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Explore the Manu Biosphere Reserve5 days

Itinerary Map
Itinerary Map

This is a short tour through the Manu cloud forest and all the way to the lowland forest of Manu. You visit the macaw clay lick, tapir salt lick and 2 oxbow lakes and climb a canopy tower.

This tour shows you the highlights of Manu: lush cloud forest with abundant bird life and great scenery when travelling downriver towards the lowland. Here we visit oxbow lakes to observe giant river otters, the mammal salt lick and the big macaw clay lick. We also climb a canopy tower and do several walks to look for monkeys and birds as well as night walks. Return via Colorado and the Transoceanica road.

Manu Biosphere 5 - 6 - 7 days

Quetzal in the cloud forest
Quetzal in the cloud forest


Starting early from Cusco we begin our 8 hour journey by private minibus climbing up to the high mountain area at 3900 m (13,000 ft). After a short stop in Ninamarca, to see the pre-Inca cemetery, and the colonial village of Paucartambo, we descend the eastern slopes of the Andes through cloud forest with lush vegetation (ferns, orchids, bromeliads etc.) We enjoy spectacular views of the Andes and can see wildlife such as our national bird: the bright red Cock of the Rocks (Rupicola peruviana) showing his mating dance. Brilliantly coloured Tanagers, Quetzals, Trogons and Hummingbirds can be seen and possibly the first monkeys, such as Woolly Monkeys. In the afternoon we arrive at Bamboo Lodge (900m), where we spend the night (double rooms & private bathroom). After dinner briefing for the following day.

double room & private bathroom
travelling by boat
travelling by boat


After an early breakfast we continue with our minibus: we pass the village of Pilcopata and cross the river of the same name to get to the small port of Atalaya (550 m). On the way we stop at an animal rescue station and at a local orchid garden. We also go on a walk along the road to look for monkeys and birds. From Atalaya we navigate for about 7 hours in a 15-meter motorized canoe down the Alto Madre de Dios River to get to the lowland rainforest. Today we enjoy the changing landscape and have the opportunity to see wildlife along the rocky banks of the river, such as Fasciated Tiger Herons, Kingfishers, Skimmers, Vultures, caimans and some of the 13 species of monkeys that live in Manu. On the way we stop in Boca Manu, or Fitzcarrald, the main village of Manu. In the afternoon we arrive at Maquisapayoj Lodge (“Place of the Black Spider Monkey”; double rooms with private bathroom). Evening night walk to see insects, frogs and snakes etc.

double room & private bathroom
macaws at the big clay lick
macaws at the big clay lick


At daybreak we take the boat to the big macaw clay lick in Blanquillo. From a platform we have an excellent view to observe flocks of colourful macaws (Ara chloroptera, Ara macao), parrots and parakeets congregating to eat the clay, which is essential for their digestion. Looking through our spotting scope we can see every detail of the birds. Breakfast at the blind. Later we explore some of the trails in Blanquillo to see more species of monkeys and birds. After lunch we visit Camungo oxbow lake: here we take a catamaran to silently explore the lake and observe Giant River Otters (Pteronura brasiliensis) and different varieties of birds. Nearby we have the opportunity to climb a 42 m observation tower to get a great canopy view and observe birds, such as toucans. In the afternoon we travel upstream to return to Maquisapayoj. After a short break at the lodge we walk about 1 ½ hours through primary rainforest to the mammal salt lick of the reserve. To have the best chance to observe animals - especially the

tapir - we spend the night on an elevated platform (with mats & mosquito nets). Your guide will help spotting the tapir with a light. If you prefer you can return to the lodge and spend the night in your room.

double room & private bathroom or tapir platform
the catamaran on Camungo Lake
the catamaran on Camungo Lake


At dawn we return to the lodge to have breakfast. Afterwards we travel downriver to visit ´Cocha Blanco` (Blanco lake). After a short hike we reach the oxbow-lake which we explore by catamaran to look for the family of Giant River Otters that lives here. We enjoy the beautiful setting at the lake and we look for monkeys (e.g. Red Howler Monkey), caimans and different varieties of birds. Back in Maquisapayoj we have the chance to hike on other trails looking for Black Spider and Red Howler Monkeys, White and Brown Capuchin, Emperor and Saddle backed Tamarin, Monk Saki monkey, Pavonine Quetzal, Manakins and other birds. The guide also explains about interesting plants etc. We spend the night in Maquisapayoj, either on the platform at the mammal salt lick or at the lodge (double rooms & bathroom), close to the river. Optional night walk.

double room & private bathroom or tapir platform
White Caiman on the river bank
White Caiman on the river bank


After breakfast at the lodge we travel downriver by boat to Colorado (2 ½ hours), a small gold mining town. Together with the guide we take a car to Puerto Carlos (1 hour). We cross Rio Inambari to the small town of Santa Rosa, where our bus is waiting for us to drive back to Cusco. We travel on the paved Transoceanica through cloud forest and up to the Andes, with a spectacular view of the Ausangate Mountain. We arrive in Cusco in the evening; transfer to your hotel.

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Squirrel Monkey
Squirrel Monkey

Group Size

3 - 6 persons

Departure Dates


  • April4, 11, 18, 25, 27
  • May2, 9, 16, 23, 30
  • June6, 13, 20, 27
  • July4, 11, 18, 25
  • August1, 8, 15, 22, 29
  • September5, 12, 19, 26
  • October3, 10, 17, 24, 31
  • November7, 14, 21, 28
  • December5, 12, 19, 26


  • January2, 9, 16, 23

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  • Professional, English speaking naturalist guide, with binoculars & spotting scope, who has done min. 3 months conservation work in Manu Park
  • Transport by private bus and private boat & car to Puerto Carlos
  • Entrance fee to Cock of the Rock observatory
  • Entrance fees to Tapir lick and Blanco & Camungo lakes & tower
  • Cook & all meals (mainly nutritious vegetarian food*), drinks & drinking water
  • Overnight in Lodges & on the tapir observation platform
  • First Aid Kit, extractor (for venom)
  • Radio communication
  • Rubber boots
  • * We support local farmers and buy regional products. Large areas of tropical rainforest are being destroyed for soya and oil palm plantations. Soya is used to produce animal food to industrial livestock farming - We want to help protect the rainforest. You can also help!

Not Included

  • Binoculars (for rent at our office)
  • Optional: entrance to macaw clay lick (+ 80 US$ p.p.)
  • Alcoholic drinks, personal expenses etc
  • Optional: meals with meat every day + 20 US$ p.p.