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Manu is one of the provinces that make up the department and region of Madre de Dios. The province of Manu has a territorial extension of 27,835.17 Km2, reason why it is considered the one of minor extension of the region. The districts of Manu, Fitzcarrald, Madre de Dios and Huepetuhe make up this province. The capital of this province is the city of Salvation. The population of Manu is predominantly colonial (70%); however, 30% that represents the indigenous population, is also an attraction of the province, and makes it an ideal scenario for experiential tourism.With an immense extension of natural spaces, full of flora and fauna, the Manu National Park is one of the largest units of its kind in the country and one of the largest in the tropical zone of the planet. Together with the adjacent Reserved Zone of the Manu and the Cultural Zone, it constitutes the so-called Manu Biosphere Reserve that reaches an area of almost two million hectares, an area comparable to half the territory of Switzerland. It is located in the departments of Cusco and Madre de Dios and covers the entire Manu river basin. This conservation unit protects an impressive succession of altitudinal floors that vary from 365 masl to reach altitudes above 4,000 m. It is considered that this territory constitutes one of the tropical forests of greater natural wealth of the world.Considered one of the largest and richest natural reserves in the world, which allows you to make intimate contact with nature in its most primitive and wild state.The Manu Biosphere offers one of the best experiences through the Cloud Forest, where you can see the famous Cock of the Rocks, National Bird of Peru. Also the biosphere of Manu give us the option to see the wonderful collpa of Macaws, Tapir lick in Maquisapayoj, giant river wolves ,600 species of birds, the largest tower of the Peruvian Amazon alongside a ceiba over 350 years of antiquity, 8 species of monkeys, the red deer and the imposing jaguar.Likewise, this protected natural area is home to different ancestral cultures, which shows that its enormous importance for the whole world lies not only in the protection of its biodiversity but also in the protection of the cultural diversity of Peru and Latin America. The Biosphere of the Manu is an excellent example of good preservation of nature and is a nice school for children and young people to come to the biosphere and learn how nature is in the Manu Biosphere. A forest protected by private entities and located in the buffer zone of the Manu biosphere.

 

Quick Itinerary:

Day 01: Puerto Maldonado - Colorado - Manu Wildlife Center 

Day 02: Appreciate the Mammals Clay lick

Day 03: Get on a boat tour and see wildlife 

Day 04: Learn about native vegetation

Day 05: Manu Wildlife Center - Puerto Maldonado


Manu tours peru:

The Manu National Park is one of the most recognized natural protected areas in the world, for its spectacular biodiversity, its numerous ecological levels and for protecting a large area of eastern Andes and the Amazonian plain of Peru. Its incomparable natural wealth, hosting the largest amount of flora and fauna of the Peruvian Amazon and the world, has made this protected natural area, managed by the Sernanp, be recognized as a Natural World Heritage Site.

 

Where is Manu?

The park is located in the provinces of Manu and Paucartambo (departments of Madre de Dios and Cusco, respectively), encompassing the eastern slopes of the Andes in the Peruvian Amazon. The limits to the north are the basin that separates the catchments of Manu and the rivers of Las Piedras, to the area where the south of the Paucartambo road in the north-west is converts into Tres Cruces, east of the region on the left bank of the Alto Madre de Dios river to the Pilcopata River, department of Cusco, and to the west of the basin that separates the catchment basins of the Manu and Camisea rivers - also the boundary between the departments of Cusco and Madre de Dios. Intangible area, protection of fauna and flora, and of the oriental and amazonian Andean scenic beauty, covers territories from the Andean puna in the department of Cusco to the low jungle in the department of Madre de Dios, crossed by the Manu river, Alto Mother of God and its tributaries. Most of its extension is located in the low jungle area, between 200 and 400 meters above sea level. (656 and 1312 feet). The rivers of the jungle area can be navigated in small boats at any time of the year. It integrates elements of exceptional beauty and scientific interest, hosting more than 5,000 species of mammals and more than 1 million species of insects and invertebrates.


What to do and see in Manu? 

The Manu National Park is the most diverse in Peru and the world, in this place you can explore and enjoy the diversity that this place offers you. In addition, you will meet the "top six", the six most extreme animals of the Peruvian Amazon: the Jaguar, the Rio Lobo, the Gallito de las Rocas, the Guacamayo Cabezón, the Black Caiman and the Maquisapa. If you arrive to Manu you can also know the traditional ways of life of Amazonian populations.The area also recognizes 30 native communities. Within the National Park, the main attraction of the province, there are also spaces such as the Macaw Clay Lick . 

  • Huepetuhe: district of Manu, is also a site of interest, especially for mining, since the territory is rich in gold; unfortunately the practice of mining in the area is quite informal, so in addition to losses to the State, there have also been major forest losses, reducing the ecological wealth of the area. Huepetuhe is an area of ​​difficult access, which still has no tourist infrastructure that exploits the natural potential of the place.  
  • Activities: Lodge, Culture, Nature, Fauna, Flora, Trekking and Hiking. 
  • Places: Cusco, Paucartambo, Pilcopata, Atalaya, Manu Cloud Forest, Manu Cultural and Manu Biosfera.
  • Exuberant and evergreen vegetation: giant trees, among which we can mention cedar, mahogany, lupuna, screw, among others. Thick bushes, twisted trunks flooded with mosses, ferns and beautiful orchids. In short, a place that houses more than 220 species of trees.      
  • Indigenous ethnic groups: such as the Amahuaca, Huachipaire, Machiguenga, Piro, Vora, Vaminahua and another twenty communities that use the Quechua language as their mother tongue. Fascinatingly, there are other groups that have not had any contact with the modern world.     
  • Species in danger of extinction: such as the manatee, the tapir or the giant otter. For continuing to name other animals, it will also be ideal to capture with your camera some encounter with a lazy bear, squirrels, cats, spectacled bears, red deer, roosters of the rocks and some of the 860 species of birds that coexist in the lands of This natural reserve of Peru.      
  • The Tres Cruces viewpoint: a natural spectacle that gives the impression of a sunset over an immense ocean that takes place when the sun reflects on the clouds when leaving in the east, at dawn.   
  • Lake Sandoval: a place half an hour's navigation from Puerto Maldonado. In this route you can cross several landscapes: first you make a walk along the road, where you can see the old boat of the Fitzcarraldo explorer. Immediately, you enter a leafy forest that gives way to Lake Sandoval that, with its intense blue waters, invites you to take a refreshing swim. To culminate, a canoe trip follows, where once again the immense biodiversity of the Manu National Park is evident, which holds the world record for 155 species of amphibians and 132 reptiles.

Those who visit the province of Manu, can take advantage of their visit to live with people and taste the dishes that establishments and residents offer, among them: the juane, the chicken Inchicapi, the Timbuche, carachama broth, among others. Also, do not forget to try the "chapo", which is a banana-based soft drink; as well as the refreshment of pihuayo.

 

Manu Characteristics:

  • Weather: The climate varies between 35 ° C during the day and 20 ° C during the night, the rainy season is from January to March and during, but there may be unexpected rainfall throughout the year.
  • Ecological: Manu present 2 areas the first is the sub-tropical fluvial forest and the second very humid subtropical forest.
  • Current use of lands: Area of use for research in natural resources, nature tourism and eco adventures. Areas used for organic farming and rational extraction of diverse forest products.
  • Altitudinal range:  Transitional zone between high forest and low jungle of 1,000 to 500 meters above sea level.

Why is peru Manu Biosphere Reserve important ?

The Manu National Park is considered one of the most important natural riches of the country that has a record in species of diurnal butterflies and birds, recognitions to which recently they added being the region that more species of amphibians and reptiles lodges in the planet .But these are not the only reasons why this park is of great importance at national level, in its territory it protects numerous ethnic groups among which stand out: Matsiguenka, Harakmbut and Yine. In addition, it is home to multiple indigenous groups living in voluntary isolation such as the Mashco-Piro. The great diversity of species that take place in this park have surpassed those recorded in the Yasuní National Park (Ecuador), which until a while ago was considered the protected natural area with the highest percentage of amphibians and reptiles in the world (150 and 121 species respectively).


INTERESTING INFORMATION:

 

 

Day 1: Puerto Maldonado ‐ Colorado ‐ Manu Wildlife Center

This first day, we will cross interesting inter-Andean valleys and picturesque rural communities. At mid-morning we will visit the Pre-Inca Tombs of Ninamarca, known as "Chullpas" and then head to Paucartambo, a typical colonial town of great importance at that time and that still retains its flavor. Continuing the journey, we will ascend to the Acjanacu pass at 3,850 m.s. and from here we start the descent passing through the Cloud Forest, an area very rich in endemic species such as the Spectacled Bear and Cock of the Rock, orchids, bromeliads, ferns, etc. Lunch on the route (box lunch) observing the nature and then continue until we reach our lodge, located in the cultural area of the Manu National Park, in the middle of the Cloud Forest at 1700 m.s.n.m. (5100 ft.). Where we will spend our first night comfortably installed.

Day 2: Appreciate the Mammals Clay Lick

This second day, we will have the opportunity to see the famous clay lick (approx. twenty minutes) These wild rain forest pigs show up in herds of five to twenty individuals to eat clay in the late morning. Other wildlife also shows up including deer, guan and parakeets. Chances of spotting them are low but well worth the short hike because we also will have fun camera traps. You will visit a mammal clay lick located in one of the corners of the Big Grid, a 288 kilometer experimental trail system that has camera traps placed within it. At the clay lick, one of our resident biologists will help you set up your own camera trap and download photos from the past few days. These will feed into the extensive photographic database that will help us understand how many jaguars, tapirs and peccaries there are in the reserve. And if you strike jaguar (or bush dog!) gold and get them on the camera traps – they are yours to keep!

Day 3: Get on a boat tour and see wildlife

We leave early to board the boat adventure that awaits us, we will meet an old meander lake full of water lilies (Nuphar lutea) and sunken trunks. It is very likely that we will find the giant otter in the middle of the fishing expedition, or groups of monkeys rocking loudly on the top of the trees. Around the lake, the dream of an ornithologist will be fulfilled: woodpeckers, tanagers, macaws, toucans and parakeets are just some of the birds that you will be able to observe. Wading birds tread delicately over the spectacular leaves of nanofood, while Grebes swim delicately through calm water, Anhingas dry their wide black wings outdoors along the coast, while above, a perched Osprey perches on the branches of the trees to start the hunt. Among the bushes near the waterline, a Hoatzin announces its presence with distinctive wheezing and strange grunts.

Day 4: Learn about native vegetation

The Manu National Park (PNM), which has more than 2 million hectares  protect the diversity of species it harbors, as well as the landscapes of the low jungle, the jungle edge and the Andes of the Peruvian southeast. About native vegetation, the Manu protects 10% of the plant species in the world. A single hectare of the forest can hold more than 220 species of trees. The aguajales forests are one of the most outstanding and abundant ecosystems in this national park. The visit to the Manu National Park is restricted, but the public can access certain areas and feel the strength of the vigorous Manu River and enjoy the immense diversity of flora, fauna, climates and landscapes. In homage to its creation, every May 29 is celebrated in Peru the Day of the Manu National Park.

Day 5: Manu Wildlife Center - Puerto Maldonado

The Manu Wildlife Center is located in the wild and remote Manu wilderness of Peru along the Manu de Dios in the Manu Biosphere Reserve. The Lodge provides a perfectly comfortable base for wildlife enthusiasts, photographers, birders and those who simply want a true relaxing rainforest experience. The Lodge counts on a Tapir and Mammal Lick, the Blanquillo Macaw and Parrot Clay Lick, 2 walk up Canopy Towers and floating catamarans on 2 ox-bow lakes for observing Giant Otters and other lakeside birds and wildlife.

THIS TOUR INCLUDES:

  • Professional naturalist guide. 
  • Private transport. 
  • Private boat transportation. 
  • Professional chef 
  • All food during the tour (vegetarian on request at no additional cost) 
  • Mineral Water for the entire trip 
  • Accommodation in Lodge with private bathroom 
  • First aid kit
  • Antidote for Hoatzin snake bite 

 

 

 

 

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Air tickets. 
  • Personal expenses such as beverages, telephone call, etc.
  • Tips
  • Extras not mentioned in itinerary

Do not forget to bring:

  • A pair of long pants. 
  • Boots for walking, shoes or tennis shoes. 
  • Shirts. 
  • Long sleeve shirts. 
  • Sweater and a jacket. 
  • Hats (also for the cold) 
  • Waterproof and / or umbrella. 
  • Camera (there are places to download and print your digital photos) 
  • Insect repellent. 
  • Medicine and / or articles for personal use. 
  • If you are missing something do not worry you will find everything in Peru 
  • A lot of desire to know us!

 

Extra Info:

Visits and trips: 

  • Within the park, there are areas enabled for tourists and visitors, and other areas are limited only for the entry of researchers. In the area of ​​tourists, there are accommodation facilities. Next to the best hotels and / or lodges, there are guided tours for tourists, as well as housing and work facilities for researchers and scientists. To visit the Manu National Park, you have two alternatives: The first is to carry out a land trip or flight rental from Cusco, through Paucartambo, until you reach the park area and then continue with the river tour . The trip is full of beautiful Andean landscapes and the entrance of the forest surface is of indescribable beauty. This road is in poor condition. It is more advisable to arrive in the same way, by air to Puerto Maldonado, and then by river to the area enabled for tourists and visitors within the Park. In both possibilities we consider that it is essential to coordinate your expedition with our expert guides.

Please stay informed:

  • Visitors should be informed about the conservation of the Manu Biosphere. Every visitor has to control some inappropriate attitudes (for example, not getting too close to the animals), do not throw away plastic objects, do not wash with soaps that pollute the rivers and lakes (we recommend bringing biodegradable soap).

Recommendations: 

  • Avoid visiting the attraction in the rainy season (January - March). 
  • It is advisable to have the yellow fever vaccine.

 

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