Manu National Park
Manu National Park Information
An area more than half the size of Switzerland, was established in 29th of May in 1973 on the eastern side of the Andes, extending from the puna ( 4100masl), over mountain cloud forest to the Amazon lowlands ( 300 m.a.s.l )
Only in a small area along the Manu River can tourists visit the Manu National Park and observe wildlife in its natural way of living. (Most of the National Park is strictly protected and only accessible with a special permit.)
You spend the nights at lodge camps or in a lodge (Matsiguenka Lodge).
Due to the longer boat travel to and inside the National Park we recommend to do a 6, 7 or 8 day tour (by bus) or a min. 7 day- tour (in and out by plane from Puerto Maldonado). At the moment only charter flights are available from Boca Manu airstrip.
Facilities of the Lodges in Manu, all of them are close to the river, includes: double rooms with mosquito nets, private bathrooms very few with hot showers. Only in Tambo Blanquillo we use share bathrooms. They also have private bungalows with private bathroom which can be included in the package for an extra payment of $ 125 USD per person in a matrimonial bed and $ 200 USD per person in a single supplement. All of them have dining rooms. In Manu Birding Lodge (ex-Maquisapayoj Lodge) you can also stay at the Tapir lick, on a special, elevated platform with comfortable mattresses and mosquito nets and toilet just in front of the tapir lick, in dense primary forest.
About Manu National Park
The Manu National Park protects a pristine Amazon rainforest, located in southeastern Peru. Spared from most human impact Manu offers ideal conditions for wildlife observation and can be easily reached from Cusco.
The Manu National Park covers almost 1.8 million hectares and protects different ecosystems from Andean Grasslands at 4000m to the mystic Elfin and Cloud Forests and all the way down to the Tropical Lowland Rainforest at 250m above sea level.
Due to different ecological conditions Manu holds an immense variety of animal and plant species.
You can see Giant River Otters, Caimans, Tapirs, Macaws, Toucans, 13 species of Monkeys, Anteaters, Sloths and other animals. And you may even spot a Jaguar on the banks of the Manu River!
Manu holds a record in high biodiversity: 220 mammal species, 155 amphibian species and more than 15.000 species of flowering plants have been identified. With over 1000 bird species Manu also is a great destination for birdwatchers and photographers. Only 1300 Butterfly species can top this.