MANU PARK FROM CUSCO
To get to Manu Park from Cusco, first you have to get to Cusco and from there start the trip to Paucartambo. From the Tres Cruces viewpoint to the heart of the Manu National Park, there are the 160 most biodiverse kilometers on the planet.
Many travelers dream of visiting the Amazon Rainforest, and the Manu Park in Peru stop is a great way to do it, as it is believed to host the largest range of biodiversity on the planet, providing refuge for many endangered species, like the jaguar, the river wolf and the spectacled bear.
This National Park of almost 2 million hectares was created in 1973 and is located southeast of Peru, specifically in the departments of Madre de Dios and Cuzco. The biodiversity that houses this place is one of the highest in the planet and thanks to it was declared a Biosphere Reserve in 1977 and a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1987.
It is made up of a variety of landscapes that range from the Andes mountain range at almost 4000 meters above sea level, to the Amazon basin at 300 meters above sea level, passing through the cloud forest at around 1500 – 2000 meters above sea level. In fact, it is the only park in Latin America that has the entire range of ecosystems in the Amazon: from the tropical lowland forest at 35 degrees to the cold mountains of the Andean puna at 10 degrees.
How to get to Manu Park
Manu is located 403 miles from the hot and isolated regional capital of Puerto Maldonado, which acts as a gateway to the reserve. (We have a hostel in Puerto Maldonado, as well for those who are looking to stay for a while). Puerto Maldonado can be reached by land from Cusco, or by air through Lima. (It is possible to arrive by air from Cusco as well, but by hiring light airplanes instead of public transport.) From there you can go through the Manu river by boat. It is advisable to get to Manu Park from Cusco in organized Manu Park tours, as the entrance is not sold to individuals but to authorized agencies.
How to get to Manu Park from Cusco
To get to Manu Park from Cusco, first you have to get to Tres Cruces viewpoint in Paucartambo Province. From the Tres Cruces viewpoint to the heart of the Manu National Park, there are the 160 most biodiverse kilometers on the planet. First you have to get to Cusco and from there start the trip to Paucartambo. Dawn will begin sheltered over three thousand five hundred meters above the level of the plain and will descend into the valley of Kosñipata, a special place that allows you to travel 5 ecological floors and witness changes in ecosystems, which serve as a refuge for wildlife and flora of the place.
On this road you will meet organizations and people who will show you how beautiful and impressive our country is. The Association for the Conservation of the Amazon Basin (ACCA) supports different communities such as Pilco Grande, which protects Queuña and Pajonales forests that provide clean water, and Queros Wachiperi, which are looking for ecotourism and conservation a way to prevent your culture and language from dying. In addition, the same ACCA has two research centers: Wayquecha and Villa Carmen, where you can stay to meet and be surprised by different research and studies being done in this area dreamed by specialists from around the planet. In turn, you can also visit Cock of the Rock Lodge, a hostel in the middle of the valley with which Asociación Peru Verde helps different communities and protects one of the cloud forests in the best state of Peru.