Important: Understand you trip to Manu!
"A Biosphere Reserve for Man & Nature is a United Nations concept.
It was granted to Manu in 1978 in recognition as one of the most important rainforests park in the world.
The Manu Biosphere Reserve has two main areas: The Manu National Park and the Multiple Use Zone.
The first area is recognized by he Peruvian State's Park Service and access is strictly and effectively controlled.
Tourism activity is allowed only in the lower Manu River basin.
Because all traditional native communities log, fish and hunt for their subsistence inside the upper Manu Park Area, the lower Manu River is better for watching large mammals, reptiles and exotic game birds, all of them almost totally unafraid of human visitors.
The "Multiple Use Zone" lacks State control or legal recognition, and it could well be applied to the entire Peruvian territory. In Manu, only protected habitats in private reserves and other types of reserves within this "Multiple Use Zone" may offer a good quality of experience.
A small, controlled flow of visitors (less than 3,000 annually) is allowed only in a few places inside the lower Manu National Park's River Basin.
Despite the "Manu" as a brand name, most other lodges are well beyond the protected, Manu National Park. All other facilities are tented campsites near Lake Salvador and Otorongo.
If you intend to visit the famous Manu River, then, when you arriver to the mouth of the Manu River, you should boat upstream towards the Manu River and not in the opposite direction. Although some of the lodges outside of the Manu Reserved Zone may offer a good experience, make sure that you understand you tour.
Manu Lodge is the only lodge with a privileged view of a pristine oxbow lake within the Manu National Park. It is owned and operated by Manu Nature Tours. Beware of unscrupulous Peruvian and international tour operators and travel agents who offer "Manu lodge tours" in order to fool ther potential clients.