Manu Amazon Rainforest Expeditions (7 Days)

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Tour Details

Without a doubt this expedition to the Amazon is for lovers of nature, birds, animals, and jungle. Manu National Park today is recognized as one of the best protected areas of mega biodiversity on the planet. For this reason we created this long program, Manu Amazon Rainforest Expedition 7 days, with the goal of discovering more intimate of parts of the Amazon jungle and its diverse inhabitants.

NOTE: The program involves several trips by bus and boat, and so given the uncontrollable forces of nature, the program may be subject to change at any time without notice.

Departure & Return Location

Cusco Hotel Transfer

Departure Time

05:30 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 3 days – 2 x breakfast, 3 x lunch, 2 x dinner (vegetarian alternative available without additional charge).
  • Water for 3 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
  • Admission fee 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 (2 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 $)

Recommended To Carry

  • Mosquito repellent (DEET 35 recommended as a minimum)
  • Original passport.
  • Small backpack.
  • Long sleeved cotton shirts (preferably green coloured).
  • Long cotton trousers.
  • Cotton long socks (to be put into your trousers).
  • Comfortable walking shoes.
  • Sandals or light shoes.
  • Rain gear.
  • Sweater (for the beginning of the tour in Andes and the cloud forest only)
  • Swimsuit.
  • Binoculars.
  • Camera and its charger.
  • Plastic bags to be used for clothes and a camera.
  • A hat as a protection against the Sun or rain.
  • Toiletries.
  • Sun cream.
  • Flashlight (with spare bulb and batteries)
  • Pocket money (Soles) to buy some beverages and souvenirs as well as to tip.
What to Expect

This tour is aimed for travelers without much time that desire to have an experience in the cultural area of Manu National Park.

The cultural zone is one of the three zones of the Manu National Park, which includes high mountains, cloud forests and the actual rain forest. In this zone you can still find a few small, original communities who sustain themselves with agriculture and small forestry. Farming and lumbering is closely controlled by the Ministry of Agriculture and the Authorities of the Manu National Park (SERNANP).

The cultural zone encompasses the cloud forest of the mountains, which offers a pristine natural environment for abundantly, wild growing plants. More than 8.000 species of flora, 400 species of birds and 10 different mammals have been registered in the cloud forests of Manu. The zone offers a trip to the lagoon of Machuwasi which can be crossed on rafts made of balsa wood from a local tree, which the ancient inhabitants already used to drive up the Madre de Dios river. You can also enjoy a stroll through the forest of giant Ceiba trees and appreciate parrots.

  • Trip Level: Medium / Easy
  • Activities: Culture, Nature, Fauna, Flora, Wildlife, Trekking & Hiking.
  • Places: Cusco, Paucartambo, Manu Cloud Forest, Manu National Park.
  • Transportation: Private bus, Private boat and Hiking
  • Accommodation: Lodge ( Bambu Lodge and Soga de Oro Lodge)
  • When to Go ! From April to December

Day 1Cusco (3,300 m.a.s.l.) – Cloud Forest (1,700 – Pilcopata Lodge (600 m.a.s.l.)

Very early in the morning, we will depart the city of Cusco in a private bus. We will traverse the beautiful valleys of the Andes and the picturesque countryside communities. We will visit interesting places like the Chullpas of Ninamarca (a pre-Inca cemetery) and Paucartambo, a traditional colonial town, where we will visit a museum to learn about the culture there. We will eat lunch along the route in the cloud forest. Then, we will continue our descent through the cloud forest, a region rich in endemic species, such as the spectacles bear and the cock of the rock (the Peruvian national bird). Along the way, we will also see interesting plant species, such as orchids, bromelias, ferns, etc.  In the afternoon, we will arrive in Pilcopata, where we will spend the night in our lodge.

Day 2Pilcopata – Aguas Calientes – Boca Manu (300 m.a.s.l.)

Very early in the morning, we will eat breakfast and then being our hike in the forest, where we will be able to observe the fauna of the forest, such as monkeys and birds. We will then visit a coca plantation and an animal rescue center. After, we will continue our trip by bus to Port Atalaya, situated along the riverbank of the Alto Madre de Dios River at 500 m.a.s.l. We will start our descent in boat, observing the enormous diversity of bird species, such as herons, vultures, and cormorants. We will make a stop to relax in hot springs, surrounding by the beautiful jungle. Then we will eat lunch and continue our journey until we reach Boca Manu, where we will spend the night in our lodge.

Day 3Boca Manu – Reserved Zone / Casa Machiguenga (395

We will leave very early to see the parrot lick, which is located ten minutes down river from the lodge. We will then make a brief stop at the Limonal security checkpoint. We will continue our journey into the heart of the Reserved Zone for about 4 hours, when we will arrive at Casa Machiguenga, where we will spend the next two nights. During this trip, we will be able to appreciate an infinite number of bird species, such as macaws, vultures, eagles, toucans, and herons, as well as other animals such as capybaras, caimans, river turtles, monkeys, and, with luck, a jaguar sunbathing on the beach of eating in the trees. We will dedicate the afternoon to a walk in the forest to look for wildlife in this pristine jungle. We will spend the night in the rustic Casa Matsiguenka with shared bathrooms and showers.

Day 4Reserved Zone / Cocha Salvador

The cry of the howler monkey will likely wake us up. Early in the morning, after breafast, we will take a hike because the temperature is more agreeable at this hour and we can often see animals in search of good. We will explore the impressive Lake Salvador where we will look for giant river otters (Pteronura brasiliensis), an endangered species. We will also look for black caimans, the different species of monkeys that inhabit Manu (13 species), the prehistoric bird Hoatzin, King Fishers, and many more magnificent species. We will return for lunch and then in the afternoon we will take a 3-hour hike to appreciate the diversity of flora and fauna. There is also the option to take a night walk to look for species of frogs, snakes, and insects.

Day 5Reserved Zone / Lake Otorongo (395 m.a.s.l.) – Boca Manu

Today, we will get a very early again to eat breakfast and take walks around our lodge and Lake Otorongo. There is an observation tower located 15 meters from the lake in order to allow us to appreciate the landscape of the surrounding primary forest and to have better opportunities to see the family of otters that lives in the lake. We will also observe the birds that live in the canopy of the forest. We will likely see surprising species, such as giant Ceiba trees, colorful butterflies, and various monkey species. After, we will board our boat which will carry us downstream as we continue to look for animals, such as caimans, turtles, and birds. When we arrive in the Limonal, we will take a walk to a platform that is excellent for viewing flora and fauna. Then, we will travel to Boca Manu, where we will spend the night.

Day 6Boca Manu – Amazon Manu Lodge

Today we will board our boat in the Alto Madre de Dios River and travel against the current, observing the beautiful landscape of the Amazon Jungle and the enormous diversity of bird species. We will have the option to stop at the hot springs and, in the afternoon, continue on to arrive at Amazon Manu Lodge. Here, we will rest comfortable in our rooms and spend on last night surrounded by the magical sounds of the jungle. Optional night walk.

Day 7Amazon Manu Lodge – Cusco

We will wake up early in the morning to continue our return trip toward Port Atalaya. Our car will await us there to take us back to Cusco, where will arrive in the evening.

Important notes:

Please note that the program may vary slightly so as to maximize your wildlife sightings, depending on the reports of our researchers and experienced naturalist guides based at the lodge.


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