The diverse landscapes of Manu National Park and its surroundings – which include cloud forests and lowland jungle – support some of the highest bird, mammal and plant diversities on the planet. And one of the best places to discover just how remarkable this destination truly is, is from the Manu Wildlife Center. Located on a private 40,000 acre reserve, this one-of-a-kind property is a mere 90-minute walk from a well-known tapir lick, and just half an hour by boat to a raucous macaw lick.
Accommodation at Manu Wildlife Center is surprisingly comfortable, comprised of roomy wooden bungalows equipped with hot water showers and electricity. All are raised on stilts to increase natural ventilation, with beds protected from insects by mosquito netting. There is also a rather grand central dining hall, bar and lounge set beneath a high thatched roof at the heart of the estate, constructed out of timber salvaged from annual flooding.
Things to do at Manu Wildlife Center are many, including miles of monkey-rich trails leading through primary rainforest, two large and easily accessible claylicks, two 35m-high canopy platforms and two beautiful lakes where caiman, hoatzin and giant river otter may be found.