Manu Biosphere Reserve and Macaw Clay Lick 8 Days
On this trip to the manu national park, we will travel in a minivan with comfortable seats and then we will travel by motorized boat, trip, this tour is guaranteed to see the biodibersity that exists in the Amazon, since, we will visit the heart of the jungle ( Manu biosphere reserve) and we will also visit another attraction of the Manu National Park, (Tambo Blanquillo) there we have the option of seeing more biodiverity, the attractive prinsipal is the macaw clay lick which is the only place in the manu, in this tour we offer activities such as , bird watching, jaguar search, nocturnal walks, jungle treks, survival classes, visit to the lagoons, and visit to the macaw clay lick. After an 8 day trip we will return to Cusco by the same route as We went to the Manu National Park.
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.
- Package / Tour: Manu Biosphere Reserve and Macaw Clay Lick 8D/7N
- Price 2019: USD$ 1500.00
- Locations Visited: Manu Biosphere and Macaw 8D/7N
- Frequency: 2 Times of week
- Physical Grading: 1-2-3-4-5
- 2 People: 2100 USD$ (Per Person)
- 3 People: 1800 USD$ (Per Person)
- 4 People: 1500 USD$ (Per Person)
Day 1: Cusco – Pilcopata (Paradise Lodge)
On the first day of our adventure into the Jungle of Manu, we will pick you up around 6:00 AM 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 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 Peruvian 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 Paradise lodge.
DAY 2: Paradise Lodge – Boca Manu (Hummingbird Lodge)
Early at 6:00 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 colorful birds such as parrots, oropendolas, vultures and others species. We will have 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 Boca Manu (Hummingbird Lodge) arriving approximately at 04:00 p.m. Here, there will be showers and other services available. We will have a night-walk in the dark, best time to see many insects, tarantulas, scorpions and snakes.
Day 3: Boca Manu (Hummingbird Lodge) – Casa Machiguenka
We will leave from Boca Manu Lodge, leaving the relatively clean waters of the “Madre de Dios River” behind; we’ll enter to the Clay Laden Waters of the Manu River. With a brief stop at the Park ranger station at Limonal to present our permits, we will travel for about five hours up the Manu River. Beaches, especially in the dry season, are loaded with nesting birds and feeding Herons, Egrets, Orinoco Geese, Terns and Skimmers to the names but a few. Some beaches will host sunning White and Black Caimans, and breeding side-of necked turtles. Hundreds of Sand-colored Nightjars roost during the day on logs and beaches and there is a chance of encountering a sunning Jaguar – the world’s third largest cat. We will see some species of primate on this river trip, possibly Red Howler Monkeys or the smaller Squirrel Monkeys. After having lunched by the river, we will arrive at “Casa Matsiguenka Lodge” near the Lake of Cocha Salvador. We’ll have the afternoon to explore some of the trails through the pristine rainforest in the area. A visit to the Lake of Cocha Otorongo is planned, where observation piers and a 30 meter-observation tower in the rainforest canopy overlooking the lake are available for observing wildlife. We will also be on the lookout for a large family of Giant Otters that inhabit this lake. Before or after dinner, an optional excursion into the forest at night is available with your guide in search of nocturnal creatures. The lakes are full of eye-shine of the large Black Caiman and if we are lucky we may encounter an Olingo Kinkajou or even an Ocelot on the trails. Certainly the night time noise of tree frogs and insects in the forest is an experience not to be forgotten. Night at “Casa Matsiguenka”, a rustic native owned lodge, managed by the Matchiguenka themselves, with their own exclusive trail system. There are flush toilet and ambient temperature shower facilities and screened twin rooms, with comfortable beds and mosquito nets.
Day 4: Casa Matsiguenka – Cocha Salvador- Pakitza Control Post
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 meet an Agami Heron or a Sungrebe and Brown Capuchin Monkeys that are usually feeded with 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 along 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 ways with a group of Peccaries – a species of wild boar found here. Later, we will have the visit to the control post of pakitza, there we will be able to walk through its trails to see more biodiversity, more later in the afternoon we’ll enjoy the sunset. Night at “Casa Matsiguenka”.
Day 5: Casa Matsiguenka – Blanquillo Tambo Lodge
The call of red howler monkeys (“Alouta Seniculus”) will wake us up, After delicious breakfast, up we need to start our return on Manu river On the way you can see a variety of bird life, like herons, egret, kingfishers, and the ever present vultures of whit of the most spectacular is the condor of the jungle, king vulture (sarcoramphus papa). On the way we will make a stop in the Boca Manu to buy, refreshing cold beverage. Later we will arrive at Tambo blanquillo lodge. More Later we will start walking to visit one of its beautiful lagoons to see alligators and a Nocturnal animals,
MACAW CLAY LICK:
One distinctive habitat nearby “Tambo Blanquillo” is the shebonal forest. This type of forest is high in clay content, creating clay licks, locally known as Collpa which are specially used by macaws and other rainforest species as a healthy diet supplement that helps them remove toxins from their digestive tracks. Macaws usually obtain these noxious chemical substances from unripe fruits they ingest. Our lodge is just 10 minutes away from the Macaw Clay Lick. A blind of 10 meters of altitude has been built facing it, so you can take close-up pictures without disturbing the bird’s activity. It consists of 40 comfortable seats, each with a personal counter where your binoculars and cameras can be placed in order to give you better stability to take superb pictures of the macaws on the clay lick. Breakfast will be served at the blind and a toilette facility is available.
DAY 6: Blanquillo Tambo Lodge - Macaws Clay Lick
Very early in the morning, we will go by boat to “Macaw Clay Licks”, a special place where flocks of Parakeets, Parrots, and Macaws come every day to eat the nutritious lick, located at the wall of the river. We will stay here at a camouflaged hideout house for the birds, it is bird lover paradise, where you will get to see and hear many of them, however this activity is very much weather dependent. (Hiding house) There we will spend around 5 hours waiting to see the macaws in their daily activity returning to the lodge to take our delicious lunch, we will have some of our last activities, we will visit the camungo oxbow lake we will have the opportunity to follow a tower of observation from there we can the Amazon plain and The lake, and feel the adrenaline overhead, then return to the lodge there waiting for a delicious dinner, then to spend our last night in the Peruvian Amazon.
DAY 7: BLANQUILLO TAMBO - PALOTOA AMAZON LODGE
This day we will leave to 3 hour trip up river to Boca Manu. There we will make a stop to buy cold drinks, the river trip may hold surprises and we'll be attentive for any wildlife on the beaches. Leaving from Boca Manu we'll head up the Madre de Dios River for 5 hours to the comfortable Palotoa Lodge. The afternoon is set aside to relax or, if you want, to explore a trail through the forest to a lookout point on a cliff over the river to watch roosting flights of Parrots and Macaws as the sun sets Night at Palotoa Lodge.
DAY 8: PALOTOA AMAZON LODGE - CUSCO
We will get up early and after breakfast we will return to Atalaya by boat, where our private bus we will wetting for us to take us back to Cusco via the cloud forest. We will arrive to Cusco in the afternoon.
OVERVIEW & ITINERARY
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 (270m.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.
- All terrestrial and fluvial transport
- Team of security
- Rubber boots.
- Lodge accommodation
- All camping equipment.(optional)
- Tent, sleeping bag and mats
- Mineral water.
- First aid kit.
- 3 meals per day vegetarian, option.
- Entrance to hot spring, and machuhuasi lake.
- 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.