Puerto Maldonado (Puerto Maldonado)
Puerto Maldonado (Puerto Maldonado) – A small town in the south-east of Peru, located at the merger of the Madre de Dieos Rivers (Amazon’s influx) and Tambopata, 430 km east of Cusco, 230 km from Bruzilia and 54 km from Bolivia border. Population – 56,382 people (2007).
The city was founded on July 10, 1902. In the past, the economy of Puerto Maldonado was based on the extraction of gold and rubber, logging and collection of Brazilian walnut. Currently, this port city, down from it begins shipping on the river, and also this is the largest center of Ecotourism in Peru.
Due to the successful location near the three largest protected zones of the country – National Park Manu (included in the UNESCO World Heritage List), Tambopate National Reserve and Bauach-Sonen National Park, Puerto Maldonado town called «The southern capital of Peruvian Amazonia».
It is from Puerto Maldonado most excursion programs on these three reserved zones, which are a real environmental paradise with a colossal diversity of flora and fauna.
Major Gate Puerto Maldonado – an airport PADRE ALDAMIZ INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, Located 8 km from the city.
Airplanes fly from Lima (about 1.5 hours on the road) and Cusco (about 30 minutes).