MANU 6 DAYS TOUR ON JUNE 21 2022 Best Wildlife Encounters

Our Manu Reserved Zone Tour of 6 days will take you to the remoteness of the Manu National Park. Unlike no other, this specific tour package is crafted for those wanting to access the unspoiled, and virgin areas. In less than a week. This is an express version of our guided tours, exploring the Manu Reserved Zone in all its glory. Traveling the classical overland journey from Cusco, and motorboat through the rainforest along the Madre de Dios river.
Fixed Departure on June 21st 2022
950$ per person
6 Days
Manu National Park
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Departure Location
Cusco City - Transfer from Hotels , Airport , Bus Station
Return Location
Cusco City - Transfer from Hotels , Airport , Bus Station
Tour Start Date & Time
5 June, 2022 6:00 am View other Times
  • 5 August, 2022 6:00 am
  • 20 September, 2022 6:00 am
  • 22 October, 2022 6:00 am
Additional Information
Special deals on Fixed departures: $ 790.00 per person
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
  • Entrance tickets to Manu National Park (Reserved Zone)
  • Free Storage Room in Cusco
  • Illustrated map of Manu National Park
  • Professionally Local Guide
  • Rubber Boots
  • Snacks (fresh fruits, cookies, chocolate)
  • Touristic Transportation
  • Unlimited Purified Water
Price does not include
  • Alcoholic Drinks
  • First day breakfast
  • Nights on Single Supplement
  • Services not specifically stated in the itinerary

Manu Reserved Zone Tours – 6 days Tour

Our  Manu Reserved Zone Tour of 6 days will take you to the remoteness of the Manu National Park. Unlike no other, this specific tour package is crafted for those wanting to access the unspoiled, and virgin areas. In less than a week. This is an express version of our guided tours, exploring the Manu Reserved Zone in all its glory. Traveling the classical overland journey from Cusco, and motorboat through the rainforest along the Madre de Dios river.

 Manu Reserved Zone vs  Cultural Zone.

Here some differences between the Reserved zone in contrast to the Cultural Zone of Manu. Never-the-less, it would be worth adding a few days to your program while you’re here. To explore the wilderness and all Manu has to offer, let’s get a closer view so the blue patch is the Cultural zone while the orange patch is the reserved zone,  (virtual map created on  google my maps its can enlarge)

What makes it different from visiting the  Manu Reserved Zone?

  • Reserve Zone tours generally range from 5 to 8 days. All tours start with overland transport from Cusco over the mountains and the cloud forest. Guadalupe Lodge at the base of the cloud forest is where you will spend the first night. However, some tours designed for the Manu reserved zone skip the cloud forest and cultural zone. This is only on the first day of travel. This in order to give more time, in the reserved zone section.
  • When visiting the Manu Reserve Zone, you will be accommodated in the lodges which can only be accessed by motorboat. This passes by the Limonal Ranger Station Control.
  • Due to the location, there is much more wildlife at the Reserved Zone. Larger predators inhabit these areas, surrounded by pristine forests. (Jaguar, Anaconda, Black caymans, giant river otters.)
  • The government protects these rainforests which lay under the reserved zone. Because of this, there is not much human intrusion from the outside world. This is in terms of preservation and most importantly protection.
  • Tours going to the reserved zone implies more staff in operation, so that would include; tour guides, cooks, motorboat drivers, and assistances accompanying the group. Weather conditions are similar in both areas. The temperature is especially warmer in the reserved zone at a lower elevation. The cultural zone’s temperate forest due to its proximity to the cloud forest. The rainfall likely the same in both areas.

Activities & attractions inside the Touristic / Reserved Zone of Manu

The reserved zone is a term used to refer to the location inside the Manu Park, it comprises Limonal Ranger Station at the lower Manu basin. Near to the confluence with the Alto Madre de Dios river towards Pakitza Ranger station. The following activities are exclusive of our reserved zone (up 6 days tour program)

  • Salvador Oxbow lake

One of the most favorite spots for nature lovers, wildlife enthusiasts, photographers, birders. Even for the guides, to explore this quiet environment by paddled catamarans (motorboats are prohibited). On these boats are great ways to certainly observe; giant river otters, large black caimans, aquatic birds, emperor tamarin, and even pygmy marmoset. It is a great location to catch amazing sunrises and sunsets. However, the visits to the lake are subject to scheduled times (around 2 hours for each group).  The tour guides request admittance while registering at the Limonal Ranger Station.

·         The Canopy tower at the Otorongo Oxbow Lake.

A metal tower aside from the lake, the canopy tower welcomes you the chance to capture and take in the stunning views of this wonderful section of untouched rainforest. This bird’s eye view experience is something that you would never usually encounter while exploring the forest at ground level. Winding through the trail networks, to the dock, and up the tower allow you to see; aquatic birds, caimans, and giant river otters. The lake is not open to navigation.

·         Trail Exploration in the Pristine Forest

There are at least 2 major types of primary forest you will be able to explore from Varzea, known as the seasonally flooded forest (in the high water season). Other trails you will navigate take you through Terra Firme Forest, a forest that is the habitat for the Brazil Nut (Bertholletia excelsa). Each forest and trail you pass through holds a unique wildlife collection and forest contrast. The only human intrusion to this forest was during the time of The Amazonian rubber boom. This didn’t last too long, to which most of the forest remains intact.

·         Macaw Clay Licks

Nearby Casa Matsiguenka you can visit the Macaw Clay Lick that attracts parakeets, parrots, and large macaws.  At any time during the morning parakeets congregate and start to gather to eat the clay. This is an important part of their diet. This activity is only available during the dry season and dependent on a few other factors. The second accessible clay licks are located in the vicinity of the Limonal ranger station. Both attract medium-sized macaws, parrots, and much more parakeets.

The Maizal Clay lick i’s probably the best one to visit, in terms of large macaws that are abundant but currently lack any infrastructure. It’s located in the Intangible Manu Area (further up of Pakitza) But yet prohibited for tourists to explore that far. Besides the mentioned clay lick the Blanquillo it’s fabled as the most visited and is located beyond the Park, in the lower Madre de Dios Basin.

·         Boat navigation along the Manu River

The boat navigation itself along the Manu River is one of the highlights of these excursions. Here is a place like no other. In these spots, the chances of encountering a wildcat are heightened. Catch a glimpse of jaguars, and big mammals (Tapirs, Capybaras). Not to mention the large caimans that can be seen lounging on the river banks. Through animal monitoring, most wildlife is reported in its prime during the dry season.

The weather also plays a key role to perform good wildlife sightings. The recommended times to venture for navigation would be early in the morning or late in the afternoon. This is also the perfect time for exploring the river after heavy rain at any time or when friajes (cold fronts) are gone.

  • Tours hosted at the exclusive Casa Matsiguenka

Most of the tour-designed programs that go and stay at Casa Matsiguenka (the core of the park) require a minimum of a week of traveling by ground from Cusco and river transport from Atalaya or Shipeteari Port.

The location of the Casa Matsiguenka plays an important role in achieving a real experience in the wilderness and accomplish in visiting the most natural attractions inside the Park. The Lodge is a luxury area to say you are in the Amazon. Well situated on the left side of the Manu River. Each bungalow has two beds with mosquito netting.  Shared bathroom facilities are in a separate building.  We generate our electricity with solar panels. There is also a separate building with a kitchen and a small dining room. On top of that, the people who run this lodge are Matsiguenka Natives, which makes it different from the other lodge management in the Southern Amazon Rainforest.

  • Larger Kapok Trees

Now, these trees are impressive. Kapok trees are much larger in the whole Manu Basin.  There is one along the trail that goes to Otorongo Owbox Lake. However, there are few giant trees in the vicinity of Machuwasy Lake (Cultural Zone)

This express tour takes you into the Real Amazon experience. Divulge yourself with the monkeys, brightly colored birds, and creatures that live here. To be able to witness a part of nature that is on the decline. Travel through the wilderness, to the unseen locations we have to offer.

Manu Cultural Zone Features

    • Contrary to the Reserve Zone. Tours designed only for the Cultural Zone of Manu National Park, do not enter the Reserved area.
    • Most of the Cultural Zone or Buffers Zone is adjacent to the park and supports most of the pressure from human activities. The cultural zone has unquestionably a vital role to play. It literally acts as the shield that protects the park from outside pressure.
    • Mosquitos along the cultural Zone aren’t a big problem except during dusk and during night-time. There is much more to deal with if going into the Manu Reserved Zone.
    • Short guided tours of 3, 4, and 5 days only go to the edge of the park or cultural zone. The journey is the same as a transect from the Andes, Cloud forest to the tropical rainforest of 500 meters in elevation. So you don’t get much of a feel for the lowland rainforest on short tours.
    • If you take a tour into the Reserved Zone, you should be accompanied by a registered tour operator and licensed guide.  (Authorisation and tickets are requested at the Limonal Ranger Station). However, the Cultural Zone is easy to explore independently. (Registration or tickets are not needed when to enter this entire zone.) It is more than advisable to hire a local guide to visit the stunning attractions.

If you are ready for adventure and are looking to immerse yourself into the Amazonian world. This is the tour for you.


  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
  • Day 4
  • Day 5
  • Day 6
Day 1

Cusco - Guadalupe Lodge

Departure from Cusco in the morning time (pick up from your hotels), the beginning of the Manu. The 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 disembark 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 where 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 and monkeys 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 at Guadalupe Lodge.
Day 2

Guadalupe Lodge - Casa Matsiguenka

We depart after having early morning breakfast, along with the driving toward the Diamante native Community (4 hours by car) we can appreciate the view of how we will leave behind the Andean Mountain and getting immersed into the dense rainforest, amazing views of the river flowing towards the horizon and gradually the mountains disappearing and much flatter of evergreen forest, you will be able to observe myriads of colorful birds such as; macaws, parrots, toucans, caciques, oropendolas, this road section it’s the newest transect across mature and pristine rainforest in the lower basin of the Alto Madre de Dios River, this travel route provides good chances to observe some interesting wildlife such as peccaries, monkeys that may wander along the road. Once at Diamante native community, we embark on a motorboat and navigate down (30 minutes) 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. In the mid-afternoon, we pass by the trailhead of the Otorongo Oxbow Lake, where we will be able to walk inside of pristine and to have an impression of how the forest looks like it by inside, there is a trail network that allows visiting a canopy tower that overlooks the Otorongo lake 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 continue navigating some additional 40 minutes to reach the Casa Matsigueka lodge which it´s set aside a short distance from the Rio Manu in the heart of Manu National Park and staying the following nights at this peaceful place with pristine surroundings. * Night walks are optional and depend on travelers' desires.
Day 3

Casa Matsiguenka (Lake Exploration , Trails , Macaw Clay Lick )

We will have the better part of our journey 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, large predators such as; Black caiman can be seen at the edge of the lake, this tour will take most of the morning time. (Please notice that the time to visit the Salvador lagoon on this day is subject to availability) During the midday, we walk across a mature forest populated by the large & majestic Brazil nut trees following the main path we reach the Macaw Clay Lick which is also one of the highlights of the trip, the large and noisy Red and Green Macaws among a few parrots and parakeets gather all together and perch on a cliff and they can be observed eating some piece of clay. Overnight at the casa Machiguenga
Day 4

Casa Matsiguenka – (Trails)

This morning we have breakfast at the lodge, then we will explore the system of trails" that links Casa Matsiguenka to Cocha Otorongo lake which allows us to leisurely stroll on flat trails the rest of the morning time, we will also search for more species of monkeys such as white-fronted capuchin, Pygmy Marmoset, Emperor Tamarins, Red Howler monkeys, and the large and charismatic black spider monkeys on the canopy. In fact, this is the forest section where visitors will be able to observe a large number of primates From noon we explore the mixed habitats and wonderful section of untouched rainforest initially the route takes us, 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 peccaries or other big mammals, overnight at the lodge. * Chances for a night walk, visit the clay lick or explore the Salvador oxbow lake Again ** Depends on availability
Day 5

Casa Matsiguenka - Guadalupe Lodge

This morning, the breakfast will be arranged on the boat to optimize our time so we'll board us, 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.
Day 6

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.

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