Manu National Park is located west of
Access is easier and cheaper from
Cusco. It takes a one and a half-day
journey by bus and boat. A more comfortable but expensive option is a
25-minute flight from Cusco.
This area was declared a National Park in 1973 in
order to protect its great diversity of flora and fauna and its expansive
pristine areas. It was declared a Biosphere Reserve in 1977 and a World
Natural Heritage Site in 1987 by UNESCO.
The success in preserving such a large tract of pristine rainforest is
largely due to the inaccessibility of the area. Several indian groups
continue to live inside the Park, some of which have not yet had contact
Manu requires time, money, and the acceptance of difficult travel
conditions. You will need to be very flexible with your travel plans
because trips may be delayed for many reasons. Wild fauna is elusive and
you will need a visit of at least 6 to 8 days to obtain a good record of
The best time to come is during the dry season from
June to October. It is cheaper to come with an organized group, but either
way you should arrange your trip in advance.
Salvador Lake is one of the largest and most beautiful lakes in the Manu
reserved zone. It has camping facilities.