We arrived in Puerto Maldonado and were picked up by our hosts: Donald and Wadee Traeris (a swiss and a thai living in the Peruvian Amazon). They are the owners of the beautiful Anaconda Lodge. The bungalows, which looked like little huts, were a nice size and had private bathrooms, mosquito nets and hammocks inside. They had two baby howler monkeys, one of 5 months and the other of 7.
Puerto Maldonado is a city in Southeastern Peru in the Amazon forest (declared one of the 7 natural wonders of the world). It is close to Brasil (passing by the new Continental Bridge) and about 55km west of the Bolivian Border. Puerto Maldonado is the capital of the Madre de Dios Region and is surrounded by National Parks: Manú National Park, Tambopata Reserve and the Bahuaja-Sonene National Park (some of the most pristine primary rain forests in the world).
The average temperature is 26C during the hottest months, between August and September. The wet season is from October to April and annual rainfall exceeds 1,000mm.
We met our guide José Luis that afternoon and the next day we took an excursion to Lake Sandoval, located in the Tambopata National Reserve. This lake is the most beautiful and wildlife-rich of all the lakes in the area. We saw many different types of birds (there are about 600 different kinds), otters (that are almost extinct and protected), 2 catamarans and ants. The biggest soft water fish can also be found in this area, it is called “paiche” and can weight up to 20kg.