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The Manu National Park (PNM) is located in the provinces of Paucartambo in Cusco and Manú in Madre de Dios. Its extension is 1716295.22 hectares. Its establishment seeks to protect a representative sample of the biological diversity, as well as the landscapes of the low jungle, the eyebrow of the jungle and the Andes of the Peruvian south-east. Likewise, it is intended to promote tourism based on ecological and culturally compatible criteria.
Early in the morning you will leave from Cusco in our bus and travel towards Huancarani where we will have breakfast (not included). Afterwards we’ll continue to visit the funeral tower of Ninamarca. Then we´ll continue towards Paucartambo. Here, we’ll have a small city tour to discover this charming colonial town, famous for its folkloric traditions. Once in Acjanaco (3560 m), the entrance to Manu National Park, our guide will explain us everything about the Reserve, including rules and characteristics. From this point, we’ll start to descend through the Cloud Forest, an amazing ecosystem where we’ll admire plenty of orchids, heliconias and primitive ferns. As well, we’ll observe several kinds of birds like the variable hawk, many types of flycatchers, crested oropendolas and, with some luck, Monkeys, the Amazonian Umbrella bird and some quetzals. On the way, we’ll also make a stop to observe the beautiful Cock of the Rock, Peru’s national bird. We will spend our first night in BAMBU LODGE.
After a delicious breakfast we’ll leave the lodge and continue our journey towards Puerto Atalaya. On the way, we will make a stop. We’ll have to observe the flora and fauna. We’ll also stop in some local plantations to observe and learn more about jungle agricultural products like coca, yuca and different kinds of tropical fruits. In Atalaya, we will take our boat by Alto Madre de Dios River one of the tributaries of the mighty Amazon River. During our day we will have the chance to see many types of colourful birds such as parrots, oropendolas, vultures and others species. Hopefully, we will see some jungle mammals such as monkeys or the famous capybaras (jungle rodents that are about 2.5 ft long. behind and enter the clay laden waters of the Manu river with a brief stop at the park ranger station at Limonal to present our permits. In the afternoon, we will arrive at our next sleeping destination. We aim to arrive in the Afternoon. Then we will visit the lake of Cocha Otorongo is planned, where observation piers and a 20 meter observation tower in the rainforest canopy overlooking the lake are available for observing wildlife. We will also be on the lookout for a large family of Giant Otters. night at Casa Matsiguenka Here, there will be showers and services available. We will go on a night walk which is the best time to see many anthropoids, tarantulas, scorpions and snakes. This is of course optional.
After breakfast we’ll spend the morning at the lake of Cocha Salvador. Some of the time will be spent canoeing on the lake using a catamaran to observe animal life from the water. We may encounter an Agami Heron or a Sungrebe and Brown Cappuchin Monkeys are usually feeding on fruits nearby. Specially constructed piers that jut out into the lake enable us to look for a family of Giant Otters that live here. These, the world’s largest freshwater carnivores, remain common only in Manu, having been hunted to extinction throughout most of their former range. Each animal consumes between 4 and 5 kilos of fish daily and often they can be seen eating large fish on logs at the lakeside. The rest of the day will be spent walking the trails in the area in search of some of the 13 species of Monkey found in the forest here. Your guide will explain some of the basics of rainforest ecosystems and point out some of the medicinal plants of the area used by local, indigenous groups. We may cross paths with a group of Peccaries – a species of wild boar found here. During the afternoon we enjoy the sun set. Possibility to do a short night walk through the forest to observe, tree frogs and an incredible variety of colorful insects.. Night at the Casa Matsiguenka.
Today we have one more opportunity to explore de forest around the lodge; maybe we will even have a chance to see a group of Tamarin Monkeys, which are the smallest monkeys in the entire world. Be aware of surroundings, because they could sneak up right behind you! Later after lunch we will take the boat and travel for four hours downstream the Manu River to Boca Manu Village, on the way we might see some black caimans laying on the beach getting the sun heat, maybe we will be able to see the great, South American feline, the Jaguar, which may be just resting in the sun in some place along the river. At night, we will visit another system of trails with a completely different set of characteristics than the first one. We can also visit the salt lick in the afternoon to look for monkeys, guans or deer and you can spend another night on the tapir platform.
Once again we wake up Very early, At dawn we travel downriver by boat to the parrot clay lick. This is a special place where parrots, parakeets and small macaws (Chestnut fronted Macaw and the rare Blue headed Macaw) go to eat minerals, which help them with digestion. After the natural show we have breakfast and then take the boat back to Atalaya And then pack up and slowly go up stream. We continue to our next lodge, In order to get there, we will a stop in a beautiful place of hot spring, where we will spend some time to relax and swimming. situated a short distance from the Alto Madre de Dios rivers. After relax we continue travelling up stream to Atalaya port where our private bus will be waiting for us and take us back to Bambu lodge.
This day is very sad that we have to leave our wonderful forest full of mysteries and return to Cusco.Afterwards we have breakfast we take Bus . and then we continue through the cloud forest, with some more opportunities to see birds. We then travel up to the Andes again to return to Cusco in the afternoon.
**NOTE: The order of the activities mentioned in this program may change according to weather conditions. In the Jungle the climate is highly unpredictable, especially during rainy season, and weather conditions may affect the program as the animals as well are affected in their daily activities by the rain. Don’t hesitate to talk with your guide about it to maybe change the order of the activities or find alternative things to do in case of extremely bad weather! And remember, we have no responsibilities on climate and on the amount of animals that you will see: enjoy the jungle and good luck!
Bus transport to / from Cusco
Boat / bus drivers
3 meals per day and snacks
5 nights in Lodge
Excellent cook service
Mineral Water during the trip
Entrance to TAPIR AND MACAWS CLAY LICK
Alcoholic drinks and soda
Entrance to hot spring
First Day Mineral Water, First Day breakfast
Entrance to P N M
Shirt long sleeve and long pants
Warm clothes (for misty mornings on the river)
Water bottle or canteen
Sandals, bath suit clothes, towel day pack
Mosquito repellent (50% DEET), afterbite
Flash light or torch with extra batteries
Hat or cap
Extra money to buy beverage
At least one pair of trekking boots