Discover Manu Amazon Rainforest in Peru 6 Days
Manu Amazon Rainforest Tours is located in southeastern Peru, is one of the largest parks in South America. It is located among the departments of Cusco and Madre de Dios. Manu Jungle protects over 2 million hectares (4.5 million acres), The flora and fauna in this part of the country is extremely varied and around 800 species of birds have been recorded, as well as more than 200 mammals and 100 species of unique plants.
Manu National Park also contains 10% of the world’s vascular plant species, including several species of figs and palms, as well as countless species of medicinal plants that scientists are currently cataloguing. A single hectare of forest in Manu can have up to 220 species of trees, while a hectare of temperate forest in Europe or North America may only have 20 tree species. This makes it one of the most biologically diverse parks on the planet.
- This area full of biodiversity is a delight for all our senses and not to mention the fabulous views of the sunset that cannot be missed.
- The jungle cabins with mosquito nets and traditional dinner menus are part of what the Peruvian jungle with short excursions, walks and boat trips as part of the Amazon experience.
- The fauna that inhabits the Amazon rainforest of Peru is one of the reasons why many people visit it, you can see capybaras, alligators, turtles, puffins, dart poison frogs, freshwater dolphins, otters, monkeys, macaws, coati, tapir , lazy, toucans, parrots, capuchin monkeys, jaguars and more.
- Lush nature: If you are already tired of visiting monuments, archeological sites or man-made wonders, and want to merge with nature and have the most extreme adventure you had dreamed of, the jungle is the ideal place for you.
- Boat trip on the Alto Madre de Dios river to observe the alligators, you can even fish in the lagoons or take a walk in the lakes in search of animals around the water.
- Probably the most important reason, the warmth of its people, kind, affectionate, always receiving you with a smile and willing to take another with their occurrences
Inclusions of this tour
CUSCO - PAUCARTAMBO - AJANACU - SAN PEDRO
Leaving Cusco early in the morning, we begin an 8-hour journey over the Andes by bus, stopping for breakfast at the beautiful colonial village of Paucartambo. Continuing, we climb to the highpoint of the Manu Biosphere at about 4000m before descending to the cloud forest. In these green and moist surroundings we take our first long walk. There are many bird species to be seen among which the beautiful paradise tanager, umbrella bird and the golden headed quetzal. Among its butterflies are clouded yellows and various skippers. The cloud forest has three monkey species: the woolly monkey plus the two capuchin monkeys of Manu. There are plenty of other mammal species, but they are more difficult to see. We end our walk at the lek of the strange looking cock-of-the-rock, to watch the dancing and singing ‘performance’ of the males right under our eyes. We spend the night in the rustic Manu Green Lodge (appr. 1,600m).
Paraiso Eco Lodge
SAN PEDRO - ATALAYA - AMAZON ECO LODGE
At daybreak we continue by bus to tropical lowland rainforest, stopping along the way to visit a coca plantation. Arriving at the small village Atalaya at 650m, we change into a motorized canoe to navigate some 40 minutes down the fast Alto Madre de Dios River. Then we take a 30 minute walk to one of the very view lakes on the Alto Madre de Dios River. You can go around this small lake on traditional balsa rafts and from there admire the enormous rainforest variety in aquatic birds, such as the moscovy duck, neotropic cormorant, anhinga, the white- necked and capped herons and the prehistoric looking hoatzin. Usually the water is clean enough to be able to see many tropical fish we may know from aquaria at home. It is common to see squirrel monkeys or others, in the trees around. In the late afternoon we continue down the river to Pantiacolla lodge, right at the foot of the Pantiacolla Mountain Range. The forest of Amazon Eco Lodge is a very special rainforest: this is where the Andes and the lowland tropical rainforest of the Amazon meet and it provides you with a chance to see a good selection of birds and plants from bóth zones as well as endemics to the area. Your first walk will be at night, exploring the forest by torchlight looking for insects, lizards, snakes and the only nocturnal night-monkey, or ‘douricouli’, on Earth. We spend the night in Amazon Eco Lodge.
Amazon Eco Lodge
MANU AMAZON RAINFOREST: AMAZON ECO LODGE - LIMONAL - CASA MATSIGUENKA
We leave the lodge very early and continue our journey downriver (Alto Madre de Dios River) to go into the Reserve Zone on the Manu River. Our first stop there is a national park control point (Puesto de Vigilancia Limonal). Halfway to Casa Matchiguenka lodge we do a first short walk in the Reserve Zone. Along the boat trip we will observe many different kinds of animals such as capybara, peccaries, monkeys, lots of birds and caimans, maybe even a jaguar. Late in the afternoon we arrive at Casa Matchiguenka Lodge where we spend the night. (Optional night walk there.)
Casa Matchiguenka Lodge, is owned and run by two indigenous communities of the tribe Matchiguenka. This lodge has a rustic design with 12 double rooms and provides mosquito nets. Surrounding the lodge are private trails, where Matchiguenka act as local guides. They also have an interpretation house where they produce and sell craftwork.
Casa Matchiguenka Lodge
MANU AMAZON RAINFOREST: LAKE SALVADOR - LAKE OTORONGO
In the morning we visit Cocha Salvador. From a catamaran we watch animals such as gamin herons and spider monkeys and enjoy watching the nearly extinct giant otters fishing. After lunch we start our excursion thought the virgin jungle to Cocha Otorongo Lake, where there is a 20m high observation tower. From this tower we will have another chance to see giant otters and black caimans. For the rest of the day we will explore the jungle, looking for more species of monkeys. The guide will also explain about the jungle lifestyle, flora and fauna, medical plants and jungle food. We might also find a group of peccaries. In the evening we can enjoy the beautiful sunset and return to Casa Matchiguenka Lodge, where we spend the night.
MANU AMAZON RAINFOREST: CASA MATSIGUENKA - BOCA MANU - AMAZON ECO LODGE
We leave the Casa Matchiguenka Lodge very early to have another opportunity to see a jaguar on our way out of the Reserve Zone. We might also see tapirs, turtles and caimans. After a short stop in Boca Manu. We continue upriver (Alto Madre de Dios River) to our private amazon reserve, where we spend the night. And relax the evening.
Amazon Eco Lodge
MANU AMAZON RAINFOREST: RETURN TO CUSCO
Unfortunately this day we got up very early and after our last breakfast in the jungle we continued the trip by river to the port of Atalaya. Where we will take our bus back to Cusco Turning again through the mysterious cloud forest where we can find some latest activities and we can also do some short walks. Arriving in Cusco around 18:00 where we will make a stop at your hotel.
- Included Activities:
- Manu National Park – Acjanacu , natural viewpoint of the Amazon rainforest from the Andes
- Manu National Park – San Pedro cloud forest (cock of the rock, monkeys, andean birds, orchiqs) Viewpoint photo stop
- Manu National Park – Paucartambo, Colonial town
- Meals Included: Lunch
Best season to travel
The best time to visit Peru is during the dry season, between May and November, when the weather is dry and bright, with more frequent rainfall occurring between November and April.
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A unique adventure in Manu Amazon Rainforest Reserved Zone 6 Days
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