Premier Wildlife Lodge in the Peruvian Amazon

Bungalow and garden at Manu Wildlife Center

The Manu Wildlife Center is located in the wild and remote Manu wilderness of Peru along the Manu de Dios in the Manu Biosphere Reserve. The Lodge provides a perfectly comfortable base for wildlife enthusiasts, photographers, birders and those who simply want a true relaxing rainforest experience. The Lodge counts on a Tapir and Mammal Lick, the Blanquillo Macaw and Parrot Clay Lick, 2 walk up Canopy Towers and floating catamarans on 2 ox-bow lakes for observing Giant Otters and other lakeside birds and wildlife.

Rosario Velarde owner and general manager of Manu Expeditions is an Owner and Founder of the Manu Wildlife Center and we will ensure that you truly experience the Peruvian Amazon.

MAJOR ATTRACTIONS: Clay Lick for parrots, parakeets, and red and green macaws; tapir and mammal clay lick; jungle walks and boat rides for wildlife. Two canopy towers an easy climb up 144 regular stairs, Giant River Otters, 30 kilometers of rainforest trails, 2 ox-bow lakes with floating catamarans, 11 species of primate, over 600 species of birds plus much other mammal life.

The Manu Wildlife Center Lodge is owned by Rosario Velarde of Manu Expeditions in conjunction with a Peruvian Conservation group, Peru Verde. We are hands on family company. The Manu Wildlife Center is a 44-bed lodge located on the Madre de Dios River only 60 minutes by motorized dugout canoe from the confluence of the Manu and Alto Madre de Dios rivers. Manu Wildlife Center is a privately owned rainforest reserve, which forms part of the Manu Biosphere Reserve. It is located in the Cultural Reserved Buffer Zone, set aside for indigenous Amazonian peoples. The lodge is on the banks of the Madre de Dios River in pristine rainforest.

Access is by river, road and commercial Airbus 320 flights from Puerto Maldonado to Cusco or Lima. Manu Wildlife Center consists of 22 double bungalows built in the style of, and using the same materials as the local Amaekaeri 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. For example, the wood used in the construction is collected from the river as, each rainy season, hundreds of trees are washed into the river as it cuts its ever-changing course. 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. 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 en suite private toilet and shower facilities. Hot and cold water is always available. 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 we use 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 spacious bar and lounge area adjacent to the dining area. A variety of cold non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages are always available here. Wi-Fi is available for some hours each day at lunch and in the evening when the lodge generator is running and several power stations provide energy for charging camera batteries, Tablets and notebooks. There are no phones or cell phone signal.

Manu Wildlife Center frequently has onsite researchers and scientists - we are proud to sponsor their research. As a lodge we actively promote and give 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 indigenous 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. We offer them choice and opportunity that, prior to tourism, did not exist.

The lodge is strategically located in an area of forest that counts on the highest diversity of microhabitats in the Manu area. There are more than 30 kilometers of trails. This means that there are more species of animals, birds, reptiles and insects than elsewhere in Manu. Terra firma, transitional floodplain, varzea and bamboo forest is found close to the lodge plus successional willow and cane stands on beaches and river islands, resulting in the highest bio-diversity in the Manu area. An astounding 600+ 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 hour’s walk through the forest is a large mammal lick where Tapirs, the largest South American land mammal, and other mammals 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 or a few hours 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. There are also two static canopy platforms in large canopy emergents that are accessed by a metal, spiral stairway that anyone can use at any time. It is the only accessible canopy platform of its kind in Peru.

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Note to visiting birders and researchers:
If you see or hear a species not on these lists, we would be very pleased to hear about it. We are constantly updating the list for the use of future visitors and researchers and you can help us to be accurate.
Any new records should be emailed to Barry Walker at:

Please indicate the common and scientific name of the bird, where it was seen (which trail and distance along trail), please indicate if it was solitary or with other birds, what it was doing, how high off the ground it was and whether a tape recording of it’s voice or a photo was obtained.