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The NATIONAL PARK OF MANU protects one of the most important areas of the planet in terms of the mega diversity of biological species. Its great extension crosses frigid punas – that surpass the 4,000 m.s.n.m-; rugged wooded mountains that give rise to a multitude of small ravines and valleys; cloud forests of high jungle and finally the Amazonian plain. This magnificent and unique scenario includes a wide and complex hydrographic system and guarantees the presence of a diversity of ecosystems little intervened by man.
Early in the morning you will leave from Cusco in our bus and travel towards Huancarani where we will have breakfast (not included). Afterwards we’ll continue to visit the funeral tower of Ninamarca. Then we´ll continue towards Paucartambo. Here, we’ll have a small city tour to discover this charming colonial town, famous for its folkloric traditions. Once in Acjanaco (3560 m), the entrance to Manu National Park, our guide will explain us everything about the Reserve, including rules and characteristics. From this point, we’ll start to descend through the Cloud Forest, an amazing ecosystem where we’ll admire plenty of orchids, heliconias and primitive ferns. As well, we’ll observe several kinds of birds like the variable hawk, many types of flycatchers, crested oropendolas and, with some luck, Monkeys, the Amazonian Umbrella bird and some quetzals. On the way, we’ll also make a stop to observe the beautiful Cock of the Rock, Peru’s national bird. We’ll spend our first night in Pilcopata Lodge, situated in the village of Pilcopata.
After a delicious breakfast we’ll leave the lodge and continue our journey towards Puerto Atalaya. On the way, we’ll make a stop . We’ll have to observe the flora and fauna. We’ll also stop in some local plantations to observe and learn more about jungle agricultural products like coca, yuca and different kinds of tropical fruits. In Atalaya, we’ll take our boat by Alto Madre de Dios one of the tributaries of the mighty Amazon River. During our day we will have the chance to see many types of colourful birds such as parrots, oropendolas, vultures and others species. We aim to arrive in the Afternoon After we will continue to visit of one of the very view lakes on the Alto Madre de Dios River, where we can go around on small traditional rafts. Here, there will be showers and services available. We will go on a night walk which is the best time to see many anthropoids, tarantulas, scorpions and snakes. This is of course optional.
After breakfast we continue by motorized boat to Aguas Calientes, where you can bath in the natural hot springs. During the boat trip we will see many different kinds of animals, especially birds, and a beautiful landscape. In the afternoon we arrive to Our lodge where we will have a short rest. In the evening we leave for a night walk in the jungle to look for spiders, insects and snakes. We return to Lodge for dinner and spend the night in our beautiful, comfortable lodge.
We leave the lodge very early and continue our journey downriver (Alto Madre de Dios River) to go into the Reserve Zone on the Manu River. Our first stop there is a national park control point (Puesto de Vigilancia Limonal). Halfway to Casa Matchiguenka lodge we do a first short walk in the Reserve Zone. Along the boat trip we will observe many different kinds of animals such as capybara, peccaries, monkeys, lots of birds and caimans, maybe even a jaguar. Late in the afternoon we arrive at Casa Matchiguenka Lodge where we spend the night. (Optional night walk there.)
After breakfast we’ll spend the morning at the lake of Cocha Salvador. Some of the time will be spent canoeing on the lake using a catamaran to observe animal life from the water. We may encounter an Agami Heron or a Sungrebe and Brown Cappuchin Monkeys are usually feeding on fruits nearby. Specially constructed piers that jut out into the lake enable us to look for a family of Giant Otters that live here. These, the world’s largest freshwater carnivores, remain common only in Manu, having been hunted to extinction throughout most of their former range. Each animal consumes between 4 and 5 kilos of fish daily and often they can be seen eating large fish on logs at the lakeside. The rest of the day will be spent walking the trails in the area in search of some of the 13 species of Monkey found in the forest here. Your guide will explain some of the basics of rainforest ecosystems and point out some of the medicinal plants of the area used by local, indigenous groups. We may cross paths with a group of Peccaries – a species of wild boar found here. During the afternoon we enjoy the sun set. Night at the Casa Matsiguenka.
Today we have one more opportunity to explore de forest around the lodge; maybe we will even have a chance to see a group of Tamarine Monkeys, which are the smallest monkeys in the entire world. Be aware of surroundings, because they could sneak up right behind you! Later after lunch we will take the boat and travel for four hours down stream the Manu River to Boca Manu Lodge, on the way we might see some black
caimans laying on the beach getting the sun heat, maybe we will be able to see the great, South American feline, the Jaguar, which may be just resting in the sun in some place along the river. At night, we will visit another system of trails with a completely different set of characteristics than the first one.
Once again we wake up early, enjoy walking around the lodge and then pack up and slowly go up stream. We continue to our next lodge, In order to get there, we will a stop in a beautiful place of hot spring, where we will spend some time to relax and swimming. situated a short distance from the Alto Madre de Dios rivers. from here we continue to get to Puerto Atalaya where we will take a car and drive for 40 minutes to Bambu Lodge and spend one more night in this magical Amazon jungle.
This day is very sad that we have to leave our wonderful forest full of mysteries and return by Bus to Cusco.Afterwards we have breakfast and then continue through the cloud forest, with some more opportunities to see birds. We then travel up to the Andes again 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 climate is highly unpredictable, especially during rainy season, and weather conditions may affect the program as the animals as well are affected in their daily activities by the rain. Don’t hesitate to talk with your guide about it to maybe change the order of the activities or find alternative things to do in case of extremely bad weather! And remember, we have no responsibilities on climate and on the amount of animals that you will see: enjoy the jungle and good luck!
Bus transport to / from Cusco
Boat / bus drivers
3 meals per day and snacks
7 nights in Lodge
Excellent cook service
Mineral Water during the trip
Entrance to P N M
Alcoholic drinks and soda
Entrance to hot spring
First Day Mineral Water, First Day breakfast
Shirt long sleeve and long pants
Warm clothes (for misty mornings on the river)
Water bottle or canteen
Sandals, bath suit clothes, towel day pack
Mosquito repellent (50% DEET), afterbite
Flash light or torch with extra batteries
Hat or cap
Extra money to buy beverage
At least one pair of trekking boots