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- Box Lunch
- Duffel Bags for repacking
- English Speaking Guide
- Entrance tickets to Manu National Park (Reserved Zone)
- Entrances Fees (atractions listed)
- Entrances Fees Guadalupe Private Reserve
- Lodging (Double bed occupancy)
- Lodging at Casa Matsiguenka
- Macaw Clay Lick Entrances Tickets
- Meals (vegetarían optional)
- Motor Boat Transport (Canoe type)
- Overland (minivan, SUV) Transport
- Purified Water
- Rubber Boots
- Snacks (fresh fruits, cookies, chocolate)
- Transfer from the Airport - Bus Station
- Alcoholic Drinks
- Day 1st Breakfast
- Domestic Flights / Bus Tickets
- Nights on Single Supplement
Manu National Park – 7 days into the rainforest
This 7-day tour is certainly one of the best. By spending a whole week certainly heightens your chances of seeing more of what this vast area has to offer. Even more, broadening your horizon, to witness what Amazon has in store for you. Visiting the Macaw Clay Lick nearby the El Dorado Lodge, seeing the brightly colored birds. Paddling at Salvador Oxbow Lake with Giant River Otters. Travel by car isn’t the only thing, cruising down the river in the motorboat, waving to the animals on the banks. Not to forget trekking through the lush forests, listening to the birds overhead, and the monkeys lounging in the trees. This tour creates an overflowing experience that will knock your socks off. From the wildlife to the dramatic scenery that encapsulates you. Get ready and pack to visit one of the most biodiverse places on the planet, the real highlight of its wildlife. Surround yourself with the hundreds of species of inhabitants such as; birds, reptiles, fish, monkeys, sloths, giant river otters, caymans, and in particular, the wildcats. Travel with knowledge. As each species is expertly identified by one of our specialized guides. Allowing a safe, comfortable, and informative trip deep into the Manu National Park. This is one of the 3 major Rainforest destinations, next to Tambopata and Iquitos in Peru. This is a week you will never forget !!
What Lodges are used?
During this exquisite 7-day tour, you get the chance to reside at all three lodges, possibly the best available lodge in the area.
Located on the lush foothill forest over 580 m / 1, 902 ft in elevation. The lodge looks out over the magical palm forest with colorful blue and yellow macaws flying over, it and thousands of oropendolas. Furthermore, the Lodge lies within the booming bamboo forest. The lodge has private bathroom facilities and a bonus of showers with hot water. Lights and electricity, 24 hours from solar panels, and free WIFI. The garden flourished with beautiful greenery, the plants which aid in attracting the animals. The surroundings hold especially gorgeous views from the terrace of the dining room.
El Dorado Lodge
This lodge has an exclusive location to visit a Macaw Clay Lick, the lodge offers private cabins and internet
Above all, what we like about this Lodge, is the beautiful environment that surrounds it. We have lovely rooms with peace and quiet in a remote setting like the other camps inside Manu National Park. In the rainforest, on the bank of the Manu River is where the Lodge lies. As a result, the wildlife spotting is exceptionally good. Each bungalow has two comfortable beds, equipped with mosquito netting. The bathroom facilities are shared in a separate building. Electricity is provided by solar panels. There is a separate building with a kitchen and a small dining room, where meals can be taken. The Lodge is special like no other. It is run by Matsiguenka Natives, which adds a more authentic air, making it different from the other lodge management.
What about the temperature?
The first night along the Manu Park you spend in the base of the cloud forest, at 600 m. Guadalupe Lodge where temperatures are about 18 degrees Celsius (64 F). In Manu’s lowland rainforest, the temperature at night is normally around 24 degrees Celsius (75F) and during the day about 30 degrees Celsius (86F). However, cold winds from Patagonia may reach the Manu rainforest and the temperature may lower to about 10 degrees Celsius (50F). These “friajes” are more common during the southern hemisphere’s wintertime (between April and the end of August).
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Cusco - Guadalupe Lodge
After Picking you up in Cusco, the beginning of the Manu Road passes through numerous dry inner-mountain valleys and picturesque villages. This gives you a quick overview of locals’ lifestyles and colorful clothes. A brief call at Ninamarca will give you the possibility to explore the pre-Incas tombs within this well archaeological site. The road includes various stops, so you can enjoy seeing the surrounding landscapes varying from high mountains to humid forests. The next stop will occur in the village of Paucartambo which features a beautiful arched colonial bridge. From Paucartambo the altitude will keep on increasing and the setting gradually gets enveloped by a cloudy mist. The road leads you to Acjanaco pass consisting of the main gateway to Manu National Park. Once across Acjanaco Pass (3550 m / 11.647 ft) the environment dramatically changes from dry to wet valleys. Do not miss the splendid view when looking down toward the lowlands! The lush and misty cloud forest surrounded by massive rocks and waterfalls is perhaps the most fragile and threatened type of rainforest. In such an environment filled with lichens and moss-carpeted soil, spotting birds will be the main target. You will get the chance to stare at a large variety of birds ranging from the Peruvian national bird, the brightly red Andean Cock-of-the-Rock if lucky the wooly monkeys. The road will head down to the Guadalupe lodge (560 m./1837 ft). Overnight at Guadalupe Lodge (Private Toilets, Hot Showers, WIFI). Upon arrival at the property, you will be able to explore a loop trail that traverses the swamp forest in the search of the capuchin and night monkeys and encounter interesting bird activities before dusk such as the blue and yellow macaws, woodpeckers, oropendolas among others.
Guadalupe Lodge - Dorado Lodge
Enjoy waking up and taking breakfast with the singing of Amazonian birds. By mid-morning you will be transferred to the Atalaya port where you can appreciate the view of myriads of colorful birds and rich wildlife. At the river’s deck, embark in a motor boat and navigate down this crystalline river of Madre de Dios. After 5 hours, you will reach the Hummingbird Lodge, this boat journey will be exciting to look for some aquatic wildlife; capybaras, birds, and caimans basking along the river bank. In the mid-afternoon, you will ramble through the primary forest searching for some families of monkeys, and peccaries, in the meantime, you will be provided with some explanations about medicinal plants, reptiles as well as mammals. Overnight at Dorado Lodge
El Dorado Lodge - Casa Matsiguenka
Early morning breakfast and departure, we embark on a motorboat and navigate down the crystalline river of Madre de Dios. We will reach the confluence with the Manu River, we stop briefly at the Limonal ranger station for check-in then, we travel upriver we’ll search diligently for any signs of Jaguar, still, only a slim chance but this river is perhaps the best location to find this magnificent mammal, just a few curves up the river the environment will change, there will be orders of magnitude more to look at, from hundred if not thousands of swallows and butterflies, every single sandbar being occupied by something interesting, we will keep a close watch for wildcats. We continue navigating to reach the Casa Machiguenga lodge which it´s set aside a short distance from the Rio Manu in the heart of Manu National Park and stay the following nights at this peaceful place with pristine surroundings. * Night walks are optional and depend of travelers' desires.
Casa Matsiguenka (Lake Exploration , Trails , Macaw Clay Lick )
We will have the better part to enjoy Manu´s Wilderness, in the morning, we will explore the Salvador oxbow lake famous for its population of Giant Otters which usually breed there, they can be seen at different times of the day, and this is gregarious and playful carnivorous spend a good deal of their time fishing or playing by any side of the lake or just taking a sunbath on their favorite dead logs. We’ll have access to a floating catamaran (two large canoes connected by wooden planks) with chairs set up for bird and wildlife viewing (which makes paddling around the lake easy and comfortable. Apart from looking for the giant river otters, we’ll have the chance for many of the lake edge species, including the fabulous Hoatzin, Agami, and herons, interesting raptors, colorful macaws oropendolas, and caciques. Just floating around the lake will be one of the joys of the trip, In the forest around the lake we’ll also search for more species of monkeys such as white-fronted capuchin, and pygmy marmoset. Apart from the lake, the forest around Salvador Lake and the lodge are some of the best Amazonian rainforests we have seen, and a nice network of trails allows us to leisurely stroll on flat trails the rest of the day. During midday we will explore the terra Firme, the route takes you through Terraza Forest” forest which is the habitat for Brazil nut (Bertholletia excelsa) among other species of trees as you move deep into the heart of the forest is also an excellent place to run into troops of monkeys, we will reach the macaw clay lick that attracts the red and green macaws visiting this clay lick is also always a big highlight of the trip. Overnight: Casa Machiguenga lodge. (Please notice that the time to visit the Salvador lagoon on this day is subject to availability)
Casa Machiguenga– El Dorado Lodge
This morning we’ll board our boat and begin the journey down the Rio Manu. On the way, we will pass by the trailhead of the Otorongo Oxbow Lake, where we will be able to walk inside pristine and have an impression of how the forest looks like it inside, there is a trail network that allows visiting a canopy tower that overlooks the lake and swamps and few other wooden platforms to observe some aquatic wildlife and alligators. This forest section also harbors one of the largest kapok trees, visitors can walk nearby its root system to see its enormous size. We’ll also have access and briefly see the untouched rainforest. Returning to the boat trip will be again very exciting with lots of bird activity on the many sandbars as well as side-necked turtles sunning on the logs. This will be again another opportunity for catching a glimpse of the magnificent Jaguar. After about four hours we will reach the Limonal ranger station to register and brief stop for toilets. Lunch will be served on the boat and we arrive at the Dorado Lodge by mid-afternoon to have enough time to explore the surroundings, night walk available depending on the wishes of the group.
El Dorado Lodge - Guadalupe Lodge
This morning we will have the opportunity to visit the Macaw Clay lick that is located in the vicinity of the lodge, you will be able to see how many medium-sized macaws, Parrots & Parakeets will gather to eat some minerals from the bare soil then, we will boat up the fast-flowing braided and clear water upper Madre de Dios in the morning as we start our five hours back journey to Atalaya this is the last chance to spot the capybara, the world’s largest rodent. We’ll keep a close watch for raptors, as we have seen numerous Kites, as well as fun birds such as Vultures, and eagles. We’ll continue navigating the upper Alto Madre de Dios River and our re-introduction into civilization at Atalaya Port, after one hour of overland transportation, we reach the Guadalupe Lodge and have time for a night walk around the area.
Guadalupe Lodge - Cusco
A morning walk before breakfast to explore the foothill forest to look for the Wooly and Capuchin monkeys, you could encounter some emblematic birds of the Amazon rainforest such as macaws, toucans, woodpeckers, etc. The walk route it’s a loop, then allowing you to explore the caves and canyons to see animals that only live in darkness, spider scorpions, and different species of bats * flashlights are needed Upon your return, your tasty breakfast will be ready, then you will need to pack and start hitting the road again to Cusco. The way back will give more opportunities to glimpse some more animals and discover the wildlife of the cloud forest and have impressive views of the exuberant cloud forest with waterfall, and cascades. The arrival in Cusco should be around 4 pm. ** Please if you need an earlier arrival to Cusco let us know.
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User Reviews & Comments
I was on a 7-day tour and on our two walks in the Reserved Zone, we saw 6 different species of monkey more than once and the giant river otters for an extended time plus two snakes and many other creatures. Along the riverbanks of the Manu River we came across the caiman and pacu but not outside the reserved zone. Outside the reserved zone in two walks we saw one group of monkeys and a few other mammals. If you're into birds, request additional time in the cloud forest.
1 July, 2022
We spent a week in Manu national park with another dutch family in August and had a great time. The wildlife both around the lodge and in the Manu Park was abundant and amazing. From our cabins, we saw monkeys, parrots, toucans and many many different types of birds. We were woken up in the mornings by the howler monkeys right outside on the tall trees at Casa Matsiguenka. on top of that a jaguar along the river. Meals were included and prepared by our expert chef Fernando This is one of my most favorite places that I've ever experienced.
7 September, 2019