The Manu was recognized as the Biosphere Reserve of the planet in 1977, and declared natural patrimony of humankind in by the UNESCO. Travel to Peru Manu National park. It has over 1 532 806 hectares and represents part of the great biological diversity in the Amazonia. In this region it is possible to observe birds that are difficult to find in other places of the jungle: for example, the harpy eagle (Harpia harpyja), the jabiru stork (Jabiru mycteria) and the roseate spoonbill (Ajaia ajaja). In the riverbanks, on the tree branches, we can find the Muscovy duck or sacha pato (Cairina moschata), wild ancester of the criollo duck. There are also many wild fauna species such as the Orinoco goose (Neochen jubata), the cock-of-the-rock (Rupicola peruviana), the woolly monkey (Lagothrix lagotricha), the black spider monkey (Ateles paniscus), the giant otter or river wolf (Pteronura brasiliensis), the jaguar (Panthera onça), the ocelot (Leopardus pardalis), the spectacled bear (Tremarctos ornatus) and the Peruvian guemal or taruca (Hippocamelus antisensis).
Besides its biodiversity and landscapes, this area also has more than 30 peasant communities living in the surrounding area that maintain the quechua as their mother tongue. Additionally, there are other ancient native populations from the amazonia that belong to different linguistic groups such as the the Yine, the Amarakaeri, the Huachipaire, the Mashco Piros, Matsiguenka, the Amahuaca, and the Nahua ethnic groups. Moreover, there are some well-known archaeological ruins like the Pusharo Petroglyphs in the region of the Palotoa River, and the Mameria Ruins; while other remains have not been studied yet. Travel to Peru Manu National park
One of the purposes of the National Park is to preserve a representative sample of biological diversity existing in the southeastern tropical jungle of Peru in order to contribute to the regional development through the research and monitoring of environmental parameters. Likewise, it aims at developing anthropological programs related to the communities settled at the National Park. The journey from Cusco to the Manu, crosses the andean region. to get the park one has to go by boat along the Manu River, then it is possible to settle at a rural lodge on one of the riverbanks. Ecotourism is the main activity. Travel to Peru Manu National park