Manu Wildlife Centre is on the Madre de Dios river. It is owned by Expediciones Manu, and the Peru Verde Conservation Group, a non-profit, non-government organization involved in rainforest conservation projects.
Manu Wildlife Centre consists of 22 double bungalows built in the style of, and using the same materials as, the local Machiguenga indigenous communities. Each bungalow has good quality foam mattresses, cotton sheets and quilts, mosquito nets, screened windows and private bathrooms with hot water. The bungalows are arranged around an Amazonian garden with plants and shrubs that attract birds, butterflies and mammals.
Food is good and wholesome and uses a variety of fresh vegetables, fruits, grains and meats. There is a separate bar and lounge area where you can relax over a drink and chat with fellow guests. The centre does not have any electricity, but a generator is available to recharge camera and camcorder batteries.
The Blanquillo macaw and parrot clay lick is only 25 minutes away by river, and from a floating blind you can see up to 200 red and green Macaws and many hundreds of their smaller relatives. There are 2 ox-bow lakes in the area with floating platforms from which you can observe lakeside fauna, including giant otters. There are 2 canopy platforms with great views of the forest. About an hours walk through the forest is a large mammal lick where tapirs regularly come for minerals. There is a large blind here, outfitted with mattresses and mosquito nets so if you want you can spend the night here observing nocturnal creatures.
Manu Wildlife Centre can be visited on its own or as part of a longer trip to Cock of the Rock Lodge in the Manu Cloud Forest, and Manu National Park.
Open: April to December.
Location: On the banks of the Madre de Dios River, some 2 hours downstream from the Boca Manu airstrip in the Manu Lowlands. Manu Wildlife Centre can also be reached by air to Puerto Maldonado followed by an overland journey and a motorised canoe ride of 3 to 4 hours up the Madre de Dios River. The lodge is set in a private rainforest reserve.
Rooms: Guests are accommodated in 22 private cabins with screened windows. The cabins have en-suite bathrooms with hot showers and flush toilets. The beds have mosquito nets.
Activities: Visiting the world's largest tapir lick, viewing macaws and parrots and a clay lick, following walking trails through mature rainforest, viewing wildlife and scenery from the 2 35 metre tall canopy platforms, visiting two lakes to see hoatzins, caimans and giant otters.
Facilities: There is a large dining room, lounge and a bar complete with hammocks. A generator supplies limited electricity, so it is possible to charge batteries at certain times. There is a snack area with hot waters for drinks, fruit and biscuits. The lodge is set in pleasantly landscaped grounds.
Dining: Meals are taken in the dining room at individual tables.
Children: Children of all ages are welcome.
Health: We recommend malaria prophylactics and a valid Yellow Fever certificate is needed.
Communication: There is Wi-Fi internet access, to be paid for locally.
Descend from the Andes through cloudforest to the rainforest. A spectacular nature and wildlife holiday.
Manu Wildlife Centre protects a large rainforest concession contiguous with Manu National Park. One of the owners is a non-profit organisation Peru Verde. Profits go to environmental education & rainforest conservation.
"It's a long way to get there and it's pretty basic when you do but the feeling of being in the middle of nowhere is great. Living by candlelight adds a different dimension. The staff were lovely, best food of the holiday: healthy, beautifully presented and plenty of it."