✓ 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
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 4,000 meters above sea level. We travel through traditional Quechua communities and through the spectacular mountain range of the eastern 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). 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 or woolly monkey). 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 our very early breakfast we are continuing on our bus passing by Pillcopata (527m/1729ft) and later arriving to the Atalaya port (500masl/1640ft) set on the Alto Madre de Dios river banks, from her we are starting boating down the stream to get the chance to enjoy the high diversity on birds species like egrets vulture cormorants and visiting the Machuhuasi Amazonian pond with a great opportunity to see the “shansho” or Hoatzin and more different birds, afterwards we are back to our boat downstream to visit the Hotspring to enjoy our lunch here and afrterwards going by boat to navigate until our accommodations at the Dorado Lodge (300masl/986ft), during the boating we can enjoy our lunch in the boat. We have the chance to visit the platform of observation at the mammals claylick área, arriving after a hike along the trail system from the lodge which is located in the beginning of the lowland rainforest Overnight at the accommodations: Dorado Lodge (300masl/986ft).
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. Smaller macaws can also be found, such as the chestnut-fronted macaw and the rare blue-headed macaw. After this we take our boat for about 45 minutes down the “Madre de Dios” river. Then we enter the reserved area and continue on our way for about 4-5 hours on the Manu River until we reach Casa Matshiguenka Lodge. On the way we can see a lot of biodiversity such as birds, capybaras, monkeys, alligators and tapirs. With luck we will also be able to see the largest cat in South America: the jaguar. We spend the night at Casa Matshiguenka Lodge located in the Manu National Park. Double rooms and shared bathroom.
This day we will visit by catamaran the famous lake "Cocha Salvador", home of the giant otters, this Cocha Salvador is the highlight in the Manu park. especially in the dry season, it is full of birds that nest and feed on herons, egrets, alligator caimans (South American relatives of alligators), terns, skimmers, shock-headed capuchin monkeys, and large-headed capuchin monkeys that usually feed of nearby fruits. to name a few. In the afternoon we have time to explore the trails in the area and a visit to Lake Cocha Otorongo is planned, where a 20 meter observation tower in the rainforest canopy overlooking the lake is available for wildlife viewing. We spent our second night at Casa Machiguenga Lodge. Double rooms and shared bathroom.
We start early to travel 6 hours on the Manu River along the river beaches, we can see more wildlife such as monkeys, alligators, birds, capybaras, etc. 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 after the city of Boca Manu we arrive at the Maquisapayoc lodge. Once at the lodge we will take a walk to the mammal lick, where we will 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 in the salt flat. Night in double rooms with private bathroom.
Duration: Total time 13 hours including mainly boat travel and ground transportation; not contemplating information stops and toilet services. After a very early breakfast, we take our boat to start navigating for approximately 4 hours down the Madre de Dios River to the town of Colorado, where we will take our ground transportation for approximately 1 hour and a half to the port to take a boat to cross the Inambari River to the small town of Santa Rosa, where our bus awaits us to drive back to Cusco. We travel on the paved Transoceanic through the cloud forest and up into the Andes, with a spectacular view of the Ausangate Mountain in the afternoon. We arrive in Cusco in the afternoon; transfer to your hotel. Optional: Return to Lima by flight.