If you like to travel with friends, take walks and discover remote corners of the jungle, Puerto Maldonado, in Madre de Dios, is your destination. Discover the adventures you can experience in one of the best Peru tours.
The most visited places are Lake Sandoval and the Tambopata River. If you want to have more chance to see wildlife and the most beautiful landscapes away from civilization, then you should choose a tour to the Alto Tambopata river. There are located the biggest macaw and mammals colpas in the world. (Colpa is a word quecha meaning natural place where animals congregate to eat salt). The river leaves the Andes forming spectacular scenarios.
Do not expect to see animals as in the African savannas or as if it were a zoo, the fauna of the Amazon is usually elusive. However, in the Alto Tambopata River it is easy to observe capybaras, alligators, monkeys and water turtles. There is no other place that offers greater possibilities to see large mammals such as the tapir and the jaguar.
Our starting point to discover the wonders of Puerto is Boca Manu, a village near the Manu National Park. This town can be reached by flying from Cusco to Puerto Maldonado Airport or by bus from Puerto Maldonado to Atalaya, and from there take a boat. The first option, by air, takes about 45 minutes; the second option, however, takes around 16 hours and is quite a feat. The choice depends on the adventurous spirit and the time available for the trip.
In Boca Manu we start our Peru jungle tour by visiting a “collpa” of macaws and tapirs. The clay licks are clay walls formed by the river, from which different species of parrots and macaws extract mineral nutrients.
Some of the most common species of birds here are the parakeets, the Amazon parrot, the blue-headed parrots and the extraordinary macaws. Near this collpa, there is another one frequented by tapirs, curious mammals with elongated snouts that approach to eat mud.
From our starting point in Boca Manu, we depart by one of the most beautiful Peru river cruises to the Manu National Park, crossing a river of the same name. In these paradisiacal landscapes we can observe an immense variety of flora and fauna, one of the most numerous in the world.
In the Park there are areas for tourism where you can camp. An excellent option to spend a night of adventure.
We can not fail to visit the ponds or lakes Salvador and Otorongo, where we can observe numerous species of birds, as well as many other species of monkeys and other mammals.
The best place to stay in Puerto Maldonado is undoubtedly the Amazon Lodges, located on the banks of the river and surrounded by nature. Despite being located near from the center of the city, it has abundant wildlife such as birds, sloths, nocturnal monkeys and others. The rooms are rustic but comfortable.