The Manu Biosphere Reserve is located in the rainforest between Cusco and Madre de Dios. It is one of the biggest tropical areas on the planet. At the end of the twentieth century, this area became famous for its rubber, mahogany wood and animal furs. In 1973 the government set its boundaries because it’s a potencial threat to the ecosystem, and in 1987 the Natural Reserve was declarated Mankind’s Historical Monument. Nowadays, the area of the Manu is almost 2 million hectares and fortunately this larg tract of virgin jungle is carefully pretected. The reserve has three sectors: The National Park, a restricted area; The Cultural Zone, where there area villages and bases; and The Reserved Area, open to tourist and research activities.
At the Manu you can expect to see different endangered species; there are more than 800 bird species among which is the Cock of the Rock, a representative bird of Peru. In addition, there are different species of mammals, bats and butterflies and 2000 species of plants. The trees found here are over forty-five-meters tall.
At present, there are 30 Quechua speaking communities and indigenous populations such as the Matsiguenka, Arahuaca and Yine. The best way to get to Manu is via Cusco. The visitor has two options: first, an eight to twelve-hour road trip to Atalaya or Shintuya bases and then a trip down the river; second, a thirty-minute flight from Cusco to Boca Manu Base plus a boat ride.
We recommend that you arrange your tour in advance and come to Manu between May and August