✓ 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
Starting early from Cusco we begin our 9-10 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. Optional night walk 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 walk about 1 hour 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 time on an elevated platform Your guide will help spotting the tapir with a light. We spend the night at Dorado Lodge. Accommodation: rooms & private bathroom.
Today we start early 04:30 am to continue our boat ride travelling into the Reserved Zone of Manu Park. We reach the mouth of the Manu River to its junction with the Alto Madre de Dios River. Here the water changes from quiet and tea brown to clear and fast-flowing. and after a stop at Limonal Park Station, where our permit is checked, we travel upriver into the heart of Manu. During this boat trip the scenery and wildlife viewing along the banks of the Manu River is fabulous. White Caimans (Caiman crocodylus) sunning on the beaches, turtles, capybara and plenty of colorful birds may be seen. And there is always the possibility of seeing larger animals such as Tapir and Jaguar. After our lunch We will explore trails through virgin forest of the Reserved Zone of Manu Park. As a highlight we visit the beautiful oxbow-lake looking for Giant River Otters (Pteronura brasiliensis) and to observe caimans. After returning to the lodge, we have an evening night walk to see insects, frogs, snakes etc.
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 come to eat minerals which help them with digestion. After the natural show we back to our lodge for our breakfast. After some final in Manu National Park, we will travel back up the alto Madre De Dios River 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 waits for Us. Then we will continue again up through the cloud forest, with some stops. We stop whenever we spot animals and we have lunch on the way. Then we travel up to the Andes again, arriving in Cusco at around 7 pm. Transfer to your hotel.