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Puerto Maldonado Tours & Trips

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Just like Iquitos to the north, Puerto Maldonado in southeastern Peru is considered a gateway to the Amazon. All of Adventure Life's Amazon river cruises depart from Iquitos, but if you're not crazy about the idea of spending your nights on the water, then we also feature a number of land-based tours based out of Puerto Maldonado. Your tour will feature all of the staple activities like kayaking, visiting a parrot clay lick, hiking through the rainforest, and even visiting an indigenous community, among other fascinating activities. If you want to get the full Peru experience, then consider combining your Amazon vacation with a few days in the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu and then head over to the capital city of Lima on the arid coast. 

Puerto Maldonado Tour Ideas

Puerto Maldonado Tours (12 Results)

Best Puerto Maldonado & Manu Tours

Trip NameFromDaysLevelSummary
Manu Wildlife Adventure$18955Easy ActiveExplore the beauty of the Rainforest on a trip to Manu Wildlife Center in Peru. Watch as tapirs and macaws feed on clay licks, boat down the river and search for nocturnal animals like the caiman on this 5-day adventure.
Manu Wildlife Snapshot$15754Easy ActiveTravel to the remote Amazon Rainforest on your trip to Peru. Watch in awe as woodpeckers, tanagers, macaws, toucans and parakeets fly around the treetops on this 4 day adventure at Manu Wildlife Center.
Tambopata Research Center$10755Easy ActiveExplore the Amazon Rainforest on this 5-day tour. Hike on the floodplain trails, search for frogs at night, and look for the gleaming eyes of the caiman during your stay at the Tambopata Research Center.
Heath River Jungle and Savanna$11404Easy ActiveTravel along the border of Peru and Bolivia to experience the wonders of the Amazon Rainforest. Visit macaw and mammal clay licks, take a canoe tour around Cocha Guacamayo and search for a family of giant otters on this 5 day tour at Heath River Wildlife Center.
Reserva Amazonica Snapshot$7954Easy ActiveExperience the wonder of the Amazon Rainforest on this 4 day tour. Go on the Anaconda Walk, search for wildlife and explore a rainforest garden during your stay at Reserva Amazonica.
Refugio Amazonas Adventure$6664RelaxedTake your family on a Peruvian trip to the Amazon Rainforest. Enjoy climbing a 30 meter canopy tower, take a catamaran around Lake Condenado and let your kids explore the trail for children on this 4 day tour at the Refugio Amazonas.
Posada Amazonas Exploration$6664Easy ActiveExplore the Amazon Rainforest at the Posadas Amazonas. Kayak, stand up paddle board, visit a canopy tower and hike through the jungle on this 4 day tour.
Sandoval Lake Lodge$6584Easy ActiveVisit the Peruvian Amazon Rainforest on this 4 day tour. Observe the wildlife, relax by the lake and enjoy scenic views during you stay at Sandoval Lake Lodge.
Hacienda Concepcion Rainforest Adventure$5954Easy ActiveExperience a snapshot of the Amazon Rainforest during your stay at the Hacienda Concepcion. Learn about the local farmers, listen to the sounds of the rainforest at night and look for footprints to track animals on this 4-day tour.
Wild Tambopata$13757RelaxedVisit the largest known macaw salt lick in the Amazon and travel deep into the wildest area of the Amazon jungle. Stay 5 nights at a research station and 1 night at a jungle lodge. This is one of the most complete jungle expeditions anywhere!

Puerto Maldonado Travel Guide

Puerto Maldonado: Highlights
  • Canopy Walks to search for the monkeys and birds that live most of their lives in the upper levels of the rainforest
  • Kayaking on oxbow lakes to get up-close with the animals that live by the shores and in the water, like giant river otters, yellow spotted side-neck turtles, and caiman.
  • Hiking at all hours of the day and night through the marshland, flood plain, and terra firme trails to spot both diurnal and nocturnal animals.
  • Visiting a parrot clay lick to see where hundreds of birds flock to supplement their acidic diets with the basic clay.
  • Canoe cruising down the waterways.
  • Learning about & participating in conservation efforts and projects to help keep the rainforest pristine.
Getting to Puerto Maldonado 
There are just two main ways to get to Puerto Maldonado, in the southern Peruvian Amazon - by air or by land. 

By air:
Flights to Puerto Maldonado depart throughout the day from both Cusco (1 hour away) and Lima (1 1/2 hours away).

By land: 
You can take a 12-hour bus ride from Cusco, which is a more economical option but also considerably less comfortable than the plane, since it is a much longer and more winding journey.
Puerto Maldonado Climate

July-December –
Low water Season

78-104ºF (26-40ºC)
  • Lower rivers
  • Less precipitation
January-June –
High water season

73-86ºF (23-30ºC)
  • Higher Rivers
  • Cooler Temperatures
  • Expect intermittent daily showers, occasionally pretty heavy
When to Visit 
Low Water Season
Better trail access
  • Better fishing & birding 
    opportunities
  • Fewer mosquitos
  • Great time to see the caiman crocodiles
High Water Season
  • Better river accessibility & navigation
  • More mosquitos
  • Good time to swim in blackwater creeks
Where to Stay in Puerto Maldonado
For those hoping to take an Amazon river cruise, look into the port town of Iquitos, where all of our Adventure Life Peru rainforest cruises depart from. Puerto Maldonado is the Amazonian town where we base our land tours, from the following lodges & wildlife centers.

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