Welcome to Puerto Maldonado


The city's money-spinning proximity to the most easily visited animal-rich jungle in the entire Amazon Basin is its blessing but also its curse: travelers arrive, yet quickly leave again to the lodges and wildlife on the nearby rivers.

Yet Puerto Maldonado's languid laid-back ambience invites you to linger. Although a shock to the system, with its sweltering climate and mosquitoes aplenty, its beautiful plaza, burgeoning accommodation options and lively nightlife provide reason enough to hang around.

It remains of foremost importance to travelers, however, as a jumping-off point for voyaging on Ríos Tambopata and Madre de Dios, converging here: watery wonderlands that offer the most accessible primary jungle-locales in the country.


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$375 Multi-day & Extended Tours

3-Day Amazon Jungle Small-Group Tour

ItineraryDay 1: Day 1 : Arrival To The Lodge And Caiman Cocha (Ecoamazonia) Stop At: Tambopata Reserve Tours, Puerto Maldonado, Madre de Dios RegionDay 1 : Arrival To The Lodge And Caiman Cocha (Ecoamazonia)Overnight in Amazon (Altitude: 500 m. - 1640 ft)Upon your arrival in Puerto Maldonado, Peru’s capital of biodiversity, we will welcome you at the airport.Then, we’ll start our program by visiting the city on a bus. Then, we will go to Puerto Capitanía, the port where our riverboat will be waiting for us. We will sail across Rio Bajo Madre de Dios (Winding River) until arriving at our lodge, 30 km away from Puerto Maldonado City. On our way, you will be able to observe rural lands destined to agricultural and livestock activities near the city. If the weather is good, you will sight colorful plants like the large-flowered heliconias, and you will have the chance to observe diverse animals such as the capybaras, caimans, water turtles, herons, cormorants, carrion birds and birds of prey. Upon the arrival at our lodge, you will be welcomed with delicious Amazon tropical fruit nectars and taken to your comfortable room (bungalow) reserved for the occasion. Once you are settled in the room, a hearty lunch will be served for you in our warm, rustically designed dining room. In the afternoon, our specialized guide will take you through an interpretive trail, conveniently signposted, to Caiman Cocha, a little lagoon where you will have the chance to observe the black caiman and the common caiman, as well as efficient predators located at the top of the food chain. They feed on a rich water fauna—mainly represented by fish— that inhabits the pond. At dusk, you will witness the spectacular sunset over the Amazon region, an experience full of color in overwhelming ranges and intensities. Back in the lodge, a delicious dinner will await you and you will have free time to share unforgettable moments at the bar, equipped with an excellent game room and all the drinks you can imagine. The night fauna will lull you to sleep with the melody of a huge number of bird songs and calls.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Eco Amazonia LodgeDay 2: Lost Cocha (Ecoamazonia - Ecologico)Stop At: Tambopata Reserve Tours, Puerto Maldonado, Madre de Dios RegionThe magic begins with birds singing from the Amazon paradise, waking up to the howler monkey calls. A hearty breakfast will provide you with the necessary energy for a morning full of new experiences. LOST COCHA After breakfast, we will start an adventure in the virgin forest, accompanied by a local guide, we’ll go on a hike in the deep forest: we will cover very well preserved prepared trails of our interpretive tour. On our way, we will cross temporary watercourses called tributaries through very well-kept bridges, and we’ll witness the widest range of flora and fauna in the wild. We’ll identify a great variety of ornamental plants with unparalleled beauty. En route to the Lost Cocha, we will see diverse species of medicinal plants and fruit trees that support the animal populations in the Amazon forest. With luck, you’ll get to see bigger mammals, like the jaguar or Peruvian jaguar, the Brazilian tapir and the white-lipped peccary; rodents like the giant otter, the capybara, the spotted paca and the armadillo; primates like the coto or howler monkey and the squirrel monkey; reptiles like the iguana and the Bothrops atrox; amphibians like the toad, and birds like the guan, the partridge, the golden parakeet and the scarlet macaw. The rivers leave behind wetland systems, lakes, ponds, and bends, like the spectacular Lost Cocha. Wetlands play an ecological role of great importance since they represent a substantial biological source with endemic species. They are the shelter of mammals. These swamps comprise 60% of the area protected and restored by Eco Amazonia Lodge. The presence of moriche palm is very important for Amazonian ethnic groups. It is a mystery plant considered the mother of the forest or the tree of life. The swamp is home of jealous guardians like the jaguar, feline considered son of the swamp; the anaconda, the world's biggest snake; the owl that sees everything from its dwelling at the top of the trees, to cure all ills, and the black caiman, guardian that punishes those that dare to steal the female moriche palm fruit. Once in Lost Cocha, we will go up to an enormous observation platform. From this lookout, you will see the enormous surface that this magic place covers and where you can see two types of swamps: thick and mixed. Then, we will take a pleasant walk around the Lost Cocha and with luck, you’ll get to see the "giant otter” or Pteronurabrasiliensis, the biggest in its type and one of the most impressive animals of the Amazon region. Back in the lodge, you can enjoy an exquisite lunch. In the afternoon, you have free time to take pictures around the lodge, and you will have the possibility to visit the botanical garden and observe our medicinal plants and fruit trees. MONKEY ISLANDIn the afternoon, joined with our specialized guide, we will visit the Monkey Island, few minutes away from the lodge in the center of Madre de Dios River. This island shows an enormous variety of exuberant flora and hosts numerous primate specimens like the black spider monkey, the black-cap capuchin monkey, the squirrel monkey and the lion monkey. Also other species of little mammals like the ring-tailed coati (nasua nasua), the squirrel and an enormous variety of colored birds.Finally, we will complete our visit to the island, enjoying a sunset with the most impressive dusk in the jungle.Back in the lodge, you will taste an exquisite dinner.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Eco Amazonia LodgeDay 3: Transfer Back To Puerto MaldonadoStop At: Tambopata Reserve Tours, Puerto Maldonado, Madre de Dios RegionAfter a refreshing night´s sleep, the loud vocalizations produced by the supersized voice box of the howler monkey will greet you good morning. In our dining room, a hearty breakfast will wait for you before going back to Puerto Maldonado.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • BreakfastNo accommodation included on this day.

$389.19 Multi-day & Extended Tours

3-Day Amazon Jungle Tour at Hacienda Concepción

Your 3-day tour of the Peruvian Amazon includes full board at Hacienda Concepción, a comfortable 3-star eco-lodge dedicated to the conservation of the Amazon jungle. Choose a single or double accommodation with a king-size bed or two twin beds, including shared bathrooms with hot water, and enjoy international breakfast, lunch and dinner served every day. This family-friendly lodge offers special activities for the kids (treasure hunts, for example) and adults can unwind at the bar (open until midnight) with a complimentary pisco sour each day at happy hour.Relax amid this enchanting and serene natural setting, located within more than 2,000 acres (800 hectares) of lush, unspoiled rainforest—all within easy walking distance of Lake Sandoval. You’ll enjoy wildlife viewing and guided excursions to the Tambopata National Reserve and beyond!

$630 Multi-day & Extended Tours

3-Day Amazon Jungle Tour at Inkaterra Reserva Amazónica

Enjoy two nights’ single or double accommodation at Inkaterra Reserva Amazónica Lodge, located on a private 30,000-acre (12,000-hectare) park in the Amazon Basin. Relax in the privacy of your superior cabana under an enchanting thatched roof, with access to a modern en suite bathroom with hot water available. Enjoy lodge amenities such as a bar, upstairs lounge and balconies for bird watching and stargazing. Unwind at the onsite spa with a purification treatment, reflexology or cold stone massage (own expense).With full board and all transportation included, you’ll have your choice of 13 unique guided excursions into the Peruvian Amazon jungle—one of the most bio-diverse places in the world! While activities at this luxury lodge—such as teatime—are more oriented toward adult singles and couples, families and children are welcome.

$347 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Peruvian Amazon Rain Forest 3-Day Tour from Puerto Maldonado

Day 1: Puerto Maldonado Pickup – Transfer to Eco-Lodge (L,D)Welcome and reception at the airport or bus terminal. Depending on when you arrive, you may first be transferred to the local tour operator's office to rest, have a snack or coffee, and use their wifi. Around noon, once the whole group has arrived, you'll transfer to the boat wharf, Port Captain. Begin the 1-hour boat ride to your eco-lodge while enjoying the wonders of the rainforest. Set off down the Madre de Dios River through the heart of the jungle surrounded by plants, animals, and breathtaking scenery.Arrive at your eco-lodge and settle into your private bungalow. Take a short rest before a guided walk around the lodge and its trails. Before dinner, you may take a walk with your guide and experience the jungle as it transforms from day into night making way for nocturnal animals. Then, go to the dinning hall for your first dinner in the rainforest and enjoy a typical meal from this region.Day 2: Jungle Walk – Taricaya Reserve (B, L, D)Have breakfast between 7am and 8am, and then begin your adventure walking on the trails surrounded by huge trees. You will arrive at the first platforms located 50 and 80 feet (15 and 25 meters) high, accessed by a suspension bridge, and explore the amazing structure of the trees and the wildlife that live in and around them.Continue your walk into the Taricaya reserve towards the Canopy platform, the highest tree platform in the Amazon rainforest located about 150 feet (45 m) high. Catch a glimpse of flying macaws, parrots, toucans, or the infamous harpy eagle; the views from this platform are truly unforgettable.Continue into the reserve to reach the animal rescue center, where you will encounter many different wild animals including jaguars, pumas, toucans, macaws, monkeys, jaguarondi, bush dog, tapirs, and more. Visit the butterfly house before returning to the lodge for lunch. Take a walk to the agro-forestry farm and visit the taricaya turtle project and its artificial beaches. Return to the lodge in your own inflatable boat with a beautiful backdrop of the sunset over the river. Rest before finishing the day with a caiman search along the river's edge in a motorboat by moonlight. End with dinner.Day 3: Puerto Maldonado Departure (B)Enjoy an early breakfast at your lodge before your 8am departure and scenic return boat trip on the Madre de Dios River, bringing you back to Puerto Maldonado around 9:30am. Depending on your return flight/bus, you can be taken directly to the airport/bus station, or dropped off at the office where you can rest, refresh yourself, and use the Wi-Fi. If time permits, you have the option of visiting the Puerto Maldonado city center on your own. In time for your flight or bus departure, return to the office to catch your transfer to the airport or bus terminal.

$468 Multi-day & Extended Tours

4-Day Amazon Jungle Tour at Eco Amazonia Lodge

ItineraryDay 1: Arrival To The Lodge And Caiman Cocha (Ecoamazonia)Stop At: Tambopata Reserve Tours, Puerto Maldonado, Madre de Dios RegionUpon your arrival in Puerto Maldonado, Peru’s capital of biodiversity, we will welcome you at the airport.Then, we’ll start our program by visiting the city on a bus. Then, we will go to Puerto Capitanía, the port where our riverboat will be waiting for us. We will sail across Rio Bajo Madre de Dios (Winding River) until arriving at our lodge, 30 km away from Puerto Maldonado City. On our way, you will be able to observe rural lands destined to agricultural and livestock activities near the city. If the weather is good, you will sight colorful plants like the large-flowered heliconias, and you will have the chance to observe diverse animals such as the capybaras, caimans, water turtles, herons, cormorants, carrion birds and birds of prey. Upon the arrival at our lodge, you will be welcomed with delicious Amazon tropical fruit nectars and taken to your comfortable room (bungalow) reserved for the occasion. Once you are settled in the room, a hearty lunch will be served for you in our warm, rustically designed dining room. In the afternoon, our specialized guide will take you through an interpretive trail, conveniently signposted, to Caiman Cocha, a little lagoon where you will have the chance to observe the black caiman and the common caiman, as well as efficient predators located at the top of the food chain. They feed on a rich water fauna—mainly represented by fish— that inhabits the pond. At dusk, you will witness the spectacular sunset over the Amazon region, an experience full of color in overwhelming ranges and intensities. Back in the lodge, a delicious dinner will await you and you will have free time to share unforgettable moments at the bar, equipped with an excellent game room and all the drinks you can imagine. The night fauna will lull you to sleep with the melody of a huge number of bird songs and calls.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Eco Amazonia LodgeDay 2: Lake Apu Victor And Monkey IslandStop At: Tambopata Reserve Tours, Puerto Maldonado, Madre de Dios RegionThe singing birds of paradise will wake you up renewed. A hearty breakfast will provide the energy for a morning full of new experiences. LAKE APU VICTOR: After breakfast, we will start a hike to the deep forest on conveniently prepared, preserved and signposted trails. On the way, we will cross the riverside to reach highelevation forests, and then we will descend to floodable forests, to go up again to the hills. During the journey, we will see the widest range of flora and fauna in the wild. Along the way, we will see diverse species of medicinal plants and fruit trees supporting the animal and human populations in the Amazon forests. Some of the most important are the moriche palm, mahogany, chestnut, catahua, cedar, trumpet-wood, copaiba, and shihuahuaco, among others. With luck and in silence, you can see bigger mammals, like the Brazilian tapir and the white-lipped peccary; rodents like the giant otter, the capybara, the spotted paca and the armadillo; primates like the coto or howler monkey, the squirrel monkey, the lion monkey and the black-cap capuchin monkey; reptiles like the iguana and the bothrops atrox; amphibians like the toad and birds like the guan, the partridge, the golden parakeet and the blue, yellow and red macaw. In the rainy jungle, you will see insects such as butterflies (Lepidoptera), scarabs (Coleoptera), crickets, cicadas, ants, centipedes and millipedes of several species. We’ll arrive at the majestic Lake Apu Victor surrounded by immense swamps and gigantic trees. Then, we’ll go up to an Amazonian observation deck, from which you’ll get to enjoy a panoramic view on the lake, observe parrots, macaws, toucans, horned screamers, hoatzins, herons and other animals like caimans, turtles, etc. A wide variety of fishes enters Lake Apu Victor with the flooding of (heavy) rainy season. In addition, there are other species of fauna associated to the lake, like the yellow-footed tortoise, the mata mata, the twist-necked turtle, the freshwater blenny, the kinkajou, the white-tailed deer, the Central American agoutis and the giant otter of the Amazon rainforest. Back in the lodge, a refreshing lunch will be waiting for you. MONKEY ISLAND In the afternoon, joined with our specialized guide, we will visit the Monkey Island, a few minutes away from the lodge in the center of Madre de Dios River. This island shows an enormous variety of exuberant flora and hosts numerous primate specimens like the black spider monkey, the black-cap capuchin monkey, the squirrel monkey and the lion monkey. Also other species of little mammals like the ring-tailed coati (Nasua nasua), the squirrel and an enormous variety of colored birds. Finally, we will complete our visit to the island, enjoying a sunset with the most impressive dusk in the jungle. Back in the lodge, you will taste an exquisite dinner. Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Eco Amazonia LodgeDay 3: Lost Cocha (Ecoamazonia - Ecologico)Stop At: Tambopata Reserve Tours, Puerto Maldonado, Madre de Dios RegionThe magic begins with birds singing from the Amazon paradise, waking up to the howler monkey calls. A hearty breakfast will provide you with the necessary energy for a morning full of new experiences. LOST COCHA After breakfast, we will start an adventure in the virgin forest, accompanied by a local guide, we’ll go on a hike in the deep forest: we will cover very well preserved prepared trails of our interpretive tour. On our way, we will cross temporary watercourses called tributaries through very well-kept bridges, and we’ll witness the widest range of flora and fauna in the wild. We’ll identify a great variety of ornamental plants with unparalleled beauty. En route to the Lost Cocha, we will see diverse species of medicinal plants and fruit trees that support the animal populations in the Amazon forest. With luck, you’ll get to see bigger mammals, like the jaguar or Peruvian jaguar, the Brazilian tapir and the white-lipped peccary; rodents like the giant otter, the capybara, the spotted paca and the armadillo; primates like the coto or howler monkey and the squirrel monkey; reptiles like the iguana and the Bothrops atrox; amphibians like the toad, and birds like the guan, the partridge, the golden parakeet and the scarlet macaw. The rivers leave behind wetland systems, lakes, ponds, and bends, like the spectacular Lost Cocha. Wetlands play an ecological role of great importance since they represent a substantial biological source with endemic species. They are the shelter of mammals. These swamps comprise 60% of the area protected and restored by Eco Amazonia Lodge. The presence of moriche palm is very important for Amazonian ethnic groups. It is a mystery plant considered the mother of the forest or the tree of life. The swamp is home of jealous guardians like the jaguar, feline considered son of the swamp; the anaconda, the world's biggest snake; the owl that sees everything from its dwelling at the top of the trees, to cure all ills, and the black caiman, guardian that punishes those that dare to steal the female moriche palm fruit. Once in Lost Cocha, we will go up to an enormous observation platform. From this lookout, you will see the enormous surface that this magic place covers and where you can see two types of swamps: thick and mixed. Then, we will take a pleasant walk around the Lost Cocha and with luck, you’ll get to see the "giant otter” or Pteronurabrasiliensis, the biggest in its type and one of the most impressive animals of the Amazon region. Back in the lodge, you can enjoy an exquisite lunch. In the afternoon, you have free time to take pictures around the lodge, and you will have the possibility to visit the botanical garden and observe our medicinal plants and fruit trees. MONKEY ISLANDIn the afternoon, joined with our specialized guide, we will visit the Monkey Island, few minutes away from the lodge in the center of Madre de Dios River. This island shows an enormous variety of exuberant flora and hosts numerous primate specimens like the black spider monkey, the black-cap capuchin monkey, the squirrel monkey and the lion monkey. Also other species of little mammals like the ring-tailed coati (nasua nasua), the squirrel and an enormous variety of colored birds.Finally, we will complete our visit to the island, enjoying a sunset with the most impressive dusk in the jungle.Back in the lodge, you will taste an exquisite dinner.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Eco Amazonia LodgeDay 4: Transfer Back To Puerto MaldonadoStop At: Tambopata Tours, Puerto Maldonado, Madre de Dios RegionThe singing birds of paradise will wake you up and the powerful roar of the howler monkey will warn you that you are still in its territory and that it is time to leave. In our dining room, a delicious breakfast will await you before going back to Puerto Maldonado. Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • BreakfastNo accommodation included on this day.

$549.15 Multi-day & Extended Tours

3-Day Amazon Jungle Tour at Posada Amazonas

Your Amazon tour includes two nights’ single or double accommodation, including all transportation and full board, with self-serve meals available for each breakfast, lunch and dinner. Owned by the indigenous Ese-Eja community of Infierno, Posada Amazonas is an airy eco-lodge built of natural materials and located near the Tambopata National Reserve. Each spacious room includes a private bathroom with hot water. Kerosene lamps and candles provide the lighting for classic rooms. (Please note: Rooms are separated not by doors, but by cane fencing with drapes, so they are private but not soundproof.)Enjoy one-of-a-kind daily excursions along with sightings of wild monkeys and colorful birds from the windowless verandah that overlooks the tropical rainforest! Climb the canopy tower for excellent rainforest views and wildlife spotting or relax at the onsite wellness center (massages, aromatherapy, etc. are at own expense).