Manu Wildlife Center
Peru’s amazing Manu Wildlife Center offers privileged access to untouched rainforests and various licks popular with macaw and tapir.
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.
How to get to Manu Wildlife Center
Manu Wildlife Center can be reached by a short flight (25 mins) from Cusco to Puerto Maldonado, followed by a short overland journey and motorised canoe cruise up the Madre de Dios River. As transfers depart at 6AM, a pre-night in Puerto Maldonado is compulsory.
Manu Wildlife Center Highlights
- A remarkable lodge that offers amazing in-depth wildlife encounters
- With privileged access to the untouched rainforests of Manu National Park
- Discover the world’s largest tapir lick and a popular macaw lick
- Climb soaring tree canopies and explore two pristine lakes
- Follow monkey trails deep into primary jungle
Below are a selection of our preferred hotels, lodges and cruise vessels in Peru. Please contact us to tailor accommodation options to suit the style of your trip and your budget.
Aranwa Cusco Boutique Hotel
The handsome Aranwa Cusco Boutique Hotel is set inside a 16th century manor house steps from Cusco's vibrant Plaza de Armas.
Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel & Wellness
The comfortable riverside Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel & Wellness offers inviting accommodation and one of South America's largest spas.
Belmond Hotel Monasterio
The Belmond Hotel Monasterio boasts a stunning internal courtyard and is just steps away from Cusco's lively central square.
Belmond Hotel Rio Sagrado
The Belmond Hotel Rio Sagrado is set beside the rushing Urubamba River close to Inca archaeological sites such as found at Ollantaytambo.
Belmond Miraflores Park
Lima's Belmond Miraflores Park is a small luxury hotel just moments from the many museums and restaurants of the chic Miraflores district.
Belmond Palacio Nazarenas
The refined Belmond Palacio Nazarenas is located conveniently close to Cusco's lively Plaza de Armas and the grand Cusco Cathedral.
Belmond Sanctuary Lodge
The splendid Belmond Sanctuary Lodge is the only property located at the entrance to Machu Picchu, offering a chance to see the ruins without the crowds.
Casa Andina Premium Miraflores
Located in upscale Miraflores, the lovely Casa Andina Premium Miraflores is a great base for exploring the many sights of Lima.
Casa Andina Premium Puno
Casa Andina Premium Puno offers comfortable accommodation on the shores of mystical Lake Titicaca.
Casa Andina Premium Sacred Valley Hotel & Villas
The cosy Casa Andina Premium Sacred Valley Hotel & Villas offers easy access to the village and ruins of Ollantaytambo as well as the handicraft market at Pisac.
Country Club Lima Hotel
The Country Club Lima Hotel is one of the city's finest hotels, located in the prestigious residential neighbourhood of San Isidro.
El Mapi Hotel by Inkaterra
The El Mapi Hotel by Inkaterra offers smart, contemporary accommodation in downtown Machu Picchu Pueblo, gateway to the famous ruins.
The following tours are private, independent and can be easily customised to suit your personal travelling requirements. Please contact us to begin designing your personalised Peru experience.
Arequipa and Colca Canyon
On this 5 day tour, visit beautiful Arequipa, renowned for its colonial churches and graceful mansions built from white volcanic stone.
Cusco and Machu Picchu
Discover the wonders of the Inca Empire on this classic private tour of Cusco, Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley.
Nazca, Ica & Ballestas Islands
Discover the mysterious Nazca Lines from an aerial perspective and taste excellent local wines at Ica.
Titicaca Island Experience
Visit the highest navigable lake on earth, with its wide horizons, Inca burial tombs, ancient Andean culture and the reed ‘islands’ of the Uros.
Peru Tours Overview
Why Peru: Peru is a spectacular destination of ancient Inca ruins, stunning Spanish colonial architecture, snow-covered mountains and lush Amazon jungle teeming with incredible fauna and flora.
When to Go: Peru’s climate varies considerably by region and altitude. The best time for trekking is Jun – Sep, when days are sunny but nights are cold. The Inca trail is closed during the wettest month of February; however you can still visit Machu Picchu by train during this time. As one moves up into the mountains from the coast, night-time temperatures become colder. The eastern slope of the Andes, which includes the Amazon basin, experiences very heavy rainfall during the wet season, so the best time to visit this region would be Apr – Oct.
Combine With: A trip to Peru is easily combined with Bolivia, Ecuador, Chile, Argentina, Patagonia or Brazil. Alternatively, you could visit Central America.
Getting There: Lima has direct flights to and from cities all over South America.