- Discover Manu National Park's incredible biodiversity
- Watch the mating dance of the Andean cock-of-the-rock
- Visit a macaw clay lick
Manu National Park is a dense natural fortress right in the heart of the Amazon rainforest. Its secrets can be challenging to unlock but hugely rewarding. Caimans, tapirs, tamarins or the signature species jaguars are all here, as are massively colourful birds of which the macaws rule the roost adding brilliant flashes of red, blue and gold to the green curtain of foliage.
What makes this trip responsible?
For the rainforest portion of this trip, we work with the Crees Foundation, a charitable organisation who operate a number of sustainable tourism initiatives. The Crees Foundation works directly with local communities in Manu National Park, with a focus on agricultural initiatives designed to reduce human impact on the forest. They also provide environmental education programmes for researchers and local students, and they operate a centre in Manu which hosts a number of conservation research projects.
In addition, a number of the lodges used in Manu are owned by a non-profit conservation organization, Peru Verde, which works to protect the cultural and biological diversity of the region and contributes heavily to the maintenance of the national parks and reserves.
The lodges used on the trip are sustainably managed to limit the impact of our visit on the rainforest, and we stay in small, locally-owned hotels in Cuzco, the Sacred Valley and Aguas Calientes.