Adventure in Manu
An early start, we began from Cuzco, driving through cobblestone streets walled in by the fusion of Incan stones and ornate Colonial balconies. It was not long before we were high above the city, passing the remarkable fortress of Sacsayhuaman. Periodically shepherds passed by with their herds, and small towns dotting the route were just coming to life. After a stop for breakfast in Pisaq, we followed a deep canyon to one of the last Andean outposts, Paucartambo, a picturesque village situated on the river banks. Less than an hour later, we stood, enveloped in clouds, at the gates of the Manu Biosphere Reserve.
Manu Cloud Forest
Manu is renowned for being one of the largest and most diverse ecosystems in the world. It covers an area of almost 20,000 square kilometers, ranges in altitude from 150 to over 3500 meters above sea level, and is home to more than 15,000 species of plants and 1,000 species of birds. Due to its inaccessibility and strict limitations on use, the park …