Those visitors who travel to Peru and decide to experience a jungle trip as part of their South America holiday are usually looking for three things: the security that only genuine expertise can ensure; accessible and unspoiled rainforest where they can have an excellent chance of seeing wildlife in the few days they have for this part of their Peru vacation; accommodation with a reasonable level of comfort.
Those travelers who decide to fly to Puerto Maldonado or take a bus from Cusco on their way to visiting Tambopata National Reserve, before or after their Machu Picchu tour, are opting to visit what is perhaps one of the most accessible areas of protected Amazon forest anywhere in Peru. It is easy to visit Tambopata National Reserve and enjoy a stay of 3, 4 or 5 days as part of a Peru vacation, just by taking a short scheduled flight, or boarding a bus.
Puerto Maldonado is known as the biodiversity capital of Peru because Tambopata National Reserve, where we operate our ecotourism tours, protects healthy populations of typical Amazon tropical forest flora and fauna. In Tambopata, travelers can connect with nature in the company of experienced local guides, walking with them through the forest or journeying by boat, listening and looking out for animals, and appreciating the overwhelming diversity of plant life from which the home of these wonderful creatures is formed.
The jungle town of Puerto Maldonado is situated in southeastern Peru, making it the perfect destination for those visitors looking to add a few days in the Amazon jungle to a vacation they almost certainly planned so they could see Machu Picchu and Cusco. While there are good and affordable hotels in the town, at Tambopata Ecolodge we usually meet our guests directly from the airport, drive them to the river port, and take them by boat to our eco-lodge, so they can begin to immerse themselves in rainforest life almost as soon as they arrive.
Our eco-lodge is designed for travelers looking to explore in depth the Amazon rainforest. And to facilitate that experience, we include everything in our ecoadventure itineraries: land and river transportation to and from Puerto Maldonado airport, full-escorted activities and guided excursions, all meals, and comfortable accommodation.
Some lodges in our part of Peru are located closer to the town of Puerto Maldonado; however, these tend to be situated in secondary forest and in the vicinity of land used for agriculture or near roads. In contrast, back in 1991 we built our eco-lodge in primary forest, on the banks of the Tambopata River, and to this day we can only be accessed by boat. In fact, on the edge of our own Private Conservation Area, which forms what we like to call our own backyard, our nearest neighbor is the vast fauna-rich Tambopata National Reserve itself!