Pankotsi, meaning "house" in the language of Matsiguenkas is a communal shelter or lodge in Shipetiari native community in the heart of the Peruvian Amazon, the side of the Manu National Park. Surrounded by stunning forest between the high forest and the Amazon plain full of parrots, macaws, paucares, owls, toads, peccaries, monkeys, fish and other animals. We are proud to provide our local culture and our forest; which we know in depth. During the walks will learn about medicinal plants, mature trees and Amazonian species.
About Pankotsi Lodge
“Pankotsi” means “house” in the Matsigenka language and the Shipetiari community use this word to describe their eco-lodge because they want all of their guests to feel right at home. Although the lodge might seem to be pretty far from home when guests arrive, by the time they leave, they end up feeling like part of the community. The Shipetiari community accomplishes this by providing guests with a cozy place to stay, teaching them about their way of life, and showing them some of the secrets of the vast Peruvian jungle they call home.
Pankotsi-Shipetiari Jungle Lodge
Located in the Native Community of Shipetiari
The owners of the Pankotsi Lodge are the same people who have lived in the surrounding rainforests for thousands of years. This small community of Matsigenka people is made up of 24 families who share the resources of a 26,897 hectare area of Amazonian rainforest (including lakes and streams for fishing) that acts as a buffer zone to Manu National Park (the most biodiverse protected area on the planet).
The members of the community speak the Matsigenka language in addition to Spanish, use the forest to gather medicinal plants and hunt such animals as White-lipped Peccary and guans, use nets and other means to fish the rivers, lakes, and streams for a wide variety of fish species, and also carry out sustainable forestry on their land. Overall, their culture has changed very little since the arrival of the Spanish. They built the Pankotsi lodge so they can show guests the beauty and wonder of their rainforest home while also teaching about their culture.
How to get to Pankotsi Lodge
The fastest way to reach our community is from Cusco:
Departure from Cusco by bus to Pillcopata (7h)
Pillcopata Shintuya in omnibus (3h)
Shintuya a beach community Shipetiari boat (2h)
From the beach to the hostel by truck and walking (30min)
Best Time To Visit Our Amazon Lodge
When coming to visit? In this section we present the different activities we do throughout the year and the most important festivals, which are as follows:
Mother's Day (second Sunday in May)
School Anniversary (June 8) San Juan (June 24)
Independence Day (July 28)
Anniversary of the community (16 September)
The rainy season is from November to May. It is not advisable to travel at this time because it is difficult to reach by land risk of landslides and the trails are very muddy.
Accomodations at Manu Pankotsi Lodge
Accommodation at the Pankotsi Lodge includes a stay in one of 5 bungalows, each of which can lodge up to three people. Each is basic but ventilated and equipped with comfortable beds (singles or doubles) that have mosquito nets, and a private bathroom. A dining area and kitchen are also made available to guests for folks who bring and prepare their own food. The community can of course also provide delicious meals that use fresh fruits, vegetables, and produce from community gardens.
Activities and Wildlife at Pankotsi Lodge
There are a number of activities available, including learning how to make cassava beer, using palm leaves to weave mats, learning how to make arrows and then trying them out with archery practice, as well as other aspects of daily Matsigenka life. In general, guests get the chance to learn about various aspects of Matsigenka culture in a hands-on, adventurous learning environment.
A set of trails that access the surrounding rainforest can also be hiked and explored to look for monkeys, hundreds of bird species (including huge macaws and flocks of screeching parakeets), bizarre bugs, and many other creatures that live in the incredible rainforests of southeastern Peru.
This community lodge is an excellent place to experience authentic Matsigenka life as well as learn about and see a wide variety of Amazonian wildlife. From the Amazonian town of Shintuya, it is reached with a two hour boat ride followed by a thirty minute walk. Stay at the Pankotsi Lodge to see why this Matsigenka jungle lodge lives up to its name.
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