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Manu Amazon Lodge: Manu Wildlife Center
Amazon jungle (open May through October)
Set in the exotic rainforests of Manu—an area renowned for its verdant forests and wildlife observation—this lodge is a comfortable haven for nature lovers who value excellent lodging during their time exploring unspoiled forest on their Peru Amazon vacation.
The Manu Wildlife Center is located east of the Manu River, on the north bank of the mighty Madre de Dios River. Under the high thatched roof of the main structure is the spacious all-wooden dining hall, bar and lounge area, all fully screened for your comfort. There is also a hammock area, perfect for relaxing in between or after excursions. The cedarwood used in construction of the lodge was salvaged from uprooted trees washed downriver by the annual floods, environmentally conscious travelers will be pleased to know. As Manu Wildlife Center has no permanent electricity connection, lighting in these communal areas and along the surrounding paths is provided by kerosene lamp and candles. However, a 110V generator is available from which camcorder or camera batteries can be recharged. Please note that guests may need to bring a special adaptor to plug into the generator.
Manu Wildlife Center takes pride in being the top center for viewing canopy wildlife as the center’s forest remains free of hunters and is therefore a haven for Amazon wildlife. In addition, the team of scientists and canopy experts have extended experience in constructing canopy towers and platforms for international television crews, thereby keeping with their commitment to protect the wildlife of the center. The towers provide breathtaking views of the forest and allow guests a close-up view of animals at the center.
In addition, guests at the Manu Wildlife Center are able to explore the some 30 miles (48 kilometers) of wildlife by walking scientifically-built trails that provide excellent guidance in spotting the area’s creatures. The area features 10 distinct species of monkeys such as the very limber black spider monkey and the curious brown and white capuchin. Birdlife such as the pale-winged trumpeter and razor-beaked curassow can be spotted as well.
A large dining hall style room is where all meals are served, buffet style. Peruvian cuisine features highly on the menu, with an occasional international twist. Typical lunch and dinner dishes served are lomo saltado (a ubiquitous Peruvian dish of stir fry beef and vegetables on rice, a classic example of Chinese fusion flavors) and arroz con pollo (a mildly spicy mix of saffron rice, chicken, and vegetables). Fresh fruit and vegetables are often brought in from the few families who live in the area. The highly experienced kitchen staff is happy to cater to any special dietary requirements, upon request. Breakfast is a memorable affair—served at the floating blind where guests can admire the macaw clay lick, and includes delicious pancakes, butter, jam, honey, fruit and crackers, tea, coffee, and hot chocolate.
The layout of the lodge has the guest bungalows set apart from the common areas, making for quiet, restful nights. Each of the 22 double-occupancy, fully screened private bungalows come with their own separate complexes with hot water showers and flush toilets. Adding to the romantic nature of these immaculately kept bungalows are the candles used to light the rooms at night.
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