✓ 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) in a plastic bag
✓ Insects after the bite in a plastic bag
✓ 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
Early in the morning you will leave Cusco on our bus and travel to Huancarani where we will have breakfast (not included). Then we will continue visiting the funerary tower of Ninamarca. Then we will continue to Paucartambo. Here we will do a small city tour to discover this charming colonial town, famous for its popular traditions. Once in Acjanaco (3560 m), the entrance to the Manu National Park, our guide will explain everything about the Reserve, including rules and characteristics. From this point, we will begin to descend through the Cloud Forest, an incredible ecosystem where we will admire many orchids, heliconias, and primitive ferns. In addition, we will observe various types of birds such as the variable hawk, many types of flycatchers, crested orioles, and with a bit of luck, monkeys, the Amazon umbrella bird, and some quetzals. On the way we will also make a stop to observe the beautiful Gallito de las Rocas, the national bird of Peru. We will spend our first night at BAMBU LODGE.
After a delicious breakfast we will leave the lodge and continue our trip to Puerto Atalaya. On the way, we will make a stop. We will have to observe the flora and fauna. We will also stop at some local plantations to observe and learn more about the agricultural products of the jungle such as coca, cassava and different types of tropical fruits. In Atalaya, we will take our boat down the Alto Madre de Dios River, one of the tributaries of the mighty Amazon River. During our day we will have the opportunity to see many types of colorful birds such as parrots, orioles, vultures and other species. With luck, we will see some jungle mammals such as monkeys or the famous capybaras (jungle rodents that are around 2.5 feet long) and we will enter the clayey waters of the Manu River with a brief stop at the station rangers from Limonal to the present. our permits. In the afternoon, we will arrive at our next destination to sleep. Our goal is to arrive in the afternoon. We will then visit the lake of Cocha Otorongo, where observation docks and a 20-meter observation tower in the rainforest canopy overlooking the lake are planned to observe wildlife. We will also keep an eye out for a large family of giant otters. night at Casa Matsiguenka Here, there will be showers and toilets available. We will do a night walk that is the best time to see many anthropoids, tarantulas, scorpions and snakes. This is of course optional. where observation docks and a 20 meter observation tower in the rainforest canopy overlooking the lake are available for wildlife viewing. We will also keep an eye out for a large family of giant otters. night at Casa Matsiguenka Here, there will be showers and toilets available. We will do a night walk that is the best time to see many anthropoids, tarantulas, scorpions and snakes. This is of course optional. where observation docks and a 20 meter observation tower in the rainforest canopy overlooking the lake are available for wildlife viewing. We will also keep an eye out for a large family of giant otters. night at Casa Matsiguenka Here, there will be showers and toilets available. We will do a night walk that is the best time to see many anthropoids, tarantulas, scorpions and snakes. This is of course optional.
After breakfast we will spend the morning at Cocha Salvador Lake. You will spend part of your time canoeing on the lake using a catamaran to observe animal life from the water. We may come across an Agami heron or a Sungrebe and brown capuchin monkeys often feed on nearby fruits. The specially built docks that jut out into the lake allow us to search for a family of giant otters that live here. The world's largest freshwater carnivores, they remain common only on Manu, having been hunted to extinction throughout most of their former range. Each animal consumes between 4 and 5 kilos of fish a day and it is common to see them eating large fish on logs on the shore of the lake. The rest of the day will be spent walking the trails in the area in search of some of the 13 species of monkeys found in the forest here. Your guide will explain some of the basics of rainforest ecosystems and point out some of the area's medicinal plants used by local indigenous groups. It is possible that we will come across a group of peccaries, a species of wild boar found here. During the afternoon we enjoyed the sunset. Possibility of taking a short night walk through the forest to observe tree frogs and an incredible variety of colorful insects. Night at Casa Matsiguenka.
Today we have one more opportunity to explore the forest around the lodge; we might even get a chance to see a group of Tamarin monkeys, which are the smallest monkeys in the entire world. Be careful, because they might sneak up behind you! Later, after lunch, we will take the boat and travel for four hours on the Manu river to the town of Boca Manu, on the way we might see some black caiman lying on the beach receiving the heat of the sun, maybe we can see the great , South American feline, the jaguar, which may be basking somewhere along the river. In the afternoon we will visit another trail system with a completely different set of characteristics than the first. We can also visit the salt lick in the afternoon to look for monkeys.
Once again we woke up very early, at dawn we traveled 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 that help with digestion. After the natural spectacle we have breakfast and then we take the boat back to Atalaya and then we pack up and slowly go up the river. We continue to our next lodge, to get there, we will make a stop at a beautiful hot springs place, where we will spend some time relaxing and swimming. Located a short distance from the Alto Madre de Dios rivers. After relaxing, we continue our journey upriver to the port of Atalaya, where our private bus will be waiting for us to 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. After breakfast we take the bus and then continue through the cloud forest, with a few more bird-watching opportunities. We then travel back to the Andes 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 weather is very unpredictable, especially during the rainy season, and weather conditions can affect the program as the animals are also affected in their daily activities by the rain. Feel free to talk to your guide about it to change the order of activities or find alternative things to do in case of bad weather! And remember, we have no responsibility for the weather and the number of animals you will see - enjoy the jungle and good luck!