The Student Shelter Chaskawasi Manu, derives its name form the Quechua word meaning Home of the Stars. It is located in the village of Salvation, in the Cultural Zone of the Biosphere Reserve of Manu in Cusco, Peru.
The largest reserve of tropical rainforest in the world is located in the end of the upper Amazon in a remote region of southeastern Peru, just a 160 km. from the spectacular Inca ruins of Machu Picchu.
Four ethnic groups currently inhabit the Manu, two of them are still isolated from any contact with civilization in a protected area of 1.881.200 hectares.
With an area half the size of Switzerland, Manu has perhaps the richest diversity of species of any protected area in the world.