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Exploring Manu´s Wilderness
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- Box Lunch
- Casa Matsiguenka Lodge Overnights
- Duffel bags for repacking
- El Dorado - Papaya Lodge
- English Speaking Guide
- Entrance Fee to Manu Reserved Zone
- 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
- Binoculars (ask for renting)
- Breakfast (Day 1)
- Upgraded Single Supplement
The Complete Manu National Park Tour
First of all, our Manu tour starts in Cusco, with a land journey through the high Andes and down from elfin forests to the lowlands. Stretching from 12,000-foot-high montane grasslands, deep through the elfin forests and then, down through mid-elevation cloud forests, and finally to the extensive lowland rainforest. Furthermore, at the end of your journey, with wildlife spectacles on the white sand beaches of the languid, sinuous, 140-meter-wide Manu River.
Manu National Park is a five-million-acre reserve, being the jewel in the crown of the rainforest of Peru.
This is the most ideal Manu tour for those modern-day explorers. For those where exploration lies within their spirits. If you have a keen interest in the wild, then Manu is the place for you. In the most dramatic, biological, transect reserve in the world.
Above all, our 8-day Manu tour will take you to the core of the National Park. Similarly, you won’t want to miss, spending 3 nights at the exclusive Casa Matsiguenka. Because this is a place to explore parts of the rainforest which is untouched. Now, this is an opportunity some will never encounter. What a way to spend time traveling in an area that is preserved and protected for all those who live within it. Furthermore, this voyage of discovery certainly features such rarities, from diverse plants, and bizarre wildlife. If you are lucky, possibility to see large wildcats such as the Jaguar.
So, be part of something memorable. To witness a part of the plant which is constantly on a decline as the years go on. Above all, this different world that lies on the doorstep of Cusco is a must-see for any traveler.
Experience Wilderness 8 days Manu Tour
Be ready for creating a once in a lifetime experience on this Manu Tour.
- What about paddling at Catamaran searching for Giant river otters?
- Exploring trails and the pristine network of trails to encounter majestic Giant Kapok Trees that reach over 195 Ft.
- While being surrounded by curious monkeys in the jungle rainforest.
- Observe on the boat, the aquatic birds and reptiles along the shores.
- Also, if you’re feeling brave. Grab your torches for night walks to observe the most bizarre living creatures that dwell in the darkness; praying mantis, millipedes, grasshoppers, colorful frogs, and slender and patterned arboreal snakes.
- Another wild watch opportunity. Walk up to the canopy tower and viewing platforms that overlook the Otorongo Oxbow lakes, where top predators can be seen Large Black caimans, Giant River otters, and Harpy eagles.
- The riverboat excursions are a lifetime experience to keep your eyes open to find the most interesting wildlife such as black caimans if lucky enough anacondas or jaguars.
- Our Experienced Local Guides and their knowledge of the rainforest will make wildlife spotting more than possible. Making this one of the most memorable trips of a lifetime.
If all of the above sounds like your cup of tea. Then hesitate no more. For a jungle & rainforest experience, you will never forget. This tour offers such a range of activities and opportunities to see some of the gorgeous, untouched land, plant, and animal population.
Extreme Biodiversity at Manu National Park
The wildlife of Manu National Park is one most diverse places in the world. Why not see for yourself? Below are some charts to see just what inhabits this exquisite National Park;
- 1025 SPECIES OF BIRD (Aves)
- 221 SPECIES OF MAMMALS (mamíferos )
- 1307 SPECIES OF BUTTERFLIES (Mariposas)
- 8 SPECIES OF WILDCATS (Felinos Silvestres)
- 15 SPECIES OF PRIMATES (Monos)
- 27 SPECIES OF MACAWS (Guacamayos)
- 132 SPECIES OF REPTILES (Reptiles)
- 155 SPECIES OF AMPHIBIANS (Anfibios)
- 300 SPECIES OF ANTS (Hormigas)
- 650 SPECIES OF BEETLES (Escarabajos)
Click on Tour Plan for more detailed information about the trip.
- Day 1
- Day 2
- Day 3
- Day 4
- Day 5
- Day 6
- Day 7
- Day 8
Cusco - Guadalupe Lodge
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 stop 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 displays to tanagers, toucans, or quetzals. The path will head down to the Guadalupe lodge (560 m./1837 ft). Overnight in the lodge.
In the morning, we will explore the foothill forest and palm forest is also an ideal spot to observe blue and yellow macaws as well as other interesting parrots and the Capuchin Monkeys. You will head back to the lodge where a delightful breakfast awaits you full of fresh tropical fruits. From then, you will be guided through the garden and will learn about the different medicinal and traditional plants such as coca leaf, cacao, bamboo water, annatto, etc. As this time of the day, put on your swimsuits and enjoy a dip in the Guadalupe River. This crystalline and unpolluted current flows downstream from the core of the park. In the afternoon, depending on the group’s wishes, there is a possibility of discovering a fascinating canyon and its caves which house some rare species of bats, spiders, and scorpions. Ultimately, a walk within the bamboo forest will enable you to spot some monkeys. The day is ending with a night walk
Guadalupe Lodge - Casa Matsiguenka
Early morning departure by land transport to the Diamante native community (4 hours’ drive by car) then we continue our trip by motorboat towards the confluence with the Manu River, we enter the wild Manu National Park a brief stop at Limonal Park Ranger Station for check-in, the exciting trip begins with full of sightings experiences, every river bend will bring us a view of unspoiled beauty. 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. In the mid-afternoon, we arrive at our rustic lodge which it´s set aside a short distance from the Rio Manu in the heart of Manu National Park, and for our following nights at this peaceful place. Overnight, Casa Machiguenga Lodge.
We will have the better part of two days to enjoy the Manu´s Wilderness, on this morning you will explore the Salvador oxbow lake famous for its population of Giant Otters who usually breeds there, they can be seen at different times of the day, this 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 easily and comfortably. 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, while exploring the forest you will also search for more species of monkeys such as white-fronted capuchin, pygmy marmoset
During the morning time, we will explore the trails that cross the Terra Firme forest, where the world-famous Brazil Nuts grows. The guide will briefly explain its biology Following the narrow trail, we walk towards the small clay lick that attracts parakeets and medium-sized macaws. The clay lick is also a highlight of the trip, where some birds congregate to eat the clay, which they need on their diet. This activity takes at least a couple of hours. We’ll spend the full afternoon walking along what is the "system of trails" in the opposite forest of the lodge and around Salvador Oxbow Lake. Apart from the lake, the forest around Salvador Lake and the lodge is 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
Casa Matsiguenka - El Dorado Lodge
This morning, we will take the motorboat to get navigate a bit downstream to access the Cocha Otorongo trails and platform. The view from the canopy tower is amazing as you would see the vegetation that encloses the lake which supports an entire family of giant river otters, large black caimans, and harpy eagles that sporadically have seen over those locations, (the lake is not open for embarkation). Moving deep into the heart of the forest is also an excellent environment to see the enormous kapok trees. These species are the emergent trees in the entire Amazon, they can reach up to 190 feet tall. Following the trails, we can encounter troops of monkeys with no fewer than six species possible such as red howler, brown capuchin, squirrel monkey, tamarins, woolly, as well as the chance for numerous other birds such as curassow, guans, return to the lodge in the afternoon for dinner time.
Casa Matsiguenka - Guadalupe Lodge
This morning, the breakfast will be arranged on the boat to optimize our time so we'll board our river transport and begin the journey down the Rio Manu back to the Rio Madre de Dios. This will be another opportunity for catching the sunrise in the amazon rainforest while floating on the motorboat. This boat journey traversing the rainforest provides chances to observe aquatic birds on the sandbars, side-necked turtles sunning on the logs, Caymans at the edge of the river, or even glimpses of the magnificent jaguar on the banks of the river. After about 4 hours of motorboat drive, we will reach the confluence of the Manu and Madre de Dios River to turn the navigation upstream. We will boat up the fast-flowing braided and clear water for a short while. We reach the Diamante Native Community where our ground transport awaits us and will transport us to the Guadalupe Lodge.
Guadalupe Lodge - Cusco
Your morning walk along our garden to learn about some medicinal plants and tropical fruits and other interesting plantations, we can easily observe many colorful birds flying over, we enjoy our tasty breakfast and get ready to pack as you will soon start hitting the road again to Cusco. The way back offers some last impressing views of the exuberant cloud forest. Do not miss the splendid views while reaching the top of the impressive mountains and the encounter of these two geographical regions. The arrival in Cusco should be around 4 pm. it would be depending on traffic conditions while driving towards the city center
Exploring the Wonders of the Amazon Rainforest in Peru, " What the Travelers says"
User Reviews & Comments
We took a trip to Manù Park reserve and would highly recommend it to anyone interested in being immersed in the heart of the jungle. Esau was our excellent guide - knowledgeable, passionate, and personable. Fernando provided us with wonderful food. Given all the logistics of traveling by van, jeep, and boat, and staying at two lodges, the trip ran remarkably smoothly. Thank you for a very special experience!
20 September, 2022
Our 8-day Manu Reserve excursion with Wild Watch Peru was a plunge into the wonder of the jungle. We were struck by the beauty and mystery of the vast array of life we saw from the riverboat and during hikes. We were amazed by the vividly colored birds, insects, flowers and also by the incredible mimicry and camouflage used by caymans, turtles and countless other critters. Our guide and naturalist, Esau, is highly skilled with deep knowledge of all things Manu. As he taught us about the flora and fauna, his passion for the land and the life it supports enhanced the richness of our experience. We would have missed most of the animal sightings without his patient guidance. And his warmth and humor were much appreciated. The rest of the crew was top-notch as well, providing us with excellent meals, skillful road and river navigation, and ongoing assistance in many ways. I highly recommend this tour and Wild Watch Peru.
20 September, 2018
had preconceived notions of what a tour through the jungle would be like, and I think they were pretty close. Dense foliage, high temps and humidity, a large variety of sounds that changed depending on the time of day, and lots of animals and insects. What I didn't expect was the vast amount of knowledge of our Wild Watch Peru guide, Esau. As an experienced naturalist, he knew every plant, animal, and insect in detail. Not only was he an expert in all things related to the rain forest, he was personable, fun, and funny. We saw many bird varieties, several different monkeys, capybara, caiman, turtles, giant otters, and one sloth in addition to different spiders, butterflies, moths, and more. How Esau could spot them was beyond me. He often first heard them but he also knew when a far-off dark shape was an animal and not a shadow of leaves. The boat crew were also very helpful in spotting animals. Our van driver and the boat crew were exceptional, spending the long days of travel navigating the rough, dirt roads and the river shallows...all with a sense of responsibility and a sense of humor. Our cook. Wow, he was good. I asked for vegetarian meals and he delivered lots of fresh fruit, vegetables, grains, and pasta. Our mornings started with an early breakfast, a snack of a fruit and something sweet around 10, lunch around 1, and dinner around 7 when we returned from our late afternoon walk into the jungle. We were never hungry. Wild Watch Peru provided the experience I had hoped for; in fact, they exceeded my expectations.
20 September, 2018
This is the only company to choose if you are visiting Manu!! The entire experience with the company was over the top. Great communications - very easy booking and payment and the whole experience exceeded our expectations. Esau- our guide is nothing short of Amazing- his intimate knowledge of the Flora and Fauna as well as the birds was incredible! Plus he is very personable and truly from the heart. He is the GUIDE for the Manu. Our chef Fernando created amazing dishes every day including a Birthday cake for me while staying at the Mastigena Lodge! His talent was much appreciated as well as his birding skills. He is a genuine person. The lodges were incredible and we loved them all, very unique, welcoming, and in beautiful settings - Our driver Jonathon was awesome and very safe and professional. Nicholas the boatman is the Best in the Region with an innate knowledge of both of the rivers. I would recommend his boating skills highly. We felt blessed to have spent 8 days with this incredible team of men who knew everything about the region and created a Trip of a Lifetime for us. Thank you again. I would highly recommend this company and if I am able to return would only use Wild Watch Peru!!
20 June, 2018