Most visitors to Puerto Maldonado and surrounding areas such as the Tambopata National Reserve come via Cuzco or Lima, which are very easy to travel from:
The most popular and convenient option is catching a flight to Puerto Maldonado from Cuzco (near Machu Picchu) or the capital Lima.
Direct flights from Cuzco take less than 1 hour and those from Lima just over 1.5 hours.
From the airport, you can take a mototaxi, a three-wheeled motorcycle rickshaw into the centre of town, the Plaza de Armas, for a couple of dollars or you may have airport transfers included with your accommodation.
See Flights to Puerto Maldonado for more information and alternative flight routes.
Some budget travellers may prefer to go to Puerto Maldonado from Cuzco by bus as it is very economical and the journey crosses through beautiful sceneries – Andean highlands, cloud forest and rainforest.
The trip between Cuzco and Puerto Maldonado takes about 12 hours (it used to take 30 hours before the Interoceanic Highway was completed) and costs around 20 dollars one-way.
You can only book online with Moviltours. Alternatively, buy your tickets at the bus station, the Terminal Terrestre, in Cuzco. Try to buy your tickets at least the day before travel.
Visit Other Puerto Maldonado bus routes if you’re considering travelling to or from Puerto Maldonado from elsewhere.
The bus station in Puerto Maldonado is about 10 minutes from the centre, Plaza de Armas, by mototaxi.
Sports lovers may be interested in taking a cycling tour from Cuzco, which can be arranged in Cuzco and take three or more days to get to Puerto Maldonado.
Tours travel through Andean mountain scenery, picturesque villages, cloud forest and finally the rainforest. Rates will include accommodation, food, guides, bikes and private transportation where the route requires a vehicle.
You will need to be in good shape to be able to do this and have already got accustomed to altitudes of up to 5,000m (16,500 ft.) before you begin. Some cycling tours such as with the Wasai Tambopata Lodge include rafting.