Peru’s Manú National Park, situated on the eastern slope of the Andes and stretching down to the lowland Amazon rainforest, is one of the most biodiverse protected areas on the planet. Its variety of habitats – from puna grassland to cloud forest to lowland rainforest – supports more than 200 species of mammals, more than 1,000 species of birds and butterflies, and recently set a biodiversity record for reptiles and amphibians. The park, which is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve, is also home to several indigenous groups.

On a recent excursion to the park, SFS students experienced the change in ecosystems as they descended in altitude and observed interactions of visitors to the park with tribal communities living in the region and the natural environment.

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