It is the capital city of the Madre de Dios Department, in the east southern jungle of Peru. A flight from Cusco takes about 30 minutes, so it is the best choice for visiting the jungle once that you are in the Inkas' Capital. As in the case of Iquitos over here you will be taken to one of the many lodges in the region for starting expeditions of nature observation.
The jungle around here is even less explored than in Iquitos, and you will be able to take walks around the famous "Cochas" or ox-bow lakes, that are the main fauna environment.
From Puerto Maldonado it is possible to take trips to 2 Peruvian Nature Reserves:
Manu Biosphere Reserve, it is a broad territory between Cusco and Madre de Dios covering about 19137 sq. km (10% of the national territory). The scientific interest that awakens the Manu Park is based on its great diversity of flora and fauna species that is one of the biggest in the world and which is kept almost unchanged in millions of years of natural evolution. If you are looking for a real experience in nature observation this is the spot for you.
It is estimated that in Manu there are about 1000 species of birds, 200 different mammal species including 13 species of primates, 100 species of bats, etc. Moreover, over here is possible to easily find endangered species such as the Black Caiman and the Giant Otter. All those characteristics made the UNESCO recognize the Manu Park as a protected Biosphere Reserve.
Tambopata, Candamo Natural Reserve; it is another Park in the jungle between Madre de Dios and Puno and not so far from the border with Bolivia; on the banks of the Tambopata River. It is a reserve ideal for observation of undisturbed flora and fauna including jaguars, ocelots, peccaries, giant otters, tapirs, etc. It is estimated that around here there are about 600 different species of birds
Iquitos is the biggest Peruvian City in the Amazonian Jungle; it is located on the banks of the mythical Amazon River. The main attraction of Iquitos is in the jungle: observing, exploring and enjoying the nature of the most extended and less explored jungle in the world. It is known that about 10% of the flora in this jungle is not known to science, and its wild fauna is one of the most exciting you will ever find.
For enjoying the jungle atmosphere you will be transported to one of the many lodges inside the jungle, from those spots you will be able to take excursions for nature observation. Many of those lodges have spectacular hanging bridges around, those are walkways constructed by the top of the trees for a better enjoyment of the aerial flora and fauna.
From Iquitos it is also possible to take boats for visiting some of the jungle tribes such as the Yaguas, Omaguas and Cocamas. Besides, Iquitos is a port for cruise lines traveling to some other Amazonian Cities such as Leticia in Colombia and Tabatinga in Brazil; those are small ships having some kinds of comfort such as air-conditioned rooms, bathrooms, restaurant, open decks, and some other facilities depending on the size of the ship.
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