Crees Foundation | Offers A Family Adventure While Immersing Into The Heart Of The Amazon

The crees foundation is a Peruvian not for profit organisation, dedicated to supporting a sustainable Amazon through conservation research and community development. With ten years experience promoting sustainable resource management in the Manu Biosphere Reserve, they also offer a wide range of experiential learning programmes:

The new five-day Manu Classic journey into the heart of the rainforest, is perfect for families wanting to enjoy an authentic adventure experience in the middle of the Peruvian Amazon. During this trip, families will spend time at the Manu Learning Centre (MLC) -crees’ s pioneering sustainable lodge- which is home to a team of scientists and volunteers. Here,  families will be able to help with innovative projects including checking camera trap footage and setting the traps.


The itinerary has been crafted with the whole family in mind and involves a range of activities that will spike the imagination of the younger traveller and parents alike. The trip provides a journey through Manu, exploring the trails, lakes and clay-licks -unique to the region- and the chance to spot spider monkeys, a group of Peccaries (a species of wild boar) or a family of giant otters, common only to Manu. Families will also have the opportunity to go on an exciting night trek as well as the chance to take a two-hour boat trip to the hot springs of Aguas Calientes, the land of the native community of Shintuya. Here families will be able to take a dip in the hot springs and learn more about the indigenous people deepening the understanding of the Amazon.

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The Manu Biosphere Reserve is home to the highest level of biodiversity in the world with more than 15,000 plants species and over 1,000 species of birds, which converts it in the perfect natural environment for young explorers.

 Why is the Manu Classic a perfect experience for families?

  •  An adventure of a lifetime, starting with the journey from the High Andes to Lowland Amazon – learning about the different ecosystems and the wildlife that live in each region – cloud forest – cock of the rock bird and it’s funny dance!
  • A meaningful and educational experience for parents and children alike. The children will take away with them a brand new understanding of the rainforest and the complex issues that the environment faces both in terms of conservation and sustainability.
  • Four nights at the Manu Learning Centre  where guests can interact with crees’s researchers checking camera trap footage, setting the traps and looking for footprints of mammals.
  • Learn about the extensive wildlife in the Manu Biosphere Reserve. Help researchers measure a snake / frog / birds beak, or whatever it might be that has been caught for analysis.
  • Crees offers a great educational learning platform for children including lessons about conservation and the importance of the research being carried out.
  • Guests can take part in all the usual Amazon excursions including night walks and trips down river to view wildlife.
  • Chance to visit local communities and learn about different cultures.
  • Work alongside local families planting their bio-gardens.