MANU BIOSPHERE RESERVE 8/D 7/N

FIRST MANU NATIONAL PARK JUNGLE HOLIDAY DAY :

On the first day of our adventure into the Jungle of Manu, we will pick you up around 6:00 AM from your Hotels in Cusco, using the private transport of Amazon Wildlife Peru. The first part of our excursion will take us through the majestic Andean mountains. We will visit the town of Huancarani which contains the funeral towers of Ninamarca, a cemetery of the Lupacas Pre -Inca Culture, which we will visit briefly on our way to Paucartambo, which is known as the folkloric and Colonial town. At mid-day we will arrive at the entrance of Manu National Park and access to one of the most protected natural areas in South America. We will continue on in our private transport down a dust road and on through the thick fog from which this section of the forest takes it name Cloud Forest. Eventually we will arrive at the home of the exotic Peruvian National Bird, the “Cock of the Rocks”, where it is known to gather with others of its kind for some sort of social gathering that seems reminiscent of a large courtship. You will find that this is quite an amazing spectacle complete with an impressive array of sounds and colours that can only be found in the jungle. For our first night, we will stay at Bamboo Lodge. L: D

SECOND MANU NATIONAL PARK JUNGLE HOLIDAY DAY

Very early at 06:30 a.m., we will leave in the direction of Port Atalaya; on the way we will make a few stops to visit the small Locals farmers who are known to be producers of many varieties of jungle fruits even the famous Coca plant. Later, we will begin the boating portion of our journey in a river excursion on the Madre de Dios, one of the tributaries of the mighty Amazon River. During our day we will have the chance to witness many types of colourful birds such as parrots, oropendolas, vultures and others species. We will have stop at the Natural Hot spring. Hopefully, we will make some sightings of some jungle mammals such as monkeys or the famous capybaras (jungle rodents that are as much as 2.5 ft long, Towards the late afternoon, we will arrive to our next sleeping destination Bonanza Lodge, the arriving approximately at 3:00 p.m. Here, there will be showers and services available. We will have night walk in the dark, best time to see many anthropoids, tarantulas, scorpions and snakes, of course is optional. B: L: D

THIRD MANU NATIONAL PARK JUNGLE HOLIDAY DAY:

Well fed and rested we leave Bonanza Lodge, leaving the relatively clean waters of the Madre de Dios River behind; we enter the clay laden waters of the Manu River. With a brief stop at the park ranger station at Limonal to present our permits we travel for about five hours up the Manu. Beaches, especially in the dry season, are loaded with nesting birds and feeding Herons, Egrets, Orinoco Geese, Terns and Skimmers to name but a few. Some beaches will host sunning White and Black Caimans and breeding Side-necked Turtles. Hundreds of Sand-colored Nightjars roost during the day on logs and beaches and there is a chance of encountering a sunning Jaguar – the world’s third largest cat. In one time, three times of our trips saw Jaguar in Manu. We will see some species of primate on this river trip, possibly Red Howler Monkeys or the smaller Squirrel Monkeys. After having lunched by the river we arrive at Casa Matsiguenka. We’ll have the afternoon to explore some of the trails through the pristine rainforest in the area.. Before or after dinner an optional excursion into the forest at night is available with your guide in search of nocturnal creatures. Night at the Casa Matsiguenka, a rustic native owned lodge run by the Matsiguenka’s themselves, with its own exclusive trail system. There are flush toilet and shower facilities and screened twin rooms, with comfortable beds and mosquito nets. B: L: D
The Casa Matsiguenka is designed using the indigenous people’s building techniques and counts on 12 fully screened twin rooms. Beds are furnished with mosquito nets. There is a private trail system and local Matsiguenka guides will accompany you on the trails. There is an interactive interpretation center and locally made souvenirs are for sale
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FOURTH MANU NATIONAL PARK JUNGLE HOLIDAY DAY:

After breakfast we’ll spend the morning at the lake of Cocha Salvador. Some of the time will be spent canoeing the lake on a floating platform observing ox-bow lake animal life from the water. We may encounter an Agami Heron or a Sungrebe and Brown Cappuchin Monkeys are usually feeding on fruits nearby. Specially constructed piers that jut out into the lake enable us to look for a family of Giant Otters that live here. These, the world’s largest freshwater carnivores, remain common only in Manu, having been hunted to extinction throughout most of their former range. Each animal consumes between 4 and 5 kilos of fish daily and often they can be seen eating large fish on logs at the lakeside. The rest of the day will be spent walking the trails in the area in search of some of the 13 species of Monkey found in the forest here. Your guide will explain some of the basics of rainforest ecosystems and point out some of the medicinal plants of the area used by local, indigenous groups. We may cross paths with a group of Peccaries – a species of wild boar found here. A late afternoon enjoy the sun sets. Night at the Casa Matsiguenka. B: L: D

FIFTH MANU NATIONAL PARK JUNGLE HOLIDAY DAY:

Today we’ll walk very slowly from camp for 4-5 hours through the forest to Cocha Otorongo. We may encounter troops of Monkeys. This is a particularly good trail for Woolly and Black Spider Monkeys. We’ll pay special attention to the plant life on this walk and take it slowly listening for the rustle of vegetation or the soft sound of fruits falling to the rainforest floor that may betray the presence of animals or large birds. A visit to the lake of Cocha Otorongo is planned, where observation piers and a 20 meter observation tower in the rainforest canopy overlooking the lake are available for observing wildlife. We will also be on the lookout for a large family of Giant Otters that inhabit this lake. B: L: D

SIXTH MANU NATIONAL PARK JUNGLE HOLIDAY DAY:

Today very early, we will head of to visit the Pakitza, which is known as one of the first Biological Stations created for the scientific studies being conducted in Manu. Aguila Arpia which means “Matsiguenka expression”, is an as of yet, still unknown and unvisited palace that will one day be a highly sought after tourist site. We will take you in and around its amazingly complex trail system as the forest exposes more and more of its natural beauty for us behind every bend. Maybe we will even have a chance to see a group of Tamarine Monkeys, which are the smallest monkeys in the entire world. Be aware of surroundings, because they could sneak up right behind you. Later on, afternoon, we will visit another system of trails with a completely different set of characteristics than the first. Our guide will explain to us why and show us native plants from the area that can be used as traditional medicines. We’ll be met at the river by our cook with a picnic lunch and then board our motorized dugout for the 4 hour trip down river to Boca Manu for the night. The river trip may hold surprises and we’ll be attentive for any wildlife on the beaches. Night at the lodge at Boca Manu. B: L: D

SEVENTH MANU NATIONAL PARK JUNGLE HOLIDAY DAY:

Leaving the lodge we’ll head up the Madre de Dios River for three hours to the comfortable lodge facility Bonanza Lodge- Wildlife Center. This strategically located lodge facility is jointly owned and run by Amazon Wildlife Peru a local conservation group and is a base for scientific birdwatchers research in the area and a center for visitors wanting to explore the rainforest. We should arrive in time for lunch and a shower and get to meet whichever researchers are onsite. The afternoon is set aside to relax or, if you want, to explore a trail through the untouched forest to a lookout point on a cliff over the river to watch roosting flights of Parrots and Macaws as the sun sets. Those who wish can participate in a night walk with your guide in search of nocturnal animals. Night at Bonanza Lodge B: L: D

EIGHTH MANU NATIONAL PARK JUNGLE HOLIDAY DAY:

We will leave from Bonanza Lodge early in the morning to arrive to the Port Atalaya from here; we will take the van directly to Cusco passing through Cloud Forest.In the case that you come back by Plane you will get to the airstrip we board our aircraft for the 35 minute flight over seemingly endless rainforest and then over the Andes, passing glaciers and snow peaks to the ancient Inca capital of Cusco where our staff will be waiting to take you to your hotel. B: L

INCLUDES:

  • Pre departure manu jungle trip breafing at the hotel/office
  • Qualified naturalist native jungle English/Spanish-speaking guide
  • cook who is charge of making the food /cooking equipment
  • camping equipment/tents and mats (in case we camp in the jungle)
  • Transportation by private bus from Cusco to the Cloud Forest and Atalaya , and back from Atalaya to Cusco (4 day tour)
  • Transportation by private boat: Atalaya / Bonanza lodge / Atalaya (4-day tour)
  • Overnights in lodges and camping huts
  • Mineral water all the time
  • 3 Meals per day (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
  • Manu National Park guide book – Talking About Manu
  • Manu National Park entrance fee
  • Entrance fee to the hot springs
  • Vegetarian option…send us you requirements please.
  • Entrance to Soga de Oro
  • First Aid Kit (bring your personal Medication)

IT DOESNT INCLUDE:

  • International and Domestic Airfares. and aiport taxes
  • Additional nights during the trip due to flight cancellations

WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING:

  • Rainforest expeditions are not comfortable tours, but with the following equipment you will get the best out of the forest and yourself:
  • Binoculars (imperative)
  • Flashlight with spare bulbs and extra batteries
  • Sleeping bag (it can be hired from us US$5 a day)
  • Day pack
  • Long pants and long-sleeved shirts
  • T-shirts light shirts
  • Shorts/Bathing suit
  • Towel
  • Sweater or light jacket
  • 1 pair of hiking boots and 1 pair of light shoes or trekking sandals
  • Long socks
  • Rain gear
  • Rubber boots (only in the rainy season-we provide them)
  • Sunhat, sunglasses, sun block
  • Insect repellent (with at least 40% DEET) and after bite
  • Toilet-paper
  • Plastic bags (to keep everything dry)
  • Water bottle (with water for the bus ride into Manu)
  • Copy of a valid passport
  • Copy of yellow fever and tetanus vaccinations
  • Money for soft drinks or beers and handicrafts
  • We have Our Medical Emergency Equipped Rescue Mountain Car(This car will be available for all our passenger) and this will ready for any Emergency you need.
  • Local 100% Peruvian 13 years experienced Tour operator(Based in Cusco)
  • We treat our team of porters the best with a HOUSE for them to sleep and proper equipment, wages and health insurance for everyone
  • Best Tour guides(Fluent English)
  • Master Cheffs The best in the Cusco region
  • The food provided on our treks is the best( buffet and plenty of food)
  • The best Camping Equipment (spacious tents 4 season aluminum poles tents, Eating & Cooking tents, Portable table & chairs, comfortable air Thermarest mattresses and more…)
  • No hidden prices or Surprises/ We Never Pass you onto another operator as most travel agencies do here. We will depart even if you are a group of 02 persons.
    We never share service with other companies as most travel travel agencies do here to Minimize cost.(that’s why porters are overloaded because they are forced to carry for 2 or 3 different companies)
  • Small groups & personalized services we also Cater Large groups
  • Sustainable and eco-friendly tour company
  • Committed to social projects and improving living conditions for the children of Peru. Lots of facilities to book any expedition in Peru.
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  • Local 100% Peruvian Tour operator (Based in Tambopata Natural Reserve).
  • No hidden prices or Surprises/ We Never Pass you onto another operator as most travel agencies do here. We will depart even if you are a group of 02 persons.
  • Committed to social projects and improving living conditions for the children of Peru. Lots of facilities to book any expedition in Peru.
  • Our Amazon Garden Lodge is located in one of the most privileged locations in the area, since we are situated between the Lake Sandoval and Monkey island in the Natural Reserve of Tambopata Protected Rainforest; the lodge is a strategic point for flora and fauna sightings.
  • We are the closest lodge, located 30 minutes from the Lake Sandoval and Monkey island into the Tambopata Natural Reserve Zone.
  • Our itineraries can be modified according to the interests of our guests in order to make it an unforgettable and enriching experience.
  • The Amazon Garden Lodge offers accommodation for all kinds of passengers, from those who prefer the rustic and simple to those who like to travel in full comfort.
  • Being an Ecolodge, we try to minimize as much as possible our waste by not using canned goods. Everything that we serve in our restaurant is natural and fresh.
  • Our suites have privileged views of the Nature, a 100% natural Forest and one of the biggest in the Peruvian Amazon. Lake Sandoval is often visited by troops of different kinds of primates, offering great wildlife observation opportunities right from your suite's balcony.
  • We have some of the best national guides in the area with more than ten years of experience working in the tropical rainforest. We are located in what is considered one of the best areas in the Peruvian Amazon for birdwatching. Since the lodge's access from the Madre de Dios River is by foot and in a paddle canoe, we offer the opportunity for flora and fauna sightings from the very beginning of the tour.
  • We are the only lodge in the Tambopata Reserve and Madre de Dios River area that offers the option of a 'self-guided trail' for those passengers who want to do an activity without a guide.

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