Location: Southeast of Perú.
Area: 85 183 km2.
Capital: Puerto Maldonado (183 masl)
Altitude: Minimum: 183 masl (Puerto Maldonado)
Maximum: 500 masl (Boca Manu)
It is said that the Amazon forest is the only place that gives one the sensation of witnessing the dawn of time. Thousands of visitors are drawn to the diversity of the area's forests and rivers, arriving in the city of Puerto Maldonado, the capital of the department of Madre de Dios, ready to set out on a journey filled with excitement and discovery.
Founded July 10, 1902, the city was named after explorer Faustino Maldonado,
who paddled up the Madre de Dios River to the point where it comes together
with the Tambopata River. Puerto Maldonado is the gateway to three national
parks in the Peruvian Amazon featuring an extraordinary diversity of wild species
of flora and fauna: the Manu, Bahuaja-Sonene and Tambopata-Candamo.
The Manu National Park is the largest protected natural area of its kind in Peru. Spreading across the departments of Cuzco and Madre de Dios, the park covers the entire Manu River watershed.
A boatride down the Tambopata or Madre de Dios Rivers takes one to the Bahuaja-Sonene (Tambopata-Heath) National Park, while the Heath River leads to the Pampas del Heath, a unique savanna area wedged in the heart of Peru's tropical rainforest and a haven for unique animal species.
The Tambopata River leads to the Tambopata-Candamo Reserved Zone, which is famous for featuring the greatest diversity of species of mammals, trees, insects and birds on Earth.