Ecological Adventures Manu 5 Days
Ecological Adventures Manu Trip takes you deeper into the Manu National Reserve in the Peruvian Amazon Rainforest. The five days Manu Ecological Adventure offers a close contact with mother nature.
The Amazon Rainforest which stretches to a majority of countries in South America is the biggest rainforest in the world. Manu National Park is a popular destination. Primarily because of its close proximity to Cusco. This allows travellers to experience it before or after their trip to Machu Picchu.
Stretched in over 1,532,806 hectares, Manu is the largest tropical jungle in the Americas. Manu National Park has different tiers of lush tropical forest rising from 150 metres above sea level to 4200 metres. In 1987, Manu was recognized as the World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Palotoa Amazon Travel is a family owned local tour operator from the Palotoa community in Manu National Park. All our crew members are locals from Manu. They have an extensive knowledge about the flora and fauna. By giving them an employment opportunity and exposure to tourism we aim to enhance their life.
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- Package / Tour: Manu Jungle Exploring 5D/4N
- Price 2020: USD$ 580.00 in a group
- Locations Visited: Manu National park
- Frequency: 6 Times of week
- Physical Grading: 1-2-3-4-5
Overview & Itinerary
- Start: Cusco
- End: Cusco
- Group size: Minimum 4 Maximum 10
- Style: Original
- Type: Adventure and biodiversity
- Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
- Age Minimum: 08 years with their parents
- Tour Route and altitude Cusco (3,300m.s.n.m.) – Andes- (3830m.s.n.m.) Cloud Forest (1,500m.s.n.m.),Amazon Basin (350m.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.
PLEASE NOTE: Our Ecological Adventures Manu program 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 to Manu National Reserve. As the journey is longer, we will be having a couple of stops at some interesting sites on our way.
We will be stopping at the pre Inca funeral towers of Ninamarca. Here, our guide will be giving you a guided tour of the site and will explain the importance of the towers to Pre Inca civilization.
We will then continue our journey with a stop at the folkloric town of Paucartambo. This town is very cultural. We will be giving you a brief guided tour here.
From here, we will be driving you up the hill to the viewpoint of Tres Cruces. From here, you will have a panoramic view of the Amazon basin.
Then we will be descending through the easter slope to Manu National Park. As we will be reaching the cloud forest of San Pedro, our local expert will be giving you a tour of the region. It is here you can spot the Peruvian national bird, Andean Cock of the rock.
The region is also home to different breeds of monkeys and rich in native flora and fauna. We will then continue to Paradise lodge where you will be accommodated for the night.
Day 2: Paradise Lodge – Palotoa Ecological Reserve
We will be serving an authentic Amazonian breakfast. Then we will drive you to the port of Atalaya. On our way, we will have a brief stop at a viewpoint. From here you will have a panoramic view of the Amazon jungle and river.
Once in Atalaya port, we will be embarking on a motor boat to an Amazonian town called Aguas Calientes. It is home to the natural hot springs. On this short boat ride, you will be able to see different species of animals and birds.
We will then continue our trip to Palotoa Eco Lodge. Here we will be accommodating you in an ensuite private room. Later that night, we will be serving an Amazonian meal for dinner.
After dinner, we will embark on a night safari. On this short tour, you will be able to spot different spiders and snakes.
Day 3: Palotoa Lodge – Camping Tents
After breakfast, we will set out to explore further deep into the Amazon jungle. Our crew will be carrying your box lunch.
On our way, you will be able to see many kinds of native birds and animals. This lush region of Manu National Park is also home to many native plants. Most of these plants are used for medicinal purposes by locals. Our guide will explain in detail.
Later that night, we will be reaching our camp site. We will set up a campfire and have dinner here. For the night, we will be camping in the middle of the Amazon Rainforest.
Day 4: Camp Site – Machuwasi Lake
In the morning, we will be hiking back to the Palotoa Lodge through a different trail. Our crew will be serving a hearty breakfast. Around noon, we will be leaving the lodge and travel by boat to Machuwasi lake.
We will be sailing on a typical native balsa raft. You will get to see many animals. Later that evening, we will enjoy the sunset in the Amazon Rainforest. Later in the evening we will again set campfire and have barbecue accompanied by some drinks.
If desired we can return to the lodge or simply set our tents and spend the night on the banks of Madre de Dios river.
Day 5: Machuwasi Lake – Cusco
At day break, we will travel by boat to see Macaws Clay Lick. It is an unmissable sight in the Peruvian Amazon. You will get to see hundreds of parrots and Macaws flying to the cliff to eat the clay.
The clay here is rich in minerals that helps them to flush any toxins they might have had through seeds, fruits and flowers. Once you have had your fill of this amazon sight, we will return to the lodge for breakfast.
After breakfast, we will be taking the boat back to Atalaya port. Here our driver will be meeting and will be driving us back to Cusco.
IMAGES of ECOLOGICAL ADVENTURES MANU
ECOLOGICAL ADVENTURES MANU TOUR INCLUDES
- Private transportation (bus and boat 60 hp)
- All camping equipment (tent, mattress, sleeping bag)
- Professional bilingual native guide
- 3 meals per day optional vegetarian food
- snack (biscuit,candy,fruit,juice)
- Mineral water
- First aid kit
- Duffel bag
- Rubber boots and rain poncho
- Entrance to the natural hot spring
- Entrance to Manu national park
YOU SHOULD BRING
- Sun lotion
- Photographic camera
- Flashlight or head lamp
- Pocket money
- Day pack
- Water bottle
- Sun hat, hiking sandals
- Toilet paper
- Dark clothes and towel
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 at 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 Madre de Dios river by boat. and you can get to the manu reserve. but it is more far and expensive.
Manu National Park when to visit?
The best time to visit the jungle of Peru is between April to September, 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, malaria 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.
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