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Machiguenga Center for Tropical Studies

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The Machiguenga Center (MCTS) is perched on a high bluff overlooking the Urubamba River and the first range of the Andes Mountains, as they rise from the lowland forest in the Peruvian province of Cusco. A one-hour motor-canoe ride takes you to the incredible Pongo de Mainique river canyon. Three of the best Macaw Clay Licks in the world are located near the Machiguenga Center.
 

The Pongo de Mainique is a 50-yard-wide, two-mile-long canyon, through which flows the mighty Urubamba River on its 451-mile path, north from Cusco and the Sacred Valley to a convergence with the Apurimac River. The Pongo, a natural splendor unrivaled in scenic beauty, boasts a unique biodiversity, immensely photogenic tropical forests, and a fair share of mystic history. Heavy mists sweep into the Pongo canyon from the Amazonian lowlands supporting a cloud-forest flora and fauna at a lower than normal elevation. Herein awaits a variety of wildlife species for the infrequent visitor: Spectacled Bears, Military Macaws, Woolly Monkeys, Black Spider Monkeys, Brown Capuchin Monkeys, and Golden-headed Quetzals. Over 30 waterfalls cascade down the black rock walls of the Pongo Canyon. 

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The Machiguenga Indians of Timpia are 100% owners of the Lodge. Guidance and support provided by The Center for the Development of Indigenous Amazon Peoples (CEDIA) and the Peru Verde Association.

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Research near the Pongo suggests that the forests within fives miles of this canyon may harbor more species of plants and animals than any other similar-sized area on Earth. This abundance of life stems from the enormous elevational changes near the Pongo, with cloud forests and lowland forests lying within just a few hundred meters of one another. Warm Amazonian winds continually bathe the lower slopes of the Pongo with moisture. As a result, the forested slopes just above the river are overflowing with orchids, mosses, and bromeliads typical of mid-elevation Andean cloud forests that normally occur 3,000 feet higher. Endangered Spectacled Bears roam the mid-and higher-elevations of the Pongo. 

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Home *About Us * Peru Highlights * Travel Info * Photo Gallery * Ecotourism Guide * Links * Contact Us

Tour Operators in Peru * Overseas Tour Operators * Mountain Biking * Rafting * Climbing * Bird Watching

TREKKING IN PERU: Classic Inca Trail / Short Inca Trail / Salkantay / Ausangate / Lares / Choquequirao / Vilcabamba / Huaraz 

DESTINATION GUIDE: Lima / Cusco / Machu Picchu / Sacred Valley  / Arequipa / Puno / Huaraz / Nazca / Iquitos / Manu / Tambopata

RECOMMENDED HOTELS: Lima / Cusco / Machu Picchu / Sacred Valley / Arequipa / Puno / Huaraz / Nazca / Iquitos / Jungle Lodges

  

 

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