MANU Reserve 8 Days 7 Nights
DAY 01.- CUSCO CITY – MIRADOR LODGE IN THE CLOUD FOREST.
We will leave Cusco at around 6:00am in the morning. We’ll ride in a comfortable bus and travel through Mountains, beautiful valleys, rural communities and visit the Ninamarca Chullpas (tombs); these belong to the pre-Inca culture of the Lupacas.
Then we will climb up the last mountain and arrive in Acjanaco. From here we’ll enter the MANU NATIONAL PARK. We’ll have a picnic lunch in this picturesque area. From here we’ll go down to the mysterious cloud forest which has a huge variety of flora and fauna, as well as being the ideal home for orchids and bromeliads.
By the afternoon we take a hike in this perpetual cloud forest, where we will be able to see the famous Peruvian National bird (Cock of the rock) with their fascinating red colures, and doing their daily ritual mating dance. We will also see trogons, quetzal, toucans, monkeys and on a very lucky day the only Spectacle Bear of South America (Tremantus ornatus)! Night in our comfortable lodge.
DAY 02.- MIRADOR LODGE – HUMMINGBIRD LODGE IN BOCA MANU.
Early in the morning, you will wake up to the singing of Amazonian birds and have the chance to walk along the high wood forest and getting a view of the local agriculture like coca plants, pineapples, etc. and later on the way to Atalaya you will appreciate many colorful birds and families of monkeys. We will arrive at the Atalaya river port, where we will get on board of our motor boat (which has regular safety checks) and we will start to navigate down the Amazonian river of Madre de Dios for about 5 hours to the small community of Boca Manu.
On the way we will have an interesting stop to give us a chance to see families of Capybaras, howler monkeys, cormorants, egrets, herons, hawks, etc.! We’ll travel through very isolated areas in the Peruvian Amazon where there are tribes who have had little contact with the outside word.
At night fall we can go exploring in the forest by the light of our our flashlight and search for caimans, frogs, owls, and many other night creatures around the lake. Overnight in our comfortable Hummingbird lodge.
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Nocturnal activities are available each night. These range from nocturnal walks, talks on different topics and caiman spotting
DAY 03.- HUMMINGBIRD LODGE – CASA MATSIGUENKA LODGE
Early in the morning we start our expedition again by boarding our boat up the Manu River deep into the Manu Park. We’ll make a stop at the Ranger Station Limonal to check our permits and register our entrance to the heart of the Manu Reserved Zone. This part of the park is the center of wildlife and we will take our time to visit two beautiful oxbow lakes in Manu.
In the course of the trip we’ll look for sunbathing white caimans, enormous black caimans, and the giant aquatic guinea pig, the capybara, breeding sade-necket turtle, hundreds of sand colored night hawks roosting during the day on the trunks, several groups of macaws, parrots, Toucans and on a lucky day a jaguar resting on the river bank. In the mid-afternoon we will take some time to visit the lake Cocha Otorongo. There is an observation tower to be able to overlook the lake from a different view. Monkeys are usually easily spotted during our walks.
At around 5:00pm we will go to the Casa Matsiguenka lodge. There the families of the local community will be waiting for us to bring us to our rooms. Overnight
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DAY 04.- CASA MATSIGUENKA LODGE
This is definitely one of the most dynamic places to see wildlife in its natural habitat! We will take a hike through this virgin forest and explore one of the most beautiful oxbow lakes of Manu (Cocha Salvador). We will use a catamaran for a chance to see a huge variety of colorful birds, numerous species of monkeys, black caimans and possible encounters with Giant otters (Pteronura brasiliensis)! This endangered species can be seen swimming, fishing, eating and playing in the lake.
After this fantastic show we will return to our lodge to enjoy a typical Amazonian meal. In the afternoon we will have a short boat ride to cross the river and we’ll walk 4 hours through this virgin forest to see ancient kapok trees, mahogany trees, rubber trees, cedar trees as well as several mammals like the Brown capuchin monkeys, black spider monkeys and wild pigs called peccaries.
At night we can explore the forest with our flashlights looking for insects, snakes, frogs or go moonlight caiman spotting on the lake. Overnight at Matsiguenka lodge.
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DAY 05.- CASA MATSIGUENKA – PAKITZA RANGER STATION. BUSH HOUSE
After a healthy breakfast we will board our boat and slowly go up the Manu River to search for the jaguar, the largest cat in South America which can be seen on the sand banks and on the fallen logs.
Around the midafternoon we will go to the bush house which is on a camouflaged platform into the forest to be able to appreciate one of the largest terrestrial mammals of the Amazon rainforest, the Tapir. In this area there is a clay lick where wild pigs, dear, monkeys and turkeys come. We will overnight in tents on the platform. We will provide all the camping equipment.
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DAY 06.- CASA MATSIGUENKA LODGE – PANKOTSI LODGE
We’ll wake up very early in the morning and take our boat to slowly go down the Manu River. This will give us the best chance to see some migratory birds like the osprey, jabirus, and wood stork.
We’ll make a stop in the small village of Boca Manu where we can enjoy cold beers and other cold drinks! We will then head upriver on the Madre de Dios River in the direction of the Pankotsi Lodge. Here the friendly families of the Shipitiary native village will be waiting for us and we will be conducted to our accommodations. Here we’ll have an interesting program planned so we can interact and learn more about the Matsigenka tribe culture. Overnight
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DAY 07.- BOCA MANU LODGE – MIRADOR LODGE
Today, after breakfast, we’ll continue our trip up Madre de Dios River in our boat and enjoy the great views of the jungle as we relax during the last hours of this beautiful boat ride. We’ll stop at the hot springs, where we can relax. Afterwards we’ll head for the Atalaya port where we will get on our bus and go back to the Mirador Lodge and spend our last night in the Amazon.
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DAY 08.- MIRADOR LODGE – CUSCO
Today we’ll wake up early s we can watch the unique show put on by the Cock of the Rock in San Pedro. Here we’ll also have our breakfast and afterwards while traveling we’ll also make stops to observe wildlife in the cloud forest. We’ll continue our trip by driving through the Andean mountains to arrive to Cusco at around 16:30 pm.