Manu National Park occupies an area ten times the size of London in the upper reaches of the great Amazon river basin. It is home to up to half a million species, many of them so exotic that they have never been named. It is the world’s richest biodiversity hotspot, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, and a World Heritage Site.
The 15,328km2 park is located in the Madre de Dios and Cusco regions of Peru. It is 70 miles from the Inca ruins of Machu Picchu, and is home to four native tribes. But while access to the park is restricted by both laws and by its natural inaccessibility, it is now facing an increasing number of destructive threats.