Manu Learning Centre
The Manu Learning Centre is part of the CREES non-profit sustainability project that aims to educate overseas visitors and volunteers about the importance of the Amazon rainforest and to act as a base for scientific research. The organisation is also committed to supporting the local communities of the Manu region with sustainable development.
The Rainforest Alliance-certified lodge was built in harmony with the natural environment in order to have as little impact as possible.
There are six separate thatched guest chalets, each containing two single beds. The rooms have open walls but there are mosquito nets over the beds. There is a separate bathroom block with 6 private cubicles, each with a toilet, hand basin and shower.
The main building has a dining and relaxation area with comfortable sofas and hammocks, a natural history library and a solar powered internet system. The lodge often has scientists or volunteers in residence and there is the chance to participate in some of their activities.
There are trails through an assortment of forest types including bamboo, terra firme and flooded varzea. There is an active macaw clay lick close to the lodge along the main river where the rare blue-faced macaw is often seen. It takes about 8 –10 hours to reach the lodge from Cusco.
Shared bathroom block. Dining room and lounge area with sofas, hammocks and a library. There is free Wi-Fi available in the communal areas.
Macaws, toucans, raptors, and over 500 other species of bird are possible to see. One of the highlights of this lodge is the clay lick that attracts the rare blue-faced macaws. The lick is one of the best places to see this enigmatic species. 12 species of primate occur in the forests and sightings of many are reliable such as capuchin, squirrel and howler monkeys.
Boat trips along the river and visits to the macaw clay lick. Walking trails through different forest habitats. Activities with the resident researchers and volunteers, which could include biodiversity and species-specific surveys, or sustainable construction projects in local communities.
Try to time a visit between May and October for the best weather and birdwatching. Birds are on territory from August and are easier to locate. The Manu Learning Centre is a great place for adventurous families, with lots of active and educational activities on offer.
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Great views at sunset and sunrise, and the informative talks after dinner were very interesting.