Our Region: Madre de Dios
“Madre de Dios”, meaning “Mother of God” is the región in southeastern Peru where our lodges are located. It is the only region in Peru that borders both Brazil and Bolivia, and is composed of three provinces; Manu, Tahuamanu, and Tambopata. Manu province is in the western part of the region and harbors the large national park of the same name. Tahuamanu forms the northern part of the region and is a large, sparsely populated area where the border town of Inapari is located. This town is connected with Puerto Maldonado, the capital of Tambopata province, by a 210 kilometer long road. Tambopata province forms the southern and central part of Madre de Dios and is where our lodges are situated.
More than 100,000 people live in Madre de Dios, the majority of which live in the capital, Puerto Maldonado. Many people participate in the local economy by way of small-scale production of some crops and harvesting of Brazil nuts on concessions and small farms. Ecotourism also plays a large role in the economy of Madre de Dios, especially in Tambopata and Manu, and, more recently, gold mining has played an increasingly important role. There are few roads, the most important one being a section of the Trans-Oceanic highway that links Brazil to the Andes, and eventually, the Pacific coast. Most people use rivers for travel within the region.
Madre de Dios is also famous for the wild, biodiverse, tropical habitats found within her borders. Mature, lowland rainforests cover much of the region, and pockets of natural savannah occur near the border with Bolivia. These are protected in the Pampas del Heath reserve. Other habitats include cloud forest and temperate rainforest in the mountains of Manu. Giant Otter, and several other rare and globally endangered species live in these rich habitats along with thousands of species of insects, and more than 1,000 species of birds, around 600 of which have been identified in Tambopata province.