Manu Nature Tours Conservation Roots

For several years we participated in a long-term environmental campaign that reached thousands of people in Madre de Dios, Cusco, Puno, and Lima. These slide shows and talks reached several sectors of the Peruvian society. The Manu Biosphere Reserve, was the theme used to reach students of all ages, Government planners, politicians, teachers, and the Peruvian media.

Over the past years we have been able to help to protect and preserve the transect between the Manu grasslands and rainforest lowlands. Manu Nature Tour's Manager and owner, Boris Gómez, co-founder of a local conservation group and then its President, designed and created a small field team to help organizing the land-tenure along the only penetration road along the southeast boundary of the Manu Park. Our participation was one of the key elements to raise the funds necessary to obtain land-titles for several hundred colonist's families in areas outside of the Manu Park, solve land-overlapping, and long-term territorial conflicts between the Manu Park and local settlers.

In order to guarantee the success of this project the land titling team was able to obtain the fruitful cooperation of the Peruvian State through the Ministry of Agriculture and the Manu Park authorities (SERNANP). Nowadays, the entire Upper Madre de Dios River Basin has also been land-titled.

Successful fund-raising during Boris Gomez's participation also allowed a local conservation group to purchase several thousands of hectares of pristine rainforest to preserve the headwaters of the Qosñipata River, stop deforestation, and maintain this transect's aesthetic attributes for nature tourism.

In 1986, as tourism consultants and passionate nature conservation advocates, we participated in the original proposal to the Peruvian Government to create the over 1.4 million hectare Bahuaja-Sonene National Park and Reserved Zone.

Since1996, MNT is participating in a conservation plan to save precious and endangered Andean and cloud forests, near the Machu Picchu Historical Sanctuary. At the moment we have completed a socio-economic data collection and the production of reliable cartography for the area. The Peruvian National Park Service has recently announced to us, that a formal proposal for the establishment of the “Inka Biosphere Reserve” will be presented to the United Nations in 2016. This project will dramatically enlarge the conservation of Machupicchu from 32,000 ha. to two million ha.