FAQs – MANU PARK LODGE
1) What is the difference between the National Park and Biosphere Reserve?
The National Park is a Protected Natural Area owned and managed by the Peruvian state as part of the national system of protected areas of Peru (National System of Protected Natural Areas – SINANPE.) Its objective is to protect and preserve intact ecosystems, which may contain a high biological and aesthetic diversity and landscape of relevant interest, where the activities of indirect use can be done as: research, education, tourism and recreation in the national park.
The Biosphere Reserve is a representative ecological area with three self-complementary functions: scientific research, conservation and sustainable development. The Manu Biosphere Reserve is divided into a nuclear zone represented by the territory of the Manu National Park, a buffer zone and a transition zone.
2) What are the conditions of the shelters or ecolodge?
Tourist sites are located in the tourist and recreational area of the Manu River sector. In these spaces, each concessionaire has built ecolodge or adequate and comfortable hostels. They offer services such as: dining room, bathrooms, showers and some short connecting roads between all the structures. All beds have mosquito nets to prevent mosquito or insect bites. The details of each hostel vary their rooms and services they offer.
3) What kind of water can you consume?
Your tour operator will provide drinking water. Some use bottled water that is brought from the nearest cities and others with filters and / or boiling water to purify small springs or river to be suitable for human consumption. Consult your travel agency for more information to MANU PARK LODGE.
4) Do I need to be in good physical condition to travel to the jungle?
It is not a mandatory requirement, but one must be able to walk a path of several kilometers into the jungle to fully enjoy what Manu has to offer with a biodiversity of flora and fauna.
5) Are there many mosquitoes in the jungle?
The number of mosquitoes will depend on the time of day, but as in the entire Peruvian Amazon region, there will be mosquitoes. We recommend carrying repellent with a minimum of 30% DEET and also long-sleeved shirts and long pants for your comfort.
6) What kind of tropical diseases are there?
In southern Peru, yellow fever, malaria and leishmaniasis have been reported, but so far there is no information from tourists who visited Manu who have had these tropical diseases. However, there is always a possibility, so we recommend following the instructions of your personal physician.
7) Is Manu Park open all year?
No, the Manu Park closes in the month of February due to the rainy season but the rest of the year the Manu reserve is open. The best time to visit is between April and November, during the dry season. The rainy season is from February to March in the jungle.
8) Will I see the uncontacted natives?
The native communities in the Manu Park are civilized and accessible to tourists. The chances of seeing the uncontacted indigenous people living in isolation is very likely, but we have rules to be followed in case they are seen, we must leave the area and avoid any contact with them and immediately report the incident to the personnel of the Manu National Park.
9) Should I bring biodegradable shampoo and soap on my trip?
Yes please. You will help protect the environment of the national reserve of manu.
10) Is there cold in the Amazon region?
During the months of May and June, sometimes the temperature can drop suddenly as the cold fronts come from the south of South America, a phenomenon known as Friaje occurs. Warm clothes are recommended for this time of year just in case during your trip.
11) Can I swim in lakes and rivers?
For safety reasons, it is forbidden to swim in rivers and manu lakes.
12) Can I walk on my own on the paths of the jungle?
No. For safety reasons, you should always follow your professional guide along marked trails on your trip.
13) Do I have the right to fish in the Park?
It is strictly prohibited. Only local native communities are authorized to fish and hunt in the authorized areas inside the Manu National Park.
14) Climate and weather in the Manu National Park?
The climatic conditions are very variable Manu National Park. The climate in Manu is generally rainy and rainfall varies with altitude. In the south (the highest) it registers between 1,500 and 2,000 annual mm. In the center of the sector increases from 3,000 to 3,500 mm. The highest record in the northwest reaches more than 8000 mm. In the dry season, from May to September, precipitation decreases and the temperature decreases. The thermal regime is also very variable, since the Amazon area is warm, with an average temperature of 25.6 ° C, and the Andean region is cold with an average annual temperature of 8 ° C.
15) Is there Malaria and Leishmaniasis in Manu? What vaccines do I need?
Malaria: The risk of malaria in Manu is extremely low (less than 0.1%). It is recommended to take insect repellent and protect yourself using long sleeves, instead of taking strong anti-malarial medicines (please check the side effects of these medications !!) which are not very safe either
16) Health for your trip:
Drink only bottled or boiled water, Be careful with raw vegetables and fruits, Avoid eating at food stalls on the street. Altitude sickness can prevent resting the first day of your arrival in the mountains and consume light meals.
Better information about the Manu National Park can be sent to our email address: firstname.lastname@example.org or call us: (051) 84 255527 – (+51) 979 530544 – visit our website: www.manuparklodge.com