Madre de Dios

(500 meters) above sea level


Map of Puerto Maldonado


A paradise of biodiversity

“Awaken your senses and take full pleasure in a real paradise of biodiversity.”

Madre de Dios is home to never-ending forests, winding rivers and abundant wildlife. It is a wildlife reserve and refuge for endangered species, like the maned wolf and marsh deer. This region is also home to indigenous communities that promote ecotourism in regions with some of the richest biodiversity in the world, such as Lake Sandoval, Lake Valencia, Manu National Park, Tambopata National Reserve and Bahuaja-Sonene National Park, the only tropical, humid savannah ecosystem in Peru.

This experience can only be organized with guides and specialist agencies.

Location: It is located both by the coast and in the mountains, in the southeast of Peru. It has ravines and valleys, as well as rocky, desert regions.

Size: 85,183 km2 (32,889 sq.miles).

5 days

Minimum recommended
length of stay

1day: Puerto Maldonado and Lake Sandoval.

2 days: Tambopata National Reserve.

4 days: Bahuaja Sonene National Park.

5 days: Manu National Park.

Recommended for


People attracted to visiting native communities: who will see that each one has their
own identity, world view and language. Among the many ethnic groups, there are the
Ese’eja, Machiguengas and Yines.

Plant and animal watchers:who, once in the natural protected areas, will be able to see large cats, tapirs and wild boars as well as mushrooms, orchids and centuries old mahogany trees.

People interested in scientific tourism:since Manu is one of the most biodiverse places on Earth, containing unique species or those already extinct in other places in Amazonia.

Trekkers:who will discover Madre de Dios is an ideal destination. Lodges and travel agencies offer out of the ordinary trekking circuits.

What to buy?

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Many artisans work in wood, creating paper weights, ash trays, wooden postcards and other decorative pieces. Others make necklaces and bracelets out of plant fibers, seeds and jungle roots. Still others fashion key chains from chestnut shells.

What to eat?

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Regional cuisine carries the stamp of the combination of produce from both farmers’ fields (cassava, banana, peanut and other crops) and resources given by nature (paiche – a massive freshwater fish – palm tree heart, game meats and others). This happy mixing makes it possible
to enjoy such dishes as patarashca, fish wrapped in banana leaves and grilled over charcoal, and timbuche, a fish broth with green bananas and wild coriander. International food is served in some Puerto Maldonado restaurants and tourist lodges located along the river banks. Otherwise,
there is a definite Brazilian influence in many restaurants in Puerto Maldonado, seen in dishes that combine beans with beef. In constant supply are the exquisitely tasty drinks made from tropical fruits.

Typical dishes Madre de Dios

  • Juane: It is one of the main typical food of the Peruvian jungle dishes Their preparation is mixed with eggs, olives, beans and chunks of meat chicken rice and chicken, pork, fish, beef. There are also vegetarians, who are of palm and cassava. It is served wrapped in banana leaves (Calathea sp.). They can accompany with tacacho or simply boiled banana.
  • tacacho: It is a dish that has been carried across the country, is rich in protein and minerals. The preparation of this dish is roast and ground plantain with salt, dissolved butter, onion and chunks of fried pork or chicken and some spices typical of the Amazon. It is accompanied by jerky, dried meat with salt and lemon.
  • Asado de picuro: Wash the leg and prick with a fork or a knife, put in a container and season with salt to taste, In a bowl, place the red wine, garlic, pepper, ajinomoto, annatto or red pepper sauce, and sachaculantro, remove and place on top of the meat, let stand for 1 hour, Pre heat the oven at 200 ° for 15 minutes, place the oil in the pan, and put the meat in the oven for 40 minutes, the essence of meat is slowly getting going. Served in mature pieces accompanied baked dish, salad cocona, and a portion of rice.
Madre de Dios Attractions in the City
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Madre de Dios Attractions Beyond the City
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Madre de Dios Festivals
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