The Inkaterra Field Station is the headquarters of research and conservation for the Inkaterra Association (ITA), an NGO that is dedicated to supporting initiatives in biodiversity research and conservation in the Madre de Dios Department, cloud forests around Cusco, and the Pacific coastline. The station is located on the banks of the Madre de Dios River, a 45-minute boat ride from the state capital, Puerto Maldonado. Contiguous with the station is Peru’s first ecological concession (Reserva Ecologica Inkaterra) that consists of more than 10,000 hectares of virgin forest.
In partnership with the Inkaterra hotel company, ITA has been part of documenting 814 species of bird, 313 butterflies, over 100 mammals, 372 orchids, and has created a spectacle bear rescue center. Field station stands out among other locations for its astonishingly beautiful six-bridge canopy walkway and swamp walkway, providing easy observation of the rainforests most inaccessible habitat types. It is also just a short boat ride from several clay licks and Lake Sandoval.