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Park in Parque Nacional Manu

Parque Nacional Manu

This vast national park in the Amazon Basin covers almost 20,000 sq km (12,427 sq mi) and is one of the best places in South America to see a stunning variety of tropical wildlife. Progressive in its emphasis on pre…
Viewpoint in Paucartambo

Tres Cruces

About two hours beyond Paucartambo is the extraordinary jungle view at Tres Cruces, a lookout off the Paucartambo–Shintuya road. The sight of the mountains dropping away into the Amazon Basin is gorgeous in itself, …
Lake in Parque Nacional Manu

Cocha Salvador

Probably Parque Nacional Manu's loveliest lake, at least amongst the part of the park visited by tourists, with camping and hiking possibilities.
Lake in Parque Nacional Manu

Cocha Otorongo

A lovely lake enfolded within Parque Nacional Manu, with an observation tower to aid wildlife-watching.
Lake in Parque Nacional Manu

Cocha Brashco

Preferred over Cocha Juárez these days as a lake to spy wildlife such as the giant river otter.
Village in Cuzco to Manu

Boca Manu

The long boat journey down the Río Alto Madre de Dios from Atalaya to Boca Manu, at the junction with the Río Manu, can take almost a day. Boca Manu village is known for building the region’s best riverboats (it nee…
Lake in Parque Nacional Manu

Cocha Juárez

Giant river otters are often seen on wildlife-replete Cocha Juárez, although tours rarely stop here these days.