Puerto Maldonado Mini Trip
Puerto Maldonado was founded in 1902 after the Peruvian explorer, Faustino Maldonado, who discovered this land. Just 10 years later, this city became the capital of the region. Located where the Tambopata and Madre de Dios rivers cross, some of the best soil is found in this area. Despite the discovery of gold on the shores in the late 1970s, this city has remained rather small with about 57,000 inhabitants. Here you'll experience a great and rather untouched rainforest with diverse nature and wildlife. Enjoy this unspoilt nature and the sounds of the forest.
Today you will be arriving in Puerto Maldonado. You'll go from the airport to the office where all of your trip preparations into the forest will be arranged. Here you'll get some insight as to what to expect for the rest of your stay. Give yourself a bit of a rest before embarking on your boat ride to your rainforest accommodation. You'll eat some lunch as you travel on the Tambopata River. You'll settle into your accommodation located in the Tambopata reserve, and will head out later to the 30 meter high lookout tower where you'll get a great view of the rainforest tree tops. You may also be able to see colorful toucans, parakeets and macaws.
Hotel Posadas Amazonas* (Comfort or Standard rooms) Lunch, Dinner
Today you'll go by boat and food to reach the Tres Chimbadas Lake. Here you'll be able to get a closer encounter of animals in their natural habitat. On the shore you'll see different types of birds, caimans, shoal and hoatzin and maybe even the world's largest freshwater oyster. Giant otter are also native to this area and are most active from sunrise to 9:00 am. You'll also be going to the Collpa de Loros today where you will see colorful parrots and parakeets swarming to rocks that serve as a good source of salt. Then, in the afternoon you'll visit the ethnobotanical center, Ñape, where plants are cultivated for their medicinal properties. At night, the rainforest is as exciting as during the day. A large number of animals are active, which you'll definitely hear. Most likely it will be tricky to spot any of them other than a colorful frog or two. Enjoy the forest sounds and you go to bed.
Hotel Posadas Amazonas* (Comfort or Standard rooms) Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Today is your last day. After breakfast, you'll be leaving your rainforest adventure behind. Though if you feel that two days was not long enough, you can easily book an extra night through our optional offer below. Though if you do wish to leave Puerto Maldonaldo, either to return home or carry on in Cuba, you'll return by boat and taken to the airport. If you're wondering where to go to next, Cusco and Lima have a lot to offer!
- 2 nights in a hotel, with meals (full-board)
- Transfers between airport and accommodation
- English-speaking guide
- Transportation and boat trips (for items in the itinerary)
- Other meals and drinks
- Tips and gratuities
- The airport transfers are always on arrival at 13:00 and at 14:30, with departures always at 07:00 and at 08:00.
- Group size for tours and hikes is up to 10 people
- During the stay in the rainforest, unnecessary luggage is stored in the lockable storage area of the office in Puerto Maldonado
Extra Day - Hike & Visit to Local Village
Want more time in Puerto Maldonado? Then stay another night and experience one more exciting adventure in the rainforest. On a 2-hour hike through the jungle, you will learn more about the history and development of the rainforest and see the largest trees in the area: the Ceiba. You'll hike along the Tambopata River to some terra firma, meaning hard earth, as this part of the rainforest always remains dry. After the hike, you'll rest along the banks of the Tambopata and some peace and tranquility. After your rest, you'll take a boat in the afternoon to Infierno, a local village with great diversity. Here you will see many cultivated plants, each with its own benefits and properties. Finally, you'll spend one last night in a quiet jungle evening before returning early the next day.
Price: see table
Includes: overnight with full-board, English speaking guide