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Southern Jungle

The southern part of the Peruvian Amazon jungle borders Brazil and Bolivia, and is home to two of Peru’s most important nature reserves: Manu Biosphere Reserve and Tambopata-Candamo Nature Reserve. The main access point to these reserves is the small, laid-back jungle town of Puerto Maldonado, which is the capital of the Madre Dios province, named after the Río Madre Dios. This tributary of the Amazon River, as well as the important Río Tambopata, are the two major rivers flowing through this part of the jungle. Although tours in the Southern Peruvian jungle are pricey, this tends to be the destination of choice for adventure travelers keen on experiencing a more remote and better conserved part of the Peruvian Amazon.









By Jena Davison

I am a curious, passionate and free-spirited travel writer, currently working as a Staff Writer and Editor for V!VA. Shortly after...

31 Jul 2012

Things to do in Southern Jungle

Motorcycle Tour of Puerto Maldonado

110233This is not an official activity, but it is a lot of fun. In a jungle town where you can ride around on the back of a motorcycle, why not? Simply ask any mototaxista for a general tour of what there ...
Other Activity
Puerto Maldonado, Peru

ProNaturaleza Butterfly Conservation Center Japipi

The Butterfly Conservation Center was established in 1996 by two Peruvian scientists who wanted to create Peru\'s first commercial butterfly farm. ProNaturaleza took over in 2002 and reopened the ...
City Walk
Puerto Maldonado, Peru

Puerto Maldonado Obelisk

110229The idea of building a five-story-high obelisk in downtown Puerto Maldonado may seem odd. However, this ungainly structure gives both locals and visitors an opportunity to take in the vast and ...
City Plaza
Puerto Maldonado, Peru

Llama Carting

Llama taxis are offered at the most southern point of Manu National Park in the grasslands. They are let by local peasants and are a great opportunity to get off a bus and ride from the Andean ...
Birdwatching, Activity Info.
Manu Biosphere Reserve, Peru

Madre de Dios Ferry

Set out on the Madre de Dios ferry to get a good look at the Peruvian jungle river, which is approximately 500 meters (1,640 ft) wide at the crossing. Drivers who need to ferry their vehicles across ...
Boating
Puerto Maldonado, Peru

Rafting and Kayaking

If you are looking to experience the thrill of navigating down treacherous waters while vacationing in Manu, you are in luck. Many lodges offer rafting and kayaking as an optional activity for their ...
Activity Info., Kayaking
Manu Biosphere Reserve, Peru
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