Since 1985, Manu Nature Tours (MNT) has pioneered a top-quality rainforest experience in the remote and isolated Manu Biosphere Reserve. We own the Manu Lodge and the 26 year-old, Manu Lodge and the Manu Cloud Forest Lodge.
A the same time MNT, through his owner and founder, Boris Gómez Luna, has pioneered the conservation movement in southern Peru, specially in the Madre de Dios region, where he actively worked since 1,984. In 1986 he was part of the local conservation group who presented the Peruvian authorities with the original proposal for the creation of the Tambopata-Candamo Reserve. While the official studies were in progress, MNT invested in the protection of the clay lick on the upper Tambopata and adjacent rainforests. Later on, our company in a commercial venture started construction of the Tambopata Research Center. (We are not part of that venture anymore)
Nowadays, the Tambopata and the Manu areas are the two most important icons for nature and ecotourism in Peru, generating at least 100 million dollars in foreign exchange annually.
Revenue has never been the ultimate goal of our company, but rather the pursuit of joy and satisfaction in what we consider a life's work. We strive to offer our clients with the best possible quality of infrastructure, accommodations, meals and interpretation services.
Together with other local tour operators and the Government authorities we have helped to create a reasonably well-organized tourism product that generates a low-volume flow of visitors to Manu. The typical Manu visitor stay is three times the average for a rainforest trip in the region.
Fees paid by Manu visitors as well as operating licenses paid by Manu Lodge and other tented campsites cover Manu Park´s operating budget.
We train young Peruvians from Madre de Dios, Cusco and Lima to provide professional services that range from boat drivers, to cooks and guides. Since 1988, our facilities have been a base for field research.
We firmly believe that as a responsible business, our main commitment to local people and to our society is to provide them with working models for economically viable ecotourism projects, which they can emulate. We like to think that we have been particularly successful at this.