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Otoongo or Jaguar
The Rainforest in Manu
Anguloa Virginalis
Relojero bird
Cusco Nature & Biodiversity


Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu

Natural & Cultural World Heritage Site (UNESCO-1983). The park was established to protect the landscape of the renowned Machu Picchu archaeological site, founded by the Inca culture. It is thought that it was a royal Inca residence and was perhaps the centre for collecting coca from surrounding plantations. The site eventually fell into ruin, was covered by the encroaching forest, and "lost to science" until re-discovery in 1911. Thee are also the remains of the Inca Way in the area, and local legends, including that of the spectacled bear, which is thought to serve as a messenger between the spirits of the high elevations and those of the jungle.

Manu National Park

The park is located in the provinces of Manu and Paucartambo (Departments of Madre de Dios and Cusco respectively), comprising lands on the eastern slopes of the Andes and on the Peruvian Amazones.  Intangible area, protection of the fauna and flora, and of the Andean oriental and Amazon scenic beauties, it embraces territories from the Andean puna and yunga in the department of Cusco to the low jungle in the department of Madre de Dios, furrowed by the Manu river, high part of Madre de Dios river and affluent. Inside the park, areas enabled for tourists and visitors exist, and other areas are only restricted for the entrance of investigators. In the area for tourists, exist lodging facilities. Beside lodging, these lodges offer guided excursions for the tourists as well as housing facilities and work for investigators and scientific.

Orchids in Cusco

Bird-watching in Cusco

The paradise route for birding is from Ollantaytambo to Quillabamba -the abra of Malaga-. Also you can found many species of hummingbirds in Machu Picchu.

Birds in Cusco - Photo Gallery

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