The Manu Biosphere Reserve is one of the most pristine
areas of rainforest in the world and contains 13 different ecological
zones, creating great diversity in its native species. Visitors at this
large national park must be accompanied by a registered guide, so trips
to the Manu must be booked in advance. The Tambopata-Candamo nature
reserve is another park created to protect important ecosystems and
diverse species. Visitors can take a break from the jungle by fishing on
Lake Valencia or swimming in the refreshing waters of Lake Sandoval.
Manu offers by far the greatest quantity and diversity of animals and
plants in the world. No other destination in Peru or beyond can compare
with Manu Nowhere else can you enjoy a superbly intact transect of
tropical habitats from Andean grasslands and cloud forests down to
foothill and lowland forests
Manu boasts the highest bird, mammal, and plant diversity of any park on
Earth, including 1,000 of the world's 9,700 bird species, 200 species of
mammals, and 15,000 species of flowering plants. The most photogenic
spectacles are frolicking Giant Otters, 1,000 parrots and macaws at a
riverbank clay lick, dancing Cocks-of-the-Rock, habituated monkeys, and
huge Lowland Tapirs at a forest clay lick.
In terms of wildlife for your money, our Manu itineraries offer the
greatest payoff of wildlife per dollar of any rain forest site in Peru
and Latin America. Other New World rain forests may be somewhat less
expensive than Manu, but NONE of them offer Manu's tremendous wildlife
diversity. For travelers who want the finest rain forest experiences in
the world, Manu offers the ultimate “bio-trip” from the Andes to the
Amazon or programs to the Manu National Park, a world Heritage Site.
All Manu trips described here start and end in Cusco and include all air
and ground transport, food, lodging, and guided rain forest outings.