ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE MANU JUNGLE TOUR
The impressive and flourishing ecosystem of Manu belongs to one of the most significant, biodiverse and iconic places: the National Reserve of the Peruvian Amazon. It attracts many adventurous travellers who want to explore one of the most geographical and biologically diverse regions on earth. Thus, travel to Manu is a must. Manu is located in Peru’s southern region, between Cusco and Madre de Dios. It spreads for miles around the Amazon; therefore, you will witness a vast and breathtaking scenery of wildlife, ancient trees and rivers. For all adventurous people, Eco Path Trek offers you an incredible and fantastic travel package into the diverse Peruvian Amazon. A trip to Manu is more than a nice holiday, it is a great journey. We will provide you with some recommendations and advice in order to make this one of the most fulfilling and exciting trips of your life.
WHAT TO PACK AND BRING TO THE MANU JUNGLE?
Because of the strong heat, high humidity, mosquitoes and possible rains, you must bring:
- Waterproof trekking boots, slippers and flip flops
- Tight-weaved, light-coloured, long pants
- Long sleeve and light-coloured cotton shirts
- Windbreaker or jacket
- Raincoat or poncho
- Small backpack
- Broad-brimmed caps or hats, and sunglasses
- Insect repellent
- Camera gear
- Flashlight or headlamp with extra batteries
- Bottled water
In addition to that, we recommend bringing a zip lock bag with your important belongings.
HOW TO BOOK THIS TRIP?
To enter to the National Reserve of Manu, you need to make a reservation with our travel agency: www.ecopathtrekperu.com
Vaccination against yellow fever is mandatory. You must put it, at least, 2 weeks before you travel to Manu Jungle. Do not take a high risk of getting this disease. Malaria is present throughout the rainforest but it is rarely reported. If you prefer not to take a high risk about it, consider consulting with a doctor specialized in tropical medicine. Mosquitoes are really annoying in the rainforest region. A small biting fly can cause you a skin lesion called Leishmaniasis. So, a good way to prevent is wearing long pants, long-sleeved shirts, sleeping under mosquito nets and use repellent all the time when your skin is exposed.
Drinking water. Provide yourself with bottled or filtered water, it is not safe to drink the water from the river, lake or any tap.
BEST TIME TO TRAVEL TO MANU JUNGLE
The Peruvian Amazon is slightly seasonal, so travel around is a matter of traveller’s preference. During the wet or rainy season, which starts in November and goes on into April (January and February are the rainiest months), The temperature will be cooler but there will be a huge number of mosquitoes, so take the precautions of the case. Also, due to flooding, most of the jungle trail will be affected by mud, in consequence, your exploring activities as well. However, the advantage to travel to Manu Jungle during this season is that you can easily see amphibians or reptiles. Also, for the high-water level caused by rains, lagoons and lakes are formed throughout the forest. In the case of the dry season, from May to October, you will have better trail conditions to explore the area on foot, trails can be much less muddy. The pro of travel to Manu Jungle in this season is that you can see many macaws and parrots,on the clay licks because they are nesting, so they are more active. Thus, this is a great opportunity to see colourful birds, mammals, reptiles, monkeys,etc.
HOW IS THE WAY TO THE MANU JUNGLE ?
Our tour services includes the pick up from your hotel in Cusco. Then we go by private transportation, until the cloud forest where starts the tour with the stops to observe the endemic birds, monkeys, and the amazing views. The first day an last day is by car wich ride takes aprox.6 hours. In the other days
MANU JUNGLE BIODIVERSITY
Manu park is one of the well preserved and most biodiverse areas in the earth. It contains hundreds of species of plants, mammals, insects, reptiles, amphibians, butterflies and birds. Different types of trees and oxbow lakes (a U-shaped lake, which creates a free-standing body of water); even monkeys, caimans and much more. This is indisputably one of the highlights when you travel to Manu. Remember that during the dry season, clay licks will be filled with several brilliantly coloured birds such as parrots and macaws. They gather daily for feedings in order to get nutrients for them and their offspring. A beautiful wildlife spectacle will be in full fledge.
Another interesting attraction is the rock formations develop in the river banks. The birds in Manu Jungle such as macaws, parrots and falcons offer a magnificent spectacle of sound and colour, especially very early in the morning. And at night, mammals such as wild pigs and tapirs appear. Manu jungle amazon offers a high level of diversity. Please be aware that the Amazon and whole the world deserves all our respect. The Peruvian rules about protecting the ecology and the environment are really strict. It is forbidden to hunt and buy protected flora and fauna. Protect the biological diversity and the ecosystem when you travel to Manu!