TAMBOPATA NATIONAL RESERVE
The heart of the Amazon basin
Puerto Maldonado, capital of the Southern jungle is the gateway to fascinating protected natural areas in the southern Peruvian Amazon rainforest, featuring an extraordinary diversity of wild species of flora and fauna. Its main attraction is, of course, the legendary Amazon basin, and getting there should be on top of your list of places to visit in Peru. The many lodges surrounding the Jungle City of Puerto Maldonado, located on the edge of the Reserva Nacional Tambopata make exploring the Amazon a truly comfortable adventure. Undoubtedly the reserve is one of the best places to discover the Amazon, offering one of the highest levels of biological diversity in the world (632 species of birds, 169 mammals and 1200 butterflies). Another attraction is the rock formations found on the river banks. Hundreds of birds (macaws, falcons and parrots) gather on the rocks offering a spectacular sight of color and sound, particularly between 5:30 am and 9:00 am. Tambopata is also the home of the Ese Eja, an ethnic group that has lived in the area since ancient times and knows every inch of the reserve. The latter community works together with private companies to offer diverse activities and tourism services including lodging and guided tours, among others. The project has been considered a global success, thanks to the cooperation between the community and a private company to offer a beneficial eco-tourism product.
The warm year round temperatures of the Amazon let you plan your trip to Puerto Maldonado with ease and on any schedule. So whether winding down the Amazon on a river boat or spending the afternoon spread out on a hammock amongst the bustling Jungle, you are sure to have a memorable visit to Puerto Maldonado.