Manu Jungle Tour - Travel from Cusco to the MANU rainforest
 

OPTIMIZING TIME ! Jump into the Wild

A magnificent wildlife experience  and unique experience to admire the Manu  in only 2 days trip through diverse ecosystems with breathtaking views of the cloud forest and the Andes mountain range. The evolution of landscapes from mountains to forest enable nature’s enthusiasts to capture stunning views over the cloud forest, oxbow lakes or to visit caves inhabited by bats and spiders. 
Price
350$ per person
Duration
2 Days / 1 Half
Destination
Manu National Park
Travellers
4+
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What's included

Destination
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Departure Location
Cusco City - Transfer from Hotels , Airport , Bus Station
Return Location
Cusco City - Transfer from Hotels , Airport , Bus Station
Price includes
  • Accommodation on double bed room
  • Activities Listed in the Program
  • All meals included (vegetarian, vegan mentioned in advance)
  • Best available Lodges in the area
  • Box lunch
  • Duffel Bags for Travelling Light
  • Entrance Fees to the Guadalupe Ecological Reserve
  • Free Storage Room in Cusco
  • Illustrated map of Manu National Park
  • Nights at Guadalupe Lodge
  • Professionally Local Guide
  • Rubber Boots
  • Snacks (fresh fruits, cookies, chocolate)
  • Touristic Transportation
Price does not include
  • Alcoholic Drinks
  • First day breakfast
  • Nights on Single Supplement
  • Wildlife Rescued Centre Ticket

Manu Jungle Tour – 2 Days

Traveling on tight agenda while dreaming to explore as much of Peru challenges you to leads you to time optimization so this demands an exceptional tour design and structure without exceeding your budget.  In fact, looking to help this group of nonstop travelers, we have designed this Express Tour along with the Manu Jungle, exclusively for tourists with limited time while exploring,  staying, or just passing  Cusco, Machu Picchu, or Sacred Valley area.

How does work?

This tour has greatly served as a tour connection with other excursions in the Cusco and Sacred Valley region so if your activities are ending by midday and you still have a portion of the day you can still depart for a journey to the Manu Jungle.

Most of our travelers, who have booked this tour have considered visiting the Manu Jungle as the first destination to go even before Machu Picchu, so this means to pick them at the Cusco airport and start the journey into the Manu jungle upon their arrival, so this can also help them in reducing the effects of the altitude sickness avoiding to overnight on elevations of 3,500 meters, in contrast, Guadalupe Lodge sits on an elevation of 500 meters.

This is a comprehensive article that helps you to understand how a tour into the Manu Cultural Zone for short tours should be planned.

How Much time is needed?

Around 6 hours is the travel time from Cusco city center to the tropical rainforest of 500 meters in elevation (Guadalupe Lodge), of course driving diligently in Peru so this is the time needed to go across 2 regions in the south of Peru (Andean mountains – Tropical rainforest) plus traversing the whole Manu Cloud forest. Contrary to this,  6 hours can be easily wasted transiting at the airports in a rigid schedule that depends on flights, in fact, you get an overland experience, there are no unnecessary stops to be expected during this journey. Of course for toilet facilities, stretch-out legs, or pictures of the sunset. This is in order to optimize the time and arrive at the lodge for dinner time.

Tour Details

Overland Transportation from Cusco to Manu

Our  Toyota Fortuner  SUV 4×4 will be arranged for couples or small groups of 3 participants. This Journey offers incredible views of cascades, waterfalls, and stunning surrounding landscapes. As a result encountering 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.

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The Wildlife in the Cloud Forest.

Traversing across the cloud forest is still a good 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.

River  Transportation

For any Manu Tour we include a boat excursion, 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.

The activities in our 2 days Tour

Visiting the Caves at Guadalupe Lodge

We offer exclusive excursions to the caves/canyons at Guadalupe Lodge. The caves are only 10 minutes 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 were 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 of 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 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 and not to mention, the strange-looking capybaras.

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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, 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 elevation around 500 meters approx, so this makes 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).

Hoatzin Kingdom

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 that 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.

Recommendations

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 to all our guests. Due to 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 knowledge while spending your time in the wilderness.

Nature Walks

Walks to explore the different types of the forest 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 set up between mealtimes.

Wildlife Rescued Centre “Dos Loritos”

This is a special project. Managed by a local family offering refuge to animals at their property. Most of the animals you encounter over here were rescued and donated by People of the nearby villages.

The pet wildlife that welcomes you are: monkeys, peccaries, macaws even 2 toes sloths idly hanging in the nearby bushes. They are quite tolerable for interactions, while we recommend keeping a safe distance. For admittance into the project, A suggested donation (around 10 Peru soles per person.) They don’t charge a fixed rate.

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Which lodge will be used?

The 2 nights of the tour will be spent at Guadalupe Lodge, which is situated in the Amazon jungle. 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. Any further information required, do not hesitate to contact us. Not forgetting we will accommodate to find the most suitable tour for you.

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  • Afternoon of the day before (we suggest 3:00 PM, as lattest to depart)
  • Day 1
  • Day 2
Afternoon of the day before (we suggest 3:00 PM, as lattest to depart)

Driving Cusco - Guadalupe Lodge (6 hour aprox)

    Breakdown of Travel;
  • Start Time: Day before trip, 3:00pm.
  • Duration: Approx 6 hours travel.
  • Locations on Route: Paucartambo - Colonial Town. / Acjanaco Pass. / Guadalupe Lodge - final destination.

Pick up from Cusco airport or your hotel. To the drive along the Andes (3 hours) passing and briefly stop at Paucartambo village for toilets facilities. (Otherwise we skip the visit of this town for the way back). While keep driving the altitude will keep on increasing and the setting gradually gets enveloped by a cloudy mist. The road leads you to Acjanaco pass consisting in 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 and the sunset views!

The lush and misty cloud forest surrounded by massive rocks and waterfalls is perhaps the most fragile and threatened type of rainforest.  arrival to the lodge for dinner time and overnight at Guadalupe Lodge.

Day 1

Guadalupe Lodge - Motor Boat Navigation - Lake Exploration

    Breakdown of Day 1;
  • Breakfast at Guadalupe Lodge.
  • Atalaya Port - Boat Trip, Madre De Dios River.
  • Machuhuassy Oxbow Lake, - 2km Walk.
  • Ramble in the jungle, - Giant Kapok Tree, animal wild watch, medicinal plants.
  • Macaw Clay Lick.
  • Dos Loritos. (Optional).
  • Guadalupe Lodge.

Enjoy waking up and having breakfast with the singing of Amazonian birds. You will be transferred to the Atalaya port where you can appreciate the view of myriads of colorful birds and a rich wildlife and drives goes along tropical plantations of papayas, bananas, chocolate and Coca Leaves.

At Atalaya river’s deck, embark in a motor boat and navigate down this crystalline river of Madre de Dios. After an hour, you will reach Machuhuassy Oxbow lake, consisting in wetlands of lush vegetation hosting a large variety of birds (hoatzins, horned screamer, hawk, herons) and animals (monkeys and capybaras). This place is only reachable by boat followed by a 2-kms walk. While you are having the tour, our local cook will prepare a traditional lunch that you will enjoy when returning on the Madre de Dios river. In the mid-afternoon, you will ramble through the primary forest searching for some families of monkeys, peccaries as well as giant kapok trees. In the meantime, you will be provided with some explanations about medicinal plants, reptiles as well as mammals.

We will visit the Small Macaw Clay lick along the river bank while returning to the lodge and optional you will enter a Wild-Animals Rescue Centre run by a local family in Manu. Dinner and Overnight at Guadalupe

Day 2

Guadalupe Lodge - Cusco by ground transport

    Breakdown of Day 3;
  • Palm Forest, Bird Watch & Breakfast.
  • Dos Loritos. (Optional).
  • Drive through the Cloud Forest. Waterfalls, animals. / Journey back to Cusco.
  • Arrival in Cusco approx 5pm.

Our morning walk along the palm forest to look for the blue and yellow Macaws and enjoy a tasty breakfast and get ready to pack as you will soon start hit the road again to Cusco. On the way, you will enter a Wild-Animals Rescue Centre run by a local family in Manu. This gives more opportunities to glimpse some more animals and discover the wildlife protections policies and techniques implemented. The way back offers some last impressing views of the exuberant cloud forest. The arrival in Cusco should be around 5pm.

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User Reviews & Comments

  • Dominika Urbonaite
    5 out of 5

    I can’t speak highly enough about our experience, we were picked up from the airport in Cusco and drove straight to the Manu road We went on a bunch of activities on the day second including the motorboat trip which was a lot of fun, It seems more like white water rafting! We saw a couple of monkeys by the lake and amazing birdlife close to the rafts. If you’re going to Cusco and want to explore the rainforest and not having much time, I highly recommend these guys, besides the 5-star service, the trips are also done in the most sustainable way, which goes to show that these guys care about the environment.

    17 March, 2021

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More about this tour

This is express journey into the Amazon rainforest from Cusco City - Peru
This tours requires minimum to have 2 days plus availability of the afternoon of the day before departure so time recommended to embark would be 4:00 PM.
This trip is essentially designed for tourist that have limited period of time while visiting Peru so we can collect tourist from the Cusco airport upon their arrival or any other terminal and drive along the Manu Road we mostly are arriving to our Lodge for dinner time so along the Way IN not many stops are expected unless for toilet facilities, stretch out legs or pictures of the sunset while driving along the Andes

Packing List 

Equipment /Clothing Comments
Wellington Boots

Provided at the lodge

Experience has taught us that Wellies are by far the most appropriate footwear for  your  time  in  the  Jungle.  You'll hopefully have noticed  we  asked  for  your  shoes  size  on the application form;  this is so we can  buy you  some new ones in  Cusco ready for your departure so you  don't have to  lug  them  with  you.  However, please be  aware  that  is difficult to  get Wellington  boots over  European  size  43  so if that's you  please ensure you  bring some with you.
Flip flops Useful  for  use  in  the  bathrooms  and  for  walking  around the lodges.
T-shirts, cotton

shirts and  a light sweatshirt

You   should   bring   a   mix   of  short  and   long   sleeved   to protect your arms from  mosquito bites
Underwear Cotton is recommended rather than nylon.
Socks These should  be  long  and  made from  breathable wool  to ensure optimum comfort inside your boots.
Sunblock Cream 

Sun Glasss

Insect Repellent 

Fleece/Sweatshirt

 

at Least 40 % DEET

Trousers  & shorts It’s important to be wearing long bottoms for protection from bugs and sun. We recommend full cut khaki bottoms or khaki type pants that can be zipped into shorts.  Lighter
Waterproof

raincoat/poncho

Even in the dry season the rain can be heavy so it's good to come prepared!
Flashlights For night activities such as night walks , Caiman Search and for using when the  power from the lodges runs off.
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Manu Jungle Explorer 2 Days

Price
350$ per person
Duration
2 Days / 1 Half
Destination
Manu National Park
Travellers
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