Lodges in Manu National Park

Where to Stay in Manu ?

The visitor to Manu can take advantage of tourism infrastructure and accommodation both within and outside the Manu National Park. Most visitors travel to various areas and use different lodges and camps as they go. Inside the park along the Manu river 3 lodges and 8 tented camps (with walk-in tents with beds located on individual wooden platforms located around a dining room and a bathroom block) provide the visitor with comfortable and secure accommodation options. Outside the park, a variety of lodges and hotels cater to all tastes and budgets along the access route from the Andes to the lowlands.

Facilities and Lodges in Manu National Park.

The Lodges in Manu National Park are well maintained and signed trails exist at all tourism locations and provide access to some of the best wildlife viewing experiences in the Amazon. Wooden bridges ensure easy and safe passage over streams and ravines. At the lakes views platforms, docks and catamarans allow a unique perspective on these special environments and great views of wildlife such as Giant Otters. Strategically located towers and observation platforms allow the visitor to climb into the forest canopy, watch animals at forest clay licks and macaws and parrots. Manu National Park also has visitor centers at the park’s logistical headquarters in Villa Salvacion and at the Limonal Control Post where visitors enter the Manu river.

How is Transport in Manu ?

Transport to Manu is offered by many local tourism operators by road from Cusco and then in motorized canoes which provide a safe, comfortable and enjoyable way to view the marvels of the region.

Which Lodges you can get along the Route?

Most of the lodges along the Cultural zone are along the Manu Road and along the river banks here a list of lodges that have gained reputation along the years.

Cock of the Rock Lodge.

Cock of the Rock Lodge is situated in the pleasant, mosquito-free Kosñipata Valley in the pristine cloud forest of Manu Biosphere Reserve on the lush eastern slope of the Andes, and is part of the Tropical Nature conservation system. Standing at an elevation of 1,600 meters, the lodge protects and supports a 5,060-hectare private cloud forest reserve. Although the location is peaceful and secluded, it lies very close to the Cusco–Shintuya highway.

Accommodation consists of 12 wooden bungalows with two single beds in each, an en suite bathroom with hot and cold running water and flushing toilet, insect-screened windows and mosquito nets; some bungalows have their own private balcony. There are also several rooms with shared facilities – which room you get depends on how early you book! Lighting is by lantern and candle, but a small generator is used for charging batteries.

The separate, fully-screened, large dining area and lounge overlook a feeding station for brown capuchin monkeys and tayras (a large mustelid related to a marten). Feeders attract several species hummingbirds, including rufous-webbed brilliant. The lodge is staffed by a local highland family who also works as rangers, patrolling the private reserve. The cook prepares hearty dishes using fresh fruits, vegetables, grains, and meat. Vegetarian and other special diets can be provided with advance notification.

Guadalupe Lodge

Probably of the best located in terms of aisolation its sits the lush foothill forest over 580 m / 1, 902 ft on elevation. The lodge looks out over the magical palm forest with colorful blue and yellow macaws flying over and thousands of oropendolas. The area around the lodge is populated by bamboo forest, the lodge offers private toilets and showers with hot water. Lights and electricity 24 hours from solar panels and free WIFI. There is a nice view of the garden and the surroundings of the dining room.

El Dorado Lodge

The Lodge offers rooms with private bathrooms, mosquito netting, and electricity from solar panels. The Lodge facilities include access to the parrot’s clay licks and mammals clay lick. You are surrounded by lowland rainforest access to the trail system for those want to explore further.

Casa Matsiguenka

What we like about this Lodge is the beautiful environment and simple and lovely rooms setting with peace and quiet in a remote setting like the other camps inside Manu National Park. The lodge is set right in the rainforest on the bank of the Manu River. The wildlife spotting is really good. Each bungalow has two beds with mosquito netting, bathroom facilities are shared in a separate building, electricity is provided by solar panels. Meals will be taken in a separate building with a kitchen and a small dining room. The Matsiguenka Native People are running this lodge which makes it different from the other lodge management.

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Manu Wildlife Centre

The lodge is located in a private, 16,190 ha/40,000-acre rainforest reserve adjacent to the one million-acre protected area named the “Amarakaeri Reserved Zone”. The tapir lick is a comfortable ninety minutes on foot from the lodge, while the macaw lick is a half-hour boat journey plus a short walk away.

The roomy, private bungalows are equipped with en suite bathrooms with tiled showers and hot water – something that is especially welcome if you are arriving from the rustic simplicity of Manu National Park. Here you can charge batteries, check your email, wash hair and order a drink under the high thatched roof of the spacious all-wooden dining hall, bar and lounge. (Conservation note: the cedar wood used in construction was salvaged from uprooted trees washed downriver by the annual floods).

The most direct way of getting here is via a 35-minute flight by light aircraft from Cusco to Boca Manu at the mouth of the Manu River, followed by a 90-minute ride by motorized canoe down the Madre de Dios River. Alternatively, the trip by road and river takes a couple of days at the very least, although wildlife enthusiasts, birders, and nature photographers find it well worth the extra effort and traveling time!

Tambo Blanquillo Lodge

At the shores of the Madre de Dios river, with an untouched territory of over 400 acres (988 hectares) of protected rainforest- currently undergoing a process of extension for conservational purposes consisting in additional 172,974 acres (70,000 hectares) within the vicinities of the private reserve itself- Tambo Blanquillo Private Reserve & Manu Lodge, holds 3 oxbow lakes, a 70 meter- high observation tower, the most active bird & mammal clay-lick in the world, private cabins, and a vast camping site ideal for anybody who wishes to experience the rainforest at its wildest.

Bamboo Lodge

A family managed lodge along the Cultural Zone. Initially, they were dedicated to the extraction of timber, at a time when in Peru, specifically in the jungle of Manu was the family’s sustenance.

Today the Mamani Tapara family dedicated to the conservation of forests. Bamboo lodge has land that we use in a sustainable way we plan to educate ourselves better we are determined to collect your experiences, we know that our combined efforts will contribute to improving the environment, we think that our family project of volunteering in various specialties will display to people the route to raise awareness and involve our neighbors in this great task of improving and conserving.

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Luis Hebert

Guide & Writer

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