Manú River

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For the river in Tripura, India, see Manu River, Tripura.
Manú River
Manu riverbank.jpg
View of riverbank in Manú National Park
Country Peru
Source Andes
Mouth Madre de Dios River
Length 300 km (186 mi) [1]
Rivers of Madre de Dios.png
The Madre de Dios watershed with Manú River in the northwest

The Manú is a river in southeastern Peru. It runs down the eastern slopes of the Andes Mountains into the Amazon Basin. It runs through what is now protected as the Manú National Park, a vast Biosphere Reserve, home to arguably the highest concentration of biodiversity on Earth. Few people live along its length. Much of the park is off-limits to all but permitted scientists and the indigenous groups of Amazonian Indians, mostly of the Machiguenga tribe.

The Manú is a tributary to the Madre de Dios River, which downriver joins the Madeira River, and ultimately the Amazon River. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, this area of what was organized as the Madre de Dios region was exploited for the production of rubber during the rubber boom, with workers brought in by Brazilian, Bolivian and Peruvian interests.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ziesler, R.; Ardizzone, G.D. (1979). "Amazon River System". The Inland waters of Latin America. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. ISBN 92-5-000780-9. Archived from the original on 8 November 2014. 

Coordinates: 12°16′S 70°51′W / 12.267°S 70.850°W / -12.267; -70.850