- Located at one hour flying or 10 hours bus from Cusco
- A relatively easy reachable and very pristine part of the Amazon Rainforest
- Great wildlife spotting
- Excursions such as small hikes, canopy towers, evening walks and fishing trips
- Bordering with the Manu Bio Reserve National Park
About one hour flying from Cusco you can get to Puerto Maldonado, the gateway to enter the Southern Peruvian Amazon Rainforest. Puerto Maldonado is the last larger city on the road to Rio Branco in Brazil and is located on the crossing of the Rio Madre de Dios and the Tambopata River.
Puerto Maldonado is not a real big city and this makes that within 30 minutes on a boat you can already get out into the forest. There are several great lodges located in the Tambopata National Reserve and many of these have been ranked among the best in Peru. The park has its own local populations and many of these collaborate with the lodges in order to create the best ambience for the park and its visitors. There are several great walking trails in the park and most lodges have their own canopy tower to experience the jungle from above. You can also make excursions to the surrounding lakes, especially in the morning a great place to spot wildlife. Monkeys, crocodiles, jaguar, giant otter, giant anteater, giant armadillo and the capybara can all be found in this region. Together with the neighboring National Park Manu, the region can also count for about 1000 different bird species, more than can be found in the US and Canada combined. The rivers are also filled with life as you will notice during a piranha fishing excursion or in the nighttime when you can go and see crocodiles. Spending the night in one of the lodges is also an unforgettable experience, listening to the cacophony of sounds made by birds, frogs, toads and who know how many other animals is truly something amazing to fall asleep to. The fact that these lodges are located in the heart of the rainforest but still provide the necessary comfort, makes this a great family destination as well.
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