Deep within the Peruvian Rainforest, on the western edge of the Amazon Basin, is one of the most impressive nature reservations in the world, the Manu Biosphere Reservation.
The Manu National Park covers an area of more than 18,000 square kilometres and is one of the largest untouched rainforests in South America. Very few settlers live in the almost inaccessible tropical rainforests in the southeast of Peru. Apart from natural rainfall, the park’s most important supply of water comes from the Manu River, its source being 4,000 metres up in the Paucartambo Mountains, a section of the Andes.
The Manu River is one of the final refuges and breeding areas for the threatened River Turtle. Along the river’s tributaries, there is another rare and threatened species, the Kabibaras, the world’s largest rodent.
As the day draws to a close in the glowing light of the setting sun, one realizes that to experience this fascinating natural world is a very special privilege and one that will remain in the memory for a very long time.