- Tour Plan
- Additional Info
- Similar Tours
- Accommodation on double bed room
- Activities Listed in the Program
- All meals included (vegetarian, vegan mentioned in advance)
- Best available Lodges in the area
- Duffel Bags for Travelling Light
- Entrance Fees to the Guadalupe Ecological Reserve
- Entrance tickets to Manu National Park (Reserved Zone)
- Free Storage Room in Cusco
- Professionally Local Guide
- Rubber Boots
- Snacks (fresh fruits, cookies, chocolate)
- Alcoholic Drinks
- First day breakfast
- International flights
- Services not specifically stated in the itinerary
Manu National Park by Aircraft
Wild Watch Peru offers exclusive tours to the most pristine area of the Manu National Park by Charter Flights, operated by the modern 9 passenger Cessna Grand Caravan EX aircraft operated by HTS a reliable US company that has expanded their operations to Peru.
Tours Including flights from Cusco
Having a tight schedule or limited time is not going to be the major barrier to explore “the best of Peru in terms of wildlife and nature” matching it ideally to anyone’s travel schedule.
The flight time is around 45 minutes to the Boca Manu Airstrip so our dates of departure are programmed according to the demand of travelers on irregular dates. This trip can be easily arranged for groups of 4 participants minimum.
Premium Rainforest in a Short time!
The wildlife of the Manu National Park is one most diverse in the world however most of the park was inaccessible to visitors. It demanded a significant number of days traveling along the high mountains and cloud forest on the way in and Out that has significantly retraced the journeys.
Visiting the Manu National Park by flights optimizes your time by far being able to reach the remoteness of the park. Pakitza surroundings where jaguars have seen lately. The lodging is placed at Casa Matsiguenka Lodge surrounded by large trees in the pristine rainforest so an ideal place to enjoy a peaceful environment.
Shortening the travel time …
To visit the Manu National Park, the reserved area was not possible so most programs were rigid and requesting a minimum 6 days and depending on arduous overland transport from Cusco. As a matter of fact, the Park was less visited and the traffic of boats on the Manu river basin was minimum. The forest and rivers remain less impacted. In contrast to other rainforest destinations In Peru; Iquitos and Tambopata. Both have become more visited and gained much more popularity due to facilities for larger tourism scale.
The Reserved Zone of Manu holds much more wildlife and tourist gets a real immersion and true isolation from modern life with only 4 days or even less time.
Manu National Park – Biodiversity Records
See Wildlife Records:
- 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)
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Minivan Ride from 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 colourful 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. Next stop will occur in the village of Paucartambo which features 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 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! The lush and misty cloud forest surrounded by massive rocks and waterfalls is perhaps the most fragile and threatened type of rainforest. In such 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
Guadalupe Lodge - River Boat Trip to Casa Matsiguenka
Enjoy waking up and taking breakfast early in the morning then You will be transferred to the Atalaya port where you can appreciate the view of myriads of colourful birds and a rich wildlife. At Atalaya river’s deck, embark in a motor boat and navigate down this crystalline river of Madre de Dios.
After 4 hours, you will reach 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 up river 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.
before dusk, 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 Matsiguenka Lodge.
Casa Matsiguenka - Salvadore Lake - Trails Explorations
We will have the better part of two days to enjoy the Manu´s Wilderness, On this mornign 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, these gregarious and playful carnivorous spend 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, while exploring the forest you wil ll also search for more species of monkeys such as white fronted capuchin, pygmy marmoset. Apart from the lake, the forest around Salvador Lake and the lodge is some of the best Amazonian rainforest we have seen, and a nice network of trails allows us to leisurely stroll on flat trails the rest of the day. (Please notice that the time to visit the Salvador lagoon on this day its subject of availability)
Casa Matsiguenka - Otorongo Canopy Tower - Trails
During the morning time you will explore the trails that crosses the Terra Firme forest, where the world famous brazil Nuts grows, the guide will briefly explain about it 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, early in the morning these birds congregates to eat the clay, which they need on their diet, this activity might take at least a couple of hours.
We’ll spend full afternoon walking along what is the "system of trails" in the opposite forest of the lodge then we will take the motor boat 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 that 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 the can reach up 190 feet tall, following the trails we could 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 - Boca Manu Airport - Flight to Cusco
On this morning we take our return trip by motor boat along the Manu river downstream, wildlife sights has great possibilities on this morning as we will be leaving as early possible , we maybe able to see large black caimans, capibaras even the large wildcats then we to reach the Limonal Park Ranger Station for check OUT. We will arrive to the Boca Manu airstrip and will be taking our flight back to Cusco that usually last 45 minutes.
*Please bear in mind flights schedule depends or weather conditions!
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*Please bear in mind flights schedule depends or weather conditions!
|Wellington BootsProvided 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, cottonshirts 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 CreamSun Glasss
|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|
|Waterproofraincoat/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.|