Puerto Maldonado was founded in the XIX century by an expeditionary of the same name, capital of the Department of Madre de Dios, is the main city of the Peruvian Southeast. Without losing the spirit of a border town, Puerto Maldonado is an active city and in frank growth, accelerated by the Andean migration to the department in the last years.
Originally the port for explorers, hunters and miners, today is place of a gathering place for tourists who arrive to the city in search of discovering the beauty of the tropical forest.
Located in the confluence of the rivers Madre de Dios and Tambopata, which water courses maintain an important biodiversity, it is one of the most promising eco tourism destinations of the world.
Much of its activity revolves around the commerce, fine woods and the alluvial auriferous extraction. In addition the area has the greatest chestnut forests of the country, a resource of great importance in the regional economy.
Located some 177 meters above sea level, with a tropical climate, warm and very humid, with a well-marked rainy season (December to March) and annual temperatures averaging 26 ° C. Pto. Maldonado is the prototype of the Amazon jungle. However, it also presents a period of very low rainfalls, with no rain or dry in the winter months.
Located at 40 minutes of travel by boat from Pto. Maldonado, it is one of the most beautiful lakes of the region, crossing a trail of approximately 4 km surrounded in an ebullient tropical vegetation that still conserves species in danger of extinction, like the black lizard and the giant river wolf. The place is ideal to observe the flora and fauna of the tropical forest, to swim, to fish or simply to cross its calm waters in canoe and to delight the landscape in its natural state.
This is a privileged place for the presence of a great variety of trees and fish. The richness of its waters allows the native habitants huarayos, as settlers living in the surroundings, to engage in fishing for maidens, palometas, golden fish, piranhas and paiches.
Besides fishing, one of the most important economic activities in the area is the collection of chestnuts.
Tambopata National Reserve
Located between basins of the rivers Tambopata and Heath, the reserve has an incalculable wealth in biodiversity. The reserve impresses by the variety of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fish and butterflies that are discovered to immerse in this tropical paradise, with excellent lodges which have all amenities.
Manu National Park
It comprises the Manu River basin, in territories belonging to the regions of Cuzco and Madre de Dios, and encompasses one of the largest concentrations of life on the planet, with important records in varieties of species of flora and fauna, many of which are unique in the world. In the area inhabited by more than 30 native populations, that possess traditions, culture and language itself.