Puerto Maldonado in Peru’s Madre de Dios province feels like a border town. Dusty streets, dilapidated buildings, new buildings and the bustle of people who want to make it. Buses take tourists around the city to the many ecotourism companies that bring people from all over the world to experience the Amazon. Puerto Maldonado sits on the banks of the Tambopata River, a tributary of the Amazon. The Tambopata River gained some notoriety in ecotourism circles when the clay-licking macaws were featured on the cover of the January 1994 issue of National Geographic. Since then the industry has been booming.

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