Manu Adventure 4 Days
On this 4 days Manu Adventure tour, we will travel through the Andes Mountain range and enter the cloud forest. Here we will be having a guided walking tour to see some distinct species of birds, orchids and monkeys. You will be spending the first night in our private lodge (Paradise Lodge). We will be continuing for about three hours by boat to our signature lodge: Palotoa Amazon Lodge. On the way, we will stop by the hot springs, we will visit the virgin rainforest where you would have an opportunity to spot flora and fauna those are distinct to this part of the reserve. Namely, different species of monkeys, birds such as parrots. You will also see varieties of plants of which most are used for medicinal purposes. At the end of the day, we will give you a guided night tour. On this tour, you will be able to see spiders (tarantulas), insects, frogs and snakes. On the last day, we will return to Cusco by boat and bus.
- Package / Tour: Manu Park 4D/3N
- Price 2019: USD$ 450.00
- Locations Visited: Manu National Park (cultural zone)
- Frequency: 4 Times of week
- Physical Grading: 1-2-3-4-5
OVERVIEW & ITINERARY
Group size: Minimum 4 Maximum 10
Age Minimum: 05 to 15 years old with their parents, Adults up to 70 years of age
Style: Original and unique
Type: Adventure and biodiversity
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
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.
NOTE: The program involves several trips by bus and boat, and so given the uncontrollable forces of nature, the program may be subject to change at any time without notice.
Day 1: Cusco / Paradise Lodge
We will be leaving from Cusco in our private vehicle. On the way, we will stop in a rustic town named Huancarani. Here we will have our breakfast. We will then be traversing through the mountains towards a colonial and folkloric town named, Paucartambo. Here our guide would walk you through the town explaining its significance. We will then continue our journey to “Tres Cruces”. Tres Cruces marks our arrival into the Cultural Zone of Manu and the cloud forest. From there, we will continue to San Pedro. In San Pedro, we will give you a tour of the reserved zone which is the breeding place of the national bird of Peru, The Cock of the rock. We will then continue our journey to Paradise Lodge where you will be accommodated in a private room.
Day 2: Paradise Lodge / Palotoa Ecological Reserve
After breakfast, we will start our journey in a private vehicle towards Atalya. On the way we will stop to see some infamous coca plantations and at a view point to get a jaw dropping view of the jungle and rivers. From Atalya, we will be hopping on a boat to Aguas Calientes where you can take a dip in the natural hot springs. During the boat trip you will be able to spot different kinds of animals, birds and stunning sights. At afternoon we will reach R.E. Amazon. Later at night, we will give you a guided walking tour explaining the presence of distinct nocturnal creatures which would enhance your Manu Adventure experience.
Day 3: Palotoa Ecological Reserve (exploring)
On the third day of Manu Adventure, we will explore the jungle on our vast trail system. You will just be carrying your essentials during the tour and boxed lunch in a small day pack. On the way, we will see many different kinds of animals such as monkeys, collared peccaries and birds such as eagles, parrots and toucans, medicinal plants, and giant trees. We might also have time to swim and fish; after the darkness, we will search for caiman eyes . You will spend the night in our comfortable lodge.
Day 4: Palotoa Ecological Reserve / Cusco:
On this last day of our Manu Adventure, we will start early. After having breakfast, we will return to Atalaya by boat. Here our private bus will be waiting to take us back to Cusco. We will arrive to Cusco in the evening.
IMAGES MANU ADVENTURE
YOU SHOULD BRING
- Shirt long sleeve and long pants
- Warm cloths (for misty morning on the river)
- Enough mosquitos repellent.
- Camera with extra batteries.
- Flashlight with extra batteries.
- Sun lotion.
- Pocket money
- Water bottle
- Sun hat.
- Swim clothes.
- Toilet paper.
- Dark clothes.
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 mother river of God 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 teh Peruvian Jungle 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, 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.
MANU NATIONAL PARK vs TAMBOPATA
How much does each one cost?
Manu is by far the more expensive región to visit, often 2 or 3 times more expensive than a trip to Tambopata. For trips to Tambopata you need to Budget US$ 100 per day, plus flights approximately US$ 300. For trips to Manu you will need to Budget US$ 200 – 300 per day.
The length of the trip
Due to the time it takes to access Manu National Park, trips to this region are generally a minimum of 5 days, but extended trips of 15 days or more are not uncommon. Tambopata on the other hand is more commercialized, and within easy access by air. Trips to this part of the jungle are usually 3 to 4 days at the most.
Trips to Manu National Park are generally more specialised, therefore attracting smaller groups of visitors like birdwatchers and natural history enthusiasts, etc. Tambopata National Park attracts a larger more eclectic group of visitors that are looking for that all-round jungle experience.
Cost of Lodges
Access to Tambopata Jungle is much easier, and with several daily flights to the region the cost of operating lodges is lower. Manu on the other hand is far more remote, and everything needed to service the lodges is delivered overland and often by boat. This of-course makes the lodges in the area slightly more expensive to operate.
How much wildlife you can expect to see?
Your best chance of seeing a variety of wildlife is as part of a group led tour, with a professional guide. Excursions to oxbow lakes, macaw clay licks, night time hikes, canopy towers and nocturnal river rides offer the best chance of spotting the most common animals including: monkey´s, red and green macaws, giant otters, black caiman, hoatzin, tamarin and capibara.
So for wildlife spotting which is better, Manu National Park vs Tambopata? Experts generally agree that due to its remoteness, slightly increased bio-diversity and microclimates, Manu is probably the better region to visit. However, both regions have their pros and cons, and both regions are some of the best in the world.
So to answer the question which is better, Manu National Park vs Tambopata Jungle? It really depends on what you are looking to achieve from your visit. If you are looking to experience the Amazon Jungle, with a reasonable level of adventure at an affordable price, Tambopata is for you. If you are looking to spend extended time in the jungle, you are prepared to pay a little more and like adventure then Manu should be your choice.
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