✓ 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 early from Cusco, we begin our 9 or 10 hour journey by private minibus ascending to the high mountain area at 4000m (13,000ft). We make a stop in Ninamarca, to see the pre-Inca cemetery, and in the colonial town of Paucartambo. We will then descend along the eastern slope of the Andes through cloud forest with exuberant 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-rock (Rupicola peruviana) displaying its mating dance. Walking along the path you can see brightly colored Tanagers, Quetzals, Trogons, Toucans and Hummingbirds, as well as sparrowhawks and possibly the first monkeys, such as the Woolly Monkeys. At the end of the afternoon we arrive at Bamboo Lodge (950m), where we will spend the night (double rooms and private bathroom). After dinner, your guide will brief you on the next day's activities. Accommodation: rooms and private bathroom
After an early breakfast we continue with our minibus: we pass the town of Pilcopata and cross the river of the same name to reach the small port of Atalaya (600 m). Along the way we stop for some bird watching walks, we also stop at an animal rescue station and to search for orchids. Before reaching Atalaya we enjoy a great view of the river basin from a viewpoint. At the port we embark on a half-hour trip in a 15-meter motorized canoe down the Alto Madre de Dios River. On the way we will walk along the trails near the river and visit Lake Machuwasi, on the opposite side of the river. We use a wooden raft to explore the lake and observe the birdlife. We then navigate for about 4 hours in a motorized canoe down the Alto Madre de Dios River to reach the lowland rainforest to our lodge. , Glitter Jays, Skimmers and some of the monkey species that live in Manu. At night we can go to observe alligators in the river or take a night walk. We spend the night at Dorado Lodge. Accommodation: rooms and private bathroom.
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 and the rare yellow and blue macaws, come to eat minerals that help with digestion. After the natural spectacle we return to our lodge for our breakfast. Later we explore some of the trails near our lodge, we have the opportunity to see more species of monkeys and birds. After lunch, we will have a short rest in our lodge. After dinner, we will go on a night walk in the jungle to search for spiders, snakes and tree frogs. At night, we will go to explore the mammal salt. and we can return to our beautiful and comfortable lodge. We will return to the Lodge for breakfast and a short rest. We will prepare to cross Lake Sandoval by canoe to head to the floodplain forest. We will walk for approximately 2 hours and see large trees over 200 years old such as the Shihuahuaco (iron tree), Lupuna (ceiba) and oje (medicinal ficus); trees that grow only in this type of forest. We will return to the Lodge for lunch and a siesta. In the afternoon we will explore the lake again by canoe, but this time we will visit a 12-meter-high tower that is located between the limit of the tourist zone (2 km) and a refuge area (1 km). From the tower we will contemplate the sunset. We will return to the Lodge for dinner and overnight.
After our breakfast we continue upstream, where we can also observe birds or capybaras. On the way we will stop at the hot springs, where we can relax. These waters are medicinal, then we continue to the port of Atalaya, where our bus awaits us. From here we continue to our Lodge where we will spend our last night.
We begin our return journey through the cloud forest, with a few stops and opportunities to see birds and monkeys. We then travel back into the Andes, arriving in Cusco around 7pm.