Machiguenga houses embody the traditional building techniques used in Manu. They are made of locally available materials like palm wood and palm leaves. Houses were traditionally low, oval-shaped structures; today many have raised palm-wood floors and are larger and rectangular in shape.
The thatched roofs are made of palm leaves and are very effective at keeping out the rain. Many modern structures in the area use these traditional techniques rather than more modern methods because of their effectiveness. It also helps them to blend in with the spirit of the area.