Peru Traces Travel & Tours


Simply the best wildlife destination in the Amazon

By far the richest, most extraordinary biological transect in the Peruvian Amazon, or the world, starts in Cusco and runs northeast by road and river to the great Manu Wilderness. Manu tours 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 Cocks-of-the-Rock, habituated monkeys, and huge Lowland Tapirs at a forest clay lick.

Makaws at Manu National Park

Makaws at Manu National Park

One of the lodges, Manu Wildlife Center, currently offers the world’s finest viewing of this elusive animal, which elsewhere is harder to see even than the Jaguar, which also is a frequent sight in Manu.

In terms of wildlife for your money, our Manu itineraries offer the greatest payoff of wildlife per dollar of any rain forest site in Peru and Latin America.

Other New World rain forests may be somewhat less expensive than Manu, but none of them offer Manu’s tremendous wildlife diversity. For travelers who want the finest rain forest experiences in the world, Manu offers the ultimate “bio-trip” from the Andes to the Amazon or programs to the Manu National Park, a world Heritage Site.

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