The park has been divided into three zones depending on the degree of access. First there is the Mulit-use Zone, where conservation activities are permitted and where there are controlled human settlements. The second is the buffer zone or Reserved Zone that starts in Boca Manu and ends in the ravine of the River Panagua. Here only restricted, supervised tourism and controlled investigation is allowed. The third is the Central Zone or National Park, which is impenetrable or of exceptional access (over 1.5 million hectares).
Travel to Manu can only be done through an authorized agency and only to certain areas that are permitted. You can find the list of authorized agencies and operators on the Internet at
A small plane from Cusco to Boca Manu is used to fly into Manu (40 mins) and from there you continue by river. On land, from Cusco via Paucartambo, through the Acjanaco mountain pass towards
Tress Cruces. Here there is a surveillance post and refuge (it takes 4-5 hours to get here). The journey continues down to the village of Atalaya (3 hours and from there via the River Alto Madre de Dios to Boca Manu (6 hours), all the way to the Limonal surveillance post. From this point, the agencies and operators take visitors to their refuge which can take from 1 to 5 hours.