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Located in southern Peru, in the eastern sector of the Andes mountain range and the western edge of the Amazon basin, it is the only park in Latin America that includes the entire range of environments between tropical lowland rainforest to frigid punas, above 4,000 masl
Starting early from Cusco we begin our 9 or 10 hours journey by private minibus ascending to the high mountain area at 4000 m (13,000 feet). We make a stop in Ninamarca, to see the pre-Inca cemetery, and in the colonial village of Paucartambo. Then we descend the eastern slopes of the Andes through cloud forest with lush vegetation (ferns, orchids, bromeliads etc.). We enjoy spectacular views of the Andes and can see wildlife such as our national bird: the bright red Cock of the Rocks (Rupicola peruviana) showing his mating dance. Walking along the road brilliantly colored Tanagers, Quetzals, Trogons, Tucanets and Hummingbirds, as well as hawks can be seen and possibly the first monkeys, such as Woolly Monkeys. In the late afternoon we arrive at Bamboo Lodge (950m), where we spend the night (double rooms & private bathroom). After dinner your guide will brief you about the activities of the following day. Accommodation : rooms & private bathroom
After an early breakfast we continue with our minibus: we pass the village of Pilcopata and cross the river of the same name to get to the small port of Atalaya (600 m). On the way we stop for some walks to observe birds also we stop an animal rescue station and to look for orchids. Before reaching Atalaya we enjoy a great view of the river basin from a lookout point. At the port we embark on a Half hour journey in a 15-meter motorized canoe down the Alto Madre de Dios River. On the way we will walk on the trails near the River and visit Machuwasi Lake, on the opposite side of the river. We use a wooden raft to explore the lake and observe the birdlife. Then we navigate for about 4 hours in a motorized canoe down the Alto Madre de Dios River to get to the lowland rainforest until our lodge On the way We have the opportunity to see wildlife along the rocky banks of the river, such as Fasciated Tiger Herons, Purplish Jays, Skimmers and some of the monkey species that live in Manu. In the evening we can go caiman spotting at the river or go on a night walk. We spend the night at Dorado Ecological Lodge.. Accommodation : rooms & private bathroom
At dawn we travel downriver by boat to the parrot clay lick. This is a special place where parrots, parakeets and small macaws, including the Chestnut fronted Macaw and the rare Yellow and Blue Macaw, come to eat minerals which help them with digestion. After the natural show we back to our lodge for our breakfast. Later we explore some of the trails in Nearby to our lodge we have the opportunity to to see more species of monkeys and birds. After lunch we have a short break in our lodge, . In the afternoon we walk about 1 ½ hours through primary rainforest to the mammal salt lick of the reserve. To have the best chance to observe animals – especially the tapir – we spend the night on an elevated platform (with mats and mosquito nets). Your guide will help spotting the tapir with a light. If you prefer you can sleep in double rooms at the lodge.
We continued up the river making some stops to see some birds and monkeys. We will also make a small stop to relax in the thermal baths. We will arrive at the port of atalaya where our comfortable bus awaits Us. Then we will continue again up through the cloud forest, with some stops. Then we travel up to the Andes again, arriving in Cusco at around 10 pm. Transfer to your hotel.
Professional naturalist guide with telescope.
Birding guide on request
Private boat and bus transport.
Cook & food (vegetarian on request) and drinking water.
First Aid Kit, extractor (for poison)
Fisrt Day Breakfast , fisrt day Mineral water
Alcoholic drinks, sodas, etc.
Long sleeved shirts , T-Shirts
Cotton socks , Hiking shoes
Sandals or light shoes to change
Rain gear (rain poncho is ok) , Sweater ( in case we have coldfront)
Binoculars very important the best ones are (Leica, Zeiss, Swarovski, Nikon, Bushnell) 8×20, 8×32, 10×25, 10×40, 10×42
Camera and extra batteries , Camera charger
Dry bag back pack.
Personal things like toothbrush, etc
Hat (or handkerchief)
Sun blocker, sun glasses
Flashlight LED Lenser H7 – 200 Lumens – Head torch
Water bottle ( min. 1 l)
Money (Soles) for soft drinks, handicrafts and tips