Puerto Maldonado is the gateway to Peru’s southern rainforest. Cusco and Machu Picchu are to the west, the border with Bolivia to the east. It is located where the Tambopata and Madre de Dios rivers merge in the low jungle area. Puerto Maldonado is also known as the “biodiversity capital of Peru.” for its incredible variety of tropical wildlife. Puerto Maldonado provides easy access to Tambopata National Reserve and a large number of eco-lodges draw adventurous travelers seeking a rainforest immersion.