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10 Reasons to travel to Manu National Park

We created a list of the top 10 reasons why you should travel to Manu National Park. If you don´t 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 animals at the canopy of lower Manu jungle

FIRST: Manu is one of the most biodiverse places on earth

The Manu National Park is one of the natural areas with the richest biodiversity in the world and most of its territory is protected under the highest category: National Park. Its biodiversity encompasses diverse ecosystems, such as the Puna, the Cloud Forest, the High Jungle and the Amazon Basin.

SECOND: Manu (should be) one of the 7 natural wonders of the world

As is home to 20,000 plant species, 1,000 bird species, 222 mammal species and a large number of yet to be defined species of reptiles, amphibians, fish and insects.

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

THIRD: In Manu you can spot rarely seen species

In 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 other species normally difficult to see, such as the jaguar and tapir.

FOURTH: The journey from Cusco to Manu is worth it

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 forget to take some beautiful pictures.

FIFTH: The road is a birdlover´s paradise

The route to Manu, globally known as the Manu Road, is considered by birdwatchers as one of the Top 10 in the world: a great diversity of bird species can be seen 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

SIXTH: Manu is a World Biosphere Reserve

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

SEVENTH: Local ethnic communities are greatful for your visit

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 travellers 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

EIGHTH: Protecting Manu means protecting its nomadic tribes

Manu 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 an encounter, you have to respect their voluntary isolation and maintain distance.

NINTH: Manu offers stunning sunsets

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 dusk, it reflects in the clouds above you and gives you the impression that you are looking at a sunset over a giant ocean.

TENTH: Manu teaches us to take care of our beautiful country

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 like-minded travellers.

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

By Tito Cornejo

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