Macaw birds at a lick in the Peruvian Amazon

Puerto Maldonado & the Amazon

About Puerto Maldonado and the Amazon

The frontier colonist town of Puerto Maldonado is a remote jungle settlement close to the Bolivian border. Stretching out from the Madre de Dios riverfront to the forest edge, Puerto Maldonado offers excellent access to the Amazon rainforest with jungle lodges, exceptional wildlife and indigenous cultures all within easy reach. Lago (lake) Sandoval is only an hour away downriver and is a great place for bird spotting with the giant otter making the occasional appearance. Travelling further east to Lago Valencia you can watch gold-panners on the river and visit a small Indian settlement before observing caiman basking on the muddy banks of the lake.

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To truly feel, see and hear the Amazon rainforest in all its splendid glory, the Tambopata-Candamo Reserved Zone is arguably the place to do so in Peru. Accessible from a number of lodges in the Puerto Maldonado region, the reserve is home to some of the world’s most bio diverse rainforest and Colpa Colorado, the world’s largest macaw clay lick. Attracting wild birds with salt, minerals and clay, these licks are an incredible sight when at first light hundreds of colourful parrots congregate to feed. Ideally it’s best to spend at least two nights in the Amazon to maximise wildlife spotting opportunities and fully appreciate this unique environment. Guided walks and canoe trips are the ideal way to explore the Amazon as the flora, fauna and culture of the region are introduced and explained. Staying in jungle lodges, at night be serenaded to sleep by the soundtrack of distant cicadas, dove song and duetting frogs, and wake to the cacophony of howler monkeys, the humming of insects and chirping of birds.

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Puerto Maldonado and the Amazon Hotels

If you are planning a Puerto Maldonado and the Amazon holiday, have a look at some of the accommodation that we recommend. 'Our Rating' indicates how we feel each property rates according to normal Western hotel standards. 'Local Rating' indicates how the property is categorised/rated locally:

EcoAmazonia Lodge Puerto Maldonado and the Amazon

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Standard Lodge

Set on the banks of the Madre de Dios river in the heart of the Tambopata Reserve, the EcoAmazonia Lodge offers individual bungalows built from local materials that perfectly complement the exotic surroundings. The spacious bungalows feature en suite bathrooms with comfortable beds, an inside seating area and windows that are open to the elements save for a mesh to stop insects from entering the rooms, enabling guests to wake to the sounds of the jungle. Spread across beautifully landscaped grounds, the lodge also boasts a cold water swimming pool, a dining room and a bar serving tropical-themed cocktails. The lodge is located opposite Monkey Island roughly two hours along the Madre de Dios river from Puerto Maldonado.

Inkaterra Haciencda Concepcion Puerto Maldonado and the Amazon

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Mid Range Lodge

Built in a former cacao and rubber plantation, Inkaterra Hacienda Concepcion is a rustic chic jungle lodge. Guests stay in rooms or cabanas, all with beautiful interiors, delightful en suites and comfortable beds. Meals are served in a buffet style, using only the best local ingredients and especially good homemade breads. The lodge also a friendly bar with free Pisco sours served between 5 and 7pm! Positioned within walking distance of the beautiful and secluded Lake Sandoval in the Peruvian Amazon.

Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica Puerto Maldonado and the Amazon

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: Mid Range Lodge

Climb the banks of the meandering Madre de Dios River and enter the wonderful realm of the Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica where you can fall asleep to the sounds of the rainforest. The charming wooden cabanas are topped with a high thatched-palm roof with canopy mosquito nets and comfortable bedding. The spacious bathrooms feature hot water and a complete set of ecologically friendly toiletries. After a hot day exploring the rainforest relax on your own hammock within the screened siesta area. The property also features a bar, balconies for bird watching and stargazing and a rustic spa.

Puerto Maldonado and the Amazon Tailor made suggestions

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