Manu Wildlife Center

The diverse landscapes of Manu National Park and its surroundings – which include cloud forests and lowland jungle – support some of the highest bird, mammal and plant diversities on the planet. And one of the best places to discover just how remarkable this destination truly is, is from the Manu Wildlife Center. Located on a private 40,000 acre reserve, this one-of-a-kind property is a mere 90-minute walk from a well-known tapir lick, and just half an hour by boat to a raucous macaw lick.

Accommodation at Manu Wildlife Center is surprisingly comfortable, comprised of roomy wooden bungalows equipped with hot water showers and electricity. All are raised on stilts to increase natural ventilation, with beds protected from insects by mosquito netting. There is also a rather grand central dining hall, bar and lounge set beneath a high thatched roof at the heart of the estate, constructed out of timber salvaged from annual flooding.

Things to do at Manu Wildlife Center are many, including miles of monkey-rich trails leading through primary rainforest, two large and easily accessible claylicks, two 35m-high canopy platforms and two beautiful lakes where caiman, hoatzin and giant river otter may be found.


How to get to Manu Wildlife Center

Manu Wildlife Center can be reached by a short flight (25 mins) from Cusco to Puerto Maldonado, followed by a short overland journey and motorised canoe cruise up the Madre de Dios River. As transfers depart at 6AM, a pre-night in Puerto Maldonado is compulsory.

Manu Wildlife Center Highlights

  • A remarkable lodge that offers amazing in-depth wildlife encounters
  • With privileged access to the untouched rainforests of Manu National Park
  • Discover the world’s largest tapir lick and a popular macaw lick
  • Climb soaring tree canopies and explore two pristine lakes
  • Follow monkey trails deep into primary jungle

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Why Peru: Peru is a spectacular destination of ancient Inca ruins, stunning Spanish colonial architecture, snow-covered mountains and lush Amazon jungle teeming with incredible fauna and flora.

When to Go: Peru’s climate varies considerably by region and altitude. The best time for trekking is Jun – Sep, when days are sunny but nights are cold. The Inca trail is closed during the wettest month of February; however you can still visit Machu Picchu by train during this time. As one moves up into the mountains from the coast, night-time temperatures become colder. The eastern slope of the Andes, which includes the Amazon basin, experiences very heavy rainfall during the wet season, so the best time to visit this region would be Apr – Oct.

Combine With: A trip to Peru is easily combined with Bolivia, Ecuador, Chile, Argentina, Patagonia or Brazil. Alternatively, you could visit  Central America.

Getting There: Lima has direct flights to and from cities all over South America.

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