Explore the Manu Biosphere Reserve6 days
This is a tour through the Manu cloud forest and with 1 night at Amazonia Lodge, to then travel all the way to the lowland forest of the Manu Biosphere Reserve. 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 - especially at Amazonia Lodge - 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
- Explore the Manu Biosphere Reserve 5 days
- Explore the Manu Biosphere Reserve 6 days
- Explore the Manu Biosphere Reserve 7 days
day 1: CUSCO - CLOUD FOREST - BAMBOO LODGE :
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. After dinner your guide will brief you about the activities of the following day.
- double room with private bathroom
day 2: BAMBOO LODGE TO ATALAYA & AMAZONIA LODGE :
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 for some walks to observe birds and to visit a local orchid garden. Before reaching Atalaya we enjoy a great view of the river basin from a lookout point. At the port we embark on a 20 minute journey in our 15 m -motorized canoe down the Alto Madre de Dios River to reach Amazonia Lodge. This place is famous for its birdlife, especially for hummingbirds which can be observed near the lodge. In the afternoon we walk on the trails and visit a nearby lake, where we can observe the abundant birdlife such as Horned Screamer, Rufescent Tiger-Heron, Pale-eyed Blackbird and different Antbirds and Antwrens. In the evening we can go caiman spotting at the river or go on a night walk. We spend the night at Amazonia Lodge.
- double room with shared bathroom (private bathroom with supplement)
day 3: PARROT CLAY LICK & BOAT TRAVEL TO MAQUISAPAYOJ LODGE :
At dawn we travel downriver by boat to the parrot clay lick. This is a special place on the river bank where parrots, parakeets and small macaws, including the Chestnut fronted Macaw and the rare Blue headed Macaw, come to eat minerals, which they need for digestion. After the natural show we have breakfast and then navigate for about 6 hours 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”). Evening night walk to see insects, frogs and snakes etc.
- double room with private bathroom
day 4: MACAW CLAY LICK (BLANQUILLO) & CAMUNGO LAKE AND TOWER :
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 and 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.
- tapir observation platform or double room with private bathroom
day 5: BLANCO LAKE (BLANQUILLO) & MAQUISAPAYOJ TAPIR LICK :
Today we return to the lodge at dawn 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 with private bathroom
day 6: TRAVELLING TO COLORADO AND BACK TO CUSCO :
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.
3 - 6 persons
- 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!
- Binoculars (for rent at our office)
- Optional: entrance to macaw clay lick (+ 80 US$ p.p.)
- Alcoholic drinks, personal expenses etc
- Room with private bathroom at Amazonia Lodge (+ 12 US$ p.p.)
- Optional: meals with meat every day + 20 US$ p.p.