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- Attractions at Guadalupe Ecological Reserve
- Box Lunch
- Duffel bags for repacking
- English Speaking Guide
- Entrances Fees (attractions listed)
- Free Storage room in Cusco Office
- Guadalupe Lodge Rooms (WIFI, Hot Showers, Electricity)
- Meals (vegetarian optional)
- Motor Boat Transport (Roofed Canoe Type)
- Private Overland (minivan, SUV) Transport
- Rubber (Wellington) Boots
- Snacks (fresh fruits, cookies, chocolate)
- Unlimited Purified Water
- Alcoholic Drinks
- Breakfast (Day 1)
- Upgraded Single Supplement
3 Days Amazon Tours into Manu
We have designed the ultimate tour that optimizes your time and chances to encounter peculiar wildlife. Exploring the healthy, flourishing forests. Not to forget navigating yourself along the Alto Madre de Dios River.
The Amazon Rainforest in Peru is a must-see attraction, and it’s not too far from Cusco. The city is a gateway into the Amazon for our regular tours. Our 3-Day Amazon Tour into Manu is a real Rainforest experience. Where you will get the chance to explore and trek through the jungle. It is a special place to see wildlife where it should be. Deep in the forests inhabited by animals and creatures such as; monkeys, reptiles, rare birds, and much, much more.
Manu National Park is one of the most diverse biospheres in the world. This tropical rainforest has so much to offer, and not only to its inhabitants. For people craving a taste of the Amazon.
Parts of the park are inaccessible to visitors. This is due to the status of the land, and the indigenous communities that still thrive and live within it. But that is very deep into the Amazon, and it is important we protect all those within it. We as a company help shield and preserve parts of this beautiful world, with respect and care.
Overland Transportation from Cusco to Manu
Manu region has regular access by overland transportation from Cusco City. For our guided tours we use comfortable vehicles such as the Mercedez Sprinter or Toyota KD minivans for groups that exceed 3 participants. In effect, the Toyota Fortuner SUV 4×4 will be arranged for couples or small groups of 3 participants.
The experience from “The Andes to Amazon Rainforest”
This Journey offers incredible views of cascades, waterfalls, and stunning surrounding landscapes. As a result, encounter some of the best views and diverse environments. Densely populated, the cloud forest is home to epiphytes, orchids, bromeliads, lichens, and more. The evidence of plant diversity here is so grand at these elevations.
Wildlife in the Cloud Forest.
Our 3-day Amazon Tours offers a great chance to observe the Wooly monkeys that hang about the cloud forest. Looking up you will see and definitely hear the colorful birds; Quetzal, Mountain Toucans, and the unmistakable Cock of the Rock. These brightly-colored birds are seen at certain spots, but not to worry. For the reason that our guides and drivers know these very well.
Certainly a memorable experience, we provide motorized canoe boats to travel down the river with experienced native drivers, (canoe type of 14 meters long – 2 meters wide). The boat has a roof to prevent any sudden rain and sunshine. Life jackets are provided, and medical first aid kits. We embark from the Atalaya Port & Town, to travel downstream for somewhat 2 hours. Reaching the vicinity of Machuwasy Lagoon at elevations below 500 meters above sea level.
Caves at Guadalupe Lodge.
We offer exclusive excursions to the caves/canyons at Guadalupe Lodge. The caves are only a 10-minute walk from Lodge. Originated by creek erosion, the canyon is a natural formation. This area has cut into the mountain, and as a result has created an environment that harbors species that evolved in the darkness: bats, tailless whip scorpions. Also, taking a walk during the nighttime would be an especially amazing opportunity to look for the: dwarf caimans and the Water Opossum, which is the only species of aquatic opossum in the Neotropical. If you are afraid of being too close to these creatures at night time, this activity is optional. Advisable to wear water boots.
The Boat Trip – Full Day
Our Tour offers even more, including a most noteworthy day of boat navigation along the Madre de Dios river. A view of the evergreen rainforest adorned by colorful trees blooms on the slopes of the mountains or the foothill forests.
The Boat trip begins from the Atalaya River Port. A motorized canoe alike embarkation (12 meters long and 2 meters wide with a roof to prevent any sudden rain or sunshine).
These types of boats are the most ideal for fast-flowing rivers. Even relaxing a little, while just floating along the cascades. The chances are also high to observe aquatic birds along the shores, dwelling in the reeds, not to mention, the strange-looking capybaras.
Exploring the Machuwasy Oxbow Lake.
We arrange private transportation to the lake’s trailhead. Trails go along riverine forests densely populated by fig trees, bamboo, cecropias, and heliconias. While exploring these trails, look out for the squirrels and Dusky Titi monkeys.
Machuwasy is a small oxbow lake. It attracts a large number of Amazonian birds such as egrets, hoatzins, herons, kingfishers, rails, crakes, horned screamers, caciques, oropendolas, caymans, capybaras, and giant river otters.
The lake sits on an elevation of around 500 meters approx, so this makes it the first oxbow lake along the Manu route and probably the most visited by tourists who travel into the Manu Cultural Zone.
Visitors of the lake sign in to enter the area, (and the cost is covered by the operator). One great experience here, which you don’t want to undoubtedly miss. Is boating on the lake itself, another mode of transport. Above all, you will get the chance to choose one of the rafts! Made from trunks of balsa wood tree tied in line. The boats are moved by a long stick, so you’re in charge, good luck navigating. Take a seat and start moving. (There’s no roof on top so it is advisable to take a wide hat or cap).
The Hoatzin Kingdom is exactly what it says on the tin. These bizarre “Hoatzin” birds that you will see around this Kingdom can be seen in large flocks. Quite a tolerant animal, and for that reason, these birds can be observed at close range. Even more, you can easily get clear and bright pictures of them while exploring this beautiful lagoon in Manu.
The access trail can be muddy during the wet season or high water period which begins from November to May. We provide rubber boots to our clients, we have all sizes available. Wearing wellies is recommended for all our guests. The forest interior can be wet and slippery for regular shoes. Even in the dry season. Our guides will advise you on any information you require. As well as giving you the best insight and knowledge while spending your time in the wilderness.
Walks to explore the different types of forests will be offered by your guide on certain days. (According to your itinerary, physical conditions and weather alike). First of all, the walks take place during the morning and afternoon. Hence these are peak times to witness wildlife activity. Guides will keep you updated with weather conditions and suitable clothing that will be necessary prior to each walk. The walks usually last a couple of hours, and as a result, can be set up between mealtimes.
Which lodge will be used?
The 2 nights of the tour will be spent at Guadalupe Lodge, which is situated in a secluded forest. One of the best locations to get immersed in nature. Also allowing time to relax in the jungle and enjoy the commodities of your cabins. This tour is led by our specialized expert guide, eager to help you to create unforgettable experiences when visiting the Peruvian Amazon. (English-speaking tours). This is an experience you will not forget, here at Guadalupe Lodge, we welcome you to join us in making it most unforgettable. If any further information is required, do not hesitate to contact us. Not forgetting we will accommodate you to find the most suitable tour for you.
Which are the optional activities?
River Tubing at Atalaya (Alto Madre de Dios River)
If you’re seeking adventure, rafting down the Madre de Die River is it. This fast-flowing river is a great way to travel through and enjoy the Amazon. As well as the stunning embankments thriving with greenery and birds.
This activity is optional and costs $ 20.00 per person (it can be set and paid on the day of the tour) the activity lasts around 2 hours, and all the safety gear will be provided
Biking at Guadalupe.
We rent bikes at the Guadalupe Lodge where you can easily explore the road. These are safe, gravel roads with not much motor vehicle traffic. The cost is $ 20.00 per bike the activity lasts around 2 hours, there is a section of healthy forest that can be explored by bikes and gives the additional chances to observe some wildlife along the roads; monkeys, peccaries, macaws, etc. This activity can be booked along the trip even on short notice.
If you ready to escape the city life and immerse yourself in a full jungle experience then click the button below for more information about, departure dates, last-minute deals & availability, etc.
- Day 1
- Day 2
- Day 3
Cusco - Cloud Forest - Guadalupe Lodge - Trails explorations
- Pick up from your Hotel, Airport in Cusco at 6:00 AM
- Driving along the Manu Road and briefly stop at Oropesa "bread town"
- Stop and guided visit along the Ninamarca pre-Incan burials
- Breakfast at Paucartambo Village and guided walk along the local market, the main square, colonial bridge
- Guided walk along the Manu Park border, talks about the ranger station illustrations, maps, etc
- Guided walk along the waterfalls, cascades
- Exploration of the cloud forest in search of interesting species; monkeys, cock of the rock, quetzals, mountain toucans
- Briefly stop at the Local Market in Pilcopata town
- Arrival to Guadalupe Lodge
- Night walk in search of reptiles, spiders, and amphibians
Guadalupe Lodge - River Boat Journey - Nature Walks- Lake Explorations - Lodge
- Early morning breakfast at Guadalupe Lodge from 5:30 AM
- Land transport to Atalaya Port for one hour, stop at the viewpoints
- Motor Boat ride up and downstream along the Alto Madre de Dios River
- Guided walk along the riverine forest to look for monkeys, caymans, and birds
- Exploration of the channels of the Machuhuasi Lagoon in search of aquatic birds, monkeys, and caymans
- Walks towards the Giant Kapok tree and forest explorations
- Boat drive to Atalaya and return to Guadalupe Lodge
- Optional visit to the wildlife rescued center
- Dinner at Guadalupe Lodge.
Guadalupe Lodge - Trail Explorations - Caves - Minivan ride to Cusco
- Early morning wake up and exploration of the palm forest to look for macaws and monkeys
- Breakfast at Guadalupe Lodge.
- Visit Canyon and cave, chance to see bats, spiders and scorpions.
- Journey back to Cusco, drive through the cloud forest, waterfalls, and wildlife searching
- Brief stop at Paucartambo Village for coffee
- Arrival in Cusco at approx 4 PM and drop off at your hotel in the city
"Discover the Amazon's Hidden Treasures with our short tours from Cusco!" we are the most specialized tour operator in short guided tours along the Manu National Park. Click on the reviewer name to see the source"
User Reviews & Comments
Thomas Larkin & Charlotte Ion
This three day safari was wonderful. It's a long coach ride into Manu Park, but the scenery is beautiful and the guides stop whenever there are birds or other animals to spot. Our guide, Juan, was very knowledgeable and was keen to share his passion for the natural world. His enthusiasm was infectious and the fact he clearly loved his job so dearly made it nothing but a joy for us. The accommodation is comfortable and the food was great. We saw lots of monkeys and birds. Spiders and bats in the cave and on the way back went to a hummingbird sanctuary, which blew my mind. These creatures are just magical. We met a group that did the 5 day tour, which we didn't have time to do, but it sounded like they had a very adventurous trip indeed. Worth considering if you have the time to do so.
26 May, 2023
This was overall a great trip, we saw lots of animals such as birds, a Capybara, etc. The tour guide also put in a lot of effort. The food and accommodation are ok, it's what you expect from somewhere remote. The opportunity to see the amazon, take a hike, and see animals that made things worth it. You should note its a 7 hr trip to and from Cusco.
16 May, 2023
Rachel Anson & Family
Seeing monkeys in the wild for the first time was incredible. Easu and Luis were our guides, very knowledgeable and passionate about the area and animals. The drivers were very experienced and safe. Stopped at the site of Inka funeral towers, and the beautiful town of Paucartambo. Day 2, riverboat ride, jungle walk, and raft trip looking for Cayman, but they were hiding. Saw beautiful birds, ants, and ant holes termite nests. The Hummingbird sanctuary was beautiful, and unexpectedly there was a snake under the decking. Sunset by the river with beautiful birds. Luis' bird and monkey imitations were phenomenal. Day 3, easily walk upriver to caves, bats, and huge spiders. Guadeloupe Lodge was very comfortable, the cooks prepared excellent food and Manuel also helped to make our stay enjoyable. Our son was on crutches and Luis was very thoughtful, adapting the itinerary slightly so he could join in. We were very pleased to support Wildwatchperu in their ethical environmental work and strongly recommend them. Thank you to you all for a trip of a lifetime.
13 April, 2023
This experience was incredible. The drivers, staff, and guides are all incredibly knowledgeable and friendly. You get an authentic experience in Manu and the lodging / food is great as well. We saw a variety of animals / birds via the river boat, cloud forest, and rainforest exploration. We only did a 3 day trip but definitely recommend the 6 day experience if you have time for it. Herbert was really hospitable and shared a lot about Peruvian culture with us. Jose Luis (Pepe) was a great guide and shared a lot of interesting details about nature / Peru with us. Could not recommend more!
10 December, 2022
This was fantastic experience. The owner, Hebert, is committed to conservation and is very knowledgeable about the Amazon region as he grew up there. He went above and beyond to give us a great experience in Peru. The guides, ours was Jose Luis, are very passionate about wildlife and are excellent at leading you through dense jungle and providing a truly adventurous experience. Highly highly recommend!
8 December, 2022
We had booked the 3 day short trip. Although it’s quite a bit travelling, I found it well worth it. I just like the jungle and this time most of what we saw was lots of greens, followed by birds. Unfortunately not that many animals, we did spot some nightmonkeys, bats but mostly birds. The stay at the Guadeloupe lodge was nice and Hebert is a cool and nice guide. Very kind, helpful and knowledgeable!
10 November, 2022
Awesome Manu Short Trip 3D thanks to expert organizer Fredy and awesome tour guides Hebert, and Simon and Juan Jose, and the drivers and cooks! This is THE tour company to use for the best experience! They handled everything for us from the moment we arrived at the airport until we departed. Guadalupe Lodge and food were great-what a unique experience exploring the Amazon rainforest in hikes, boat ride, birdwatching, watching a sloth and monkeys at the Wildlife Rescue Center, and sleeping in the screened-in lodge cabin with the sound of the river and the birds. The people were friendly, experienced, knowledgeable; they took great care of us (long ride to the lodge but many waterfalls to enjoy on the way). A short time in Manu but a wonderful experience and memories :)
25 January, 2020
My friends and I did the Manu Short Trip with Wild Watch Peru and had an interesting experience to say the least. Three days & 2 nights. The rainforest itself was beautiful and we did get to see a lot of gorgeous, brightly colored birds, different types of monkeys, cool plants & trees. Our guide, Simon, was really passionate about the jungle and had an eagle's eye & ear for finding wildlife for us to see.
16 January, 2020
I always knew Machu Picchu, the Sacred Valley and the Andes would be spectacular destinations, but adding Wild Watch Peru’s 3-day Manu Short Trip turned our nine-day Peru vacation into an adventure of a lifetime. From Hebert’s first email answering questions about the rain forest tour to our guide Ricardo’s sincere goodbye at the trip’s end, everyone at the company was thoughtful, professional, enthusiastic and knowledgeable. Wild Watch Peru set quite high expectations in terms of advertising comfort and sights; I can attest the roomy and comfortable transport (on land and water!), cozy lodge, delicious meals (including picnics!), beautiful scenery, and remarkable birdwatching are just a few details that exceeded our expectations.
15 May, 2019
Natalie Noiman & Claudio Braina
Our guide "Edwin" and transport picked us up from our hostel in Cusco early in the morning and drove us along the mountains and some Inca ruins, thumbs along the way for nice photo taking. He also recommended us to the very famous and tasty coffee at a Local restaurant in Paucamtambo Village where we visited the colonial bridge! He is very friendly and knowledgeable, with a good command of English, and he shared many interesting stories from the jungle with us! We are so grateful to Luis for adding such great memories to our visit and making the booking hassle-free and simple. He is an absolute expert, trustworthy, prompt in answering questions, and professional. I enthusiastically recommend giving him a call and booking one of his many outstanding tours!
10 October, 2018