Where to stay in Manu Park?
Cock of the Rock Lodge:
Cock-of-the-Rock Lodge is located in cool, mosquito-free cloud forest at 5000 feet (1600 m) of elevation along the amazingly wild single lane road from Cusco to the Manu lowlands. From Cusco, it takes 6 hours or so to drive the winding 110 miles (180 km) to this biological Eden, but most travelers prefer to spend 8-10 hours or days along the route to savor the eye-popping scenery and excellent birding, CORL is located in the Kosñipata Valley of South Eastern Peru and is named for the world’s largest known display ground of the blazing scarlet Andean Cock-of-the-Rock, Peru’s National Bird. Cock of the Rock Lodge has 8 double bungalows arranged around a tropical garden. All have en suite toilet and shower facilities, hot water etc and the spacious dining room overlooks a garden with hummingbird and other feeders.
Just 5 minutes from Cock of the Rock Lodge this is another alternative in the Cloud Forest. Counts on 6 rooms with private bath, hot water and a dining room. Has a very birdy garden with feeders. The Paradise Lodge is nestled in the cloud forest between the Kosñipata and San Pedro rivers, with magnificent views of the endlessly varied green tones of the surrounding forest. The lodge has a capacity for 16 people in either double or triple rooms. Every room has a private bath with hot, towels, bio degradable shampoo and soap. The Manu Paradise Lodges principal dining room is very spacious – capacity for 24 and a panoramic view of the Pilcopata and San Pedro rivers.
Manu Cloud Forest Lodge:
This lodge is located between cloud forest-covered slopes and adjacent to a narrow 400- foot-high waterfall. Rushing streams next to the site are two of the small water courses that descend from the mountains to the Qosñipata River. This small 16 bed lodge can be reached in six to seven hours from Cusco after an exciting drive across the towering Andes. Some of the amenities of the lodge include private bathrooms with hot water, private verandas overlooking the pristine Union creek, and a sauna to relax after the daily activities.
Family run converted tea hacienda in the Manu foothills right at the roads end in Atalaya on the other side of the Madre de Dios River. Lots of charm and personalized service. Good rooms with a balcony overlooking a lush tropical garden with Butterfly bushes (Vervania) and feeders for Hummingbirds and Tanagers. Shared batroom facilities with hot water. Spacious dining room. Good trail system. Over 600 species of birds have been recorded here.
Pantiacolla Lodge is set in beautiful rainforest on bluffs overlooking the turbulent Alto Madre de Dios river. Nestled in the Manu foothills at the base of the Pantiacolla Mountains, the mountains rise to 1200 m or more behind the lodge and are a contributing factor to the enormous variety of wildlife that inhabits the area. Accommodation at the lodge is provided in bungalows with a total of 14 double rooms giving a maximum capacity of 28 persons. Paths lead from the bungalows to showers and flush toilets, and to a spacious and comfortable dining area and bar. Over 500 species of birds have been recorded here! Many of the species are endemic to the area, very rare or found at altitudes different from their normal range. Pantiacolla keeps constructing new trails, platforms and hides.
Manu Learning Centre:
The Manu Learning Centre is located on the Madre de Dios River not far upstream from Pantiacolla Lodge. MLC is designed to function as a multi-use facility to provide field researchers, educational groups, volunteers and guests with comfortable accommodation and space in which to work. Fundo Mascoitania attracts an array of parrots and macaws thanks to the spectacular red mineral lick, or Collpa carved out by the Alto Madre de Dios river. This Collpa is the only one of its type in the area, and is visited daily by hundreds of colorful and noisy parrots and macaws, as well as guans, pigeons and doves. These in turn draw raptors such as the ornate hawk eagle and crested eagle. It is one of the best places in the world to see the endangered Blue-headed Macaw. Manu Learning Center also boasts two large mammal clay licks which attract endangered animals as well as large groups of white-lipped peccary and their natural Jaguar predators.
The Manu Lodge is constructed entirely of fine mahogany cut from logs left on the beaches of the Manu by the annual January-March floods. It is located on the shores of an ox-bow lake on the Manu River. The lodge is elevated on reinforced stilts and is divided into two communicating blocks. A and B. Block A is in three levels, a spacious lower level containing a bar, meeting area and a dining room/lounge for up to 44 people, a smaller second level containing two double rooms with a magnificent vista of the lake nearby, and a still smaller third level that features an observation room. Block B contains ten double rooms spaced along a wide, screened corridor/porch. The entire lodge, including both blocks and porches, is screened and accessible from outside through screened double doors. The kitchen, showers and latrines are located away from the main building in clean, comfortable buildings.
Romero Rainforest Lodge:
Due to open in early 2009 after being refurbished, this lodge is along the Manu River just one hour from the confluence with the Madre de Dios River and the Boca Manu Aerodrome. The lodge counts on 8 twin rooms and 2 singles with private bathroom facilities and hot water in each room. This is a tastefully decorated boutique lodge in a privileged situation with an extensive trail network covering all kinds of micro-habitats and close to ox-bow lakes. A separate dining and lounge area serves cold drinks and good food. A great birding lodge with Black-faced Cotinga’s in the garden and over 550 bird species. Watch this one. It will become one of the best birding lodge destinations in Peru.
Casa Machiguenga – Manu Park:
100% owned and managed by Matsiguenka natives and located as deep within the Manu National Park as visitors are allowed, near Cocha Salvador Lake. Excellent access to virgin forest and oxbow lakes Abundant and well habituated fauna (incl. giant otters, monkeys, birds, ungulates) and 500+ plus species of birds in the area and Black-faced Cotinga is here. Established and run by native Matsiguenka amerindians from two communities located in the heart of the Manu National Park; caters for eco-tourists interested in a cultural experience; A bit remote and difficult to access. Has 10 double bungalows. Accommodations are simple rooms with beds and mosquito nets, rustic furniture and communal dining areas. More than adequate toilet and shower facilities are on hand. Does not provide food.
Manu Wildlife Centre:
Manu Wildlife Center consists of 22 double bungalows built in the style of, and using the same materials as the local Machiguenga indigenous communities. Local wood, bamboo and palm fronds for roofing are used. All materials used have been sustainably harvested or brought in from distant areas. Each room has good quality foam mattresses and all beds have cotton sheets and quilts (best for hot tropical conditions). Although all the rooms are screened with imported insect netting, beds are furnished with individual mosquito nets. Furniture includes bedside tables and writing tables. The bungalows are arranged around a pleasant and well planned Amazonian garden with plants and shrubs that attract birds, butterflies and mammals. All bungalows are private and separated from each other for privacy and all have large windows facing the forest and garden. All the 22 bungalows boast private toilet and shower facilities. Hot and cold water is always available and all toilet facilities are flush. The dining area is separate from the other facilities but close to all bungalows and the nearby kitchen area.
Food is good and wholesome not gourmet, using a variety of fresh vegetables, fruits, grains and meats in our menu. Our cooks are used to providing for vegetarian diets. There is a separate bar and lounge area which is located a short distance from the dining area. The lodge is strategically located in an area of forest that counts on the highest diversity of micro-habitats in the Manu area. This means that there are more species of animals, birds, reptiles and insects than elsewhere in Manu. Terra-firme, transitional floodplain, varzea and bamboo forest is found close to the lodge plus succesional willow and cane stands on beaches and river islands, resulting in the highest bird count in the Manu area .
An astounding 550+ species of birds have been recorded around the lodge.. The Blanquillo Macaw and Parrot lick is only 25 minutes away by river and we use blinds to get you close to this amazing wildlife spectacle, where up to 200 Macaws and many hundreds of their smaller relatives come to eat clay essential to their digestion. There are 4 ox-bow lakes in the area and we have floating platforms so that access to the lakes ensures that all lakeside fauna can be readily observed. There are 3 families of the endangered Giant Otters on these lakes and small streams. About an hours walk through the forest is a large mammal lick where Tapirs, the largest South American land mammal, regularly come for minerals.
At night Brocket Deer and other animals share this necessary ingredient to the digestive system. There is a large, raised blind here equipped with mattresses and mosquito nets for those who want to spend the night in comfort observing these nocturnal creatures. During the day several species of small forest Parakeets and Parrotlets as well as Guans, Curassows and Black Spider Monkeys regularly visit the lick. Canopy access is easy at Manu Wildlife Center, we have a canopy tower strategically placed just 10 minutes walk from the lodge. There are in total two static canopy platform in large canopy emergents that are accessed by a metal, spiral stairway that anyone can use at any time.