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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. 
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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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