The city of Puerto Maldonado, located in south eastern Peru, is the capital of the department of Madre de Dios and of the province of Tambopata. It was founded on July 10, 1902 by Don Juan Villalta in honor of the explorer Faustino Maldonado who explored the jungle and traveled the Madre de Dios and Tambopata Rivers during the rubber boom.
This place was also known because gold deposits were found and later wood industries appeared. These two activities are still carried out at present, although the export of Brazil nuts has also increased.
In the beginning Puerto Maldonado was isolated. Already in the year 2010 with the construction of the Inter Oceanic Highway its economy improved more, because this road joins it with the neighboring country of Brazil.
The celebrations for this anniversary last almost a week and various events such as food fairs, competitions, parades, and beauty contests are carried out.
Puerto Maldonado was awarded the title of Capital of Biodiversity of Peru due to the findings of flora and fauna found in the forests of the region and it is from this date that tourism increased Puerto Maldonado it being the starting point for visit the incredible Amazonian reserves offered by the Peruvian Amazon, The Tambopata National Reserve, and the Manu Reserve are visited by travelers from different parts of the world, some for reasons of tourism and others to study flora and fauna. It is now very common to see tourists walking through the plaza, in the bars, and to have a lot of movement at the airport.
Among the most important attractions offered by this place we can mention:
Their different way of transporting themselves, instead of using taxis, they move around in motorcycle taxi and their people are very kind and warm.
The Biodiversity viewpoint, which is located in the very center of the city and from which you can enjoy a panoramic view of the jungle alongside its rivers.
Lake Sandoval, considered the most beautiful lake of the Amazon.
The clay licks, the island of the monkeys, the native community “Infierno” that has different ethnic groups inside, and more.
If you want to live a different adventure Puerto Maldonado is a great alternative.