CUSCO JUNGLE TOUR

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Paradise blessed with the greatest biodiversity in the world, inhabited by native communities that still keep alive their ancestral traditions and live in harmony with nature. This fascinating destination is surrounded by beautiful landscapes and exotic animals in the Peruvian Amazon. Becoming an ideal place for those who love nature and like an experiential tourism.

Manu Rainforest Peru 

The National Park of Manu, World Heritage of Humanity, is one of the areas with the greatest biodiversity on the planet. It is located in the departments of Cusco (province of Paucartambo, district of Kosñipata) and Madre de Dios (province of Manu, districts of Fitzcarrald and Manu), covering the whole of the Manu River basin.

Located in the south of Peru, in the eastern sector of the Andes mountain range and western edge of the Amazon basin, it is the only park in Latin America that includes the entire range of environments from tropical lowland to frigid punas, above 4,000 msnm.

The Park was created on May 29, 1973, has an area of 1,716,295.22 hectares and is one of the best destinations for nature tourism. In the lower basin of the Manu River, the exuberance of the Amazon plain stands out. There are up to five recommended areas for tourist visits, with a high diversity of flora and fauna: Salvador, Otorongo, Juárez, Pakitza and Limonal. All navigable circuits in the lakes or oxbow lakes, where you can see the river wolves and the black lizard.

One of the main attractions of the Park are the collpas, habitat of flocks of guacayamos, as well as other species of fauna, that come in search of food. The park is home to some 221 species of mammals, such as the otorongo, black tiger, sachavaca, sajino, deer, ronsoco, black maquisapa, among others. As for birds, the harpy eagle, jabiru, pink spatula, jungle goose and cock of the rocks stand out.

Inside the Park there is a metal tower 18 meters high and a raised path with platform that facilitates the best bird watching and the immensity of the forest from the treetops.

For a spectacular view it is recommended to get to the Tres Cruces viewpoint and appreciate the sunrise, as well as two opposite landscapes: the Andean mountain range and the cloud forest. It is better to go between May and August, when the sky is clear and allows to see the appearance of the sun twice during the same sunrise, due to a phenomenon of nature.

The Manu has one of the most renowned research centers for the Amazon: the biological station of Cocha Cashu, as well as an interpretation center in the surveillance post of Limonal.

Much of the park is indigenous territory. Here live 30 peasant communities that maintain the Quechua language as their mother tongue and several native Amazonian populations such as the Matsiguenka, Amahuaca, Yine, Amarakaeri, Huashipaire and Nahua peoples. In addition there are indigenous populations in voluntary isolation called uncontacted. The cultural richness of the place is also evident in archaeological sites that have not yet been studied.

Manu Jungle Weather

The climatic conditions of the Manu National Park are highly variable. The climate is generally very rainy and the rainfall varies according to the altitude. In the southern zone (which is the highest) is recorded from 1,500 to 2,000 mm per year. In the middle sector it increases from 3,000 to 3,500 mm. The highest record is reached in the northwest sector with more than 8,000 mm. In the dry season, from May to September, rainfall decreases and the temperature decreases. The thermal regime is also very variable, since the Amazon area is warm, with an average annual temperature of 25.6 ° C, and the Andean zone is cold with an average annual temperature of 8 ° C.

Manu National Park Tours from Cusco

Within the park, there are areas enabled for tourists and visitors, and other areas are limited only for the entry of researchers. In the area of tourists, there are accommodation facilities. Next to the best hotels and / or lodges, there are guided tours for tourists, as well as housing and work facilities for researchers and scientists.
To visit the Manu National Park, you must first carry out a land trip or flight rental from Cusco, through Paucartambo, until you reach the park area and then continue with the river tour. The trip is full of beautiful Andean landscapes and the entrance of the forest surface is of indescribable beauty.

Cusco to Manu distance

The distance from Cusco to the Manu National Park is approximately 10 hours driving.

From Cuzco, there is an alucine road through the mountains and jungle that reaches the Manu National Park. The ideal is to start the route early in the morning to be able to see the breathtaking landscapes along this trip that first crosses a paved road that later becomes a trail and ends at the end to continue traveling by river. Although the ideal is to make the trip in a private transport, there are also different public transport options, and are from 5 hours to more that take you to one of the most diverse natural protected areas on the planet.

The route starts from the city of Cusco towards Paucartambo, in the valley of the Mapacho River. Here you arrive after 2 hours of travel going south and then taking a detour that climbs a mountain by a zig zag to finally become a trail. From up here you can see to the left side of the road to the snowy Pitusiray of the Sacred Valley and to the Ausangate, the sacred mountain of Cusco, to stand out among the mountains to the right of the affirmed way. During this entire stretch there is no telephone signal or supply points until you reach Paucartambo, where there is also a Banco de la Nación. For these reasons, this beautiful town with a colonial bridge and beautiful houses is ideal for restocking and communicating before continuing the journey along a desolate route. This is the last valley before climbing the last mountains of the mountains in the Eastern Cordillera to start descending to the Amazon.

After an hour’s climb you will arrive at the entrance to the Manu National Park in the Acjanaco pass (3560 masl), with a spectacular view of the cloud forest of Kosñipata, which in Quechua means “place where there is smoke”. The name is clear to see the layer of clouds covering the low jungle and mixing with the mountains that are lost inside. Thus begins the magical descent to Manu. Very close to Acjanaco is the Wayqecha Biological Station, the NGO ACCA (Association for the Conservation of the Amazon Basin), a research hostel but also enabled for tourists with an unbeatable view of the cloud forest and a diversity of amazing birds and orchids.

Manu National Park Accommodation

Within the tour to Manu, which should always be done with a travel agency, is already included the accommodation service in specialized lodges of each agency, so it is not possible to find hotels within the Manu National Park.

The lodge in Manu, also known as Tambo, consists of a large complex of rooms under the same roof, these offer rooms and all the necessary services for your stay. However, you can also find private bungalows.

These bungalows are equipped with solar panels, which provide hot water, electricity and fans. Each Bungalow consists of the main room, a private bathroom and a small balcony with hammocks to relax in absolute privacy.

If you want to visit and explore the incredible biodiversity that the National Park of Manu, we offer a ride to level of luxury and comfort

Manu Jungle Trips Review

• Stunning Manu National Park

I loved the experience, we went with a guide for 5 days and although it rained many days it was impressive, we slept in cabins and we walked through the jungle, we sailed in canoes and saw the animals live, a great experience.

• Deep in the Amazon.

The wildlife center is 7 hours from Puerto Maldonado by van and boat. The clay lick Guacamaya is the highlight. And Oxbow Lake is rich with bugs. 3 days is enough. The little cabins are great and the food is good quality-style.

• Manu National Park

Definitely a super experience! Joel and his staff were very nice and the tour was brave! The excellent chefs and deli deli food. We walked, we laughed and we had a lot of fun in the jungle. I loved! Thank you very much! 🙂

Jungle Travel Tips

  1. Wear light and light clothing, swimwear, something waterproof (if it rains), sandals and mosquito repellents. The rainy season is from January to March, but unexpected rain can occur all year round. The recommended season is April – December.
  2. Apply the vaccine against yellow fever 72 hours in advance.
  3. Also, it is very important to wear sunglasses with UV protection, sunscreen and lipstick. These with the authorized agencies to make the crossing: Vilca Expeditions, Manu Tambopata Travel, Matsiguenka House, Manu Expeditions, Amazon, Peru rails and Manu Learning Center.
  4. Due to height, dizziness, headache and nausea are common. Therefore, it is advisable to hydrate with coca infusions and take remedies such as Coramina, Gravol or Sorojchi pills.