Manu National Park covers an area of 1,716,295.22 hectares (17,162.95 km2) which comprises mountainous areas (traversed by creeks and valleys) with elevations close to 4000 m above sea level and a portion of the Amazon Basin plains.
The national park is divided in the following areas: the restricted use zone (with pristine forests and native communities, access is granted to researchers only); the reserved zone (for recreation and research); the recuperation zone (for the recovery of disturbed areas) and the cultural zone (for human settlement and most activities including nature tourism)
Manu is divided into three zones:
- “Intangible zone” is only accessible to scientists and researchers
- “Reserved zone” is only accessible to a limited number of tour operators and their tours
- “Cultural zone” is more accessible. Local Amazonian people live in small communities.
- The cultural zone is home to several native communities of Yine and Matsiguenka people; who have initiated various tourism projects.
- When visiting the park; chances to see wildlife are highest in the reserved zone; however wildlife experiences are also available in the cultural zone.
3-6 Days: Trek, tour and kayak through the Manu Reserve of the Amazon Jungle.