Manu National Park - 2009
THINGS YOU MUST NOT FORGET TO BRING
- Sleeping bag (for warm weather)
- Small towel, swimming dress & sandals
- Hiking boots
- Flash light or head lamp and extra batteries
- Hat or cap, sun cream and sunglasses
- Insect repellant
- Rain gear, long pants and long sleeved cotton shirt
- Warm clothing
- Binoculars (it's possible to rent them in Cusco)
- Cameras, batteries & memory cards
- Big back pack (with your belongings) and small back pack for day
- Refillable water container
- Allergy pills
- Personal medicine, Repellent, Rain Coat, Flashlight, Binoculars
Our third One Earth Peru Expedition was to one of the most biodiverse locations in the World, the Manu National Park, which is located in the Southwestern Region of Peru, between Cusco and Madre de Dios. This park is set in the entire basin of the Manu River. Many well known diverse ethnic groups inhabit in this park, like amahuaca, huachipaire, piro, yora and yaminahua. There are also other groups inhabiting this park which don’t have any contact with the modern world.
This park is natural environment to over 20000 vascular plants, 1200 butterfly species, 800 different types of birds, 200 species of mammals and a great number of still unknown species of reptiles, amphibians and insects. The tourist season goes from April to December, being the period of greater visits the one between June and September.
This National Park has great animal diversity:
Bird species like the harpy eagle (Harpia harpyja), jabiru (Jabiru mycteria) and the Roseate spoonbill (Ajaia ajaja) and 169 species of mammals (in which we can find more than 100 different species of bats).
Among the wild fauna we can also find species like: the Orinoco goose (Neochen jubata), the cock of the rocks (Rupícola peruviana), the woolly monkey (Lagothrix lagotricha), the spider monkey (Ateles paniscus), the giant otter (Pteronura brasilienisis), the jaguar (Panthera onca), the ocelot (Leopardus pardalis) and the spectacled bear (Tremarctos omatus).
On the lower floor we can observe fruits, flowers and trees. The trees exceed the 45 meters in height and 3 meters in diameter, being some of the major attractions one named cetico (Cecropia sp.) topa (Ochocroma sp.) cedar, tornillo, lupuna (Ceiba pentandra sp.) and mata palo (Ficus sp.).
In the territory of the Manu National Park, we can also find 30 peasant communities which maintain the quechua language as its maiden language and also many native populations which inhabit this territory since ancient times like the towns of Matsiguenka, Amahuaca, Yine, Amarakaeri, Huashipaire and Nahua.
There are many archaeological wonders yet to be studied. Also part of the cultural heritage of these groups is conserved by the Mameria ruins. Another important moment of this expedition was the Ayahuasca ceremony realized by some of the members of the group. It was a unique and magical experience that helped out in our spiritual growth.
I take this opportunity to thank our spiritual guide called Mateo for such a wonderful experience.
The participants of this expedition besides our business partners were:
- Tania Mendoza
- Juan Carlos Quevedo
- Roberto Matallana
- Dennis Osorio
- Erick Fernandez
- Alonso Pierrend