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This is the Least Populated Territory in Peru, With Only 600,000 People Living in its 80,000 kM2 (30,880 sq. Miles) of a Jungle Area. Its Capital Is a Riverside City known as Puerto Maldonado with 25, 000 Inhabitants.

The Tampobamba and Madre de Dios rivers, and the Latex Boom at the End of the Past Century, Determined the Foundation of the City of Puerto Maldonado., Today, Madre de Dios, the Old Inca Antisuyo, is Still What It Has Been for Centuries For all Adventure Lovers: a Virgin and Frontier Land Full of Mysteries.

Due to the Fact That Its Virgin Forest Covers 98% of the Territory, Madre de Dios Has the Most Varied Bio-Diversity of the World.

Altitude: 400 Meters (1,312 feet) a.s.l.
Distance: 650 km. From Cusco
Population: 25,000 Inhabitants

Puerto Maldonado is One of the Most Important Cities of the Southern Jungle. It Sits on the Banks of the Madre de Dios River, Which Connects it With RiveraAlta in Bolivia (a 5-Hour Trip to the Border, by River) and with Assis, in Brazil (242 km/150 miles).

The Department's Capital is a Dynamic, Young and Bustling Frontier City. The Main Economic Activities are Forestry, Although Farming and the Ecological Tourism are Being Developed.

The Manu, Tambopata-Candamo and Pampas reserves cover 3'500,000 Jungle Hectares (8'645,000 Acres), the Largest and Richest Blo-Diversity of the World. They Keep Unique Flora and Fauna Species, Impossible to Find Elsewhere, Including the 2,500 Flower Varieties, More Than 1,000 Birds (10% of the World's Species,) 900 Butterfly Species and More Than 20 Kinds of Monkeys.
Near Puerto Maldonado, There are Several Attractions Such as the Sandoval and Valencia Lakes, Next to the Bolivian Border (by River, 4 Hours From the City), These Wonderful Places Give the Tourist the Opportunity to Fish, be Close to Nature, and be in Contact With Native Communities.

There are Several Lodges Which Offer Very Interesting Eco-Touristic Services. These Lodges, Although Rustic, are Suited to Provide the Visitors' Requirements. There is Also a Private Investigation Center in the Area.

The Weather is Cold and Dry in the Highlands, Warm in the Valleys, Cold and Humid in the Cloudy Forest and, Warm and Humid In the Lower Jungle. The Rainy or Winter Season Runs From December to March, and the Summer or Dry Season (Ideal for Tourism), From April to November.
Puerto Maldonado is a City in Southeastern Peru in the Amazon Forest 55 kilometers (34 mi) West of the Bolivian Border on the Confluence of the Tambopata and Madre de Dios River, an Affluent of the Amazon River. It is the Capital of the Madre de Dios Region.

Nearby are the Manu National Park, Tambopata National Reserve, and Bahuaja-Sonene National Park. These are Some of the most Pristine Primary Rain Forests in the World, Which Include Several Oxbow Lakes and Clay, Where Hundreds of Birds Including Macaws Feed on Clay.

In 1901, the Peruvian Government Created a Committee to Explore the Nation's Rainforest. Don Juan Villalta Led an Expedition Along the Tambopata River, Departing From Sandia. Villata Founded Puerto Maldonado on July 10, 1902 as a Station Where the Tambopata Met Madre de Dios. He Named the Port After Faustino Maldonado, of Tarapoto, Who Had Explored Madre de Dios in 1861 and Drowned in the Rapids of the Mamoré River. The Region Madre de Dios was created by law on Dec. 26, 1912 with Puerto Maldonado as its Capital. The City was Formally Recognized in 1985.

Climate: Puerto Maldonado is in the Tropical Amazon Basin. The Climate is Hot and Humid at all Times. The Average Annual Temperature is 26 °C (79 °F) the Months of August and September are the hottest. Annual Rainfall Exceeds 1,000 Millimeters (3.3 ft.). The Wet Season is From October to April. The Main Part of the Town is Located on a Slightly Elevated Area That Does Not Normally Flood in the Wet Season. Road Travel Often Becomes Impossible During This Time. A Low Season Occurs Between June and August.

A Common Phenomenon Known Locally as a "Surazo" or "Friaje" Occurs When Polar Winds Blow in From the Mountainous South. The Temperature Will Drop to as Low as 8 °C (46 °F) for Several Days.




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