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Manu National Park

Manu National Park, Cusco / Puerto Maldonado, Peru

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  • Summary Info
  • Manu Info
  • Wildlife
  • Visiting

Manu National Park Summary Info

  • Name
  • Manu National Park
  • Area:
  • 1,716,295 ha
  • Habitat Type:
  • Tropical Rainforest and Cloud Forest
  • Location:
  • Cusco Region, Peru
  • Base City:
  • Cusco / Puerto Maldonado
  • Tour:
  • Manu Wildlife Center
    Cock of the Rock Lodge
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  • Map

Manu National Park Establishment

Manu National Park was established in May, 1973, a few decades after the collapse of the Manu rubber boom that left much of the wildlife endangered. An agreement was signed in 1967 with other American countries to establish reserves. The objective was to conserve the country’s flora and fauna and Manu was born from this agreement. In 1968 Manu was declared a national reserve then upgraded to a national park five years later. Manu is situated across the departments of Cusco and Madre de Dios and contains over 1.5 million hectares of different habitat.

Tourism and Manu

The future of the Manu reserve area is uncertain as colonists encroach on park boundaries and oil and mining companies wait for opportunity to enter the region. Tourism remains the most viable plan for regional development.

Animals of Manu National Park

There are over 1000 different mammals, including jaguar, in Manu National Park and 120 species of fish and reptiles.

The Reserved Zone – Manu National Park

Tourism is prohibited within the boundary of the actual park, but you are able to visit the “reserved zone” containing better wildlife viewing than the park itself. In the reserved zone you will find the most scenic lakes of the area. The tamest wildlife are also observed here, as the park is home to a variety of mostly out-of contact Machiguenga Indians, consequently regarded as dangerous. Because of the Indians within the park, the wildlife is skittish and easily startled. Hunting has been banned in the reserved zone since 1980 allowing wildlife to recover and become accustomed to tourists.

Popular Sights in Manu

The most popular sights in the Manu area are the clay licks. This is where macaws congregate to ingest clay on the river banks in order to detoxify some of the foods they have eaten. This essential part of a macaw’s life provides visitors with a spectacular show of sound and colour. Giant otters also frequent the area and have grown accustomed to tourists. It is now possible to approach these social mustelids at close range.

Manu National Park

Visiting Manu National Park

To visit the Manu area you can stay at the Manu Wildlife Center. The Manu Wildlife Center reports that a staggering 10% of tourists are able to spot jaguars prowling the reserved zone. This percentage is unrivaled elsewhere in the tropics. Alternatively, you can visit the tropical cloud forest by staying at the Cock of the Rock Lodge or combine the two on the Bio Trip. If you want to stay inside Manu National Park, you can stay at the Manu Tented Camp and combine with the Manu Wildlife Center of Cock of the Rock Lodge

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    Five Days:

    Manu Wildlife Center Puerto Maldonado, Peru

    If you’re interested in visiting the most pristine National Park in the Peruvian Amazon, this is the favored lodge for Manu National Park. Guests stand a 10% chance of seeing wild jaguar prowling the reserved zone and the lodge is uniquely positioned for access to the tapir lick and macaw lick, allowing guests to see iconic animals of the Amazon Rainforest.
    Macaw Clay Lick, Tapir Lick
  • cock of the rock lodge

    Three Days:

    Cock of the Rock Lodge Cusco, Peru

    Staying in pristine Cloud Forest of Manu National Park, you can easily see Peru’s national bird, the Cock of the Rock, as the lodge is located right next to the bird’s display ground. On forest walks you can see Cloud Forest animals like spectacled bears, colorful birds and monkeys.
    Cock of the Rock, Cloud Forest
  • manu tapir, macaw clay lick tour, puerto maldonado


    Manu Tented Camps Puerto Maldonado, Peru

    Manu Tented Camp is a low impact lodge constructed to cause minimal disturbance to wildlife and situated within Manu National Park itself. The camp is located very close to Lake Salvador, one of the most picturesque oxbow lakes in the entire Manu region. The lake is home to giant otters you may spot on lake tours. As part of this tour you can choose from itineraries combining other lodges in Manu, such as the Manu Wildlife Center and the Cock of the Rock Lodge.

    Lowland Rainforest, Tapirs, Macaws

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