Discovering Manu National Park – there’s an app for that

A new mobile application helps visitors to Manu National Park and Biosphere Reserve explore unforgettable routes and tourist destinations with greater ease and contribute to managing the areas in the future. A benefit to protected areas and local communities.

04/20/2022, Ronald Cuadros and Kasia Rabel

On April 5th 2022, the Peruvian authority of natural protected areas, SERNANP, FZS Peru, tour guides and operators, and others, launched a new app called MANU BIOSFERA. This app, the only one of its kind in Peru, is now the best source of information for visitors going to one of the most biodiverse areas in the world, Manu National Park and Biosphere Reserve in Peru.

The goal of the app is to increase sustainable tourism in the area and involve users in helping better manage tourism services. An increase in tourism helps the protected areas but also local communities, in part by providing them with a new customer base to whom they can sell their products.

The app in action (video in Spanish)

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Finding your way

The app helps visitors easily navigate their way to tourist destinations such as the Tres Cruces viewpoint and Salvador oxbow lake where giant otter monitoring through FZS takes place. The app shows the best bird-watching locations and gives details about common routes such as Andean Manu, Cultural Manu, and Manu River.

The Manu river. © Daniel Rosengren
Giant Otters in Manu National Park, Peru. © Daniel Rosengren
The rainforest. Manu National Park, Peru. © Daniel Rosengren
An Andean Cock-of-the-Rock. Manu National Park, Peru. © Daniel Rosengren

Users can also contribute to the app by uploading photos of wildlife sightings that they see as well as by taking part in satisfaction surveys. These surveys then enhance the Manu National Park database and allow protected area authorities better manage the areas in the future.

For the Spanish version of this article, visit the FZS Peru website.

To download the app (English option available):


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