduce us to the cultural values of their ancestors, their language, their customs, their garments and their dances. In an era where globalization rapidly changes traditional societies, this is a great opportunity to be in direct contact with this tribe of ancient warriors and hunters and to support them economically with the purchase of some of their handmade products.
We will be circumnavigating the Gamatida Island around 01:00 pm, occasionally seeing animals that escape from human presence. Afterwards, we will visit a Chakra (local term for farm). We will get to know a variety of tropical fruits and other local products (Cocoa, bananas, coffee cocona) and then have lunch, consisting of a typical Amazon dish. The Chacarero (farmer) will also let us taste some of the fruits that will later be taken to the city of Puerto Maldonado for consumption.
Upon our return to the lodge, you will surely enjoy a bath in our swimming pool – maybe even with a cocktail that might also serve as an aperitif for dinner.
Dinner will be served around 08:00 pm. Afterwards, you can retire to our bar to have some tropical cocktails, relax chatting in our reclined seats at the central terrace or have a bath in the pool underneath the shining Amazon sky.
Visit of the Taricaya Center
In the morning, we will have our nourishing breakfast and afterwards enjoy some free time. At 10:30 am, we will start our boat ride of approximately 90 minutes to the Taricaya Biological Center (headquarters in the UK). This center counts on the collaboration of many universities from around the globe who send volunteers helping to guard and reintroduce hurt or confiscated animals into their natural habitat. We will have sufficient time to see the animals and visit the facilities accompanied by a volunteer from the center.
The name of the center, Taricaya, goes back to a conservation project for the river turtles (or tarikayas) that collect and incubate their eggs and then upon birth return the offspring back to the Madre de Dios River. (Unfortunately there is a black market who is responsible for adding this animal to the list of species being in danger of extinction.)
Hurt or sick animals captured on the black market or brought from the jungle are nursed and later on returned to their natural environment. The Center also constructed a Canopy Walk, giving the perfect circumstances for bird watching (suspension bridge at a height of 42 and length of 90 meters).
We will have lunch at 01:00 pm. Afterwards, you will have some free time you might ust to talk to the resident volunteers.
Around 02:30 pm, we will start our 30 minutes trek through primary rainforest until reaching the Canopy Walk. Here, we will climb the first tower of 14 meters and then ascend to a platform of 42 meters height via the suspension bridge. We will have an extraordinary panoramic view of the jungle from up here! The great trees seen from above, the sounds of the jungle emerging from underneath our feet and the overwhelming green for as far as the eye can see. Only a few times will you have the chance to experience the jungle in this unique way!
We then return to our boat at 04:00 pm and start our journey throughout the jungle, back to the Corto Maltes Amazonia Lodge. During our ride, we can see the breathtaking sunset showing off shades of gold, pink, yellow and green, creating an almost magical atmosphere. Upon our return to the lodge, you can refresh yourself at the pool or relax in the hammocks. Alternatively, why don’t you have a massage by one of the lodges qualified personal to make your experience even more unforgettable?
We will have dinner around 08:00 pm – a new chance to taste new dishes at the Corto Maltes Amazonia Lodge. The imagination of our French chef will fascinate you with every dish and especially with his desserts made of tropical fruits!
You can enjoy the concert of animal sounds with a cocktail or maybe a cup of tea in our bar. The starry night sky is spectacular, especially in moonless nights when the jungle is even more mysterious.
After breakfast, it’s time to say goodbye to the staff and beautiful setting of Corto Maltes Amazonia Lodge. Your guide will accompany you on your way back to Puerto Maldonado. We will pass by our office to recollect the any left baggage. Following that, we will visit the local market to show you some local agricultural, especially fruits of the Amazon. Afterwards our staff will accompany you to the airport, hoping that your stay was as pleasant for you as it was for us to show you this beautiful corner of Peru.
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Price US$ 490.00 per person, based on two people.
Single passenger pays an extra cost of US$ 80.00.
Exclusive international transaction fees: The amount of the extra transaction fees depends on how the payment is made and on your bank. For further information please don’t hesitate to ask.
Upon request, with each booked tour with Green Peru Adventures, you will receive a free walking tour of the mysterious and historic city of Cusco. You will be guided by one of our multilingual, professional guides.