Cusco Manu National Park Amazon Tour
Our six days Cusco Manu National Park Amazon Tour takes you deep into Manu National Park. It is the most significant part of the renowned Amazon Rainforest that dominates South America. Manu National Park Amazon is spread over 1,532,806 hectares (1.5 million hectares).
This is one of the most visited regions in the Peruvian Amazon. Not only because of its close proximity to Cusco – gateway to Machu Picchu, but also because Manu is home to countless flora and fauna.
Manu National Park Amazon rises from 150 meters above sea level to 4200 meters above sea level. It is divided into three zones – Manu Core Zone, Manu Reserved Zone, and Cultural Zones. Access to Manu Core Zone is restricted to scientists and researchers. UNESCO recognized Manu as one of the world heritage sites in 1987.
This six-day Cusco Manu National Park Amazon Tour with our local crew takes you to the heart of the Peruvian jungle. You will be able to see the biodiversity that exists in the Amazon rainforest. The experience also includes many activities in the biosphere reserve like birdwatching, jaguar spotting, night safaris, survival lessons, visits to lakes, spotting different species of birds, and more.
We are a family-owned local tour operator from the Palotoa community in Manu National Park Amazon. We take pride in employing locals from the community. They have extensive knowledge about the flora and fauna, trails, and indigenous culture and traditions.
- Package / Tour: Manu National Park 6 Days.
- Price 2022: Contact us for prices.
- Group price: Contact us for group prices.
- Locations Visited: Manu Reserved Zone.
- Frequency: Contact us for more information.
- Physical Grading: 1-2-3-4-5
NOTE: Our Cusco Manu National Park Amazon Tour involves several trips by bus and boat. The weather in certain areas is unpredictable. The program may be subject to change at any time without notice.
Day 1 – Cusco – Paradise Lodge
Early in the morning, we will be picking you up from your hotel in Cusco. Then in our private transport, we will be driving you from the Andes to Amazon. As it is a long drive, we will be having a couple of stops at some interesting sites on our way.
Our first stop will be at a remote town called Nincamarca. It is home to pre Incan funeral towers from the Lupacas civilization. Here our local expert will be giving you a guided tour of the site and will be explaining to you the prominence of the site.
We will then continue our drive to Paucartambo. It is a folkloric town. People here are untouched by modernity. Most of them still continue to converse in Quechua.
After getting an insight into the life and culture here, we will be driving up the hill to the viewpoint of Tres Cruces from where you will have a panoramic view of the Amazon basin. From here, we will descend through the cloud forest of the Manu National Park.
We will have a brief stop here. The region is home to the Peruvian National Bird – Andean Cock of the Rock. Here you will also be able to spot different and distinct breeds of Monkeys like the wooly monkey. Our local expert will be giving you a detailed tour.
Day 2 – Paradise Lodge – Boca Manu – Hummingbird Lodge:
We will be waking you up to an authentic Amazonian breakfast. Then we will be driving you to the Atalaya port. On our way, we will be stopping at a viewpoint to get a panoramic view of the Peruvian Amazon and Alto Madre de Dios river.
We will also be visiting a local farm where you will be able to see local farmers producing different types of tropical fruits. We will also be visiting a cocoa plantation.
Once at Atalaya port, we will be taking a boat on the Madre de Dios river. On this journey, you will be able to see different species of butterflies and birds.
This includes parrots, vultures, oropendolas, and others. This pristine forest is also home to capybaras and harpy eagles. They are massive jungle rodents.
At around 0500 PM, we will be reaching the serene Hummingbird Lodge. We will be accommodating you in an ensuite private room. After dinner, we will be doing a night safari to spot some nocturnal creatures like tarantulas, snakes, and scorpions.
Day 3 – Hummingbird Lodge – Casa Matsiguenka
Early in the morning, after breakfast, we will be checking out of the Hummingbird Lodge. Leaving behind the clear waters of the Madre De Dios river, we will be entering the clay-laden waters of the Manu River.
We will be having a brief stop at Limonal Control where we will have to present the permits to the Park Rangers. We will then sail for five hours on the Manu River. The beaches here are full of nesting birds, feeding herons, Orinoco, and egrets. You will also be able to spot some black and white caimans.
Over a hundred sand-colored nightjars roost during the day on logs and beaches. Here you will also be able to spot Jaguars. This region is also home to red howler monkeys and squirrel monkeys. We will be stopping for lunch amidst the jungle.
Casa Matsiguenka lodge:
We will then reach the Casa Matsiguenka lodge that nestles on the shores of Cocha Salvador Lake. The lodge is managed by the Matsiguenka community. There are many interesting trails around the lodge where Matsiguenkas, as locals, guide the tours.
We will be spending the afternoon exploring some interesting trails in this pristine Amazon rainforest area. Then we will be visiting the Cocha Otorongo lake which houses a 20 meters high observation tower in the rainforest canopy.
You will have a panoramic view of the lake and the wildlife from here. You will also be able to see giant otters here.
Then we will return to the lodge for dinner. After dinner, we will have the option of experiencing the night tour of the jungle where you can spot more nocturnal creatures.
We will be sailing on the boat for the night tour, so you will also have the opportunity to spot black caimans, Olingos, ocelots, etc.
After the tour of the lowland rainforest, we will return to the lodge.
Day 4 – Casa Matsiguenka
You will be waking up to the sounds of chipping birds amidst the Amazon Rainforest. After relishing an Amazonian breakfast, we will be spending the rest of the morning at Lake Cocha Salvador. We will be canoeing on the lake and from the floating platform, you will be able to spot wildlife of the Oxbow lake.
Here, we will also see Agami Heron or Sungrebe, brown capuchin monkeys, and more. There are specially constructed stones that jot out into the lake.
From here you will get to see families of giant otters that inhabit here. These are the world’s largest freshwater carnivores remaining in Manu. Each of these animals consumes between 4-5 kilos of fish a day. You will often spot them eating fish on the lakeside.
We will be spending the rest of the day hiking on the trails and looking for the thirteen iconic species of monkeys. The region is also home to many medicinal plants. Our guide will be explaining its uses in detail.
On this trail, we will also spot groups of Peccaries. They are a species of new world pigs. We will then see the sunset and return to Casa Matsiguenka lodge for dinner.
Day 5 – Casa Matsiguenka – Palotoa Ecological Reserve
After breakfast, we will be checking out from Casa Matsiguenka Lodge and sail for four hours down the Boca Manu river.
Often you will be able to spot many distinct animals on the shores. We will then continue on the Madre de Dios river for five hours till we reach our own Palotoa Amazon Lodge.
The lodge nestles in the heart of the rainforest. The location makes it ideal for local conservation groups and bird watchers to set bases and explore the rainforest. After dinner, we will be doing a night tour to spot some nocturnal creatures here.
Day 6 – Palotoa Ecological Reserve – Cusco
After breakfast, we will take the boat to Atalaya port. Here we will meet our private transportation and will drive back to Cusco. We will be reaching Cusco at around 5:00 PM.
OVERVIEW & ITINERARY:
- Start: Cusco
- End: Cusco
- Style: Original
- Type: Adventure and biodiversity
- Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
- Age Minimum: 08 years with their parents, 18 without parents
- Group size: Minimum 2 Maximum 08
- Tour Route and altitude
- Cusco (3,300m.s.n.m.) – Andes- (3830m.s.n.m.) Cloud Forest (1,500m.s.n.m.),Amazon Basin (290m.s.n.m.) Manu National Park covers an area of 1716 292 22 million hectares, and is categorized as one of the most extensive parks in South America.
IMAGES MANU NATIONAL PARK
MANU RESERVED ZONE TOUR INCLUDES:
- Private boat and bus
- Rubber boots and rain poncho
- All accommodations and Lodges
- Professional bilingual guide from the jungle.
- Mineral water every time.
- First-Aid Kit
- 3 meals per day, it includes vegetarian food option and snack
- Professional Chef
- Entrance to the Hot Spring
- Entrance Fee to “Manu National Park and “Palotoa Ecological Reserve”
YOU SHOULD BRING
- Repellent with a minimum of 40% deet
- Good Binoculars
- Camera with extra batteries
- Flashlight with extra batteries
- Sun lotion
- Pocket money
- Water bottle
- Sun hat
- Swimming suit.
Frequently asked questions
Where is the Manu national Park located?
Located in the southeast of Peru, in the provinces of Paucartambo in Cusco and Manu in Madre de Dios.
It has an area of 1’717’295.22 hectares.
How to get to Manu National Park Peru?
Manu is 130 kilometers from Cusco city traveling by road, which interacts as a gateway to the Manu National Park. You can also get to Puerto Maldonado by land from Cusco or by air through Lima. From there you can ride the mother river of God by boat. and you can get to the Manu Reserve. but it is more far and expensive.
When is the best time to visit Manu National Park?
The best time to visit is between April and November, during the dry season. The rainy season is from February to March, when access by road becomes more difficult and when the paths in the forest can be flooded.
What is the difference between the cultural zone and the reserved zone?
The Manu National Park is divided into three parts: cultural zone or buffer zone, reserved zone or core zone and the intangible zone. The cultural zone and the reserved zone are for tourist use. The intangible zone is used exclusively for scientific studies and with special permits. More details see section Manu.
Do I need to be in good physical condition to travel?
It is not a requirement, but one must be able to walk a path of several kilometers to fully enjoy what Manu has to offer.
Do vaccines are needed for yellow fever and malaria?
In the Manu National Park there are no reports of cases of yellow fever, malaria and malaria however if you want to stay longer in tropical places it is better to consult with your doctor.
Unforgettable trip to Manu reserved zone
We have just come back from an amazing and unforgettable trip to Manu rainforest in the reserved zone with Palotoa Amazon travel.
Even though we were there in low season (January) we saw so many animals including tapirs, otters, caimans, 8 types of monkeys, sloths, macaws and various other birds.
The trip was even more amazing because of our guide (owner of the company) and his wonderful team. We got really nice and varied food, which we appreciated. Overall we will highly recommend this company for three reasons.
1: They plan many activities so already at day 2 we started seeing many animals and exploring the forest.
2: The owner is from the area and mostly hires people from the area, so you support the local communities. Since they are from the area, they are also amazing at spotting wildlife.
3: Abel is a wonderful person with many interesting stories and we really enjoyed his company on the trip.
Was eager and was not disappointed
We had a lot of expectation from this tour as they said that we will be visiting the zone deep inside the Amazon. We are very content and infact this was above and beyond our expectations. Palotoa did a very smooth trip and took care of everything. We had a very nice guide with his help animal spotting was very easy, learnt a lot about different plants and flowers too. Exceptional experience.
Wonderful wildlife, excellent guide & crew
Many tours say they go to “Manu”, but many only go into the buffer zone surrounding the reserve. This tour actually goes into the protected zone, where a guide is required. Our guide, was excellent, as were all the crew: driver, boat captain, cook & helpers, all of whom helped with wildlife spotting. The lodges are very basic, as expected. But it is worth it for the abundance of wildlife, including many birds, caiman, giant river otters, and several species of monkeys. Highly recommend Palotoa Amazon Travel.