The Madre de Dios Region is located in the south-eastern part of the Peruvian territory, between parallels 9º 55'33 "and 13º 20' 04", south latitude, and meridians 68º 39'27 "and 77º 22 '27", west longitude . Its location is considered strategic because it constitutes a frontier region with the countries of Brazil and Bolivia.
It has a surface area of 85,182 square kilometers equivalent to 8,518,200 hectares, representing 6.6% of the national territory and 15.3% of the forest. Provinces in Madre de Dios include Tambopata (42.58% of the departmental area), Manu (32.54%) and Tahuamanu (24.88%).
It is mainly covered by subtropical forests where various productive activities are carried out, including the extraction of gold, wood and chestnuts. Recently the region has invested in ecotourism.
Throughout its history it has faced the restrictive problem of a lack of communication and transportation infrastructure, which has isolated it from the rest of the country and limited economic development.
The region is endowed with a great potential in natural resources, and is considered the "Peruvian capital of the biodiversity". There are three important protected areas: the Manu National Park, the Bahuaja-Sonene National Park and the Tambopata National Reserve.
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