Manu Biosphere Reserve

Manu is a remote and wild area with spectacular scenery that ranges from lush cloud forest to pristine rainforest dominated by massive tropical trees. It is one of the best places in the Amazon Basin to see wildlife, home to a dozen species of monkeys and more than 1,000 bird species. But visiting this area is expensive. It also entails many hours by road plus many more in a small wooden boat on the Madre de Dios River, and nearly all the accommodations are rustic. A trip to Manu is truly an adventure, and it can involve a little discomfort, but the payoff is the opportunity to explore enchanting, pristine areas that few people have seen and that are home to a mind-boggling diversity of plants and animals.

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