A trip from Cusco to the Tambopata National Reserve, meet the capital of Peruvian biodiversity.
Without a doubt, Cusco, the ancient capital of the Inca Empire, offers the best tours and adventures. In fact, most foreign visitors travel to Cusco just to see the majestic Machu Picchu. But a trip to Peru is much more than just seeing Inca buildings, you can also enjoy the great biodiversity that the Tambopata National Reserve in the Madre de Dios region offers.
After a tour to Machu Picchu, travel through the majestic sacred valley of the Incas or live adventures on the Inca Trail. It is a highly recommended and easily accessible trip to the Tambopata National Reserve.
The Tambopata National Reserve, a very well protected area, is located in the Madre de Dios region and the capital city called Puerto Maldonado. Therefore, to get to the Tambopata reserve, Puerto Maldonado is a must.
Traveling from Cusco to the Tambopata National Reserve is very easy. You can make the trip on commercial flights or also on interprovincial buses. Tickets are very cheap, at present a ticket from Cusco to Puerto Maldonado costs approximately 25 dollars.
Puerto Maldonado – wildlife .
Arrival at the airport or bus station in Puerto Maldonado (Peru’s biodiversity capital). Being in the beautiful city of Puerto Maldonado you can find offices to obtain relevant information about the visit. Many of the tourist agencies offer; Transfers and Welcome Cocktails with a refreshing fruit juice from your region.
Hikes through the rainforest are available, guided by an experienced local guide. He will guide you through the trails to see a variety of trees with a life span of over five hundred years. You will also be able to observe certain species of wildlife such as toucans, orioles, parrots, monkeys, snakes, butterflies, etc. You will have the opportunity to discover the magic of the Amazon rainforest within the Tambopata National Reserve (278,000,000 hectares protected by Peruvian legislation).
You can also visit Monkey Island, located in front of the Madre de Dios River, where you will see different species of monkeys such as the brown capuchin, squirrel monkey, tamarin and white capuchin.
Excursion to Lake Sandoval .
In terms of ecotourism, Lake Sandoval is considered the most beautiful lake in the Peruvian jungle. This lake occupies a surface of 3 km long and 1 km wide and its depth varies between half a meter and three meters. The shape of the lake is that of a half moon and its waters are generally at 26 ° C.
Lake Sandoval stands out not only for its beauty but also for the diversity of fish in its waters. Due to the richness of its flora, Lake Sandoval is distinguished not only by the quantity, but also by the size of its fish, among which are fish up to 200 kg. Lake Sandoval is also attractive for those who love bird watching. Thanks to the vegetation, it has in and around its mangroves the habitat of a population of more than a thousand species of birds, including migratory and resident ones, many of which are in danger of extinction. One of the most interesting species in this complex is the Hoatzin.
Tours usually start very early for a short boat ride to the entrance of Lake Sandoval. It is a 3 km trip to Lake Sandoval (habitat of the piranha), one of the most important lakes in the Tambopata National Reserve.
After the beautiful hike, we will navigate with the guide in a row boat across the lake to enjoy many birds, monkeys and different species (Hoatzin Cormorant, Jacana, Puma Heron, Eagle, Howler Monkey, Squirrel Monkey, Black Capuchin, Tamarind and Sloths). With a little luck, we will encounter giant river otters (almost two meters long), which are in danger of extinction.
A trip from Cusco to the Tambopata National Reserve is highly recommended, you can have many more adventures or continue your trip to Brazil by the inter-oceanic road. Visit the Tambopata National Reserve and make your trip to Peru unforgettable.