Peru tempts eco-tourists to explore rainforest

15th Nov 2012

Green travellers are now heading to an area of unspoilt rainforest in Peru after the creation of an airstrip made it easier to get to.

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Manu National Park is the natural habitat of giant otters, spider monkeys, hawk-eagles and a large number of parrots and parakeets. The area, which contains a large number of trees and waterfalls, is in the Manu Biosphere Reserve.

And the area is set to become a popular travel destination in Peru after the opening of the Boca Manu airstrip means it is now less than a two hour flight away from Cusco.

In the past anyone wanting to take a trip to the national park had to walk in from outside its boundaries each day as there was no accommodation in the area. But now tourists can choose to stay at the Romero Rainforest Lodge, which has recently opened its doors to visitors and features eight bungalows with thatched roofs next to the Manu River.

There is now also the chance to go on a trail around the park with a group looking for wildlife including the black caiman, a reptile which resembles the crocodile, and wild boar known as peccaries. The tours, which are led by a biologist, include a stay at the lodge and are run by Crees, a non-profit-making research body based at Manu Learning Centre.

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