Manu Biosphere Reserve, Peru
Manu National Park is located
in the provinces of Manu and Paucartambo (Departments of Madre
de Dios and Cuzco respectively), comprising lands on the eastern
slopes of the Andes and on the Peruvian Amazon. It protects
some of the Earth’s most important wildlands : Andean
grasslands, elfin forest, cloud forest, and lowland Amazon
The park contains more species of animal and plants than any other
part of the world: 1000 species of birds, 13 species of monkeys
(including the charismatic mustached Emperor Tamarin), several species
of macaws and parrots, the Harpy Eagle, Black Caiman, Tapir, the
endangered Giant Otter, Black Caiman and the impressive Jaguar.
The area has a wide range of climates : from the cold in the highlands
to the hot in Amazon rainforest. There is a rainy season from December
In addition Manu National Park is also home to indigenous tribes
of Amazonian indies some of them are uncontacted yet. The best known
ethnic group is the Machiguenga.
Manu National Park was Internationally recognized as a Biosphere
Reserve under UNESCO and the Biosphere Programme in 1977 and it
was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1987.
InkaNatura travel is one of the few tour operators licensed to
operate in this area and offers three different programs that allow
you to visit those magnificent wildlands. For birders and wilderness
enthusiasts, InkaNatura Travel recommends boating for up the wild
Manu River to stay at our Manu Wildlife Tented Camp near Cocha (Lake)
Salvador, the largest and most beautiful of the 13 oxbow lakes of
the Manu River. This itinerary offers excellent opportunities to
observe flocks of beach-nesting birds and to search for a Jaguar
lurking on the riverbank.
National Park tours: