MANU NATIONAL PARK
Manu Biosphere Reserve is situated in the remote, southwestern region of the Amazon basin. It is one of the largest, and definitely the only untouched reserve, in the Neo tropics. This unique reserve covers an area of one million eight hundred thousand hectares (19,000 km2 or 4.5 million acres) of undisturbed and pristine forest which has the greatest biodiversity on earth. For that reason, in 1987 the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) declared it a world heritage site.
It starts from the eastern slope of the Andes, which means that the biosphere protects one of the planet's most important wild lands. The majority of Manu consists of tropical rainforest. However, it does include three other highly distinct ecological levels: the puna - high altitude tundra like area; the mysterious cloud forest with its little studied ecosystem; and the mountain rainforest. Up to 14 different life zones have been discovered inside the biosphere.