Manu Wildlife Centre


Peruvian Amazon

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Manu Wildlife Centre

Manu Wildlife Centre is the place to see usually elusive lowland tapirs, being near the largest tapir lick in the world. Add a macaw and parrot lick, 2 viewing platforms, oxbow lakes and a network of forest trails and you have an Amazon experience second to none.

Manu Wildlife Centre is set in a private, 16,190-hectare reserve adjacent to the Amarakaeri Reserved Zone on the Madre de Dios River in the Manu Lowlands. It provides the quintessential rainforest experience, with opportunities to view and photograph animals and birds at clay licks, observe giant otters and caiman from a floating platform on a lake, see and hear monkeys during guided walks and take in the forest canopy from viewing towers. The area is incredibly biodiverse and over 600 species of birds have been recorded around the lodge. Every day here brings its own excitement and adventure.

The lodge is in a remote private reserve which is reached by motorised canoe, and consists of bungalows on stilts built of wood, bamboo and thatch in the style of local dwellings. They have en-suite shower rooms with 24-hour hot and cold running water. Accommodation is comfortable, rather than luxurious, but more than adequate for a rainforest lodge. A central communal building contains a dining room where you can enjoy nutritious meals and a lounge-bar for relaxing. The centre often hosts researchers and scientists who are happy to chat to guests, sharing their specialist knowledge. Staying at Manu Wildlife Centre is an immersive, authentic jungle experience.   

Times to Go

Manu Wildlife Centre is only open April to December, which are the drier months of the year. During March the river often floods the lodge, one of the reasons the bungalows are raised on stilts.

Manu Wildlife Centre highlights

  • Pristine rainforest location forming part of the Manu Biosphere Reserve
  • Lowland tapirs, macaws and parrots gather at clay licks
  • Guided walks and boat trips with excellent naturalist guides
  • Two canopy towers for rewarding birdwatching
  • Four oxbow lakes are home to giant river otters, caiman and raucous hoatzin birds

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Manu Wildlife Centre location

Manu Wildlife Centre


  • 22 en-suite bungalows
  • Excellent wildlife viewing
  • Open April to December
  • Children welcome


  • Wildlife viewing hides
  • 2 canopy towers
  • 30 kms of forest walking trails
  • Dining room, bar and lounge
  • Limited Wi-Fi internet access
  • Battery charging facilities


  • Nature walks in the rainforest
  • See animals and birds on boat trips
  • Watching parrots and macaws at the clay lick
  • See tapirs at the clay lick
  • View wildlife and forest from 35m canopy towers
  • Nocturnal boat rides

Manu Wildlife Centre rooms

Each of the 22 twin/double bungalows has an en-suite bathroom with hot and cold running water, a shower, hand basin and flush toilet. Beds have cotton sheets and quilts and are fitted with mosquito nets, and rooms have mesh screens to keep insects out.

Every bungalow has bedside tables, a writing table and solar-powered lighting. They are set around a garden stocked with plants which attract birds and butterflies and connected to each other and the main building by gravel paths. 

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“The Manu Wildlife Center Lodge is co-owned by a Peruvian conservation group, Peru Verde, and an expedition company. The lodge trains and employs large numbers of people from local communities, improving their standard of living and prospects. Manu Wildlife Centre sponsors scientific researchers and students working in the area. Profits from the lodge go towards conservation and environmental education.”

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