MANU JUNGLE HOLIDAYS (WILDLIFE PERU CENTER) (Click on the tour to see detailed page of the Manu jungle holiday)
(Quechuas Expeditions) HEALTH ADVICE:
MALARIA: though it only is a small risk, it is possible you get infected with malaria in Manu, and we recommend you take a prophylaxis when going on one of our tours.
YELOW FEVER: the yellow fever situation is about the same. However, yellow fever is almost always lethal. Therefore, it is not only recommended but even required that one receives the yellow fever vaccination at least ten days before entering Manu.
Casa Matsiguenka - Manu River
About the Casa Matsiguenka
The Casa Matsiguenka is designed using the indigenous people's building techniques and counts on 12 fully screened twin rooms. Beds are furnished with mosquito nets. There is a private trail system and local Matsiguenka guides will accompany you on the trails. There is an interactive interpretation center and locally made souvenirs are for sale
The Machiguenga Project (Casa Matsiguenka)
When the secrets of Manu's natural sanctuary were recognized in 1973 and Manu was declared a National Park, there was already an active and established culture of indigenous Machiguenga people who go back for centuries as an integral ingredient of the region and often took a backseat as tourism developed in Manu, despite being the ‘true owners’ of the forest. In 1996, a project was initiated by the native communities of Yombebato and Tayakome, in conjunction with a non-government organization from Germany, to establish a rustic lodge based on Machiguenga construction techniques and lifestyles in the Cocha Salvador area, deep in Manu. Accommodations are simple rooms with beds and mosquito nets, rustic furniture and communal dining areas. More than adequate toilet and shower facilities are on hand. The object of this project is to give the visitor the opportunity to learn about and understand not only the natural wonders of Manu but also the cultural history and traditions of its inhabitants. In 1999 the lodge, Casa Machiguenga, received its first guests but there is still much to be done before the full potential is realized and the aims and dreams of these quiet, gentle people to become included in, and benefit from, the attraction that Manu offers, are achieved. This, after all, is their home. For this reason, Quechuas Expeditions, in agreement with the Machiguenga communities, is using the Casa Machiguenga in the first fixed departure of each month. As a alternative to staying at their safari camp at Cocha Salvador they will be using the Machiguenga Lodge. This agreement means the visitor will benefit in experiencing an aspect of the magic of Manu they otherwise would not have been exposed to. At the same time they will be assisting in an essential aspect in the long term preservation of Manu and helping native Amerindian communities, enter the ever shrinking world without losing their cultural values. Quechuas Expeditions guides will be co-leading with Machiguenga’s on future trips so that visitors can learn from these indigenous peoples and benefit from their encyclopedic knowledge of medicinal plants and other wonders. In return, the Machuiguengas will get to learn something about us, our culture and learn the language skills necessary if they are to take visitors into their forest.