The Amazon Rainforest covers a vast area of South America, including the majority of Brazil. Some of the most pristine and diverse sections of the Amazon lie along the eastern slopes of the Andes in Peru in a region called the Manu National Park and Biosphere Reserve.
Incredibly rich in biodiversity, this UNESCO World Heritage Site covers a wide range of terrain, from high-altitude grasslands to cloud rainforest and a huge expanse of Amazon Rainforest at the base. More than 15,000 different species of plant life have been documented here, as well as 1,300 varieties of butterflies and millions of species of insects, with new species being discovered every day. The reserve is also home to more than 1,000 confirmed species of birds and numerous other large and exotic fauna, including armadillos, anteaters and sloths. The endangered harpy eagle makes its home here, and late spring sightings of the elusive jaguar are not unusual.
Amazon Wilderness at Tambo Blanquillo Clay Lick
Tourism in the Manu National Park and Biosphere Reserve is limited; only a few companies are permitted to offer Adventure trips such as those provided by the Manu Wildlife Center present visitors with the complete rainforest experience, including a visit to a viewing tower that offers plenty of breath-taking sights of the rainforest canopy as well as the 13 varieties of monkeys that live there. Visitors can also navigate the waters of remote oxbow lakes, home to giant otters caimans and thousands of birds.
Getting to Manu Wildlife Center
Getting to the Manu Wildlife Center can be accomplished by air, land or water. All transportation options offer travelers an opportunity to experience the various ecosystems of the area as they travel through them to the lodge.
Getting there starts by taking a 45-minute flight from the historic city of Cusco to Puerto Maldonado. Travelers can find some of the quickest and cheapest flights to Cusco from many international cities as well as connecting commercial flights to Puerto Maldonado. Off-season travel offers the lowest fees.
The Manu Wildlife Center offers overland and boat transportation from Puerto Maldonado to the center. The overland journey takes approximately seven hours and takes visitors through an incredibly diverse rainforest backdrop.
When reaching the Madre de Dios River, visitors will then navigate up the river in a comfortable motorized boat, complete with cushioned seats and a protective roof. The boats are well-equipped with lifejackets and even a spare motor in case of emergency.
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