The diversity of flora and fauna in the Tambopata National Reserve is generally breathtaking. However, there are a few things you should be aware of. From the town of Puerto Maldonado you can take a boat trip to the National Park.
These boat trips are very popular because visitors can relax and enjoy the scenery from the Sandoval River. At the river bank there are small huts that serve as accommodation. Not far away there is a lookout tower with a magnificent view over the surrounding countryside.
A special spectacle are the mineral leaks along the river, especially the Collpa Colorado, in the morning hours. It’s worth getting up early: between half past six and nine o’clock, macaws, parrots and falcons gather on the rocks to enjoy the clay – a colourful, noisy bustle.
The Rio de Madre Dios with its lodges is also a popular destination in the national park. From there, you can take walks through the palm trees, past lushly blooming flowers, and with a little luck you may see jaguars and monkeys. The park is known for its 632 bird and 169 mammal species. But also butterfly lovers will get their money’s worth there: 1200 species are listed. Who wouldn’t like to chase them with a camera? The wild pigs, umbilical pigs and tapirs, on the other hand, only come out of their hiding places in the evening hours. In this case, night walks are the best way to experience the wildlife in the jungle.