Puerto Maldonado is a city in Southeastern Peru in the Amazon forest 55 kilometers (34 mi) west of the Bolivian border on the confluence of the Tambopata and Madre de Dios River, a tributary of the Amazon River. It is the capital of the Madre de Dios Region.
Nearby are the Manu National Park, Tambopata National Reserve, and Bahuaja-Sonene National Park. These are some of the most pristine primary rain forests in the world, which include several oxbow lakes and clay licks, where hundreds of birds including macaws feed on clay.
In 1901, the Peruvian Government created a committee to explore the nation’s rainforest. Don Juan Villalta led an expedition along the Tambopata River, departing from Sandia.Villata founded Puerto Maldonado on July 10, 1902 as a station where the Tambopata met the Madre de Dios. He named the port after Faustino Maldonado, of Tarapoto, who had explored the Madre de Dios in 1861 and drowned in the rapids of the Mamoré River.
The Madre de Dios region was created by law on Dec. 26, 1912 with Puerto Maldonado as its capital.
The city was formally recognized in 1985.
Puerto Maldonado is in the tropical Amazon Basin. The climate is hot and humid at all times. The average annual temperature is 26 °C (79 °F) with the months of August and September being the hottest. Annual rainfall exceeds 1,000 millimeters (3.3 ft). The wet season is from October to April. The main part of the town is located on a slightly elevated area that does not normally flood in the wet season. Road travel often becomes impossible during this time. A low season occurs between June and August.
A common phenomenon known locally as a “surazo” or “friaje” occurs when polar winds blow in from the mountainous south. The temperature will drop to as low as 8 °C (46 °F) for several days.
Lucky day, you might see giant otters (Animals in danger of extinction) or very big black caimans (the biggest one registered is five meter long).
Arrival in Puerto Maldonado. Then transfer to the village in where we will get on our boat and begin the unforgettable journey through the Madre de Dios River. On the way, you could observe the alligators, turtles, herons and other animals. Arriving to the Amazon Lodge, you will enjoy of the exquisite typical welcome drink and then you will settle in our comfortable bungalows, afterwards comes lunch. With the help of our specialized guide we will visit Monkey Island. Located at only five minutes from the lodge, in the middle of the Madre de Dios river, the monkey island hosts different monkey species: starting from the noisy ones, the Maquisapas, the happy Achuñis, and the very impressive Frailes to the very little and funny “leoncitos” little lions. During the way to the Island, very beautiful landscapes are shown to the sight with all the flora and fauna that they host, as well as the amazing sunset in the jungle.
After breakfast we will start an adventure thought the virgin jungle, advised by a local guide; we’ll hike into the “Cocha Perdida” (Lost Cocha), it constitutes an ecosystem that is considered as a refuge of a huge variety of animals like, nutrias, caimans, turtles sachavacas, multicolor feather birds, the majestic jaguar ( Andean lion) and fish. This area is unique and belongs to the Eco-Amazon lodge, because it is still maintained intact, like the huge swamps and a diversity of “Aguajal” forests. Then we will arrive to the amazing Amazon observatory, built at the top the biggest tree “SHIHUAHUACO”, from that location you may observe the magical jungle, and at the same time have a pleasant ride in a canoe around the lake. Then return to the lodge, lunch. Then in the afternoon a canoe ride though the river and a visit to a typical local family, then return and dinner.
Breakfast, at the indicated time we will start another excursion across the magic jungle where we will sail though the Madre de Díos River, till to get to the beginning to a hiking trek to the rivers GAMITNA / BRIOLO; born in the heart of the virgin jungle, these two rivers with their winding ways, they form huge sailing channels then we will return by canoe, observing closely animals like, turtles, caimans, butterflies and a great variety of insects. Then we will arrive to the lodge, dinner and overnight.
The day will start with the beautiful bird singing; then comes breakfast. We’ll start our journey with a hike to the deeps of the woods, special paths with britches to cross the gaps, during the journey we will observe the caimans cave, then we will continue and arrive to the majestic APU VICTOR LAKE, beautiful crystalline waters, surrounded by huge swamps, giant trees. Later we will climb up our AMAZON OBSERVATORY, since where we will have a panoramic view of the lake, we will observe parrots, guacamayos, toucans, camungo, shanshos, herons, and some other animals like caimans, turtles and if we are lucky enough we could observe one of the most spectacular animals of the jungle the giant nutria, then after many hours, we will return to the lodge. Lunch. Then in the afternoon we will visit Gamitana river, that is born in the heart of the jungle. In its shores we could observe turtles, caimans, butterflies and some other animals. You may have a swim in its waters, then return and dinner.
Breakfast and transfer to the airport
IMPORTANT NOTE :
Light clothing, long sleeve shirts, long pants, hats, waterproof jacket, two pairs of shoes, sunglasses, insect repellent, sunscreens, swimwear, boots, binoculars, flashlight, camera, water bottles, personal medications.
Puerto Maldonado Tambopata 5D 2016 – 2017
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When is the best time to visit Tambopata?
One of the most frequently asked questions by people who are planning a trip to Peru is when they should visit Tambopata. They wonder if weather and/or animal sightings vary by time of year or if there are other factors to take into consideration.
Although it would be easy to say that it’s worth it to experience the exciting Amazonian rainforests of Tambopata at any time of the year,
Nevertheless, there are advantages to visiting Tambopata during the wet season too so the best time to go depends more on what you hope to see and how you would like to experience the Amazon rainforest. The following questions and their respective answers will help you decide when to visit Tambopata:
When is the dry season?:
Although it can rain at any time of the year, the Tambopata region tends to be drier from May until October. The rains start up in earnest in November and continue until April with the rainiest months usually being November and December. Upsides to visiting during the dry season are trails that aren’t as muddy, little chance of activities being affected by rain, and more macaws and parrots on the clay licks. Downsides to visiting during the dry season are hotter weather, less bird activity on sunny days, more difficulty in finding amphibians, and more travel time on rivers due to low water levels.
Why visit Tambopata during the wet season?:
Although you can expect a lot of rain, there will probably be fewer fellow ecotourists (if you like a lot of extra elbow room), it usually rains in the afternoon, it tends to be a bit cooler, and there may be higher bird activity on account of the cloudy weather. The ponds and temporal wetlands that form at this time of the year in the rainforest can also make it easier to find reptiles and amphibians.
When will I see the most animals?:
In all honesty, no month is particularly better to see animals than any other. While more parrots and macaws tend to visit the clay lick during the dry season, other animals are encountered with the same frequency no matter what the time of the year. A much bigger factor that comes into play for seeing Amazonian wildlife is the guide’s level of experience and training.
What luggage should I bring for the tour to sandoval lake?
Carry little luggage as little as possible because you have to walk 1 hour to reach the lake sandoval our lodge, bring luggage that can be carried like backpacks loading for trekking and to take only what is necessary, and 2-3 sets of clothing and useful grooming.
What things should I bring for the tour?
Flashlights with enough batteries for night walks , binoculars , insect repellent with more than 30% deet , bottle of water for the first day .
What clothing should I bring for the tour?
We recommend pants comfortable cloth for walking and long sleeve shirts, but if you bring a good repellent can dress with short clothes , trekking shoes if rains we will facilitate you rubber boots for the tour, so we will give you the boots on arrival in Puerto Maldonado, office.
Do I need to bring extra money for the tour?
We recommend bringing some cash in case you want some extra drink at the lodge as soft drinks, beer , drinks and / or gratuities for staff will be at your service.
If I have any allergies or suffer illness before I report ?
If of course, so that we can provide good service and help to know how should report any illness and / or allergies you have .
In the tour you have the option of vegetarian nutrition ?
Yes, of course we have options for vegetarians, right through request sent an e -mail , your food requirement.
What time does the tour start ?
We have 2 daily departures in the morning at 8:30 am and in the afternoon at 1:30 pm . if you have your arrival flight to Puerto Maldonado later , inform in an email to arrange your pick up and start your tour.
The tour starts at the time of arrival of flight and / or bus to Puerto Maldonado performing the necessary coordination , if we had more passengers arriving on the next flight with no more than 1-2 hours of waiting , we have to wait for the other passengers and so start the tour together .