Discover the incredible beauty of Puerto Maldonado
The many mysteries and the incredible beauty of the Amazon rain forest attracts thousands of visitors each year. As one explores the amazing diversity of the forests and rivers here, you may feel that you are transported to a different world. Puerto Maldonado, Peru, is a great place to start if you are looking to spend some time in this world-renowned natural attraction.
The city of Puerto Maldonado was founded in 1902 when an explorer by the name of Faustino Maldonado paddled up the Madre de Dios River. Maldonado likely discovered that the point where the Madre de Dios River meets with the Tambopata River was the perfect place to build a settlement and hence, a city bearing his name was soon established. While the town itself is charming, the majority of visitors to Puerto Maldonado do not come here to enjoy the peaceful streets or local craft markets - they come here because Puerto Maldonado is the gateway to three of the country's Amazonian national parks; the Manu, the Bahuaja-Sonene and the Tambopata-Candamo national parks.
The Manu National Park is perhaps the largest protected natural area in Peru. It stretches from Cuzco to Madre de Dios and includes the entire Manu River watershed. The Bahuaja-Sonene National Park can only be reached by boat specialises in unique animal species while the Tambopata-Candamo Reserved Area is famous for having the greatest diversity of bird, mammal, tree and insect species on the planet. Besides these incredible wilderness areas, the area is also host to a number of festivals and related tourism which will make for a more exciting trip. Find an airport near Puerto Maldonado now to and book your stay to make sure you don't miss out.