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Cusco to Manu National Park Tour Details
Manu Amazon Tours

Delve into the expansive wonders of Manu National Park, a dominant force in the Peruvian Amazon spanning over a million hectares.

Segmented into Cultural, Biosphere Reserve, and Core Zones, our four-day expedition unveils pristine areas brimming with diverse flora and fauna.

Catering to nature enthusiasts and bird watchers, this UNESCO World Heritage Site promises an immersive Amazonian experience.

The blue necked Jacobin is one of the many bird species that one can see in the Manu.

Embark on a journey from Cusco to Manu National Park, a mere 5-6 hour drive following tours to the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu.

Exclusively partnering with local tour guides, Peru Jungle Trips ensures a deep dive into Amazonian rituals, traditional cuisine, and local customs. Immerse yourself in this extraordinary adventure and uncover the essence of the Peruvian rainforest.

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Departure & Return Location

Cusco Hotel Transfer

Departure Time

06:00 AM

Price Includes

  • Private transport from Cusco to the cultural zone of the Manu and back.
  • Professional guide who carries telescope and binoculars.
  • Professional cook
  • Food for 4 days – 3 x breakfast, 3 x lunch, 2 x dinner (vegetarian alternative available without additional charge).
  • Water for 4 days. Please bring an empty 1-2 liter bottle to be refilled
  • Admission fee to the LEK to see the Andean cock-of-the-rock
  • Entrance to the Manu National Park
  • Admission fee to the lagoon of Cocha Machuwasi
  • Admission fee to the Ceiba- Forest of giant trees
  • Accommodation at the lodge (3 nights in a double or triple room, each room has a private bath and mosquito netting for every bed).
  • Rubber boots for the muddy paths in the jungle
  • First Aid Kit with venom extractor pump

Price Excludes

  • Additional beverages like soda or beer
  • Binoculars (we offer binoculars 8X42 for rent in our offices for a daily fee of 4 US $)

Complementaries

  • Umbrella
  • Sunscreen
  • T-Shirt
  • Entrance Fees
What to Expect
  • Trip Level: Medium / Easy
  • Experiences: Wildlife, Floral, Cultural, Faunal, Hiking & Trekking, Natural.
  • Locations: Cusco, Manu Cloud Forest, Manu National Park, Paucartambo.
  • Travel: Hiking, Private boat, and Private bus.
  • Lodging: Lodge (Soga de Oro Lodge and Bambu Lodge)
  • Ideal Time: April to December
Itinerary
Cusco to Manu National Park - Manu Amazon Tours

Day 1Cusco - Bambu Lodge

Very early in the morning, at 5:00 AM, our private transport will pick you up from your hotel in Cusco to the Manu National Park.

Our trip will take us through the beautiful valleys of the Andes and the picturesque countryside communities.

We will explore the pre-Columbian funeral towers in the archaeological site of Ninamarca, also known as the Chullpas of Ninamarca (a pre-Inca burial tower) located in Paucartambo, a traditional colonial small town, where a short visit to a museum will provide insights into the local culture.

Paucartambo's river flux goes beneath Paucartambo's towns limits

We will have breakfast at that small town in the local house. As soon as we are finishing, we will continue to reach the entrance to the door of Manu National Park called Ajanacu (a place to offer chicha to the mountain) on the Manu road, observing various types of changes in the ecosystems until we find a good place for our delicious lunch, which will be enjoyed along the route in the cloud forest.

Subsequently, our descent through the cloud forest, known for its rich endemic species like the spectacled bear and the cock of the rock (the Peruvian national bird), will continue descending along the way.

A Cock of the rocks standing on a branch.
A Cock of the rocks standing on a branch.

We’ll encounter fascinating plant species, including orchids, bromeliads, ferns, and more. In the afternoon, we will reach our first lodge, “Bambu Lodge“, where we will spend the night.

An optional night walk is available if the weather allows us to do it.

Day 2Bambu Lodge - Soga de Oro Lodge

In the early morning, we will have breakfast and continue our trip to the Pico’s de Oz Birds Center, where we’ll have the opportunity to observe the diversity of hummingbirds and fauna, including monkeys and other exotic birds

Following the hike, we’ll visit a coca plantation, lagoon, and then continue to the Atalaya River dock.

An Amazon's inhabitant walks with a basket on his back surrounded by coca plantations.

We will go by boat, and during the boat ride, you will be spotting distinct species of birds and animals along the shores of the Manu River.

As soon as we arrive at our lodge, we will settle in our accommodation, then have lunch at 1:30 PM.

A monkey standing on a kantu tree's branch.

Later, we will take a boat ride until we arrive at our point to visit the tallest tree in the Peruvian Amazon called the Ceiba tree, which is over 66 meters tall and can live up to 800 years old.

Once we arrive, we will take a 1-hour hike, always searching for wildlife such as monkeys, birds, insects, and trees. After witnessing the sunset, we will return to the lodge for dinner. At night, we will do a short night tour to see more nocturnal creatures.

Day 3Soga de Oro Lodge - Lago Machuhuasi

After relishing a typical Amazonian breakfast, we will embark on a 1-hour hike to visit a small lake called Machuhuasi with beautiful surroundings and chances to see different types of birds, monkeys, and a small view tower to take spectacular pictures.

A golden-headed, commonly found in the interior zone of Manu's National Park.

 Your local tour guide will always explain the ecosystem and its animals.

Our local guide will give you some jungle survival lessons. You will learn to climb trees and recognize edible plants and fruits.

We’ll return for lunch at 1:30 PM.

A bunch of butterflies in the Manu.

After lunch, we will explore ponds along the river and enjoy a refreshing shower. Then, we’ll return to our lodge and do a night walk before dinner, searching for night monkeys and experiencing the excursion.

Day 4Soga de Oro Lodge - Cusco

Early morning, we will go to witness the most spectacular show by parrots and macaws at the clay licks. Later, we will return for our breakfast, pack up our belongings, and take our boat to the Atalaya River dock.

Our car driver will be waiting here with the minivan for our drive back to Cusco City. Along the way, we will be stopping in Ajanacu for our lunch.

We will be reaching Cusco City later in the evening.

Cusco's city view from Waynapata's street lookout.

FAQs – Manu National Park Tour in 4 Days

 

Q: What makes the Manu National Park Tour unique?

A: The Manu National Park Tour is a distinctive 4-day expedition from Cusco to the heart of the Amazon. It seamlessly blends cultural experiences, wildlife encounters, and jungle exploration, offering a comprehensive and unforgettable adventure.

 

Q: Is the tour suitable for all fitness levels?

A: While some activities involve moderate physical exertion, the tour is designed to accommodate varying fitness levels. Please check the detailed itinerary for specific activity levels.

 

Q: What is the best time to take the Manu National Park Tour?

A: The ideal time for the tour is from April to November, ensuring favorable weather conditions and the best opportunities for wildlife sightings.

 

Q: Are meals provided during the tour?

A: Yes, traditional meals are included, providing a taste of local flavors and enhancing the overall cultural experience.

 

Q: How can I book the Manu National Park Tour in 4 Days?

A: Booking can be done through our website or by contacting our customer service. We recommend booking in advance to secure your spot, especially during peak seasons.

 

Q: What should I bring for the tour?

A: We recommend packing essentials such as comfortable clothing, hiking shoes, a hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, and a camera to capture the incredible moments of your Manu National Park adventure.

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