The sun arises from the density of the jungle while we prepare to get out to the macaw’s clay lick. The jungle shudders with life and we hear noises of hundred of different types of animals, mostly monkeys and birds, many of them unique in this part of the world. And while we sailed through the untamed Manu river, we witness a wild world spectacle of one of the most remote places in the peruvian amazon.
Tapires, macaws, parrots, jaguars, otters, anacondas, cocks of the rock, monkeys, alligators, butterflies, besides endless kind of plants and insects, are part of over a 1000 bird species, 200 mammals, 13 primates, 250 types of trees and 15 000 types of flowers that inhabit the National Park of Manu. This reserve alberges the greatest wildlife density and diversity in contrast to any tropical forest of the world. To be there may be one of the best experiences that anyone can enjoy.
Located at the foothills of the Andes, in the occidental edge of the Amazon, the Manu was always protected due to its inaccessibility, until 1973 when it was declared by the peruvian government as a National Park. In 1977 the UNESCO acknowledged it as a Biosphere Reserve and, in 1978 it was named Common Heritage of Mankind.
The best time to visit the National Park of Manu is during the dry season (June to November) because many of the park areas are inaccessible in times of rain (January to April). It is not possible to enter without a tour guide, reason why we recommend to organize in groups or hire a touristic operator.