Puerto Maldonado is a city in Peru.
It's located in south-east of Peru, 55km from the Bolivian border and it's the capital of the Madre de Dios region.
The population is around 50.000
The climate is tropical so be aware of that.
The chief industries in Puerto Maldonado are logging, gold dredging, Brazil nut collecting, boat building and eco-tourism. The area is virtually logged out; only one mill remains. Rubber collection is long gone. Recent legislation in the European Union has put hundreds of Brazil nut collectors out of work together with the associated local factory. Small amounts of gold are collected from the river, mostly by small teams of men with hand tools.
The most people will arrive in Puerto Maldonado and travel by boat on the Madre de Dios river to several eco-lodges in the area.
The town has a laid back vibe and the motorbike is king. The locals are very friendly but due to its remoteness it only has a handful of hotels and restaurants for a town of its size. The town has a free observation tower which is well worth a look to see the view.