Manu Biosphere Reserved Zone 7 Days

In this tour, we will travel through the mountains to enter to the cloud forest, where we will make some walks to observe several species of birds , orchids and maybe monkeys. After spending the night in our private lodge (Rainforest), we will continue 12hours by boat to the deep Manu Biosphere Reserve in the jungle, visiting hot springs on the way. We will sleep in lodges into the reserve zone of a tree-house besides a mammal’s clay lick to watch out for tapirs, deers and other animals. The following day we explore the primary rainforest (untouched) with a chance to see many monkey species, birds like parrots and an unbelievable variability of plants like giant trees, palms and medical plants. At the end of the day, we will make a night-walk to observe spiders (tarantulas), insects, frogs and snakes. On the last day, we will return to Cusco by boat and bus. 

  • Package / Tour: Manu Biosfhere Reserved Zone 7D/6N
  • Price 2019: USD$ 1430.00
  • Locations Visited: Manu National Park (Reserved Zone)
  • Frequency: 3 Times of week
  • Physical Grading: 1-2-3-4-5

OVERVIEW & ITINERARY
Start: Cusco
End: Cusco
Group size: Minimum 4 Maximum 08
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 (280m.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. 

 

DETAILED PROGRAM

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 –Paraiso Lodge:

On the first day of our adventure into the Jungle of Manu, we will pick you up at around 06:00 a.m from your hotel in Cusco, using the private transport of Palotoa Amazon Travel . The first part of our excursion will take us through the majestic Andean mountains. We will visit the funeral towers of Ninamarca, a cemetery of the Lupacas pre-Inca Culture, which we will visit briefly on our way to Paucartambo, which is known as the folkloric and Colonial town. At mid-day, we will arrive at the entrance of Manu National Park and access to one of the most protected natural areas in South America. We will continue on in our private transport down a dust road and on through the thick fog from which this section of the forest takes its name Cloud Forest. Eventually, we will arrive at the home of the exotic Peru National Bird , the “Cock of the Rocks”, where it is known to gather with others of its kind for some sort of social gathering that seems reminiscent of a large courtship. You will find that this is quite an amazing spectacle complete with an impressive array of sounds and colours that can only be found in the jungle. For our first night, we will stay at Paraiso Lodge.

Day 2 – Paraiso Lodge – Boca Manu – humimgbird Lodge:

Very early at 06:30 a.m., we will leave in the direction of Atalaya Port; on the way, we will make a few stops to visit the small local farmers who are known to be producers of many varieties of jungle fruits even the famous Coca plant. Later, we will begin the boating portion of our journey in a river excursion on the “Madre de Dios River”, one of the tributaries of the mighty Amazon River. During our day, we will have the chance to witness many types of colourful birds such (as) parrots, oropendolas, vultures and others species. We will make a stop at the Natural Hot spring. Hopefully, we will make some sightings of some jungle mammals such as monkeys or the famous capybaras (jungle rodents that are as much as 2.5 ft long). Towards the late afternoon, we will arrive to our next sleeping destination Humimgbird Lodge, the arriving approximately at 05:00 p.m. Here, there will be showers and services available. We will make a night-walk in the dark, best time to see many anthropoids, tarantulas, scorpions and snakes, of course is optional.

Day 3 – Humimgbird Lodge – Casa Matsiguenka:

Well fed and rested, we will leave Humimgbird Lodge, leaving behind the relatively clean waters of the Madre de Dios River; We will enter the clay-laden waters of the Manu River. With a brief stop at the “Limonal” park ranger station to present our permits, we will travel for about five hours along the Manu River. The beaches, especially in the dry season, are loaded with birds that nest and feed, the herons, egrets, orinoco geese, terns and skimmers, to name just a few. Some beaches will house black and white alligators for sunbathing, and raising turtles, Hundreds of sand-colored Nightjars perch during the day on logs and beaches, and there is the possibility of encountering a Jaguar sitting on the beaches of the Manu River, the third Biggest cat in the world. On one occasion, three times of our trips we saw Jaguar on the banks of the Manu River. We will see some species of primates on this river trip, possibly red howler monkeys or smaller squirrel monkeys. After having lunch by the river, we will visit one of the beautiful lagoons that exist in this place (Cocha otorongo), we will walk along its path or find more wildlife, we will also climb to an observation tower 4 meters high from there we can appreciate the wildlife that inhabits this lake. Continuing our trip, we will arrive at Casa Matsiguenka. Before or after dinner, we will have an optional excursion to the forest at night is available with your guide in search of nocturnal creatures. Night at “Casa Matsiguenka”,

“Casa Matsiguenka”, a rustic lodge of native property run by Matisguenka themselves, with its own exclusive trail system. There are toilets and showers and double rooms with mosquito nets, comfortable beds and mosquito nets.

Day 4 – Casa Matsiguenka – Cocha Salvador:

After breakfast, we’ll spend the morning at the lake of Cocha Salvador. Some of the time will be spent canoeing in the lake on a floating platform observing ox-bow lake animal life from the water. We may encounter an Agami Heron or a Sungrebe and Brown Cappuchin Monkeys are usually feeding on fruits nearby. Specially constructed piers that jut out into the lake enable us to look for a family of Giant Otters that live here. These, the world’s largest freshwater carnivores, remain common only in Manu, having been hunted to extinction throughout most of their former range. Each animal consumes between 4 and 5 kilos of fish daily and often they can be seen eating large fish on logs at the lakeside. The rest of the day will be spent walking the trails in the area in search of some of the 13 species of Monkey found in the forest here. Your guide will explain some of the basics of rainforest ecosystems and point out some of the medicinal plants of the area used by local, indigenous groups. We may cross paths with a group of Peccaries- a species of wild boar found here. A late afternoon for enjoying the sunset. Night at “Casa Matsiguenka”.

Day 5 – Casa Matsiguenka – Cocha Brashco – dorado lodge:

This day we will wake up early, then we will take our motorized boat to return downstream, during the trip we will be attentive to spot some species of animals that frequent in the Manu rivers, this day we will also visit one of the lagoons( cocha brashco, that are in this area of the park, there we will explore the lake in a catamaran we will pay attention to find one of the largest snakes on the planet (the anaconda), and other species that lives in this lake. later we will be arriving at our next lodge, el Dorado.

Day 6 – Dorado lodge  – Palotoa Ecological Reserve:

This day after a comfortable breakfast we will leave the Dorado lodge, when leaving the lodge, we will go to the “Madre de Dios River” we will sail for approximately 5 hours until we reach the private reserve of palotoa. The afternoon is set aside to relax or, if you want, to explore a trail through the untouched forest to a lookout point on a cliff over the river to watch roosting flights of Parrots and Macaws as the sun sets. Those who wish can participate in a night walk with your guide in search of nocturnal animals. Night at Palotoa Lodge.

Day 7 – Palotoa Ecological Reserve – Cusco:

We will leave Palotoa Lodge early in the morning to get to Puerto Atalaya from here; We will take our minivan directly to Cusco, passing through the Cloud Forest, there we will make an outing to take our last lunch, which is included in the tour, continuing the return trip later we will arrive to the Inca capital of Cusco, where our driver will take you to your hotel.

IMAGES BIOSPHERE RESERVED ZONE

TOUR INCLUDED

  • Private boat and bus
  • Rubber boots and rain poncho
  • All accommodations and Lodges
  • Professional bilingual guide from the jungle
  • Mineral water all the time
  • First aid kit
  • 3 meals per day, vegetarian food and snack
  • Professional Chef
  • Entrance to the Hot Spring
  • Entrance to Palotoa Ecological Reserve
  • Entrance to Fee to Manu National Park

YOU SHOULD BRING

  • Sleeping bag
  • Repellent with a minimum of 40% deet
  • Good Binocular
  • Camera with extra batteries
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Sun lotion
  • Pocket money
  • Daypack
  • Water bottle
  • Sun hat
  • Sandals
  • Swimming suit,
  • Toilet paper.

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 the 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.

CLIENT TESTIMONIALS

    We had an unforgettable 4 days experience with an excellent guide: Darwin. Everything is well organized: lodges, rubber boots ( ah you will need them…!), delicious food, experienced guide, boat trips, bus rides, animals spots…. 

    lillypi1973

    TripAdvisor, Palotoa Amazon Travel

    Shortly said, it was a unique experience which i will never forget. It was the highlight of my 3-weeks journey through Peru. Being out there in the wild with nothing but nature & animals around is incredible and really intense…

    Marlene

    TripAdvisor, Palotoa Amazon Travel

    Being able to explore the amazon with Abel was such a pleasure. Abel taught us so much and showed us the beauty and art that lie within the amazon. Without Abel, our exploration of the amazon would never be the same…

    Kuan Ting L

    TripAdvisor, Palotoa Amazon Travel

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