Puerto Maldonado, capital of the southern jungle (Madre de Dios); it is known as the Biodiversity Capital of Peru.
Puerto Maldonado is house of the greatest diversity of mammal, tree, insect, and bird species in the world and holds the world record for butterfly species. Especially popular are the clay licks, which attract hundreds of bright macaws and other birds at a time.
The city itself has been important over the years for rubber, logging, gold and oil prospecting, and its commercial role has assumed greater dimensions as a port of call on the Carretera Interocéanica. It’s of foremost importance to travelers, however, as the jumping-off point for a voyage on Ríos Tambopata and Madre de Dios, which converge here.
These watery wonderlands offer the most accessible primary jungle locales in the country, yet are served by excellent accommodations for those craving luxury. Indisputably, Puerto Maldonado offers travelers more chance to see, feel and hear the Amazonian jungle than anywhere else in Peru.