Just over 30 years ago in the Manu Biosphere Reserve, the Manu Learning Centre was farmland, selectively logged or completely destroyed to grow crops and graze cattle.
Today, it is flourishing with life, a regenerating rainforest that’s a safe haven for rare and threatened wildlife from top predators like the jaguar and puma, to new species for science.
We have been working through science and research over the years and the data collected by our dedicated visitors and investigation team have proven that 87% of biodiversity can return to a once destroyed rainforest.
The MLC is living, thriving proof that a rainforest can be reborn.
Despite this success, the MLC is just a tiny part of the much larger Manu Biosphere Reserve, (the size of Wales or Connecticut) a natural area that has to be protected because it ensures an equilibrated exchange between people and nature. But it continues to be threatened by unsustainable farming, logging and mining.
We pioneer experiential learning and educational tourism at Manu to support conservation and community projects in the Peruvian Amazon to create a better and safe future.
We believe that promoting biodiversity understanding and its conservation through visits, internships and educational tours is the most effective way to support large scale rainforest conservation and community empowerment. But unfortunately we face a major challenge.
Manu is the most biodiverse place on Earth, but it’s under threat. Poverty and population growth drive people to destroy the rainforest through logging, farming and mining as ways of providing for their families.
To save Manu, sustainability has to be a realistic choice for local communities. That is why Crees is working on the solution through conservation research, environmental education and sustainable livelihoods.
We believe that the local people of Manu must determine their own future. Our role is only to provide sustainable choices, so that they are empowered to drive social, economic and environmental change within their own communities.
By visiting Manu rainforest with Crees as a guest, intern, or tourist you become a key important part of the solution because you will be helping to support this vital conservation and community work to protect the Amazon rainforest and empower its people.
Owner and Founder
An American/British Anthropologist, Quinn has spent over 18 years working in Manu to find solutions to environmental degradation by working with scientists and community members to build a sustainable path to forest usage and management. He serves as the treasurer of the Latin American Travel Association and serves as an advisor for several charities working in education, conservation and health.
Juan Carlos Cárdenas
Crees Manu - General Manager
He has 28 years experience working in the Amazon Rainforest, specialising in eco-tourism since 1993. Juan Carlos was born in Cusco-Peru and has worked in many parts of the south america rainforests, from Tambopata National Reserve to Manu National Park.
Human Resources: Pamela Ramos.
Head of operations: Luz Marina Quispe.
Accountant: Verónica Torres.
Head of logistics: Yuli Percca.
Sales Executive: Jhendy Mancilla.
Communications: Vivian Arbulú.
MLC Lodge Coordinator: Tomás Chu Laureano
Assistant: Kevin Estrada
Chef: Maria Teresa Condori
Boat man: Edson Huarankachi
Experiential Learning Field Coordinator
Biologist with experience in the production and taxonomy of fungi, active member of the CIPHAM research center at San Antonio Abad del Cusco University. JAckeline also has work experience as a field researcher and coordinator of experiential learning related to conservation issues in Crees.
Research field coordinator
Biologist from San Antonio Abad del Cusco University, member of Bat Conservation International with experience in research about bats and monitoring species in the rainforest. Interest in the conservation of species, as well as the protection of natural environments and education, focused on sustainable development.