Manu Wildlife Centre
Madre de Dios river
The very well run Manu Wildlife Centre (MWC) lodge comprises 22 bungalows each with en suite bathroom, (curtain for bathroom door) flush toilet and hot water, whilst there is a turndown service of mosquito nets in the evenings. There is no electricty but a generator provides power at noon and evenings for charging batteries in the communal lounge. It exudes a great "sense of place" you feel you are staying in a special, remote location and the guides keep guests busy on the trails maximising their natural history experiences.
There are 30 miles of forest trails surrounding the centre through both terra firma and transitional flood plain forest. Here you can search for the 10 species of resident monkeys, including Black Spider Monkey, Emperor Tamarin and Monk Saki. For birders over 560 species of birds have been recorded here. There are two canopy platforms which offer tree-top vantage points and there is a tapir lick with a hide.
It is 2 hrs by boat from Boca Manu landing strip and the Center supports the preservation of a 50-square-mile private, pristine rainforest reserve. It is staffed principally by members of local communities, and there are usually resident researchers and scientists who are happy to discuss their work on site. There is Wi-Fi in some parts of the lodge, but this can be unreliable due to the remote location.
Bring your own wellington boots (these can be purchased in Cusco or at a village en route to Manu) and there is a policy of taking outdoor shoes off before entering the communal living/dining room.