Manu National Park in Peru is one of the most biologically diverse national parks in the world, spanning the Andean highlands, cloud forest and lowland jungle.
I took a 4-day tour into Manu National Park from Cusco back in 2013. Getting into Manu National Park is a journey in itself. We left from Cusco and spent 1 and a half days driving along a bumpy dirt road before boarding a boat that followed the Manu River, past dense Amazonian jungle that is home to jaguars, black caimans and spider monkeys. We stayed in tree houses and camped on the jungle floor.
Each day we spent hours bushwalking. I must admit, we didn’t see much except insects and bugs. The sloths and monkeys featured in this photo journal at Manu National Park were spotted at an animal refuge, sorry to disappoint.
Overall, I wouldn’t highly recommend Manu National Park. Yes, it was a great experience, but it was a LONG journey with no luxuries. Next time I would visit Iquitos.
Manu National Park
This is a series of photos from Manu National Park. After the photos, I will share information on how to visit Manu National Park.
How to visit Manu National Park
If you plan on visiting Manu National Park, the city of Cusco is a great place to start your journey. As you can see from the map Below, Manu National Park is very remote, with Cusco being the closest city. The jounrey into Manu National Park is a long one, so prepare yourself with lots of snacks and entertainment.
To visit Manu National Park, I recommend booking a tour. As it is one of the most remote places in the world, you wouldn’t want to risk getting lost. You can book tours online or in person from Cusco. In general, you can get a better rate when you book in person from Cucso. When choosing a company, look for a reputable, local and eco-conscious company.
I took a 4-day tour into Manu National Park and it cost around $400 USD. I thought 4 days was the perfect amount of time, but to increase your chances wildlife sightings, you may even want to take a longer tour. The further you go into Manu National Park, the higher chance you have of spotting wildlife.
Be aware, this jounrey isn’t one for the faint-hearted. It takes a long time to get into the National park and when you do, don’t expect anything to be there. You will be eating basic food and camping in the jungle. Stock up on any supplies before you leave Cucso.
Manu National Park packing list
These are some essential items for Manu National Park:
- Malaria tablets
- Insect repellant
- Headlight / torch
- Tissues and toilet paper
- First aid kit
- Warm clothes
- Waterproof clothes
- Spare clothes
- Snacks and water
- A good book
Vaccinations for Manu National Park
Check the Travel Doctor website to find out what vaccinations you need when planning a trip to Manu National Park. If you have any further questions regarding vaccinations, I recommend consulting a doctor.
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