L1 users: 5,910 (Crevels 2007). Ethnic population: 13,000 (Crevels 2007).
Cusco, Madre de Dios, and Ucayali regions: Camisea, Kompiroshiato, Picha, Manu, Mishagua, Tigompinia, Timpia, and Urubamba rivers.
5 (Developing). Recognized language (1993, Constitution, Article 48).
Reportedly most similar to Nomatsiguenga [not]. There are minor dialects.
Quechua and Spanish [spa] are replacing Machiguenga in some areas where children no longer acquire the language. Not endangered on the Manu River, where teachers from Urubamba River area are interested in implementing a formalized bilingual education program (Crevels 2007). All ages. Also use Spanish [spa]. Used as L2 by Caquinte [cot], Nanti [cox], Yine [pib].
Latin script [Latn].