Puerto Maldonado - Peru
Puerto Maldonado is one of the major cities in Perus Amazonas Bassin. The Tambopata river joins here the Río Madre de Dios, a side river of the Amazonas stream. Climate, vegetation, wildlife and inhabitants are obviously assigned with the tropical rain forest in this region.
In earlier times getting to this place, especially in rainy season, was an adventure of its own. My guidebook says something "...the journey may take from few days to several weeks....". Nowadays Puerto Maldonado is directly located at the INTEROCEANIA, a road project that connects from east to west, linking Brazils atlantic coast to Perus pacific coast. So now Puerto Maldonado can be reached from Cusco on a paved road that is trouble free.
The national parks of Manú and Tambopata-Candamo with their established touristic infra structure make this place attractive to western travelers. In lodges near to the city one can dive into amazonian wildlife for several days.