Puerto Maldonado is the capital city of the Madre de Dios region in southeast Peru. It’s also known as a gateway to the southern Amazon jungle. The central Obelisco tower offers views over the city, plus local history exhibits. A busy ferry dock sits on the edge of the Madres de Dios river, close to the Plaza de Armas. Near the city, biodiverse Tambopata National Reserve spans savannah and old-growth rainforest.