Puerto Maldonado Amazon
Where is Puerto Maldonado in Peru
The department of Madre de Dios is located in the southeastern part of the country. On the north it borders on Ucayali, on the south and on the west with Puno and on the east with Brazil and Bolivia. Its territory covers areas of high forest and jungle, with a tropical, warm and humid climate and rains from November to April. Its average temperature is 25 ° C. It has an area of 78,403 square kilometers and its population barely borders 50 thousand inhabitants. Its capital is Puerto Maldonado, in the province of Tambopata.
What altitude is Puerto Maldonado
Puerto Maldonado is located 259 meters. / 839 feet above sea level
Puerto Maldonado weather
Its climate is humid and tropical, given the characteristics Puerto Maldonado is the center of national and international interest for its ecological diversity.
The climate is cold and dry in the highlands, warm in the valleys, cold and wet in the cloud forest and warm and humid in the low jungle. The rainy season or “winter” is from December to March, and the summer or dry season (ideal for tourism), from April to November.
Puerto Maldonado worth visiting
Puerto Maldonado is the capital of the Madre de Dios department, the city is distinguished by its wide streets and its large number of commercial activities. It is an extraordinary place, a land of gigantic trees, fast flowing rivers, landscapes full of natural life like a great amount of animals, insects making it a paradisiacal place.
The city of Puerto Maldonado is the capital of the department of Madre de Dios located in southeastern Peru, 34 miles from the border of Bolivia, where the Tambopata River and Madre de Dios come together. It is often defined as “the capital of Biodiversity of Peru,” thanks to its incredible variety of animal and plant life with exotic and endangered species that houses its Amazon rainforest. Its three National Parks represent some of the most pristine primary forests in the world.
Puerto Maldonado jungle
Here there are more than 200 species of mammals, 1,000 birds (10% of the world’s species) and more than 70 amphibian species. Also identified are some 760 species of fish, 500 species of beetles, 80 species of ants, and more than 15,000 species of flowering plants, to name a few.
In recent years, the growing popularity of ecological tourism has been attracting visitors hoping to experience the authentic biodiversity of the forests of the Manú National Park, the Tambopata National Reserve and the Bahuaja Sonene National Park, so that the city of Puerto Maldonado for a long time forgotten, now it is full of visitors and researchers. The Manú National Park, the largest, is one of the most important national parks in the world, which houses and protects more than 800 species of birds, 200 species of mammals, giant trees and indigenous tribes. Holding the world record for the number of species seen in one day and in one place (324). The smaller Tambo pata-Candamo National Reserve houses the largest diversity of mammals, trees, insects and bird species in the world, and maintains the world record for its butterfly species. Especially popular are the salt licks that attract hundreds of macaws and other birds of brilliant color at the same time. Finally, the Bahuaja-Sonene National Park is unique for its tropical savannas and for housing and protecting endangered species such as; the red wolf, deer of the swamps, the giant river otter, the mountain dog, the black alligator, the giant anteater and the harpy eagle.
If you have extra time in the city of Puerto Maldonado, there are many nearby places you can visit. A unique establishment is the Jaguar Zoo, which is a zoological part of the day, and becomes a lively nightclub at night. In the snake nursery you can see and even touch snakes, rescued boas and some reptiles, or you can climb to the top of the Obelisk (viewpoint) for an impressive view of the city, its landscapes and its surrounding rivers, appreciate the sculptures outside the Obelisco, which narrate the ancient traditions of the jungle. Visit also the island of the monkeys to see hundreds of monkeys of different species, the clay licks of the macaws, salt licks that come alive with the hundreds of birds that feed on them, and tour the Sandoval lake with its wild orchids, its mahogany trees, and many other species of animals and plants.
Puerto Maldonado tours
• Manu Biosphere Reserve:
The National Park of Manu, with an extension of 1 532 806 Ha, is the largest protected natural area of its kind in Peru. Together with the Reserved Zone and the Cultural Zone it constitutes the so-called Manu Biosphere Reserve (recognized by UNESCO in 1 977). Located in the departments of Cusco and Madre de Dios, it covers the entire Manu river basin.
The visit to the National Park is not allowed. However, the adjacent Reserved Zone and Cultural Zone have the same attractions and several hostels for tourists.
There are several routes to access the Manu. The main ones start from the city of Cusco, either by land (12 h approx.) To Atalaya or Shintuya, then via fuvial (6 h approx.) Through the Alto Madre de Dios and Manu rivers, or by air (30 min approx.) To the town of Boca Manu and then up the Manu River (4 h approx.)
• Macaws Clay Lick:
It is located in the Tambopata-Candamo Zone, left bank of the Tambopata River, 70 km from Puerto Maldonado and 8 h approx. in motor boat. It is recognized for its variety of Macaws and also for being the largest collpa in the Peruvian Amazon, because it is attended by large numbers of macaws, parrots and parrots. Every morning at 6:00 a.m. these birds perform their flutter ceremony before ingesting clay in the river ravine, after about 25 to 30 min. they will be retiring to return the next day.
• Bahuaja-Sonene National Park:
With local native names, this unit of conservation has an extension of 320 thousand Ha. It is located in the province of Tambopata, department of Madre de Dios, at 5 h approx., By the Tambopata river or 1 day by the Madre de Dios river. The park hosts an extraordinary diversity of flora and fauna species.
• Pampas of the Heath:
Located south east of Puerto Maldonado, the trip is made from Puerto Maldonado, down the Madre de Dios River to the Heath River (4 h approx.), From there, crossing the Heath River (1 day). These pampas are the only savanna type plant formation located deep in the tropical forests of Peru. They are also shelters of unique species of wildlife. At present, this place has become part of the Bahuaja-Sonene National Park.
• Reserved Zone Tambopata-Candamo:
40 km from Puerto Maldonado and 3 hours by motor canoe on the Tambopata River. It covers the Tambopata river basin, Malinoswki and La Torre, as well as the Tavara and Candamo rivers. On the north it is bordered by the Madre de Dios River. The great majority of the forest that lodges is intact.
• Sandoval Lake:
Located on the right bank of the Madre de Dios River, 10 km from Puerto Maldonado, you can reach it by traveling 25 minutes approx. by motor boat and then, a walk by trail in the forest for 1 h 30 min approx.
On the way you can enjoy the observation of a variety of plant species such as orchids, platanillos and hugurahuis. As for wildlife, there is an abundance of ducks, giant otters, alligators, wild chickens (shansho), turtles (charapas) and a variety of fish such as paiche.
There is a sector of the lake in which the temperature ranges between 20º C and 24º C, here visitors can enjoy a refreshing swim without any danger. The canoe trips on the lake are led by experienced paddlers, where you can see up close the vegetation and birds that exist in the surroundings.
• Lake Valencia:
Located 60 km from Puerto Maldonado and 4 hours by motorboat. During the trip it is possible to see settlements of native Huaracayos. The flora and fauna distributed around this lake is varied. Fishing enthusiasts can find a variety of fish.
Hotels Puerto Maldonado Peru
There are several hostels that offer very interesting eco-tourist services. These hostels, although rustic, are adequate to provide the necessary for visitors. There is also a private research center in the area.