How to get to Tambopata or Puerto Maldonado from Lima or Cusco

Tambopata is one of the 3 provinces (Manu, Tahuamanu and Tambopata) of the Madre de Dios department, in the southern region of the Peruvian Amazon and whose capital is Puerto Maldonado, which is considered its gateway. To get there you can choose between air, land (from Lima, Cusco and Asis del Brasil, via interoceanic highway) and rainwater, sailing upstream of the Madre de Dios River (from the Beni on the border with Bolivia)

Always considering as the origin of the route to the city of Lima, the air route can be accessed by three commercial airlines (Avianca, Latam and Star Peru,) that have interconnected flights with intermediate in Cusco and of approximate duration of an hour and a half (without considering waiting time in Cusco) to Puerto Maldonado.

The flight begins on the coast crossing the Andes to reach the Amazon, having a good climate through the window, the view of the route will leave you amazed.

Lan Peru operates daily planes from Lima through Cusco. Unless it’s picked up as part of an organized tour, the transfer to the airport is simpler and cooler by motorcycle taxi, which costs around $ 2.75 for the otherwise incredibly hot eight kilometer hike. Most of the buses in Cusco (mainly with the companies Crus del Sur, Tepsa, among others) arrive at the Puerto Maldonado bus station; Buses to and from Juliaca end and start from the main market area. Today, with surfaces and bridges that are continuously improved, the bus trip between Cusco and Puerto Maldonado can be done in 18-24 hours. The road to the Brazilian border now also has ninety percent asphalt and construction began on a huge bridge over the Madre de Dios River that, by 2011, will reach directly the current Plaza de Armas in the center of Puerto Maldonado. Puerto Maldonado has two main river ports, one on the Tambopata River, at the southern end of León de Velarde, the main street; the other on the Madre de Dios River, at the northern end of León de Velarde; from the first, there is a very cheap ferry service across the river to the Transoceanica to Brazil, which will be there until the new river bridge is completed. at the southern end of León de Velarde, the main street; the other on the Madre de Dios River, at the northern end of León de Velarde; from the first, there is a very cheap ferry service across the river to the Transoceanica to Brazil, which will be there until the new river bridge is completed. at the southern end of León de Velarde, the main street; the other on the Madre de Dios River, at the northern end of León de Velarde; from the first, there is a very cheap ferry service across the river to the Transoceanica to Brazil, which will be there until the new river bridge is completed.

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