Manu National Park Tour (3 Days)

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Tour Details

Our Manu National Park tour of 3 Days and 2 Nights commences in the historical city of Cusco and presents an array of activities that weave through colonial towns, jungle villages, and into the remarkable biodiversity of the Amazon basin.

This condensed journey to Manu is ideal for visitors seeking to make the most of their limited time to explore the Amazon. We offer a comprehensive and comfortable 3-day, 2-night experience through our Manu National Park tour, enabling you to immerse yourself in the best of Peru’s jungle, wildlife, and adventure.

A flying hummingbird about to feed itself from a flower's nectar.

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 caters to travelers with limited time who wish to immerse themselves in the cultural richness of Manu National Park.

The cultural zone, one of the park’s three zones, encompasses high mountains, cloud forests, and the primary rainforest. Within this zone, a handful of small indigenous communities still exist, sustaining themselves through agriculture and small-scale forestry. Farming and logging activities are closely regulated by the Ministry of Agriculture and the Manu National Park Authorities (SERNANP).

The cultural zone encompasses the cloud forests of the mountains, providing a pristine habitat for a rich variety of wild plant species.

Over 8,000 flora species, 400 bird species, and 10 different mammals have been documented in Manu’s cloud forests. The zone includes a visit to Machuwasi Lagoon, accessible via rafts crafted from balsa wood, traditionally used by ancient inhabitants to navigate the Madre de Dios river. Additionally, you can explore a forest of towering Ceiba trees and observe parrots in their natural habitat.

  • 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)
  • Best Time to Go: April to December

Day 1Cusco – Paucartambo – Cloud Forest – Pilcopata.

The Manu National Park tour 3 Days and 2 Nights begins with a hotel pickup in Cusco. We embark on a journey towards Manu National Park, passing through picturesque inter-Andean valleys and the pre-Inca “chullpas” tombs of Ninamarca by noon. Our next stop is Paucartambo, a charming village renowned for its colonial houses and museums displaying ancient ceramics and diverse costumes and masks used in the celebrated “Virgen del Carmen” festival.

Approximately at noon we will be arriving at Paucartambo, a beautiful village that welcomes us with its colonial houses and museums where we can appreciate ceramics of ancient cultures, and different costumes and masks used in the different dances of the famous festival “Virgen del Carmen”.

Then we proceed to the lookout point at Acjanaco at the pass 4,000m (13,123 ft.) for an outstanding view over the cloud forest and lowlands. This is the entry point to Manu National Park. From here we travel down through pristine cloud forest which feeds the local flora unique to this clime.

The night begins to manifestate somewhere amidst the Amazon's river.

The landscape is stunning: we will pass many waterfalls, sweeping views of the valley and dense cloud forest vegetation: mosses, lichens, orchids and birds unique to this part of the world ply the mountainside. The cock of the rock, trogons, tanagers; capuchin monkeys and wooly monkeys can also be seen. Then we arrive to our lodge in the evening, where we will sleep in a beautiful and rustic lodge.

  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Meals: Lunch (Box Lunch) Dinner

Day 2Pilcopata Lodge – Atalaya – Machuwasi Lake

Starting the day off we’ll take a guided tour around the lodge, with an emphasis on local medicinal plants, peruvian Amazon fruit trees and a coca plantation. Later we’ll pay a visit to the animal rescue center (donation only) for an hour. Once in the Rescue Center we can enjoy the free running, jumping spider monkey, titi monkey, and capuchins and pet the tapir. Volunteers will guide you around the wildlife and explain how they ended up here. After we continue to the small town of Atalaya, 600 m (1,968 ft), we will board the motorized boat and meet with the local crew. From Atalaya we leave by motorized boat to our lodge. A long the boat trip we will see many different kind of animals, birds, plants and flowers.

In the afternoon we will visit Machuwasi Lake, on the way there are great birding and wildlife spotting opportunities and in the oasis of the lake live caiman, the prehistoric bird hoatzin (Opisthocomus hoazin), capybara and other Amazonian aquatic life. Have your cameras ready, as the trip on simple balsam pole rafts as the placid water is mirror like and we will encounter many birds, insect and some monkeys in this secluded lake.

After this walk in the extraordinary Amazon we return to our lodge

  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 3Lodge – Parrot Clay Lick – Cusco.

We will leave early to visit the parrot clay lick, we’ll board our river boat to visit the parrot clay lick nearby. Weather conditions permitting, we’ll have an unforgettable look at parakeets, parrots, and (with luck) macaw pairs dining on the mineral rich clay they use to help supplement their diet and improve their digestion. It’s a truly vibrant site with all the colors and movement. After returning for breakfast, we pack in to the boat and head for back up river to Atalaya where we rejoin our minivan for the winding and beautiful drive back through the cloud forest to Cusco.

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch


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