Welcome to Puerto Maldonado
Yet its languid, laid-back ambience invites you to linger. Whether you arrive by air or by road, Puerto Maldonado will be a shock to the system, with a mercilessly sweltering climate and a fair quantity of mosquitoes. But its beautiful plaza and burgeoning accommodation options will, together with a lively nightlife, provide plenty of reason to hang around a couple of days.
The city itself has been important over the years for rubber, logging, gold and oil prospecting, and its commercial role has assumed greater dimensions as a port of call on the Carretera Interocéanica. It’s of foremost importance to travelers, however, as the jumping-off point for a voyage on Ríos Tambopata and Madre de Dios, which converge here. These watery wonderlands offer the most accessible primary jungle locales in the country, yet are served by excellent accommodations for those craving luxury. Indisputably, Puerto Maldonado offers travelers more chance to see, feel and hear the Amazonian jungle than anywhere else in Peru.