Four young Muscovites – two boys and two girls – travel to the Altai for a rafting trip on a mountain river. Cut off from civilization, face to face with nature at its wildest our heroes are not able to relax but instead are forced to fight for survival. They ask the help of a group of apparent ‘sportsmen-boaters’ whom they encounter on the river. These agree, but then our heroes realize that they have been taken hostage by criminals.
The region of Madre Dios in Peru
is home to part of the vast Peruvian jungle. Known as the poor mans jungle,
offers much more than you would expect.
of Madre Dios in Peru is home to part of the vast Peruvian jungle. Known as the
poor mans jungle, known because of its relative ease of accessibility, it does
of this region is the city of Puerto Maldonado, an obligatory stop along the
way to gain entrance to national parks and tropical reserves located in the
Maldonado is a small city, with not many accommodation options; it is primarily
a transit point for tourists and researchers that want to visit the more remote
parts of the jungle region. However it does have a number of local industries
such as chestnut harvesting and construction servicing the tourist industry.
Many of the
lodges and research centers have offices in Puerto Maldonado that allow
visitors to store excess luggage they do not need for their jungle trip. Excess
baggage slows the boats as well as consumes more fuel.
The Tambopata River Portis
about 20 kilometers from Puerto Maldonado. This is where you have to board
boats to the jungle area. Travel in the whole area is only by boat.
All of the boats are 20 foot long, roofed canoes. Daily arrivals and
departures from every port are scheduled to meet every airline´s arrival and
departure with a maximum two hour wait. So you should never be waiting long or
be worrying about onward connections.
As you leave the port you will come into the contact with the indigenous
community of Infierno. You will also have to pass through the Tambopata
National Reserves checkpoint and into the buffer zone of this 1.3 million
hectare protected conservation unit.
Access by boat is romantic and tranquil. However, it can be time
consuming. Depending on where your lodge is, it could be up to 5 hours on a
boat up the river.
During rainy season from December to March travel can be much quicker as
the river flows faster. The dry period from June to September may take longer,
however you have more chance of being able to take part in all of the many
treks, trails and excursions to do from your chosen lodge.
One of the furthest lodges is the Tambopata Research Centre. To get here
it is necessary to break up the journey, spending one night in a lodge mid way
before continuing the next day.
While travelling in the rainy season may sound appealing, this is
however the wettest time to go. Rain can mean that day trips, tours and
activities do not take place as well as the tropical bugs being most active at
Views along the route can be fantastic. You can see an array of wildlife
and natural habitat. It has been known for people on boats to see wild pumas
drinking water from the river shore so keep your eyes open!