With so much information on the internet covering so many destinations, package offers and places to stay with unfamiliar names, it can be difficult to shop online for your dream jungle trip to Peru’s Amazon basin. And the sheer size of the Amazon forest can also make it hard to know where to begin!
But, for those travelers planning to visit Machu Picchu and Cusco, and perhaps spend a few days hiking the Inca Trail, when it comes to including a rainforest trip as part of their Peru vacation, the choice is easy. This is because Cusco, in addition to being the most popular destination in Peru, is also the starting place for trips to some of the most biologically diverse tropical forests on Earth.
The jungle town of Puerto Maldonado is just a half-hour scheduled flight from Cusco. And a fascinating and immersive three-hour journey -mostly by river- from Puerto Maldonado takes travelers to our Tambopata Ecolodge and Tambopata National Reserve, a vast area of unspoiled Amazon rainforest habitat. And this journey into the heart of the jungle could not be easier: we pick up all our guests from Puerto Maldonado airport for the boat trip to our eco-lodge, and after their stay with us, we take them back to the airport for their return flight!
Tambopata National Reserve protects enormous habitat diversity, ranging from primary old-growth Amazon rainforest to bamboo stands, floodplains and wetlands, oxbow lakes and palm swamps. And it is this variety of habitats that makes Tambopata one of the most biologically diverse places on the planet.
To include a 2-, 3- or 4-night stay with us in Tambopata as part of a Peru trip, all you need to do is fly or travel by bus to the small town of Puerto Maldonado, in southeastern Peru. Puerto Maldonado can be reached by air from Lima, and by air or road from Cusco. Most travelers choose to fly from Cusco -after visiting Cusco, the Sacred Valley of the Incas, and Machu Picchu- and then fly out from Puerto Maldonado to Lima at the end of their Peru holiday.
So, if you’ve always dreamed of visiting Peru, be sure to include a few days at the end of your trip, and visit us at our comfortable jungle lodge. We’ll be here, waiting to welcome you!