A visit to the Manu Wildlife Center, on the east side of the Manu River, is a guaranteed adventure. The 22 bungalows sleep 44, with a clean wilderness appeal that guests love. There is no electricity at the lodge; instead, one may use candles and kerosene lamps. The friendly and knowledgeable staff is very consistent with maintenance. Meals are delicious, with 3 course dishes served by candle light in the evening. Enjoy the trails and guided trips, where you will interact with a multitude of animals and birds. Make use of the platform above the canopy, where one may see more wildlife activity. High quality facilities and service make this a very special and memorable visit.
Manu Wildlife Center (MWC) is located in the remote and wild Manu Wilderness of Southeastern Peru.The Lodge is incredibly remote and wild. Wildlife enthusiasts, birders, and nature photographers find Manu worth the extra effort and travelling time. The Manu Wildlife Center is a 44 bed lodge located on the Madre de Dios river only 90 minutes by motorized dugout canoe from the Boca Manu airstrip at the confluence of the Manu and Alto Madre de Dios rivers. All materials used have been sustainably harvested or brought in from distant areas. On an average every three or four years the river actually enters the lodge towards the end of the wet season (around March) therefore all the bungalows are raised and connected to each other and the rest of the lodge facilities by gravel walkways.
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. Includes: Shared round trip canoe transportation from Puerto Maldonado to the lodge, private bungalows with private bathrooms, all meals and snacks, shared tours, purified drinking water and juices, bilingual naturalist guide, visits to macaw and tapir clay licks, oxbow lake, canopy platforms and trail hikes.
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. Includes: Shared round trip canoe transportation from Puerto Maldonado to the lodge, private bungalows with private bathrooms, all meals and snacks, shared tours, purified drinking water and juices, bilingual naturalist guide, visits to macaw and tapir clay licks, oxbow lake, canopy platforms and trail hikes.
The large dining and bar/lounge areas are separate from the other facilities but close to all bungalows and the nearby kitchen area. Food is good and wholesome not gourmet, and they use a variety of fresh vegetables, fruits, grains and meats in our menu. Their cooks are used to providing for vegetarian diets. There is a separate spacious bar and lounge area which is located a short distance from the dining area. A variety of cold non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages are always available here.
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. Tierra-firme, transitional floodplain, varzea and bamboo forest is found close to the lodge plus willow and cane stands on beaches and river islands, resulting in the highest bio-diversity in the Manu area. An astounding 575+ species of birds have been recorded around the lodge.
Manu Wildlife Center frequently has onsite researchers and scientists. The lodge actively promotes and gives a helping hand to students and post-graduates who do various kinds of scientific research in the area. These scientists are always happy to share their knowledge and expertise with visiting guests. The lodge relies heavily on workers from the local Machiguenga and Piro indiginous communities and provides jobs and training that help better the standard of living in the local villages without prejudicing their ideal-or idealistic life-style.
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