- 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
- Illustrated map of Manu National Park
- Professionally Local Guide
- Rubber Boots
- Snacks (fresh fruits, cookies, chocolate)
- Unlimited Purified Water
- Alcoholic Drinks
- First day breakfast
- Nights on Single Supplement
- Tips to the Staff
The Manu 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. Further more, 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.
The Complete Manu Tour
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 travelling in an area which 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, possibilities 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 which lies on the doorstep of Cusco is a must see for any traveller.
Experience Wilderness 8 days Manu Tour
Be ready for creating a once in a life-time experiences 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 boat, the aquatic birds and reptiles along the shores.
- Also, if you’re feeing brave. Grab your torches for night walks to observe the most bizarre living creatures that dwell in the darkness; praying mantis, millipedes, grasshoppers, colourful frogs, slender and the 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 Eagle.
- The riverboat excursions are lifetime experience 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 sound 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
- 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 onto 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
- Breakdown of Day 1;
- Start Time: 4.30/5.00/5.30. (Depending on chosen Tour.)
- Duration: Approx 7 hours travel.
- Locations on Route: Ninamarca - Pre-Inca Tombs. / Paucartambo - Colonial Town. / Acjanaco Pass.
- Guadalupe Lodge - final destination.
Early departure from Cusco in the morning, 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 - El Dorado Lodge
- Breakdown of Day 2;
- Authentic Peruvian breakfast at Guadalupe Lodge.
- Arrive at Atalaya Port - Boat Trip down the Madre De Dios River.
- 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 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 3 hours, you will reach the El Dorado Lodge , this boat jouerney will be exciting to look for some aquatic wildlife; capibaras , birds and caimans basking long the river bank. In the mid-afternoon, you will ramble through the primary forest searching for some families of monkeys, peccaries, in the meantime, you will be provided with some explanations about medicinal plants, reptiles as well as mammals.
Eventually the motor boat will return you back at the Lodge.
El Dorado Lodge - Casa Matsiguenka
- Breakdown of Day 3;
- Breakfast at Guadalupe Lodge.
- Macaw Clay Lick.
- Enter Manu National Park - Boat Trip, Madre De Dios River.
- Arrival at Casa Matsiguenka Lodge.
On this morning we will have chance to visit to the Macaw Clay Lick, which is located in the vicinity of the Lodge. Later we continue our trip by motor boat 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 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 jaguar and other wildlife.
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 Matsiguenka Lodge.
- Breakdown of Day 4;
- Salvador Oxbow Lake - River paddling, Beaver watch.
- Casa Matsiguenka Lodge.
We will have the better part of two days to enjoy the Manu´s Wilderness. In the morning, we will explore the Salvador oxbow lake, famous for its population of Giant Otters that usually breed here. They can be seen at different times of the day, these gregarious and playful carnivores spend good deal of their time fishing or playing by any side of the lake. Even just taking a sunbath on their favourite floating 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, pygmy marmoset. Apart from the lake, the forest around Salvador Lake and the lodge has some of the best Amazonian rainforest we have seen. A beautiful network of trails allows us to leisurely stroll on flat trails the rest of the day. Overnight: Casa Matsiguenka lodge
- Breakdown of Day 5;
- Trails of the Terra Firme Forest - Brazil nut.
- Narrow Trail to Clay Lick.
- System of trails - Motorboat to Cocha Otorongo trail, Canopy Tower, Kapok Trees, Monkey Watch.
- Casa Matsiguenka Lodge.
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 takes 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, they can reach up 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 - El Dorado Lodge
- Breakdown of Day 6;
- Boat Trip down the Madre De Dios River - Side-necked Turtles, Caimans.
- Boca Manu.
- Arrive at El Dorado Lodge.
This morning we’ll board our boat and begin the journey down the Rio Manu back to the Rio Madre de Dios, returning to 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 wildcats, caimans and birds.
After about four hours we will reach Boca Manu for brief stop and to refuel our boat and exploring the lower portion of the Madre de Dios, we get settled for lunch time and likely with enough time to walk around, Overnight at El Dorado Lodge.
El Dorado Lodge - Guadalupe Lodge
- Breakdown of Day 7;
- Breakfast at El Dorado Lodge.
- Macaw Clay Lick - Parrot party.
- Boat trip down Madre de Dios arriving at Atalaya Port.
- Night Walks - Guadalupe Lodge.
On this morning we walk some 10 min to reach the Macaw Clay Lick, where we can observe several parrots such as; Mealy Parrots, Blue Headed Parrots, Yellow Crowned Parrots and the Orange Cheeked Parrots as well as the Cobalt Winged Parakeets. Many chestnuts fronted macaws will congregate to gather and lick some minerals from the old river banks, initially they will perch on the trees around and later flying down to the exposed cliff.
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 capybaras, the world’s largest rodent, keep a close watch for others animals that rest along the river banks.
We will eventually depart Manus Wilderness for our return trip towards the upper Madre de Dios River and our re-introduction into civilisation; after one hour of overland transportation we reach the Guadalupe Lodge time to encounter some creatures that dwell during the night time walks. We will have dinner and spend the overnight at Guadalupe Lodge.
Guadalupe Lodge - Cusco
- Breakdown of Day 8;
- Morning walks. Bird watch. Breakfast.
- Drive through the Cloud Forest. Waterfalls, animals. / Journey back to Cusco.
- Arrival in Cusco approx 5pm.
Guided morning walks 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.
The return trip will give us more opportunities to take glimpses of animals , birds along the Cloud forest with impressing views of the exuberant vegetation’s and majestic mountains that we approach while ascending to the Andean mountain range, The arrival in Cusco should be around 5pm.
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|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 Cream Sun 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.|