Type: ecological, cultural, hiking and camping.
Length: 4 days/3 nights
Time of year: All the year
Departures: Upon Request
Price and Rates: $ 500 U.S.A. Dollars per person on the basis of double accommodations.
Location: Department of Madre de Dios (Peru)
When to go: The best time to visit is April through October, it’s the busy season (especially June to August), but it’s also the dry season.
Manu is located in the south east of Peru. It includes part of the Peruvian sierra or mountain area as sell as rainforest in the department of Madre de Dios. With an area of over 2 million hectares it is rich in flora and fauna and has a great variety of habitats including high andes, cloud forests and tropical rainforest.
Access to the Manu National Park is restricted. However, the adjacent “Reserved Zone” and “Cultural Zone” have the same attractions and several lodgings for tourists. There are various ways of reaching Manu. The two main ones leave via Cusco. One is first by land (approximately 12 hours) to Atalaya or Shintuya and then by river (approximately 6 hours) along the river Alto Madre de Dios and river Manu. The second is by aeroplane (30 minutes) to Boca Manu and then going up the river Manu (approximately 4 hours).
Leaving from Cusco very early in the morning in our comfortable bus. Ascending to the high mountain area of Paucartambo. On the way we visit the funeral towers or chullpas of Ninamarca. The bus then descents through the mysterious cloud forest full of beautiful orchids, heliconias and primitive ferns. Stopping to give you an opportunity to witness Cock of the Rocks (Rupicola Peruvian) mating ritual. There are also possibilities to observe the Amazonian Umbrella bird (Cephalopteros Ornatus), Trogons (Trogon sp.) and many more. With luck the only South American bear, the Spectacled Bear (Tremarctos ornatus). In the afternoom we arrive to the village of Atalaya, where we take our boat 30 minutes by Alto Madre de Dios River to our typical lodge. Showers and toilets available.
After an early and delicious breakfast, The rest of the day is spent traveling on the Alto Madre de Dios River. On the way you can see a variety of bird life, like herons, egrets, kingfishers, and the ever present vultures of which the most spectacular is the condor of the jungle, King Vulture (Sarcoramphus papa). In the afternoon a short stop at the village of Boca Manu to have refreshing cold beverage. Later on the group arrives to the campsite which is located very close to the famous Macaw Clay Lick. Walks in the afternoon and a night walk to spot caimans in the lake. Night camping on covered platforms. Showers and toilets available. Optional flight in at Boca Manu .
the group visit the Macaw clay lick . From a floating hide you can observe how dozen or even hundreds of parrots start to gather to eat the clay, which they need on their diet. After the parrots, the brilliant and colorful macaws start to arrive, squeaking loudly and illuminating trees with their bright colors. In the afternoon the group arrives to a lodge near Boca Manu. Walks to explore some of the many trails in the area. Night in Lodge.
After the breakfast .we go by boat until the airport to take the plane .Aproximality 45 minutes to Cusco.