The place: the Paradise of the Amazonic Jungle.. "Puerto Maldonado"
In the Peruvian Amazony eyes do not reach to watch so much beauty. It is the preferred destiny for adventurers and also for lover of natural scenes and photographic safaries. It is one of the most complete destinies of the country, counting with numbers of national parks, reserves and touristic circuits. And for those who have been tired of so much walking a stop in Puerto Maldonado is waiting for you, The Capital of the Department where some histories of the Inca civilization will be reveled to you and the remains it has left by the region.
This department has been officially untitled as "Capital of the Biodiversity of Perú", whose title makes gala of its biological, landscaping and cultural richness. Which has been defined under a deserved recognition by Nº26311 and it is because in its territory 575 varieties of birds, 1,200 of butterflies, 135 species of ants and one of the major biodiversity of the planet.
Madre de Dios counts with three protected areas: the National Park of Manú and its Reserved Zone, the Reserved zone Tambopata-Candamo and the National Park Bahuaja-Sonene.
The three comprehend 3.5 millions of hectáreas (8, 648,500 acres) of ecosystems of protected amazonic jungle, and represent the biggest and richest área for the biodiversity in the world.
What is known today as Madre de Dios, formed part of the ancient incan empire, in the región known as Antisuyo. However is Little what is known of its formation with exactitude. Also, some cronics of Inca Garcilaso de la Vega have been put for judgement for the contradictory data they give. However, historians coincide that the conquest of this región was difficult for incas, since they had to afford hard tribes and knowing ones of the zone. Some tribes as the Machiguengas, survive nowadays.
The weather of Madre de Dios is of tropical type; warm, humid and with rains upper to 1000 m.m. per year.
The media temperature per year in Puerto Maldonado, Capital of the Departament, is of 38 ºC. In the months of August and September the weather in de Madre de Dios suffers sometimes the influence of doughs of cold air that arrive from the southeast of the American Continent. Causing sensible lowing of temperature that make thermometers go low to 8ºC. And that are known locally with the names of "friaje" freezing.
Puerto Maldonado.- It is the Capital of the Department of Madre de Dios an the point of starting for walks and expeditions to the rivers Tambopata, Piedras and Bajo Madre de Dios.
Founded in 1912, is the most important town of the south jungle. It is located at 210 meters above sea level in the joining of the rivers Tambopata and Madre de Dios.
By land it allows the access to the boarder (Perú - Brasil), of the city of Puerto Maldonado (Perú) to the city of Asís (Brasil) 242 Km. of distance. We count with different vehicles: minibus or daily automovil, from the city of Asis. Very good pavemented road , you may choose to direct you adventure directly Manaus passing by these cities or maybe go to r a Río de Janeiro that is in the south part of Brasil: Asís - Brasil / Río Branco / Manaus / a Boat for Leticia, boarder Brasil - Perú / Leticia / Iquitos by another Boat.
Visas: Is not necessary for most of the citizens of the countries of América and Western Europe. The citizens of Bolivia, Ecuador and Chile do not need Passports nor visa to get into determined regions of Perú. In these cases the authorized time for staying is 90 days (can become wider by the migratory authority). Consult with the Peruvian diplomatic representative in your country to get more information.
Money: American dollars can be changed in the Banks and at the Money Exchange houses. For the traveler checks you can only go to Banco de Crédito. The Schedule in the bank is from Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 m. and on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 m. But to make banking operations usually is uncomfortable because of the long waiting in the lines of access to the counters. The houses of money exchange open daily from 8:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. Almost nobody accept credit cards, it is better to pay in advance to your visit for the service. Euros are also accepted but not as commonly as the dollars.
Personal equipment and apparel: Depending of the time you plan to stay your will need light clothe of cotton (a change per day) long sleeve shirts and long trousers and for the excursión with us you will need caps or hats, long pants, long sleeves t-shirts or BVDs and sneakers, boots for excursión and rubber high boots, a raincoat, sun glasses, hat, bathing suit, a sweater or a light jacket.
Bringing repelent for insects, sun blocker, personal medicines, a bottle of water, binoculars, lantern with bateries and bulb for replacemente, a pocket cutter and a photo camera with bateries, will increase the enjoying of the visit.
In the city of Puerto Maldonado you can be with t-shirts with short sleeves and short plants..
Approximate prices in Puerto Maldonado:
* Hosting from US $ 10.00 up to more. * Restaurants Menu from S/ 6.00 until more.
* Local call S/. 0.50 x 3 minutes
* National call S/. 1.00 x minutes
* International call S/. 3.00 x minutes
* Internet S/. 3.00 x hour
* Repelent for Insects S/. 30
* Bottle of water of 500 ml S/. 1.50
Transportation in Puerto Maldonado:
Public transportation (COMBIS) ------ Local S/. 0.60
Airport S/. 1.00 The common motos are used to take one passenger and they are called Taxi motos.
Taxis Services- In the city, S/. 1.00 nuevo sol. Service of Motocars -Taxis - In the city, S/. 2.00 nuevos soles.
Also motorcycles can be rented at 5 soles the hour and bicycles.
Schedule - Lima (12:00 h) Buenos Aires (14:00 h), Spain (18:00 h) Tokyo (02:00 h)* New York (13:00) London(18:00 h) París (18:00 h) Sidney (03:00 h*) *of the next day.
How to arrive - By air:
We can travel all the year in daily flights.These flights depart from the cities of Lima and Cuzco by the mornings, the airlines are Star Perú and LAN Perú.
The recommended flights to arrive to Puerto Maldonado are the first ones in the morning, that will allow you to enjoy in a walk during more time in the jungle. To depart from Puerto Maldonado we recommend the latest posible flight thus you will not have to wake up so early to be at the airport.
Regular flights from the city of:
Lima (1 hour and 30 minutes)
Cusco (30 minutes).
Puerto Maldonado is accesible from Cuzco in buses during the whole year, because now we count with the interoceanic high road " Interoceánica." Yet the distance is short (530 km.), the trip is of 15 to 16 hours since the road is very accessible.
It exists as well in both terminals from Cusco and Puerto Maldonado 10 enterprises of buses that make the route daily.
Also you can rent motorcycles and make the trip become an unforgettable adventure
Lima - Arequipa - Cusco - Puerto Maldonado: 2.180 km (51 hours by bus).
Lima - Nasca - Abancay - Cusco - Puerto Maldonado: 1621 km (42 hours by bus).
Cusco - Puerto Maldonado: 533 km (15 hours approx.)
DISTANCES FROM PUERTO MALDONADO
Salvación (Prov. Manu) / 1 hour up to Puerto Laberinto by land way and 3 days by river way.
Iñapari (Prov. de Tahuamanu) 244 km / 4 hours by car.
Padre José Aldamiz. High road La Pastora-La Joya km 7. Tel.(082)57-1533/57-1531/ 57-1532.
The enterprises that offer service in the route Puerto Maldonado-Iberia-Iñapari are concentrated in the corner of Jr. Ica wth Jr. Piura and the ones that offer service in the route Puerto Maldonado - Cusco are in the 3rd block of Av. Tambopata and at the land termnal that is located in the highroad towards the airport.
Meals and drinks:
The food from the jungle is full of exotic delights. As an appetizer, the salad of chonta is of the most tasting ones.. Meat and babanas are always present in the main as l tacacho con cecina (bananas to the brass with sparklings, minced onion and dry meat) and the stuffed banana (dough of bananawith a stuf of meat and peanuts.
It exists a variety of typical dishes of the Region, among them we have:
- El tacacho.
- La Patarasca (pescado envuelto en hoja de plátano a la brasa)
- Estofado de motelo
- Sarapatera de motelo
- Sopa de motelo
- Munchangue (huevo de tortugas, con plátano verde sancochado).
- Asado de picuro
- Bistec de venado
- Inchicapi de gallina
- Sudado de gamitana o paco
- Chicharrón de dorado
- Caldo de carachama
- Ceviche de corvina
- Ensalada de palmito
- La paca
- El puchucuy
- Suri frito
- El Mazato : Made of mandioc, water and sugar.
- La Aguagina : Delicious drink made with aguaje, an eating fruit typical from the typical palm of the zone.
- El Ungurahui : made of Ungurahui, water and sugar.
- El Chapo : Fresh drink of banana and sugar that is served cold.
- Cocona : made of Cocona, water and sugar.
- Carambola : made of Carambola water and sugar.
- Maracuya : made of Maracuya , water and sugar.
Pihuayo : Frech drink made with the fruit of another palm typical from the zone.
Among the principal drinks we have the followings:
- EL MASATO .- Made in base of grind mandioc, boiled and fermented.
- EL HUARAPO .- It is a drink made of juice of sugar cane boiled and fermented. From this drink also comes the light wine of cane.
LA AGUAJINA , UNGURAHUI, EL CHAPO, COCONA, CARAMBOLA, MARACUYA, PIJUAYO and others.