Madre de Dios Region

Madre de Dios (Spanish: Región Madre de Dios, Quechua Diyuspa Mama suyu to German "Mother of God " ) is a region in southeastern Peru, near the border with Brazil and Bolivia. It covers 85 183 square kilometers with only 74 129 inhabitants ( 1996). Of these, almost three quarters live in the capital Puerto Maldonado, which is located approximately 400 kilometers east of Cusco. The region lies on the southwestern edge of the Amazon basin - it is the southernmost region in the Peruvian Amazon.

Named However, the region is after the river, which rises on the east side of the Andes, it's not like the Peruvian headwaters of the Amazon, flows north, but to the east, across the far north of Bolivia, where it flows into the Río Beni, then with the Río Mamoré the Rio Madeira is in Brazil, the first major Amazon tributary below the union of the Solimões and Rio Negro.


Almost the entire area of ​​the region is covered by tropical rain forest, which is famous for its biodiversity. To their receipt in 1990 of the Manu National Park and the Tambopata National Reserve have been established. Madre de Dios lives mainly from tourism, as well as the cultivation of rubber, gold panning and logging. Larger rivers of the region are located with 1150 km length of the Río Madre de Dios, of which 667 km in Peru and in Bolivia 483 km, and 900 km of Río Tahuamanu each 450 km, Peru and Bolivia.

See also: Lake Sandoval


The region is divided into three provinces and 11 districts:

Province ( capital )

  • Manu ( Salvación )
  • Tahuamanu ( Iñapari )
  • Tambopata (Puerto Maldonado )