Puerto Maldonado Travel Guide
our "room" at Posadas Amazonas
our "room" at Posadas Amazonas
Madre de Dios
Fantastic people and amazing scenery. Wow....
In a nutshell
motorcycles, dusty roads and a rainforest around the corner
The people are very welcoming. They wave as tourist buses go by. There is a clinic in town but I have not used it. It seems like this would be a really fun town to just spend some time in with the locals... ie the town isn't yet filed with gringos :)
Trip to an hacienda
Most of the guides you will find at your lodge will probably take you to an hacienda were you will find all kinds of fruits you know and ome you don´t. I ate so many of them that I didn´t feel too good at night even though everything was very delicious at that moment.I saw a...
Puerto Maldonado has three of the greatest natural reserves: the Manu Reserve, the National Park of Bahuaja - Sonene, the Tambopata Reserve – Candamo, They represent more than 3 million hectares. More than 1250 different species of butterflies, 20 000 types of plants, 1000...
The Ayahuasca brew is considered by the Amazon's tribes as one of the master "teacher plants". It has been used by Shamans of the Peruvian Andes and Amazon jungle for centuries as an essential part of their traditional medicine as a way of expanding consciousness. In...
From Puerto Maldanado travel for twenty minutes on the Madre de Dios River, to the access trail to Lake Sandoval, a beautiful typical rainforest lake. It’s a very pleasant (but hot) 5 km hike to the banks of the lake. Once there you board a canoe to paddle around the lake...
Search for Caimans
One of the highlights of our trip was a night boat ride to search for Caimans. You can find them close to the banks of the river and all you need is a good guide with a keen sense of sight!! They bring the Caiman onto the boat providing you with a (safe) opportunity to be...
El Tigre: For the best cebiche in Puerto Maldonado!
If you want to eat in Puerto Maldonado, be careful where you go. Try only places where you can be sure food is prepared with high standards.
Avoid eating in the street!
At El Trige, you will not only eat safely, but you will able to taste the best cebiche I ever had in Puerto Maldonado.
Also, try the "Chupe de Camarón". The picture will worth thousand words :P
Favorite Dish: Cebiche and Chupe de Camarón (Shrimp Soup).
Written Feb 3, 2004
- Related to:
- Budget Travel
Do the Salsa!!
Just because you’re in a small town doesn’t mean you can’t kick your heals up. There are several options for nightlife in the small town of Puerto Maldanado and although they might not be glamorous they are plenty of fun and provide a fantastic break from all the relaxation you’ve been having!!
Dance the salsa or jive to western music either way the locals will welcome you like one of their own.
n.b. I was there with my mother who is in her 50’s and she enjoyed herself just as much as I did. Perfect for all ages!!
Dress Code: Anything, but everyone tended to dress to impress (for the jungle anyway)
Written Aug 31, 2006
I usually travel with LAN Peru as they are a member of the Oneworld alliance and use rather new A320s which inspire confidence.There's also two other inexpensive domestic airlines Aero Condor and another one who changed name since they crashed 2 years ago. Can't remember the...
The road to the Tambopata river
The road from Puerto Maldonado and Infierno, where you take the boat to go to the lodges, is quite rugged. Be ready for bumps, puddles, mud and everything in between... Hopefully you won't have to get off and push...
If you ever wondered about the sense of life, the universe or quantumphysics or anything you always wanted to understand.
Ayahuasca is the spiritual teacher plant that can help you in so many ways.
It brought wisdom about living in harmony with nature to the indians who always lived in balance with the environment.
I've participated over the past 3 years in more than 10 ceremonies which gave me quite a breakthrough experience. This plant really can teach one a lot!
Please also check out my other tips and the website below to find out more.
Updated May 23, 2007
- Related to:
- Jungle and Rain Forest
Nobody loves music more than I do, but, the jungle is a fantastic place to just listen. So, do us all a favor and don't be "that guy" who has to bring his "tunes" out into the jugle and share them with everybody else. I thought people had I-pods these days???
Depending on where you come from, the Amazon in Peru is a yellow fever area. Make sure that you have your vaccinations before you arrive (or you can have one once you arrive) and keep your documentation. Many countries require that you have this vaccination and documentation...
Cold in the Amazon???
Although rare we arrived in Puerto Maldanado as the “freo” (cold front) set in. Imagine a plane full of people arriving in shorts and t-shirts to 10 degree Celsius weather!! It is impossible to predict when this front from Antarctica will hit and it only hits around once a...
Warm clothes in the Jungle??
Although the Amazon is usually hot, I encountered a very cold spell while I was there. So, whilst the majority of your packing should be t-shirts, pants, boots with socks, hats etc you should also bring a warm jumper and a pair of jeans. Trust me, if the “freo” hits, you...
all flavours of mosis but not that bad...
Back-pack or dufflebag or carry-all whatever suits you best. I had a carry-all with wheels fitting into overhead locker in planes and a day pack.
Light long clothes covering skin, MOSQITOES!Bathing suit, Lake Sandoval etc.Sun glasses and hat.RaincoatSun block and insect...
Let the plants tell you a thing or two about life
Ever wondered why life is treating you the way it does while throwing things at you the way it is..?So was I and my time had finally arrived to find my approach to gain some insight........on life the universe and anything else as Douglas Adams would say.Hindsight tells me...
There is this little zoo, next to the road to (or from) the airport. The animals look terrible so if you are sensible, don't go. But it is kind of fascinating and touching to see all these animals together and it makes you wonder: why? why? why?
Pto. Maldonado jungle town or rather village..
This place can be used as a starting point for some very exciting trips into the rain forest with its vast biodiversity.Average annual temperature: 26°. Rain season runs from December to March.Located in the tropical rainforest of the departments of Cuzco and Madre de Dios,...
If you see this flower, I think you should know it is a banana flower.The banana plant is growing up in one year, normaly the plant is separated from the mother tree and is put in the soil where it will start to grow very rapidly.
Explore Deeper into Puerto Maldonado