The park, which covers more than 6,000 square miles, making it the largest of its kind in Peru, was established on May 29, 1973, and declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987. It covers most of the Manú River basin, in the provinces of Manú and Paucartambo in the regions of Madre de Dios and Cusco.
Manú has one of the highest levels of biodiversity of any park in the world, in large part because of its altitude, which ranges between 150 meters and 4,200 meters above sea level, covering parts of the Andes and the Amazon.
Found in the park are more than 20,000 species of flora and thousands of species of fauna, including more than 200 mammals and more than 1000 birds. The park is also home to a few native communities.
Photos: by Rolly Reyna for El Comercio
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