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Getting To and Away

By Bus:

In the past few years, the road between Cusco and Puerto Maldonado has drastically improved and is now completely paved. Therefore, what was once a several-day dreaded journey on bumpy roads is now a comfortable ride that takes less than 10 hours. Due to this, the land option to and from Puerto Maldonado has become much more popular, especially for budget travelers.

The best bus company that services this route is Movil Tours (URL:, which has spacious double-decker buses with beds that decline 170 degrees. Buses leave daily for Puerto Maldonado from Cusco at 10 a.m., 8 p.m., 8:30 p.m. and 9 p.m., making the return trip at 10 a.m., 6 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. The 9.5-hour ride costs $26.50.

By Air

Aeropuerto Internacional Padre Aldamiz Puerto Maldonado (Tel: 571-533/531) is located just seven kilometers (4.3 mi) outside the city along the La Pastora-La Joya Highway. Flights can be booked to both Cusco and Lima through Lan (URL: or StarPerú (URL: There are two or three flights between Puerto Maldonado and Cusco each day (45-55 min, $50-450 round trip). StarPerú has direct flights to Lima a few times a week, while Lan has daily flights to Lima but they all have layovers in Cusco. The best way to get to town from the airport is to hire a motocarro.

20 Apr 2012

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