The native communities in Manu function autonomously, and they have the final say in what happens in their community. The people of Yomybato, along with the people in the neighboring village of Tayakome, own and operate an ecotourism lodge called “Casa Matsigenka” in the tourist zone of the Manu National Park.  They receive a small income from managing the lodge and additional income by selling their native handicrafts. Because Yomybato is located inside the protected area of the Park, all other forms of commercial resource extraction are prohibited.  The people sustain themselves from their swidden gardens, and hunt and fish in the surrounding forests and rivers.


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