PUERTO MADONADO AND MANU INFORMATION

MANU NATIONAL PARK

An area more than half the size of Switzerland, was established in 1973 on the eastern side of the Andes, extending from the puna( 4100masl), over mountain cloud forest to the Amazon lowlands ( 300 m asl). Only in a small area along the Manu River can tourists visit the Manu National Park and observe wildlife in its natural way of living. (Most of the National Park is strictly protected and only accessible with a special permit.)

Main Attractions:

Flora and Fauna:

It is one of the most biodiverse regions of the world. In Manu you can find all the variety of ecological zones that exist in the Amazon and this makes it one of the most prized protected areas. In one hectare have come to find up to 250 species of trees. In the Biosphere Reserve of Manu they have registered 222 species of mammals and 1005 of birds.

Gastronomy:


-Juane: he steamed rice stick with chunks of chicken wrapped in banana leaves and cooked.
-Inchicapi: chicken soup with peanuts, cilantro and yucca.
-Timbuche: fish soup with green bananas and sacha cilantro (herb that mimics the taste and smell of cilantro).
-Roast venison: with rice and green banana.
-Tacacho with cecina: grilled or fried banana, mashed with butter and dried meat.
-Roast picuro: Amazonian rodent roasted tasty meat on charcoal.
-Carachama broth: thick fish soup called carachama with bananas and cilantro.

Traditional Drinks:


-Masato: drink boiled and pounded cassava fermented with sweet potato or sugar.
-Aguajina soda: delicious soda water source.
-Pihuayo soda: palm tree.
-El Chapo: Banana and sugar refreshment served cold.

The Natural Extension to Manu National Park:

Manu National Park protects 16 921 km of montane and lowland Rainforest Ecosystem stretching from the Andes into the Amazon basin. The park is the Most Biodiverse Protected area on the earth, from turning the core of the Manu Biosphere Reserve (established 1977) and is recognized as a world heritage site by UNESCO. Most of the park is completely natural and forms one of the last great wilderness areas on the earth; the remoter areas of the park are still home to indigenous people in voluntary isolation.
Manu National Park span the entire range of habitats on the eastern slope of the Andes from 4. 000 m / 13. 123 ft to the Amazonian lowlands at 200 m / 656 ft. the great altitudinal range and the consequent variety of forest types it encompasses explain its outstanding biodiversity. The park is home to spectacular species like Jaguar, Macaws, Cock of the Rock, threatened species including the Andean Bear and the Giant Otter and many more including 8 species of cat, 3 dogs and foxes, 13 species of monkeys , 27 parrots, 57 raptors, 66 hummingbirds, and some 90 tanagers. Many new species including mammals, birds, amphibians, plants, butterflies and dragonflies have been described from Manu many more undoubtedly await discovery. Numbers of species in different taxonomic groups found in the Manu National Park and Biosphere Reserve. and it is one of the few wild places left on Earth that have huge areas undeveloped and even unexplored, with indigenous people living within the park that have never had any contact with the outside world! Despite the seemingly remoteness of Manu, it is actually quite accessible by way of the Manu Road, that traverses a transect from Cusco to the Amazonian Lowlands, and then along the Madre de Dios River to the Manu River.