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The Manu Biosphere Park consists of two zones: the Manu National Park, which can only be entered by professional biologists with a special permit; and the Manu Reserved Zone, which tourists can enter, but only with an organized tour. There are buffer zones around the park, often referred to as the Cultural Zone, although this is not official protection for this area.

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

  • Professional English-speaking guide
  • Private bus transportation
  • Private boat transportation
  • Professional kitchen and meals (vegetarian option), mineral water
  • Overnight stays in lodges
  • First aid kit and snake venom extractor
  • Rubber boots

  • Alcoholic beverages, personal expenses
  • Binoculars
  • Tips


Leaving Cusco early in the morning, we begin an 8-hour trip over the Andes in our private bus, on a road that partly climbs to 4000 meters above sea level. We travel through traditional Quechua communities and through the spectacular Eastern Cordillera of the Andes, on the way, we have a few stops, to see the pre-inka cemetery of Ninamarca or to visit the famous folkloric town of Paucartambo (2900 m above sea level). from sea ). Then we continue to “Acjanaco”, the entrance of the park from here we descend the eastern slopes of the Andes through the cloud forest with exuberant vegetation (bromeliads, ferns, orchids, etc.) in the cloud forest we can observe wildlife such as our bird national: the red cock of the rocks (Rupicola peruviana) showing its mating dance. You can see quetzals, trogons, brightly colored tanagers, and possibly the first monkeys, such as the capuchin monkey or woolly monkeys. In the afternoon we arrive at Bamboo Lodge (700m above sea level), where we will have dinner and then spend the night in double rooms with private bathrooms.

After an early breakfast we continue with our private bus: we pass the town of Pillcopata and cross the river of the same name to reach the small port of Atalaya (600 m). From where we take our boat for about 3-4 hours down the "Madre de Dios" river. On the way we will stop at the hot springs of Aguas Calientes to relax. Then we arrive at El Dorado Lodge, we will explore one of the trails in this charming place. Night El Dorado Lodge in double rooms with private bathroom.

In the morning if there is activity, we can visit a clay lick where many species of parakeets and parrots eat clay in the morning. You can also find the smaller macaws, such as the chestnut-fronted macaw and the rare blue-headed macaw. Going down the Madre de Dios River after breakfast, we will pass through settlements and native communities. During the journey we will be able to observe fauna on the banks of the river. You can see capybaras, alligators, birds, and with a bit of luck, one of the big cats. We make a brief stop in the town of Boca Manu, the main settlement in Manu named for the confluence of the sediment-rich Manu River with the wider Madre de Dios River. Downriver we arrive at the Reserve of the Maquisapayoj lodge. Once at the lodge we will take a walk to the mammal lick, where we look for tapirs, deer monkeys and other animals that visit the salt lick. After returning to the lodge, we explore the forest on a night walk to see frogs, insects and snakes etc., optional night on the platform on the salt. Night in double rooms with private bathroom.

Back on the boat early in the morning, we head downriver towards the small mining town of Boca Colorado. Here you can see the negative effects of certain human activities on the delicate ecological balance of the rainforest. We take local transport until we cross the Inambari river. On the other hand, our private bus is waiting for you to take you on a newly paved road to the city of Puerto Maldonado, where you can take a plane to Lima or Cusco.

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