TOURS EVERY DAY
MINIMUM : 2 Passengers
PRICES : Request On Line
Leaving Cusco early in the morning, we begin an 8-hour journey over the Andes by bus, stopping for a coffee at the beautiful colonial village of Paucartambo. Continuing, we climb to the highpoint of the Manu Biosphere at about 3,530 m before descending to the cloud forest. In these mysterious surroundings we take a hike to the lek of the incredible cock-of-the-rock, to see the ‘performance’ of the males right under our eyes. We spend our first night in the rustic lodge Posada San Pedro (appr. 1,600 m).
CLOUD FOREST-ATALAYA-MANU RIVER
At daybreak we continue by bus to tropical lowland rainforest. Here at the small village Atalaya at 650 m, we change into a motorized canoe to navigate some 5 hours down the turbulant Alto Madre de Dios River to Boca Manu. As night falls we stay in a basic lodge, or camp next to that lodge, depending on availability.
DAY THREE & FOUR
LAKE SALVADOR AND LAKE OTORONGO
On the morning of the third day we turn up the Manu River for a 6 hour ride into the heart of Manu’s Reserved Zone. From this vantage point we will have great views of riverside birds, sunbathing caiman, and the enormous aquatic guinea pig, the capybara. We reach our camping huts deep inside Manu in the afternoon. This will be our base for the next two days. During this time, we will hike through virgin forest and explore one of the most beautiful lakes of the Manu basin, Lake Salvador, by catamaran. There is a chance to see a huge variety of colourful birds, numerous species of monkey and with luck, a family of giant otters. There is another hike in this habitat-rich forest, that will end in Lake Otorongo and a 20 metre-high observation platform overlooking the lake. At night we can explore the forest by torchlight or go moonlight caiman-spotting on the lake.
LAKE SALVADOR - MACAW LICK
Joining the Madre de Dios River we arrive at Blanquillo, near the claylick for macaws, where we spend the night in the jungle lodge Tambo Blanquillo.
At first light we head to the macaw lick to watch the dazzling spectacle of hundreds of parakeets, parrots and macaws eating clay. In the afternoon we visit another one of Manu´s beautiful oxbow lakes, Cocha Blanco. Going back up the river we stay in a basic lodge, or camp next to that basic lodge, depending on availability.
A short boat ride takes us to Boca Manu airport and our mid-day return flight over the rainforest and the Andes to Cusco by light aircraft, if you are participating in the 7-day trip.
• Naturalist guide in English and Spanish.
• Transportation Cusco/Atalaya by private bus (5 & 7 day tour) and back Atalaya/Cusco (9 day tour)
• Transportation by private boat: Atalaya/Lake Salvador/Boca Manu (5 day tour) – Macaw Lick/Boca Manu (7 day tour) – Pantiacolla Lodge/Atalaya (9 day tour)
• Flight Boca Manu/Cusco (5 & 7 day program)
• Overnights in lodges and camping huts
• Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
• Guide book for rainforest of Manu – Talking About Manu
• Paper work for entrance
Service Not Included:
• Entrance fee reserved zone ($50 per person)
• Sleeping bag (can be rented in Cusco at $2 per day)
• Soft drinks and beers
• $12 airport tax (5 & 7 day tours)
Alcoholic beverages, extras, tips, taxes, additional tours, laundry service, insurance, air tickets.
IMPORTANT: The names, passport number, occupation and nationality provided must be the same as shown on passport. In each booking indicate passengers' full name, gender, age and date of birth.
If you don't have an operator in Cusco our personel can take care of the reconfirmation of any domestic flights. Please ask for more information when making your reservation.