Manu Wildlife Center

Manu offers by far the greatest quantity and diversity of animals and plants in the world. 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 boasts the highest bird, mammal, and plant diversity of any park on Earth, including 1,000 of the world’s 9,700 bird species, 200 species of mammals, and 15,000 species of flowering plants. The most photogenic spectacles are frolicking Giant Otters, 1,000 parrots and macaws at a riverbank clay lick, dancing Cock-of-the-Rock, habituated monkeys, and huge Lowland Tapirs at a forest clay lick.

 

The Lodge

Manu Wildlife Center Is located in a private, 16,190 ha./40,000-acre rain forest reserve adjacent to the one million-acre protected area named the “Amarakaeri Reserved Zone”. The tapir lick is a comfortable ninety minutes on foot from the lodge, while the macaw lick is a half-hour boat journey plus a short walk away.

Manu Wildlife Lodge features spacious double-occupancy room-size tents with hinged, lockable doors and solid wooden floors. Each tent measures 16.5x10x7 feet (5x3x2.2m), and all are fully screened, with a floor raised on wooden stilts to provide maximum ventilation and coolness, and protection from flooding and insects. A palm thatch roof shelter overhead completes the structure. Each of the extra-long twin beds has a mosquito net.

Visitors will welcome the amenities and comfort of this lodge, the only one in the Manu lowlands with roomy, private bungalows, en-suite private bathrooms and tiled, hot water showers — especially when arriving from the rustic simplicity of Manu National Park.

Here you can charge batteries, check e-mail, wash your hair and order a drink under the high thatched roof of the grandly spacious all-wooden dining hall, bar and lounge. (Conservation note: the cedar wood used in construction was salvaged from uprooted trees washed downriver by the annual floods).

We offer some lodge based trips that offer a bit more rainforest comfort and some tours that include nights at more basic lodges and camps within Manu National Park. These are a bit more adventurous and rustic. You will find them listed on the Manu Park Wildlife Camp page.

Rates in 2019

Based on double occupancy. For single or triple rates, please inquire.

Programs:

Manu Wildlife Center 4d/3n

A short photo safari based at Manu Wildlife Center, with all nights based at the lodge, and regular, fixed departures on Mon-Thu.

The tour starts and ends in Puerto Maldonado.

Activities include a visit to our Macaw Clay Lick Project, a visit to the world’s largest Tapir clay lick, oxbow lakes with Giant Otters and unlimited access to our unique spiral staircase to a large canopy observation platform.

Manu Wildlife Center 5d/4n

A slightly longer fixed departure photo safari to Manu Wildlife Center, with all nights based at the Lodge and regular departures Thurs – Monday.

The tour starts and ends in Puerto Maldonado.

Activities include a visit to our Macaw Clay Lick Project, a visit to the world’s largest Tapir clay lick, oxbow lakes with Giant Otters and unlimited access to our unique spiral staircase to a large canopy observation platform.

Manu Bio Trip 5d/4n

This journey combines a spectacular descent through mountainous cloud forest from the Andes to Amazon, with lodge visits in the cloud forest and along the wild Alto Madre de Dios River, culminating in a lowland rainforest experience amidst the comfortable yet wildlife-rich surroundings of the famous Manu Wildlife Center.

Regular, weekly departures Sat-Thurs, starting in Cusco and finishing in Puerto Maldonado.