Manu Learning Centre 


Manu Biosphere Reserve

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Manu Learning Centre

Stay in a conservation education and learning centre in a Biosphere Reserve. Here scientists, conservationists and researchers work to protect regenerating rainforest, providing a safe haven for wildlife. As a visitor you can explore 25 km of trails, spotting sloths, howler monkeys, spider monkeys, caiman and macaws in the most biodiverse place on earth.

This Amazonian-style lodge is a working conservation centre where guests mingle with the volunteers, interns and researchers. The wooden-framed, thatched buildings on stilts are based on an indigenous design and provide comfortable accommodation close to the Madre de Dios river in the tropical rainforest. The lodge sits on the Bolivian side of the river, and access is by boat.

Part of the CREES non-profit sustainability project, the Manu Learning Centre is a shared space – a key attraction is the opportunity to learn about the work of the scientists and conservationists, attending presentations, helping them with research tasks or chatting to researchers over communal dinners.

The lodge is in a 650-hectare reserve which is home to an incredible wealth of mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles and flora including the rare blue-faced macaw. A clay lick on the river’s edge attracts many parrots and macaws. You may not stumble across any of the big cats that live here but you could see them captured on the lodge’s camera traps. There are 25 km of hiking trails through a variety of forest to explore in day and night walks with the naturalist guides.

Accommodation is in thatched two-storey ‘pods’ on stilts, which have en suite shower rooms. Guests eat by candlelight in the communal dining area alongside the scientists and researchers; with the sounds of the jungle outside, this is very atmospheric as people swap stories of their day’s adventures. It’s a true eco-lodge – there is no electricity in the bedrooms, which are lit by candles – but there is a good supply of solar-powered hot water for showers and even some Wi-Fi in the evenings.

Times to Go

The best time to visit Manu is during the dry season from April – October.

Manu Learning Centre  highlights

  • A working conservation research centre in the Manu Biosphere Reserve
  • Passionate and knowledgeable guides and volunteers
  • Wildlife includes howler monkeys, blue macaws, sloths, frogs, butterflies and other insects
  • Fascinating day and night hikes with naturalist guides
  • Family-friendly activities
  • Assist the conservationists with their research

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Manu Learning Centre  location

Manu Learning Centre


  • 12 guest pods
  • Open all year round
  • Children aged 6 years and above are welcome


  • Dining room/lounge

  • Limited Wi-Fi (evenings only)

  • Hammocks in the garden


  • Boat trips on the river

  • Day and night hikes

  • Activities with the researchers

Manu Learning Centre rooms

The 12 guest pods are simply furnished, constructed of wood and bamboo with thatched roofs. The bamboo walls are half-height with screens going up to the ceiling, allowing air to flow.

Each room has two singles or a double bed with mosquito net and a private en suite tiled shower room with flushing loo and solar heated hot water. There is no electricity in the pods so light is by candle or head-torch only.

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“The whole ethos of Manu Learning Centre is environmental sustainability. The centre’s owners go to great lengths to minimise its impact on the environment and the local community, making use of gravity-fed water pumps and solar power and supporting the community. The conservation activities conducted here are important to the preservation of the rainforest and the people and creatures that live here.”

And don’t forget … for every booking we take, Peru Specialists (which is part of Tribes Travel) plants trees in deforested areas of South America and Africa through The Travel Forest, and we also back The Tribes Foundation’s conservation and social projects.

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