The Madre de Dios is located at the entrance to Manu National Park in the Peruvian Amazon. It is a tributary of the river that gives its name to Manu National Park. The most important village on its shores is called Atalaya and that is where you can hire a boat to go and explore this corner of the Amazon. Along the river are many swamps and small lakes, A very popular site to go and spot different types of birds and fish.
Puerto Maldonado is a small city in the Amazonian area of Peru. There are many tours that take you into the jungle and they're really beautiful. I went backpacking with some friends from puerto varas, Chile. It's a long journey, but worth it. I saw giant otters, caimans, macaws, loads of different kinds of monkeys, snakes, rodents, giant butterflies.. You can also eat lots of very exotic things. For people who like nature, this is an unforgettable trip! Zero technology, zero frills .. Only nature and tranquility
After sailing all afternoon by the Madre de Dios River, it was time to find a place to spend the night. Our guide found an abandoned cabin where you can relax in sleeping bags, protected only by a mosquito net. The next day we expected a great experience: Fishing piranhas. The truth is that it was extremely fun, competing to see who provides the dinner. I didn't win but came second (there was 3 of us). It's easy to do, put some meat on the hook, throw a little away from the shore, shake the line a bit and wait until something bites. Piranhas grilled are actually really tasty, they were really very good.
The best option if you want to have a panoramic view of the city of Puerto Maldonado and Amazon. It is a modern tower, nearly 50 feet high, located at the intersection of Puerto Maldonado Avenue and Fitzcarrald Avenue. In the lower part, it shows the main historical activities in the region through a series of sculptures. It's illuminated at night and is very pretty.