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Manu National Park and Biosphere Reserve: Six days/Five nights (6D/5N). Bus IN-Flight OUT Key words: #Vertigo Travel Peru, #Manu National Park, #Peru Natural Protected Area, #Manu Biosphere Reserve, #Manu Cultural Zone, #Tour Amazonia 6 days, #Travelling with family, #Outdoor, #Pristine jungle Include: Transportation, visit to Cock-of-The-Rock display, Hotsprings visit, visiting mammals claylick, visiting parrots claylick and guided forest walks. Full board and five nights accommodation Activities: Very early wake up, Nature photography, Crossing the Andes, Jungle Hikes, visit of Hotsprings, Macaws Claylick, Mammals Claylick, Birdwatching, visiting 2 oxbowlakes, visiting 2 towers, Boating, Nightwalk, Peruvian gastronomy, Local culture.

What to bring

✓ Metal canteen 1lt

✓ Towel for face and hands

✓ Toiletries and personal medications

✓ Trekking shoes, tennis shoes and flip flops

✓ Flashlight, spare batteries, adapter and charger

✓ Cabana or cap, sunglasses, sunscreen

✓ Insect repellent (recommended with 40% or more DEET)

✓ Raincoat, poncho and umbrella

✓ Loose-fitting clothing in environmentally friendly colors (not white): long-sleeved shirts, long pants, cotton socks and underwear, bathing suit.

✓ Warm clothes when cold fronts

✓ Binoculars. Minimum increase of 8×25, with strap to wear them hanging on our neck

✓ Imaging camera, adapter and charger; with strap to wear them hanging on our neck

✓ Large backpack and backpack, plastic bags

✓ Toilet paper for the first day of the trip, in a plastic bag

✓ Small denominations of money for incidentals and tips

  • Service contract.
  • Oficial Tour Guide/Naturalist in English and Spanish, Equiped with: Pro Binoculars , Pro Scope to set up at the platforms of observation and Informative plates about flora, wildlife and culture
  • Transportation from Cusco and back to Cusco by private bus
  • Transportation by private boat
  • A-1 First Aid kit
  • Overnights in lodges and bungalows
  • Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Mineral water at any time and warm drinks or lemonades with meals
  • Manu Park entrance fee
  • Rubber boots

  • Soft drinks and beers
  • Personal expenses


Total time: Total time 9 ½ hours including mainly travelling by bus and boat; not considering the informative stops. Leaving Cusco (3400masl/11156ft), very early in the morning, we begin a 10-hours journey over the Andes in our private bus, on a road that partly goes up to 4000 meters above sea level. We travel through traditional Quechua communities and through the spectacular eastern ranges of the Andes, on the way, we have a few stops, to see the pre-inka cemetery of Ninamarca (3800masl/124673ft) or to visit the famous folkloric village of Paucartambo (3025masl/9924ft). Then we continue to “Acjanaco“ (4000masl/13123ft), the park’s entrance from here we descend the eastern slopes of the Andes through cloud forest with lush vegetation (bromeliads, ferns, orchids etc.) in the cloud forest (1600masl/5000ft) we can see wildlife such as our national bird: the bright red, Cock of the Rock (Rupicola peruviana) showing his mating dance. Quetzals, Trogons, Brilliantly colored Tanagers can be seen and possibly the first monkeys, such as capuchin monkey or Woolly Monkeys. We are continuing walking along the road until arriving before dark to the Cock of the Rock Lodge (1392masl/4576ft) where will spend the first night. Overnight: Cock of the Rock Lodge (1392masl/4576ft).

Total time: Total time 9 hours including mainly travelling by bus and boat; not considering the informative stops. After a very early breakfast we are continuing by bus to Pilcopata (527masl/1729ft) and afterwards to the Atalaya port (500masl/1640ft) located at the Alto Madre de Dios river, from here we will start boating down stream on our dugout tour boat to enjoy the chance to see the great diversity of birds like egrets, vultures, cormorants, later we can visit an Amazonian pond (Machuhuasi) with a high chance to see Hoatzins, a very interesting bird with ruminant digestive system among others different species of birds, finishing our visit we are walking back to our boat continuing down stream until the hotsprings where we are visit and at the same time to enjoy our lunch, afterwards we are going by boat down stream to our accommodations in the evening, arriving at Dorado Lodge (500 m above sea level), where we will have dinner and then spend the night in double rooms with private bath. Night walk on the lodge’s paths to observe the nocturnal fauna Overnight at the accommodations: Dorado Lodge (300masl/986ft).

Total time: Total time 10 hours including mainly travelling by boat; not considering stops for lunch an toilets services. This day is special, because we will visit the famous reserved zone of the Manu National Park and travel on the enigmatic Manu River, where you can observe the wonderful fauna of this pristine place. In the morning if there is activity, we may visit a clay lick where many parakeet and parrot species eat clay every day. Also the smaller macaws such as the Chestnut-fronted and the Blue-headed Parrot can be found there. After this we take our boat for about 45 minutes downstream the river “Madre de Dios“. Then we enter the reserved zone of the Manu National Park we will briefly stop at the Limonal ranger station (310masl/1017ft) to sign the guest book for the Reserve Zone and continue our way for about 5-6 hours on the Manu River until arriving at the Casa Machiguenga Lodge that belongs to the legendary Machiguenga people. On the way, from the boat, we can see a lot of biodiversity like birds, capybaras, and several species of monkeys, two species of caimans and maybe tapirs. With luck we can also see the biggest cat in South America: the jaguar. Before arriving to our accomodations is the chance to visit the tower of observation in the area of the Otorongo oxbowlake after 15 minutes walk along the access trail, afterwards we are visiting a giant ceiba tree 50meters/164ft high before to take our boat and after 30 minutes down stream arrive to the trail access (5 minutes) to Casa machiguenga. We spend our night at the Casa Machiguenga Lodge (370masl/1213ft) located in the Manu National Park. Double rooms & shared bathroom

Full day According to the booking list at the limonal ranger station we are allowed to visit the Salvador oxbowlake by catamaran with the best chance to find the resident family of giants otters there. This day we will visit by catamaran the famous “Cocha Salvador“ lake, home of the giant otters, this Cocha Salvador is the highlight in Manu park especially in the dry season, is loaded with nesting birds and feeding Herons, Egrets, caimans (South American relatives of the Alligators), terns, Skimmers, Shock-headed & Large-headed Capuchin Monkeys are usually feeding on fruits nearby, naming just a few of them. A visit of the macaws claylick late in the morning and later to enjoy our lunch at the accommodations. In the afternoon we have time to explore the trails on the other side of the Manu river and walk in the primary forests of the Amazon rainforest looking for woolly monkeys, where the sensation is unique, since we are in an ecosystem that has remained unchanged since the formation of the amazon. We spend our night at the Casa Machiguenga Lodge (370masl/1213ft) located in the Manu National Park. Double rooms & shared bathroom

Total time travel: 7 hours aprox. Including mainly travelling by boat boat transportation, stops for interpretation and toilet. After a very early breakfast and waiting for our boat to be ready with all our goods will start boating down the stream (4 hours aprox.) of the Manu river in the way to the Limonal Ranger Station (310masl/1017ft) and then down the stream along the Madre de Dios river (2 hours aprox.) until the Manu Wildlife Center (190masl/623ft) where arriving we can go to our cabins and to enjoy our lunch, afterwards we are going to visit the blind in the mammals claylick bringing with us our boxdinner hopping to see a tapir; after the visit of the mammals claylick we will back to our accommodations. Overnight: Manu Wildlife Center Lodge (190masl/623ft).

Total time travel: 8 hours aprox. Including mainly travelling by boat transportation 3.5 hours aprox., not considering stops for interpretation and toilet. After a very early cup of coffee we are taking our boat (25 minutes aprox.) to visit the Macaws Claylick, arriving first to the trail access that we are walking along for about 15 minutes until the platform of observation where we have to wait until the activity of these birds start, in the mind time we can enjoy our breakfast. When the activity of the macaws finish we are walking back to our boat to star boating down the stream of the Madre de Dios river for 2.5 hours long until the Puerto Colorado with the chance to enjoy the landscape and wildlife along the river and later on the negative impact of the alluvial gold mining activity on this environment; arriving we are leaving our boat crew behind to start travelling on a 4x4 for 45 minutes aprox. until the Inambari river port, then crossing the river by boat to Puerto Carlos to take our van/bus to Puerto Maldonado city (2 hours aprox.). Remember we should be at the Puerto Maldonado airport 2 hours before the domestic flight time departure, the transfer from the accomodations to the airport will take 20 minutes aprox. Time flight to Cusco will take 50 minutes aprox. Time straight flight to Lima will take 1 hour 35 minutes aprox.

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