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Manú Reserve vs Tambopata National Park: Pros & Cons in the Peruvian Amazon

Manú Reserve vs Tambopata National Park: Pros & Cons in the Peruvian Amazon

Travelers to Peru often make it a point to stop in the city of Puerto Maldonado, considered the main gateway to the Peruvian Amazon. There, they’ll need to decide whether to continue on to Tambopata National Park or Manú Reserve, two tempting destinations famed for their abundant biodiversity.

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Great Deals in Puerto Maldonado in the Amazon Rainforest

Great Deals in Puerto Maldonado in the Amazon Rainforest

Spider Monkey on Monkey Island, Puerto Maldonado, Amazon, PeruIt’s no secret that the Amazon is an entirely unique environment that can be life-altering for travelers, and the town of Puerto Maldonado happens to be the most popular gateway into the Peruvian Amazon, as it’s close to various national parks and protected areas. For travelers, the two of most interest are Manu National Park and Biosphere Reserve, which boasts the highest bio-diversity in the world, and Tambopata National Park, which is very popular thanks to its parrot and macaw clay licks and Sandoval Lake.

Pirwa’s hostel in Puerto Maldonado is currently offering a variety of promotions for those of you traveling through the low-season. They can’t be combined, so you have to choose one:

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Don’t Miss Exotic Tambopata Reserve in the Peruvian Amazon

Don’t Miss Exotic Tambopata Reserve in the Peruvian Amazon

Hiking to Sandoval Lake at Tambopata Reserve in the Amazon, near Puerto Maldonado, PeruTapir in Tambopata Reserve in the Amazon, near Puerto Maldonado, PeruTambopata_Reserva_Madre_de_Dios_Amazon_Peru_47

Landing at the tiny Puerto Maldonado airport takes you into a different world. First off, the heat and humidity hits you immediately. The city center is lively and colorful, and hopefully you’ll take the time to explore Puerto Maldonado city proper during your trip. If you only have enough time to visit one of the national parks surrounding the city, however, than you’ll probably head directly for the Madre de Dios River or the Tambopata River to embark on a thin, roofed canoe and continue your journey. 

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A Visit to Tambopata National Reserve in the Peruvian Amazon

A Visit to Tambopata National Reserve in the Peruvian Amazon

Walking Through the Amazon Rainforest in Peru Lake Sandoval and Tambopata National Reserve in the Amazon Rainforest in Peru Lake Sandoval and Tambopata National Reserve in the Amazon Rainforest in Peru

Travelers visit the Amazonian city of Puerto Maldonado in order to use it as a gateway into the famously diverse Amazon rainforest. From Puerto Maldonado, they have a choice of three protected national reserves whose buffer zones are open to tourism. Tambopata National Reserve is popular mainly because of Lake Sandoval, which teems with life and can be visited in a short daytrip, and because of its parrot and macaw clay licks. There’s plenty to see in Tambopata, if you have a few days to spare. 

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What to Do in Peru: Our Recommendations for Different Types of Travelers

What to Do in Peru: Our Recommendations for Different Types of Travelers

Backpackers-make-the-majo-001Making a list of things you can’t do in Peru would be much easier than making one for the plethora of things you can do. Peru boasts diverse roster of tourist attractions, blessed as it is with a varying landscape of astounding beauty, the ruins of various ancient civilizations, and a lively culture. In just a week, you can go from a desert oasis to the world’s deepest canyon, follow it up with visit to the Andes, and then zip down into the lush Amazon Rainforest. Here, we’ve compiled our recommended activity for each type of traveler, from the beach bum to the adventure lover, from the history buff to the eco-traveler.

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