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Manu National Park


 

Inca Trail, Manu National Park, Cock-of-the-Rock

 

Manu is the most biologically diverse region of the Amazon for terrestrial life. it provides unforgettable opportunities for a nature and birding experience. No other destination in Peru or beyond can compare with Manu. Nowhere else can you enjoy a superbly intact transect of tropical habitats from Andean grasslands and cloud forests down to foothill and lowland forests

Manu covers a total of 4.5 million acres of pristine rainforest from the crystalline cloud-forest streams to the sluggish, chocolate-brown rivers of the dense lowland jungle. Manu’s environment has been unchanged for thousands of years, thus allowing more species of plants and animals to evolve here than in any other similar area of the world.

Manu National Park was elevated to the status of Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 1977, and in 1987 it became a World Natural Heritage Site. In "Manu, the Last Refuge” Walter H. Wust writes, “Manu sprawls over the southeastern corner of Peru, running from the edge of the cold altiplano above the treeline, dropping 3,500 meters across the slopes of the Andes and spreading into the Amazonian lowlands. Manu is probably the most biologically diverse preserve on earth, and much of the park is still terra incognita.”

In The Manu, you can observe a variety of animals in their natural habitats, including: Giant Otters (Pteronura brasilensis), Black Caiman (Melanosuchus niger), the majestic Jaguar (Panthera onca), the strange Spectacled Bear (Tremarctos ornatus), the Tapir (Tapirus terrestris), the Ocelot (Felis pardalis), 13 species of primates, and an estimated of one thousand species of birds including species of seven Macaws (Ara sp.).

Manu also contains 10% of the world plant species, including several species of figs and palms, as well as countless species of medicinal plants that scientists are currently cataloguing. A single hectare of forest in Manu can have up to 220 species of trees, while a hectare of temperate forest in Europe or North America may only have 20 species of trees. The Manu National Park is probably the most biological diverse and protected park on the planet.

The best time to come to Manu is during the dry season from June to October.

Peru tours offer you the rich biodiversity of the Amazon rainforest !

 

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