Puerto Maldonado, Peru
Looking for the perfect antidote to a day of trekking through the jungle? Reserva Amazónica pumps posh into the Peruvian Amazon. This cathedral-like wooden lodgeabout an hour by boat down the broad Madre de Dios River from the town of Puerto Maldonadoserves fresh melon martinis, mango daiquiris, and paca, a local dish of catfish steamed with lemongrass inside freshly cut bamboo. All the while, funky Afro-Peruvian grooves float through this riverside retreat.
ROOM & BOARD: Tune in to the natural hum of the jungle from the lodge's 33 kerosene-lit thatch-roofed bungalows scattered along the banks of the Madre de Dios. With all the porch-strung cotton hammocks and canopy beds made up with crisp cotton sheets and mosquito nets, restfulness is greatly encouraged. The spa-worthy bathrooms have beautifully carved wooden sinks as well as organic soaps and lotions made from citronella and wild limes.
OUT THE BACK DOOR: Gingerly navigate Peru's longest canopy walkway1,150 feet across and 119 feet above the forest flooror hike several miles of trails teeming with anteaters, rabbit-size agoutis, tapirs, monkeys, tropical birds like the pale-winged trumpeter, and fluorescent butterflies that thread the lodge's 25,000-acre reserve. If you're stealthy (and patient), you might even spot a jaguar. Canoe down the nearby Gamitana River, where giant heliconias grow alongside aguaje palms on the banks of the river. If an afternoon tropical rain shower keeps you indoors, stop by the lodge's new educational center, featuring small gardens and more than 150 medicinal plants.
DETAILS: $120$145 per person, all meals included; 800-442-5042, www.inkaterra.com