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Location: Puerto Maldonado

Day 1 - 22 Nov 2021

Hospedaje Samaniego

Puerto Maldonado, Hospedaje Samaniego
Puerto Maldonado, Hospedaje Samaniego

Content: Following a long bus journey from Cusco (or a flight) you’ll want one day to rest in Puerto Maldonado before exploring the Amazon. This guesthouse was centrally located and super cheap. Also way more comfortable than I had expected for the price.

Puerto Maldonado

Puerto Maldonado, Puerto Maldonado

Content: The most popular street food (& a perfectly acceptable breakfast in jungle heat) is this ice cream for .25 cents a cone. If you take the night bus you’ll probably nap until noon anyways.

Puerto Maldonado

Puerto Maldonado, Puerto Maldonado

Content: Today is the day to wander town and BOOK your jungle excursion. They leave in the morning and you’ll want to have one secured before dinner. We chose the Tambopata Jungle Tour 3D/2N. We would have been happy to stay longer if we could. These next few days will show you what that tour is like. You can also book a different one from the main town square. Book IN PERSON even for this one to save the most money.

“La Semilla” - Organic Coffee - Desserts - Restaurant Food

Puerto Maldonado, “La Semilla” - Organic Coffee - Desserts - Restaurant Food

Content: The only food place worth RAVING about for breakfast lunch and dinner is this one. The food is organic and fresh made. There’s even a sloth that lives in the tree over the back patio. This is their falafel bowl and the portions are huge.

Location: Unknown

Day 2 - 23 Nov 2021

Amazon River

Unknown, Amazon River

Content: Today starts early. You’ll drive 1.5 hours from town with your tour to the Amazon river and hop into one of these lovely boats to drive you the remaining 20 min to the lodge.

Location: Puerto Maldonado

Day 2 - 23 Nov 2021

Tambopata Jungle Tours Peru

Puerto Maldonado, Tambopata Jungle Tours Peru
Puerto Maldonado, Tambopata Jungle Tours Peru

Content: As far as comfort in the jungle goes…this place was great. The rooms were spacious and they were each equipped with a hammock. You also have unlimited coffee and tea in the main open air community area where you can watch birds and see the river below you. It’s a peaceful slice of paradise.

Amazonas

Puerto Maldonado, Amazonas

Content: Down at the water their is often illegal miners like these. Don’t bother them while exploring on your own.

Tambopata Jungle Tours Peru

Puerto Maldonado, Tambopata Jungle Tours Peru

Content: For the next 3 days Tambopata jungle tour will take care of all your meals. This was our first lunch. All the meals followed this basic standard of protein, veg, rice, potato. This one is chicken curry, rice, lentil, and fried yuca.

Location: Tambopata

Day 2 - 23 Nov 2021

Tambopata River

Tambopata, Tambopata River

Content: You’ll enjoy quite a few activities over the next few days like Kayaking, jungle walks, and this Piranha fishing the traditional way. All are geared to help you spot wildlife. Typically one in the afternoon and one in the morning with time to hand out at the lodge in between. So bring a good book.

Location: Puerto Maldonado

Day 2 - 23 Nov 2021

Tambopata Jungle Tours Peru

Puerto Maldonado, Tambopata Jungle Tours Peru
Puerto Maldonado, Tambopata Jungle Tours Peru
Puerto Maldonado, Tambopata Jungle Tours Peru

Content: One of my favorite excursions was the night walk. With a guide you’ll explore the jungle after dark looking for nocturnal animals and these creepy crawlers.

Location: Puerto Maldonado

Day 3 - 24 Nov 2021

Tambopata Jungle Tours Peru

Puerto Maldonado, Tambopata Jungle Tours Peru

Content: Start your morning with a jungle walk!

Tambopata Jungle Tours Peru

Puerto Maldonado, Tambopata Jungle Tours Peru
Puerto Maldonado, Tambopata Jungle Tours Peru
Puerto Maldonado, Tambopata Jungle Tours Peru

Content: This morning after breakfast you’ll go looking for animals in the daytime. We were lucky enough to spot the howler monkey.

Tambopata Jungle Tours Peru

Puerto Maldonado, Tambopata Jungle Tours Peru
Puerto Maldonado, Tambopata Jungle Tours Peru
Puerto Maldonado, Tambopata Jungle Tours Peru
Puerto Maldonado, Tambopata Jungle Tours Peru
Puerto Maldonado, Tambopata Jungle Tours Peru
Puerto Maldonado, Tambopata Jungle Tours Peru

Content: On this walk you’ll also have the opportunity to climb the jungle viewing tower that this company erected. This is one of the main reasons we chose this tour company. It’s the tallest viewing platform in the jungle and you can see for miles around.

Tambopata Jungle Tours Peru

Puerto Maldonado, Tambopata Jungle Tours Peru
Puerto Maldonado, Tambopata Jungle Tours Peru
Puerto Maldonado, Tambopata Jungle Tours Peru

Content: Next an evening of Carmen spotting on the water!!

Location: Puerto Maldonado

Day 4 - 25 Nov 2021

Reserva Nacional Tambopata

Puerto Maldonado, Reserva Nacional Tambopata

Content: Your last morning with be an early wake-up call. 4-5AM probably. This is to go see the world famous Macaws. The main reason many tourists pick this particular jungle to visit.

Tambopata Jungle Tours Peru

Puerto Maldonado, Tambopata Jungle Tours Peru
Puerto Maldonado, Tambopata Jungle Tours Peru

Content: The boat ride will be long over sunrise and you’ll have a chance to spot more wildlife like capybaras and jaguars.

Tambopata Jungle Tours Peru

Puerto Maldonado, Tambopata Jungle Tours Peru
Puerto Maldonado, Tambopata Jungle Tours Peru
Puerto Maldonado, Tambopata Jungle Tours Peru

Content: This is the Chuncho Salt Lick. Here you’ll be able to photograph the macaws from afar. Bring a good lens.

Tambopata Jungle Tours Peru

Puerto Maldonado, Tambopata Jungle Tours Peru
Puerto Maldonado, Tambopata Jungle Tours Peru
Puerto Maldonado, Tambopata Jungle Tours Peru
Puerto Maldonado, Tambopata Jungle Tours Peru

Content: Don’t worry if you don’t have a super zoom camera you’ll then head to another viewing site where you can see them much closer and have some breakfast that your guide brought.

Location: Unknown

Day 5 - 26 Nov 2021

Amazon River

Unknown, Amazon River
Unknown, Amazon River
Unknown, Amazon River

Content: Before you head back to civilization you have to take a dip in the piranha filled waters of the Amazon River.

Location: Puerto Maldonado

Day 5 - 26 Nov 2021

Puerto Maldonado

Puerto Maldonado, Puerto Maldonado

Content: On the long drive back to Puerto Maldonado you’ll see these massive nuts that the locals harvest.

Compartir - Sangucheria Criolla

Puerto Maldonado, Compartir - Sangucheria Criolla

Content: For a final meal in town head to Compartir both because it has amazing sandwiches and juice AND because it offers this incredible view of the Amazonian town. You’ll either be taking a night bus back to Cusco tonight or staying another day in Puerto Maldonado at the guesthouse I recommended to fly out tomorrow.