Manú and Tambopata
Manú and Tambopata
For nature lovers there can be no excuse not to visit the Manú Biosphere Reserve and Tambopata National Reserve. The stunning rainforest, cloudforest, lowland jungle and powerful Amazon and Tambopata rivers are home to an incredible wealth and variety of birds, mammals and plant life, including giant otters, jaguars, howler monkeys, tapirs, over 1000 species of birds, 1200 species of butterflies and an astonishing 15,000 different flowering plants. It sits at 3,500m elevation, so you’ll need to acclimatise to the altitude, but once you have it’s a fantastic place for hiking, horse riding and cycling. Visit traditional villages and explore pre-Incan settlements.
Reasons to visit Manú and Tambopata
- Look for the lowland tapir clay lick, and macaw and parrot clay lick, giant otters, jaguars, and 13 species of monkeys in the Manú Biosphere Reserve. A UNESCO World Heritage site, and the largest park in Peru, Manú protects more species of animals and plants than any other park on Earth.
- Look down on the Amazon from the canopy of Manú’s cloud forest and see vividly coloured macaws and parrots in its lowland jungle.
- Explore Tambopata National Reserve and adjacent Bahuaja-Sonene National Park, together home to over 1,300 bird species (including 32 parrot species – 10% of the world’s total), 200 mammal species, 90 frog species, 1,200 butterfly species and 10,000 species of plants.
- Photograph the biggest macaw clay lick in the Amazon rainforest, in Tambopata.
- Spot caiman while on a canoe trip on Lake Valencia or Sandoval – you may even get a glimpse of piranhas in the water!
- Take a night hike or nocturnal river trip and see the animals that venture out after dark.
- Stay in Posada Amazonas, a community-owned lodge in 10,000 hectare Ese’eja Native Community, an excellent base from which to explore the jungle.
When to go to Manú and Tambopata
This area is always humid, and there is rain all year round. There is, however, a ‘dry’ season, from May to October, but it still rains! Hiking is easier in the dry season. It is a little cooler from November to April, and many more waterways become navigable as the water levels rise. The Amazon is at its highest point in May and at its lowest in October.
Places to Stay
The Manú and Tambopata region has a host of different types and levels of accommodation, so there is something to suit all tastes and budgets.