How to get there?
From Europe without US transit – KLM, Iberia and Lufthansa fly to Lima. From North America – American, Delta, Continental, LAN and Air Canada, all fly to Lima. The jumping off point for Manu is Cusco at 3300 meters above sea level in the Peruvian Andes. Cusco is a 1 hour jet flight from Lima which is where all international flights arrive. Carriers include Lan, StarPeru and TACA. In Cusco there are a wide variety of hotels from 5 star to cheap and cheerful. From Cusco it is possible to self drive as far as Atalaya. In reality access and logistics are so complex
and time consuming, taking a tour with a reliable operator is recommended. There is an intermittent and unreliable air service to the Boca Manu Aerodrome in the lowland rainforest from Cusco. The aerodrome is one and a half hours from Manu Wildlife Centre Lodge and one hour from the Romero Rainforest Lodge When to go and climate?
Anytime is good. A birding trip to Manu is possible at anytime of year but there is more rain from December to April. Cold snaps (Friajes) from the south are periodic in the May to July period and can affect birdsong. The area has a wi
de range of climates, from the cold, dry Andes to the hot, humid Amazon forests. There are however, no long term records of rainfall or temperature in the park, and up to 1985 continuous records of rainfall were only available for two years (1976 and 1982). At the Biological Station of Cocha Cashu (400m), the rainfall between September 1976 and August 1977 was 2100mm. There is a rainy season from October to April with an average monthly rainfall of more than 200mm. From early May to late September rainfall decreases to less than 100mm per month. There is a slight variation of air temperature during the year. The coldest month is June with an average temperature of 11.1 C the hottest month is October with 25.4 C. There are virtually no records of rainfall within the park above 650m. At Pilcopata (650m) the mean annual rainfall (1971-1980) was 3929mm and all months have more than 100mm of rain.
July is the driest month with an average rainfall of 188mm. Higher up into the Andes rainfall drops again, and temperatures fall significantly to average a few degrees above zero. Fog is common all year round in
montane forest regions.