It is definitely worth making a stop during your visit to Peru in the city of Puerto Maldonado, considered the capital of biodiversity for being the entrance to the Tambopata Candamo National Reserve and the Manu National Park, two very tempting options that will put us in a dilemma when choosing.

It is said that the Amazon is the only place where the sensation of being in the dawn of the world is overwhelming, aware of this diversity, many travelers arrive in Puerto Maldonado to start a route full of emotions.

Puerto Maldonado is the entrance to two of the most important national parks of the Peruvian Amazon, these natural treasures harbor an extraordinary diversity of species of flora and wild fauna. The Tambopata-Candamo National Reserve is reached by the Tambopata River, undoubtedly one of the best places to discover the Amazon, with one of the highest rates of biological diversity in the world (632 species of birds, 169 of mammals, 1,200 butterflies ).

While the Manu National Park Peru, has an area of ​​1,716,295.22 hectares and is one of the best destinations for nature tourism. In the lower basin of the Manu River, the exuberance of the Amazon plain stands out. In this blog we will detail the differences between Manu National Park vs Tambopata.

Manu National Park vs Tambopata


Different Tourist Services

Tambopata offers us a greater facility to know the Amazon rainforest since it has developed in a better way for tourism. There are hostels to stay in the place, which is home to macaws and a large family of river wolves. It also has an observatory tower for a panoramic view of the immense landscape.

In the Manu one of the main attractions of the Park are the collpas, habitat of flocks of guacayamos, as well as other species of fauna, that come in search of food. Inside the Park there is a metal tower 18 meters high and a raised path with platform that facilitates the best bird watching and the immensity of the forest from the treetops.

For a spectacular view it is recommended to reach the Tres Cruces viewpoint and appreciate the sunrise, as well as two opposite landscapes: the Andean mountain range and the cloud forest.

Different experiences

For explorers and nature lovers, visiting the Manu is the greatest experience as they can see it in all its splendor and enjoy the wildlife in this reserve that little or nothing has been invaded by the “civilization” making our visit a real adventure where a lot of courage and freedom is required.

Unlike Manu, Tambopata Amazon Peru, being an area that has been affected by business and the large influx of visitors has made it much more difficult to see a variety of wild animals.

Different Access Paths

The Manu National Park Amazon Reserve is the largest and one of the protected reserves in Peru. And so it’s a bit harder to get there. The most common route leaves from the city of Cusco passing through Paucartambo and down to the tropical jungle to reach the limit with the reserve and then take a boat that will take us to the most interesting part of the reserve and live a true experience in the jungle amazonian

To get to the Tambopata National Reserve from the city of Cusco, you can take a regular flight of approximately half an hour, or by road (approximately 12 hours by bus). From the airport, a journey of about three hours by bus and boat leads to the heart of this protected natural area.

Different Travel Costs

Unlike Manu in Tambopata we can reach the tropical zone and the virgin forest much faster which makes the cost of our trip less.

In Manu, the trips can cost up to 3 times more than a walk in Tambopata, and the small number of shelters makes the demand is mostly for small groups making the prices much higher.

Different Itineraries

Between Manu National Park vs Tambopata, we recommend Tambopata for people who have a tight itinerary but who wish to visit the Peruvian jungle, they will be able to find trips lasting 3-4 days. The fastest way is to take a walk from the city of Puerto Maldonado to Lake Sandoval, one of the most requested walks for the great variety of wildlife that we can appreciate in a short time.

If you want to take a walk in the reserve of Manu and know the most original part of it, we recommend you to have at least 9 days. There are trips that last a shorter amount of days but you spend more time traveling to the reserve than knowing the wonderful places you can offer us. However there are longer trips in which we will be able to enjoy the Manu in all its splendor living an incredible and real experience in the jungle.

Whether you choose Manu National Park or Tambopata, the Amazon rainforest offers you a great variety of flora and fauna species. In both reserves there are visits by boat, night walks and canopy circuits that are the best option for the observation of monkeys, birds, giant otters, alligators (the black alligator), capybaras and the Hoatzin in their natural habitat that are frequently seen although species such as toucans, pumas and jaguars are rarely seen by visitors