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10 Reasons to Travel to the Manu National Park

We created a list of the top 10 reasons why you should travel to Manu National Park. If you do not know yet what exactly is expecting you in this natural wonder, this article is made for you.

A group of people spotting with binoculars at the canopy of lower Manu jungle | Responsible Travel Peru
Spotting at the canopy of lower Manu jungle


The Manu National Park is one of the nature areas with the richest biodiversity in the world and most of its territory is protected under the highest category: National Park. Its rich biodiversity encompasses diverse ecosystems, such as the Puna, the cloud forest, the high jungle and the Amazon Basin.


It is considered as one of the 7 natural wonders of the world and is home to 20,000 plant species, 1,000 bird species, 222 mammal species and large numbers of yet to be defined species of reptiles, amphibians, fish and insects that inhabit its diverse ecosystems.

Big Black Caiman in the middle of the river | Responsible Travel Peru
The big Black Caiman is an endagered species protected by international convention


In the Manu it is possible to observe endangered species more frequently than in other protected areas, such as the giant otter or large black caimans. You also get the chance of spotting species normally difficult to see such as the jaguar and tapir.


The way from Cusco to Manu is one of the most spectacular routes in terms of nature and landscape, which change constantly. Mountain valleys, fairytale villages like Paucartambo with its beautiful river Mapacho, Puna, snow-capped mountains, cloud forests and the high and low jungle. Do not miss to take some beautiful pictures.


The route to Manu, worldwide known as Manu Road, is considered by birdwatchers as one of the Top 10 in the world, due to its great diversity of bird species as the road descends through various ecosystems.

Mural depicting Manu's natural richness at a point where locals wait for ground transportation | Responsible Travel Peru
A colorful “bus stop” at Atalaya, the main river port in the south section of Manu National Park


UNESCO declared Manu as world Biosphere Reserve, which means that there is a sustainable interaction between the natives and the natural resources of the various ecosystems that must be protected and promoted in favour of conservation and development.


The Manu is inhabited by various ethnic groups that protect their jungle. Some of them, like the Huachipaeris and the Matsiguenkas, nowadays focus on sustainable tourism as an economic alternative and means for protecting their ancestral jungle. They offer programs to show travelers the jungle through their eyes.

Young Matsigenkas show bow and arrow are used | Responsible Travel Peru
Young Matsigenkas of the Shipetiari Native Community show how to use bow and arrow still in use these days


This is one of the last refuges on the planet for natives who have no contact with civilization. These nomadic tribes live solely from the resources obtained from the jungle. It is difficult to meet them and avoidance is recommended, but in case of encounter you have to respect their voluntary isolation and maintain distance.


From the viewpoint of Tres Cruces, at the entrance of the Manu National Park, you can observe a natural phenomenon: when the sun rises in the east at dawn it reflects in the clouds and gives you the impression that you are looking at a sunset over a giant ocean.


The time has come that the whole world, and especially the Peruvians, get to know the wonderful country in which they live and be proud of it, and thereby be united in a common goal: To protect our natural resources and make use of its vast potential for the sustainable development of the country.

Close up of man hands after finishing planting a seedling in Manu | Responsible Travel Peru
You can do a small (or large) contribution to reforestation efforts in the vicinities of Manu National Park

Are you ready to travel? Browse through all the tours we have crafted for exploring Manu and please share this information with likeminded travelers.

If you haven’t found what you are looking for yet, fell free to contact our Travel Designers so they can create the right itinerary specifically for you.

By Tito Cornejo

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