How to arrive to Puerto Maldonado - Tambopata


Where is Peru?: At 1'285,220 sq. Km, Peru is the third-largest country in South America, it limits to the north with Ecuador, to the northeast with Colombia, to the east with Brazil, to the southeast with Bolivia, to the south with Chile and to the west with the Pacific Ocean.


Travel to Peru by air

International airlines operate scheduled flights to Peru's Jorge Chávez International Airport, located in Lima - Peru.


  • From New York - Newark, Atlanta, Miami, Houston, Los Angeles, Mexico and Toronto exist direct flights to Lima.
  • From Europe exist direct flights to Lima from Madrid, Paris and Amsterdam.
  • Peru has direct flights from the main cities in Latin America as Bogota, Buenos Aires, Caracas, Guayaquil, La Habana, La Paz, Mexico, Panama, Quito, Rio de Janeiro, Santiago, Sao Paulo, San Jose de Costa Rica, Santo Domingo.
  • Flights from Asia or Oceania to Peru, connection by USA or Europe.


Jorge Chávez Airport (LIM) in Lima is the main gate for international flights and it's the main hub to local flights connections.


How to arrive to Puerto Maldonado and Tambopata


The best and fast option to arrive to Tambopata is by air. From Lima to Puerto Maldonado there are 1,621 Km. (1,007 miles) and need 2 days by bus in dry season.


Regular daily flights from Lima or Cuzco. All flights from Lima stopped in Cuzco. Flights from Lima to Puerto Maldonado 2h 40' and flights from Cuzco to Puerto Maldonado 50 minutes.


Padre José Aldamiz (PEM) is the airport of Puerto Maldonado, small and comfortable facilities. It has a vaccination center. 7 km from the town.


The town of Puerto Maldonado, normally is only transit for a trip to jungle lodges. The tour operators will be wait for passengers in the airport and then transfer to the port for the riverboat trip. Also taxi services to the town. (Check Exploring the Jungle in Tambopata)


By Land

The Interoceanic Highway or Trans-Oceanic Highway: Is an international, transcontinental highway in Peru and Brazil. From Cuzco - Urcos you can travel to Puerto Maldonado (Tambopata) and continue to Inambari - Iñapari border with Brazil. This new highway entails the renovation and construction of roughly 2,600 kilometers of roads and 22 bridges. When completed, it will create a connected highway from the Peruvian ports of San Juan de Marcona, Matarani, and Ilo to the Brazilian ports of Rio de Janeiro and Santos, although the project almost exclusively involves construction in Peru because of Brazil's already well developed road system.


By River

It is traditional to find the "peque peque" (a motorized canoe), "pecamari" (medium size boat with a little roof) and the "glider" boat with a strong out board engine, some dedicated to the transport of people and others exclusively for load, with regular itineraries or can be taken for the particular service.



Puerto Maldonado has communication systems as telephony, Internet, mail, and television.

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