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Golden Peruvian Tours

PUERTO MALDONADO

THE GREAT NATURAL RESERVE OF THE WORLD
 

Exuberant is the word that describes Madre de Dios with its infinite forests, sinuous rivers that rush towards the ocean, and life abounding in all its corners. Puerto Maldonado, the capital city, is an obligatory stop along the way to gain entrance to the national parks and reserves located in the area, and it has been, at certain moments, an important exporting site for rubber, wood, gold, and petroleum. At present, two of the main economic activities there are eco-tourism and chestnut harvesting.
At only ten kilometers from Puerto Maldonado, or a one and half hour hike, you find Lake Sandoval, bordered by aguajales (swampy areas full of palm trees), orchids, kapok trees, caoba trees, and Mauritanian palm trees that grow up to thirty meters tall. The lake is also the home for a large variety of species such as toucans, macaws, parrots, egrets, tapirs, turtles, and the refuge for river otters and black caimans, two species on the brink of extinction. In the areas around Lake Valencia, 60 kilometers from Puerto Maldonado by the Madre de Dios River, there are several indigenous communities where the people make their living from fishing for tiger shovelnose catfish, gilded catfish, and paiche; this area is the habitat for plenty of flora and fauna, too.
The Manu National Park (1,716,295 hectares), located in the departments of Cusco and Madre de Dios, protects more than 800 bird species, 200 species of mammals, gigantic trees, as well as being home to indigenous communities. This park set the world record for the number of bird species seen in one day at one spot with 324 species. The Tambopata-Candamo National Park (274,690 hectares) is known to possess the greatest diversity of mammal, tree, insect, and bird species in the world as well as the world record for butterfly species.
Additionally, the only humid tropical savannah in Peru is found at the Bahuaja-Sonene National Park (1,091,416 hectares). The highlighted species here are the manned wolf and the marsh deer, both close to extinction, as well as the giant anteater, giant river otter, the bushdog, the black caiman, and the harpy eagle.

Altitude:

Puerto Maldonado : 183 m.a.s.l.

Climate:

The city of Puerto Maldonado has a hot and wet climate. The average annual maximum temperature is 26ºC (77ºF) and the minimum is 8ºC (24ºF). The rainy season is from December to March.

Macaw Collpa

Is located to 150 km from the city of Puerto Maldonado (around 8 hours by boat) is located in the Tambopata National Reserve, to the left bank of Tambopata river. He is recognized as the largest clay lick in the Peruvian Amazon. Go there every morning, five species of macaws, parrots and parakeets. The birds peck flit before the clay of the cliff and after 25 to 30 minutes, leave to return the next day. Occasionally, also come tapir, capybara and squirrels in the treetops you can see several species of monkeys like the red howler, capuchin, marmoset and occasionally maquisapas. The scientists explain that this behavior is that the clay helps to counteract the toxins of unripe fruits of which they feed.

Manu National Reserve

It is well recognized by UNESCO in March 1973. It covers an area of 1'881, 200 hectares. This consists of three areas: Manu National Park (1'532, 806 hectares), an intangible; The Reserved Zone (257,000 hectares) for tourism, and Bajo Manu (91,394 hectares) zone inhabited by human groups. Theyappreciatebeautifullakessuch as Valencia, Copa Manu, Sandoval, La Pastora, Tambopata, Madre de Dios, Cocococha, Three Chimbadas, also are Manu rivers, Tambopata, Madre de Dios, La Torre, Manuripe, Las Piedras and Tahuamanu. The reserve is an ecosystem that has evolved unchanged for thousands of years, with one of the largest varieties of flora and fauna of the world, estimated at over a thousand birds total bird species in the park and over 200 mammals. Plants vary between 2 000 and 3 000 their species, considering that there is a 10% unknown to science. To enter the reserve is necessary to apply for approval to the National Park Service and to visit is required to have at least a week.

Sandoval Lake

Travel to the amazon to see one of the most beautiful lakes in the Peruvian amazon. Sandoval Lake is a pristine oxbow lake home of a diverse wildlife; giant river otters, crocodiles, turtles, monkeys and much more. It is located 25 minutes away from Puerto Maldonado inside the Tambopata National Reserve. These are one of the most preferred Peru amazon tours.

Canopy half day

Inkaterra’s canopy bridge, one of South America's largest, makes it possible to literally walk through the treetops for more than ¼ mile, suspended 103 feet above the ground, near the Tambopata River. Millions of species, many still undiscovered, spend their entire lives in this realm. Until recently, only scientists ventured there. It consists of two tall towers and seven hanging bridges, woven through the crowns of the tallest trees. Meticulously engineered, it is considered one of the safest canopy walkways in the amazon.

Adventure Center

Canopy Zip Line Kayaking, monkey Island full day this adventure tour consists in a full day visit to an adventure center. There you will enjoy different adventure activities such as zip line, canopy walk and kayaking. There is also a visit programmed to a small island nearby which is home of hundreds of monkeys.

Tambopata National Reserve

The Tambopata National Reserve has been the subject of numerous TV documentaries. We invite you to enjoy a tour in one of the world's largest macaw and mammal's clay-lick. You may also visit the pristine Sandoval Lake near to our lodge. During the trip, a person could walk for a mile through the rainforest and never find two trees of the same kind. Much of this diversity is due to the special layering of plant life, the millions of insects and animals species and, the warm and humid climate of Tambopata. As the Manu National Park, Tambopata National Reserve protects a diversity of landscapes and wildlife, including pristine oxbow lakes with herons, kingfishers, caimans and giant otters, spectacular waterfalls with swimming holes, amazing clay licks ("collpas"). In our tour, you will observe hundreds of macaws, monkeys and tapirs, swamps filled with palm trees in which bird colonies nest, and rivers with sandy white beaches for camping in Tambopata. All these wonders attract tourists, scientists and wildlife photographers.

Rainforest by night

Explore the Amazon rainforest at night and encounter nocturnal animals with intriguing behavior patterns and enhanced senses. Observe the nocturnal sounds of the rainforest, and get a first-hand look inside this hidden world.

Valencia Lake

To 60 km of the city of port Maldonado (4 hours in boat) located towards the right margin of the God river mother, it is a place privileged in trees and fish their dimensions reach 15 in length 800 one depth and, km meters wide that go of 0.50 cm to the 15 meters. this surrounded by trees like pumaquiro, quinilla, the cedar, lupuna, the palmito and the chestnut between the fauna honor the mount turkeys, turtles, lizards, monkeys, ducks, among others. the wealth of its waters allows the native huarayos and to a group of colonos seated in the proximities, to dedicate itself to the fishing of doncellas, palometas, golden, pirañas and paiches, these last ones, they are not a native species, they were introduced in the lake another important economic activity in the zone is the harvesting of chestnuts.