Manu Biosphere Lodge: An in depth trip to the Manu Biosphere Reserve, the experience itself on the rivers and in the forest is enough, however we managed to see a cart load of good birds including 37 species of Hummingbird, 45 species of Antbird and 18 spcies of Parrot including 7 Macaw species, etc, in Manu National Park, Reserve Tambopata lodge, Reserve Sandoval lake lodge.
Manu Biosphere Lodge
Manu Biosphere Lodge – Manu Biosphere Reserve:
The Manu Biosphere Reserve is situated in Southeastern Peru where it covers 1.9 million hectares. Around 6500 Quechua and 2000 Amazonian peoples are living inside the Reserve. The Manu Biosphere Reserve is concerned by 3 major biogeographical provinces (the Puna, the Yungas and the Amazonian provinces). It ranges from 200 to 4020 m a.s.1. Combinated with topographic, soil and climate conditions; the Manu Biosphere Reserve is characterized by a very hight level of diversity (Natural World Heritage Site). Some of the. wildlife species are endangered.
The Manu Biosphere Reserve is composed of 3 main areas: a core area (the Manu National Park) devoted to conservation, a buffer area including indigenous territories and private ecological reserves, a transition area with biogeographical boundaries and experimental, application and traditional use areas.
The biological station of Cocha Cachu alows to carry out different researches on biological species. and ecosystems. An inventory of the biodiversity was undertaken in the Manu Reserve Zone since 1987. Planning and monitoring research are also performed in the core and buffer areas. An applied research programme aims to set up sustained management of biological resources such as Cedrela odorata and Podocnemis unifilis. Since 1991 an agroforestry project has been initiated (soil fertility, fallow agriculture) and complemented by studies on animal husbandry systems, fodder for ruminants and fishery resources.
Indigenous population’s ownership of the land is recognized by the State (traditional use area). Colonization around thenational park took place during the forties with logging and farming activities. Resident populations have access to natural resources through mining, subsistence farming and cattle raising in manu jungle.