VISITING MANU NATIONAL PARK
The traditional way of visiting Manu National Park, begins in the city of Cusco, for a minimum of 4 days.
The Manu National Park, World Heritage of Humanity, is one of the areas with the greatest biodiversity on the planet. It is located in the departments of Cusco (province of Paucartambo, district of Kosñipata) and Madre de Dios (province of Manu districts of Fitzcarrald and Manu), covering the entire Manu River basin.
Located in the south of Peru, in the eastern sector of the Andes mountain range and western edge of the Amazon basin, it is the only park in Latin America that includes the entire range of environments between tropical lowland forests and frigid highlands, above 4,000 msnm.
The traditional way of visiting Manu National Park, begins in the city of Cusco, for a minimum of 4 days, with accommodation in a jungle lodge that also provide food, transportation and guided tours in the jungle under the scheme of an all-inclusive tour.
Visiting Manu National Park
The park was created on May 29, 1973, 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 Amazonian plain stands out. There are up to five recommended areas for tourist visits, with a high diversity of flora and fauna: Salvador, Otorongo, Juárez, Pakitza and Limonal. All navigable circuits in the lakes or oxbow lakes, where you can see the river wolves and the black lizard.
One of the main attractions when you are visiting Manu National Park are the collpas, habitat of flocks of guacayamos, as well as other species of fauna, that come in search of food. The park is home to some 221 species of mammals, such as the otorongo, black tiger, sachavaca, sajino, deer, ronsoco, black maquisapa, among others. As for birds, the harpy eagle, jabiru, pink spatula, jungle goose and cock of the rocks stand out.
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 get to the Tres Cruces viewpoint and appreciate the sunrise, as well as two opposite landscapes: the Andean mountain range and the cloud forest. It is better to go between May and August, when the sky is clear and allows to see the appearance of the sun twice during the same dawn, due to a phenomenon of nature.
The Manu National Park has one of the most renowned research centers for the Amazon: the biological station of Cocha Cashu, as well as an interpretation center in the Limonal surveillance post.