History of Puerto Maldonado
The city was founded in July the 10th 1902 by the first commissioner and supreme representative of the Government, Don Juan S. Villalta. The name pay homage to the explorer Faustino Maldonado, who went across the water of the Madre de Dios river. Ten years later, Puerto Maldonado was declared as capital of Madre de Dios; however, in 1985 took place officially the foundation of the city of Puerto Maldonado.
Warm and humid climate, the maximum temperature is 93 °F (34 °C) and the minimum 70 °F (21 °C). the rainy season goes from December to March.
Getting to Puerto Maldonado
Location: Crossing point of Av. Fitzcarrald with Madre de Dios
It was declared some years ago as the world's ugliest building; its uncertain esthetics outside is counteracted with the beautiful views that it offers from the highest point.
Around Puerto Maldonado
Location: Elmer Faucett km 6
Hours: Monday to Sunday from 8:00 a. m. to 2:00 p. m.
Japipi means butterfly. It's a butterfly farm not to be missed. There are flowers and butterflies that fly everywhere, creating a nice atmosphere.
Location: at 24,8 mi (40km) to the east
This lake is the main tourist destination. To get there we recommend you to hire a guide service at any specialized agency of the city. To get inside you need first of all to do a 40 minutes trekking through a path, where you will admire diverse wonderful landscapes. Once you get there, you will be able to see otters, shanshos (a kind of bird), caimans and herons, among other birds.
Location: Close to the border with Bolivia
At this lake you can appreciate different mammals, turtles, caimans and even a famly of giant otters. It's inhabited by nearly 30 families commited with ecotourism, fishing and collection. During the tour you will admire riverside communities and the Isla de los Monos (the Monkey Island).
The main activity of this region is to explore the flora and fauna of the jungle. We recommend you a list of the most famous and symbolic places.
Reserva Nacional de Tambopata
Location: At 37 mi (60 km) to the south-west of Puerto Maldonado, in the Tambopata river.
Alfter a trip of 2 hours by a motor boat from Puerto Maldonado, you will get to the national biological reserve of Tambopata, a place located between the basins of the rivers Tambopata and Heath, where live 632 bird species, 1200 kinds of butterfly, 169 types of mammals, 205 kinds of birds, 103 amphibians and 67 reptiles.
You can visit this biological reserve just if you have booked in a surrounding lodge. To go inside is necessary to buy a ticket that costs 30 soles.
Parque Nacional Bahuaja-Sonene
Location: at 56 mi (90 km) from Puerto Maldonado, in the Heath river
Price: 30 soles
At this place is located the only tropical humid savannah of Peru. At this park there live animals as the maned wolf, the marsh deer, the giant anteater, wolf river or giant otter, the bushdog, the black lizard and the harpy eagle.
It's a dish made of fish and wrapped by banana leafs, so that when it's in the fire it takes a special taste.
Timbuche or chilcano
It's prepared with little fish as mojarreta (type of sea bream), harvestfish and other fishes. It's served with boiled green banana.
Restaurants in Puerto Maldonado
Location: Jr. Tacna, 457
Hours: open everyday from 7:30 a. m. to 3:00 p. m.
This restaurant is specialized in marine food. The plates are served full.
Location: León Velarde, 128
Price: 15-24 soles per dish
Typicao dishes of the region to enjoy in an environment totally decorated as the jungle.
Price: 10/15 soles per dish
Location: Crossing point Av. 2 de Mayo and Madre de Dios
This restaurant doesn't have a phone number nor street number, but it's well-known and the people come to taste its fish dishes.
Location: 26 de Diciembre, 235
Rate: From S/. 25- 40 per room
It's perfect for back-packers. The breakfast is really good, and if you like to do excursions through the jungle the owner is the best guide of the city.
Royal Inn Puerto
Location: Av. Dos de Mayo, 334
Rate: From s/ 35
It's the suitable place for the people who just need a lodging to spend the night.
Location: Av Aeropuerto km 7
Rate: Bungalow from s/ 50
It's located in the proximity of the city, this place is very calm and has a tropical garden. The lodge has a pool and a bar-restaurant.
Location: Jr. Cusco, 536
Rate: from s/ 90
It's close to the Plaza de Armas, this hotel has a lot of vegetation on the surrounding area, illuminated rooms and a perfect pool to swim when the weather is too warm.
Location: Av. León Velarde, 1272
Rate: approximately s/ 170
The hotel has all the amenities: garage, air conditioning and a pool. Besides that, there are beautiful views and the company of 2 parrots.
Hotel Puerto Amazonico
Location: León Velarde, 1081
Rate: from s/ 180 with private bathrooms and breakfast
The rooms are very comfortable. The hotel has air conditioning, wifi and a pool. The views are great.
Fiesta de San Juan
Date: June the 23rd and 24th
One of the best dates to come and appreciate the typical dishes, dances and habits.
Dia de la artesania
Date: January the 23rd
For the lovers of handmade objects, at this date they can enjoy some of the most beautiful statues of the region.
Fiesta de las Cruces Religiosas
Date: May the 1st to the 6th
This date's origin is the pre-Christian period, when they commemorated the spring and homage the nature.
Location: Av. León Velarde, 154
Hours: open Friday and Saturday from 9:00 p.m.
It's the perfect place for the people who want to enjoy a long party night.
Vikingo Disco – Bar
Location: Av. 26 de Diciembre 488, at 2 blocks from the Plaza de Armas
It's a nightclub where you can have national and international cocktails.
Location: Cruce Jr. Loreto y Jr. Arequipa
It's a place to enjoy the dancing music, talks and delicious drinks.
Peña la Choza del Candamo
Location: Av. Andrés Avelino Cáceres, km 0.05
Hours: open from 7 p.m.
It's a place with typical Peruvian music where you can enjoy the coast, mountain range and jungle foods.
Puerto Maldonado is located at the south east of Peru and it's the capital of the Madre de Dios department. Two rivers go through the city Madre de Dios and Tambopata. Tourists are attracted mainly for the excursions in the jungle, since the Amazonia is at the door of this city.
To travel by bus to Puerto Maldonado
To get to Puerto Maldonado on the highway you must go from Cusco, following the Interoceanica highway that connects the Pacific coast of Peru to the Atlantic of Brazil, a route that takes about 20 hours. It's not a direct travel, since first of all you take a bus Lima-Cusco and there another one to Puerto Maldonado. The bus companies that cover the route to Cusco are Tepsa, Civa, Wari Palomino, Excluciva, Moviltours. From Cusco to Puerto Maldonado you can travel with Civa and Tepsa.