Manu National park has 1 716 295,22 hectares. protecting from Puna in the high land until tropical rain forest in the lowland,in between we can find elfin forest and cloud forest and a number of micro habitat, which has an extraordinary Mega biodiversity,
also is indigenous territory. some communities are Yora, Mashko-Piro, Matsiguenka, Harakmbut, Wachipaeri and Yine inhabit ancestrally between the forests and rivers of these jungles. There are couple native communities part of Matsiguenka: Tayakome and Yomibato are recognized within the area. Both are located in the upper Manu River. During our tour we are going to visit one lodge manage by this local people, and you will help his economy through this amazing Ecotourism activity.
incredibly there is an undetermined number of indigenous populations in voluntary isolation, using their ancestral knowledge with help of mother earth.
Day 1: Huacarpay – Paucartambo – Upper Manu Road.
We pick you up in the morning from your hotel to start our tour, we drive to the southern Cusco, along the way we’ll pass by several quaint village, with specific economical activities, Like bakery, Peruvian Cuisine, etc. and we visit our first protected area Huacarpay Lake.
This lake has Ramsar Category, Name for protected lakes and marshy areas, here we can find more 118 different species of birds some of the are migrant species, after to visit ad find some endemic species we drive across the Andes, we arrive to colonial village of Paucartambo. a very important village in Colonial time for local trade market, after Lunch we visit the village, trade market is possible to see until nowadays, then Continuing, we climb to the high point of the Manu Biosphere at 3500 m.a.s.l, this point is know like Ajanaco, officially at his point start Manu National Park, from this place we start descending all the way down the east slope to the cloud forest. we walk and if we are lucky probably we find some nice mix flocks of tanagers we are surrounded by the most pristine elfin, habitat had changed totally just in few minutes , biodiversity and scenery are unique. trees everywhere Orchids, flowers, and many more, arriving to the lodge we have a hummingbird festival, they come to visit hummingbird feeders.
Night: Upper Manu Road. L:D.
Day 2: Manu Road – Andean Cock-of-the-rock Lek.
At daybreak, you’ll notice that we are over the clouds, we have a privileged location, seems a dream.
After breakfast, will visit and orchid garden, this kind of habitat its a perfect location for many of them, time to pack and start descending through the famous Manu Road by bus, eventually depending of the activity will have short walks. we have a picnic breathing natural air, after lunch, we keep descending down the the east slope of the Andes, habitat keep changing at the same time our impression its increasing, late in the day we are our beautiful and comfortable lodge,
in the afternoon we visit Andean Cock-of-the-rock Lek, considered like Peruvian national bird, although it is not official or there isn’t any document, relationship is given about their colors, bright red and silver back are related with Peruvian flag, from a hiding place we can see the spectacular show where males are dancing and singing everyday to attract female.
Night: San Pedro – Cloud forest. B:L:D.
Day 3: Tropical Rainforest – Alto Madre de Dios River.
Our tour will keep going into the rain forest we pack and start to driving down the road, we have to time the visit the small village where fresh local fruit es available, then we drive to Atalaya, here we change our ground transport and time to say good bye our staff, but we have a new staff boat man and his helper will join us, in our river transport we go ride down stream, we’ll be surrounded for more wildlife a new splendorous sceneries are coming, late in the day we arrive a new lodge, this evening we we have a different perspective about tropical rain forest, we have a night walking and will visit a Tapir clay lick, in a hiding place we’ll wait these nocturnal visitors.
on the way back depending of the time we look for mysterious insects, frogs, snakes and the uniquely nocturnal night-monkey.
Night: Amazonian Lodge. B:L:D.
Day 4: Macaw Clay lick .
our lodge is located in privileged place, just next to our lodge there is small macaw clay lick, where parakeet, parrots and macaws visit to eat the clay as part of their diet, hundreds of these birds are concentrated every day, activity is directly related with weather,we spend morning enjoy this show, and late in the day we’ll visit the trail system, monkeys, insects, frogs some reptiles, birds, plants, any many more its possible to find, giving us a perfect lesson of harmony and conservation of this natural habitats.
Night: Amazonian Lodge B:L:D.
Day 5 – 6: To Manu National Park – Salvador Oxbow lake.
Manu National park has different zones, like reserve zone specifically dedicated for tourism, today early in the morning will go toward this zone, sailing on the Alto madre dios river until the confluence with Manu River, from where we sail up stream, this river its totally diffent vay slow river with lots of meanders and sandy beaches, along this river we’ll see White and Black Caimans, the biggest rodent of the world “Capibara”, biggest predator “Jaguar”of all over tropical rain forest, Skimmers nesting on the river bank, cocoi herons, monkeys, and many more see, our lodge is manage by local comunity.
Next day our plan its to visit Salvador oxbow lake, where inhabit threatenet and endangered species “Giant Otters” there are several individuals in this lake, and abundant wildlife, Otoronge lake Its another location with another sellections of monkeys and forest.
Night: Casa matsiguenka. B:L:D.
Day 7: Leaving Manu.
After to spend couple busy days inside the reserve zone we ride down stream on the Madre de Dios river, this river start after the confluence of Alto Madre de Dios river and Manu River, in a couple hours riding will get to our new lodge. we have same change to see some rarities on the way back like Jaguar Tapirs, Orinoco goose, Caiman, …….etc.
Day 8: Blanquillo Macaw Clay Lick – Blanco Lake.
Clay lick are place where special kind of mineral are concentrate, which attract different animmals like mammals and birds, in this ocacion we’ll visit the biggesr macar clay lick of the area, where not only parakeets, parrots, and macaws are vising, but also some mammals if we are lucky we can see some of this rare species, on our last afernoon well visit blanco lake for second chance for more wildlife like, Hoatzins, kingfishers, Horned screamer, Giant otters, caimans some monkeys and more.
Night: Amazonian Lodge. B:L:D.
Day 9: Back to Cusco.
On our final morning, we may try to pin down some stubborn missing species, any way chance always are open remember, this forest can surprise us any time, We’ll then travel downstream by boat, we will take a boat down stream for 2 hours about (depending water level) until Boca colorado village, here you will say goodbye our boat crew members, in Boca Colorado we will take ground transport (Taxi) for one hour about, to get Puerto Carlos in this place we are going to take another boat just cross the Inambari River for 10 – 15 minutes.
From here we will take another ground transport to go back to Cusco.
depending of your next plan we we leave in Santa Rosa from where you can easily get a ground transport to get Puerto Maldonado or you can connect with other tours that we have in Tambopata Reserve.
if you have a flight to Lima we can drop you direct to the airport.