When the Andes turn into the Amazon in the Cusco region, one of the most biodiverse places on Earth appears: Manu National Park. Such is its natural spectacle that it is considered by UNESCO as a World Heritage. In Manu there are many ecosystems that extend from the high Andes to the lowland forest, creating the Manu Biosphere Reserve. Here, harpy eagles fly over forests that are 40 meters high, jaguars walk around and monkeys of various species jump from tree to tree, while rivers and lakes are dominated by black cayman and giant otters.
Manu National Park is also one of the few natural areas of the world where native communities still live in harmony with their natural surroundings. Some of them have recognized ecotourism as an opportunity to improve their quality of life by showing the wonders of their forests to travelers worldwide. If you are passionate about nature and have time during your trip to Cusco and southern Peru, this place is a must for you. In addition, to explore Manu staying in community homestays, you’ll be supporting all the people who want to show their magical forest and share their customs with you.
In our Destination Guide for Manu we guide you through this area and share our best recommendations with you.