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Selected destination: Tambopata  

Location: The department of Madre de Dios is located in the south part of Peru .

Capital: Puerto Maldonado (altitude 183)

Altitude: 183 masl (Puerto Maldonado) Lowest point. 500 masl (Boca Manu) highest point.

Average annual temperature: 26ºC ( 77ºF ) maximum , and 8ºC ( 24ºF ) minimum .The rainy season is from December to March.

Salvación( Province of Manu ) 1 hour to Puerto Laberinto by road and 3 days by river
Iñapari( Province of Tahuamanu ) 244 km ( 152 miles ) / 4 hours by car

Exuberant is the word that describes Madre de Dios with its infinite forests, sinuous rivers that rush towards the ocean, and life abounding in all its corners. Puerto Maldonado, the capital city, is an obligatory stop along the way to gain entrance to the national parks and reserves located in the area, and it has been, at certain moments, an important exporting site for rubber, wood, gold, and petroleum. At present, two of the main economic activities there are eco-tourism and chestnut harvesting.

At only ten kilometers from Puerto Maldonado, or a one and half hour hike, you find Lake Sandoval , bordered by aguajales (swampy areas full of palm trees), orchids, kapok trees, caoba trees, and Mauritanian palm trees that grow up to thirty meters tall. The lake is also the home for a large variety of species such as toucans, macaws, parrots, egrets, tapirs, turtles, and the refuge for river otters and black caimans, two species on the brink of extinction. In the areas around Lake Valencia, 60 kilometers from Puerto Maldonado by the Madre de Dios River, there are several indigenous communities where the people make their living from fishing for tiger shovelnose catfish, gilded catfish, and paiche; this area is the habitat for plenty of flora and fauna, too.

The Manu National Park ( 1,716,295 hectares ), located in the departments of Cusco and Madre de Dios, protects more than 800 bird species, 200 species of mammals, gigantic trees, as well as being home to indigenous communities. This is the park that set the world record for the number of bird species seen in one day at one spot with 324 species. The Tambopata-Candamo National Park ( 274,690 hectares ) is known to possess the greatest diversity of mammal, tree, insect, and bird species in the world as well as the world record for the amount of butterfly species.

Additionally, the only humid tropical savannah in Peru is found at the Bahuaja-Sonene National Park ( 1,091,416 hectares ). The highlighted species here are the manned wolf and the marsh deer, both close to extinction, as well as the giant anteater, giant river otter, the bushdog, the black caiman, and the harpy eagle.


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Province of Tambopata

Colpa de Guacamayos de Colorado
Inside the Tambopata National Reserve and 150 km / 93 miles
from Puerto Maldonado (12 hours by boat)
The "colpa" (macaw clay lick) is a place where macaws congregate, formed along the shores of the river due to certain erosion processes that allowed the formation of soil rich in mineral salts. It is approximately 50 meters / 164 feet high, 500 meters / 1640 feet long, and is considered the largest in the Peruvian Amazon Rainforest. Every morning, six different species of macaws, parrots, and parakeets gather there. These colorful birds fly around the colpa before starting the "colpeo", which consists in eating the clay found on the cliff and serves as a nutritional supplement. After staying there from twenty-five to thirty minutes, they fly away to come back the next day. Occasionally, Brazilian tapirs, capybaras, and squirrels go there. At the top of the trees, different species of monkeys like the red howler, the caupuchin, the titi, and sometimes even spider monkeys can be seen.

Sandoval Lake
10 km / 6 miles from Puerto Maldonado (25 minutes by a 55 HP boat). To reach the lake, you must walk 5 km / 3 miles from the shore of the river to the interior (1 hour and 30 minutes)
It is approximately 3 km / 2 miles long, 1 km / 0,6 miles wide, and 0.5 centimeters / 0,1 inches to 3 meters / 10 feet deep. The water remains at an average temperature of 26ºC ( 79.8ºF ), and a huge amount of fish live there. It is surrounded by aguajales, swampy areas where, among other exotic species, a native palm tree called aguaje grows. Along with the local vegetation, you can see orchids, wild plantains, and milpesos palms, giant kapoks, mahoganys, and 30 meter / 98 feet aguaje palm trees.

In this habitat lives a great variety of birds, like cormorants, toucans, macaws, parrots, horned screamers, and herons. In addition, there is a colorful variety of wild hens called hoatzin or shansho whish heads are topped with feathers. With some luck, tapirs, turtles, and giant otters or "river wolves" can be seen as well as different species of crocodiles, like the black caiman.

Valencia Lake
60 km / 37 miles from Puerto Maldonado (4 hours by 55 HP boat)
The lake is 15 km / 9 miles long, 800 meters / 2625< feet wide, and between 0,5 and 15 meter / 1,6 and 49 feet deep, and thanks to its trees and fish, it is considered a privileged spot.]
Around the lake, there are trees like the pumaquiro, the quinilla, the cedar, the giant kapok, the dwarf fan palm tree, and the Brazil nut tree. Among its animal life, the more exotic are bearded guans, turtles (charapas and big headed motelos), crocodiles, monkeys, cormorants, and herons.

The wealth of its waters allows both the Huarayos natives and the settlers of its surrounding areas to make a living from fishing for tiger shovelnose catfish, palometas, gilded catfish, piranhas, and paiches. These last ones, though, are not a native species but were brought to the lake. Along with fishing, another important economic activity is the collection of Brazil nuts.

Province of Manu

Manu National Park

The town of Atalaya is situated 280 km / 174 miles from the city of Cusco taking the Cusco-Paucartambo Highway (12 hours by 4x4 vehicle). The trip continues on the river to the town of Boca Manu (7 hours). Then, you have to navigate again on the Madre de Dios River to arrive at the park. It is also possible to get to the town of Boca Manutaking a small airplane from Cusco (45 minutes).



Manu National Park is spread out between two departments, Cusco and Madre de Dios, and covers an area of 1'692.137 hectares (or the entire Manu River basin ). Since 1977, the Manu National Park has formed the Nucleus of the Manu Biosphere Reserve, which was declared a Natural World Heritage Site by the UNESCO in 1987. Although no one is allowed to enter, visitors can stay in authorized lodges in the Reserved Area and in the Cultural Zone adjacent to the park.

The park has a great variety of animal species: more than 800 bird species like the harpy eagle, the jabiru stork, the Orinoco goose, the Andean cock-of-the-rock, and the roseate spoonbill, 200 mammal species like the common woolly monkey, the black spider monkey, the giant otter, the jaguar, the little spotted cat, the anteater, and the Andean deer, and over a hundred bat species.

Province of Tahuamanu

City of Iberia
3 hours from Puerto Maldonado by the Transoceanic Highway
The road leading to this place is rich in natural landscapes. The design of the city's main square is the main attraction since the principal economic activities of the department are represented there.

Bahuaja-Sonene National Park
90 km / 56 miles from Puerto Maldonado (4 to 5 hours in a 55 HP boat).
This national park was established in order to protect the only tropical humid savanna that exists in Peru . The park is located between the Madre de Dios and Puno departments in the provinces of Tambopata, Carabaya, and Sandia. It has an area of 1'091.416 hectares, and part of it is in Bolivia . The most important animals that can be found there are the maned wolf, the marsh deer, the giant anteater, the river wolf or giant otter, the bush dog, the black caiman and the harpy eagle.

Tambopata National Reserve
45 km / 28 miles south of Puerto Maldonado (2 hours by motorboat). There is also an alternative route: 25 km / 16 miles by land (by 4x4 vehicle) to the community of Infierno and then a river crossing to the reserve (2 hours by 55 HP motor boat)
Located between the basins of the Tambopata and Heath Rivers, the reserve covers an area of 274.690 hectares and is found in both the Madre de Dios and Puno departments. The wealth of its biodiversity is immeasurable, and scientist have already registered 632 bird species, 1200 butterfly species, 169 mammal species, 205 fish species, 103 amphibian species, and 67 reptile species. The vegetation is typical of tropical regions. To enter the reserve, prior authorization from INRENA is required.

In addition, there are trees over 45 meters high and 3 meters in diameter. The most characteristic species are the cetico, the topa, the cedar, the tornillo tree, the white kapok, and the mata palo.

Today, 30 Quechuan speaking farming communities are spread throughout the Manu National Park as well as numerous Amazonian native peoples such as the Matsiguenka, Amahuaca, Yaminahua, Piro, Amarakaeri, Huashipaire, and Nahua.

Otorongo - Manu Peru
Cock of the Rock - Manu, Peru
Nature in Tambopata


Padre José Aldamiz International Airport . km. 7 of La Pastora-La Joya Highway . Telephone: (082) 57-1533 / 57-1531 / 57-1532

Land Transport
There is no bus station; however, the companies that travel the Puerto Maldonado-Iberia-Iñapari route are concentrated at the corner of Jiron Ica and Jiron Piura, and those that travel the Puerto Maldonado-Cusco route are located in the 3rd block of Avenida Tambopata.

Health Centers

Victor Alfredo Lazo Peralta Hospital (ESSALUD - Ministry of Health)
Avenida Andrés Avelino Cáceres, km. 3. Telephone: (082) 57-1074.



Police Stations
National Police of Peru Madre de Dios Sub-Region. Jiron Daniel Alcides Carrion (Intersects with Jiron Puno). Telephone: (082) 80-3504 / 80-3464. Attention: 24 hours

Craft Market
Different areas where stores can be found in Puerto Maldonado. Among them, there are the Main Square and the Airport

Postal Services
Avenida Leon Velarde 675 Puerto Maldonado. Telephone: (082) 57-1088. Attention: Mon. - Sat. 8:00 A.M. - 8:00 P.M.




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