Manu Jungle Tours 8 Days
The eight days Manu Jungle Tours is one of our most sold signature tours. It takes you right into the heart of the vast Peruvian Amazon Rainforest – Manu Biosphere Reserve. It is an ideal way to experience the culture and traditions of local communities and see the distinct species of animals and birds that inhabit here.
Manu National park is home to over 32 indigenous Quechua speaking communities who have maintained their traditions and customs. A countless species of birds and animals also inhabit here. In 1987, UNESCO recognised Manu as a world heritage site.
The Amazon Rainforest is the largest rainforest in the world and Manu dominates the major part of the Peruvian Amazon.
Manu National Park is the most visited destination in the Peruvian Amazon. The entire national park is spread over 1.532.806 hectares. The lush tiers of vegetation rises from 150 metres above sea level all the way upto 4200 metres. Manu National Park is divided into three zones – Manu core zone, biosphere reserve and cultural zone.
Access to Manu Core Zone is restricted to scientists and researchers. The Biosphere reserve or the Manu Reserved Zone which dominates the major part of the national park has many trails and is popular among travellers. Manu cultural zone is where the communities live.
The eight days Manu Jungle Tours programme is carefully designed by our local experts to offer you the best of the pristine areas of the biosphere zone and cultural zone.
Why Palotoa Amazon Travel?
We are a family owned local tour operator from the Palotoa community in Manu National Park. We take pride in employing locals from the community. They have an extensive knowledge about the flora and fauna, trails and the indigenous culture and traditions.
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- Package / Tour: Manu Jungle Tours 8D/7N
- Price 2022: USD$ 1550.00
- Locations Visited: Manu National Park (Reserved Zone)
- Frequency: 4 Times of week
- Physical Grading: 1-2-3-4-5
OVERVIEW & ITINERARY
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– (3830 m.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.
MANU JUNGLE TOURS ITINERARY
Day 1 – Cusco – Garden Lodge:
We will be picking you up from your hotel in Cusco at 06:00 AM. Then in our private transport, we will be driving you from the Andes to Amazon. As the journey is a bit long, we will be having a couple of stops at some interesting spots on our way.
Our first stop will be at a remote Andean town called Ninamarca. It is home to the pre-Inca funeral towers from the Lupacas civilization. We will give you a complete guided tour of the site.
We will then continue our drive to Paucartambo. It is a folkloric town. The colonial church and the cobblestone streets of Paucartambo will take you back in colonial times. From here, we will be driving up the hill and stop at a viewpoint of Tres Cruces. From here you will have a stunning view of the Amazon basin.
We will descend through the easter slope to Manu National Park. We will begin the Manu Jungle Tours by doing a short hike. On this short hike, we will be spotting the Peruvian National Bird – Andean Cock of the Rock. Here we will also spot different species of monkeys.
Once you have had your fill of this sight, we will drive you to the Garden lodge.
Day 2 – Garden Lodge – Boca Manu (Hummingbird Lodge):
Early in the morning, after breakfast, we will be travelling to Atalaya Port. On our way, we will be stopping at a couple of farms where you can see native farmers producing tropical fruits. We will also be visiting the coca plantations here.
We will then embark on our boat for a journey on Madre de Dios river. On this journey, you will be able to see different species of birds namely parrots, vultures and more. We will stop at a hot spring where you can take a refreshing dip.
After lunch, we will be hiking to spot some native mammals, rodents. We will then continue our journey to Boca Manu (Hummingbird Lodge), we will be reaching by 05:00 PM. We will be serving you a typical Amazonian meal for dinner. Later that night, we will have the option of doing a night tour to spot some nocturnal creatures including caymans.
Day 3 – Hummingbird lodge – Casa Matsiguenka Lodge:
After a rich Amazon breakfast, we will be leaving the Hummingbird Lodge. We will be leaving behind the clear waters of Madre de Dios river and will be entering the clay laden waters of Manu river. On our way, we will be stopping at Limonal park rangers office to show our permits.
From here we will be travelling for five hours upstream to Manu Biosphere Reserve. On the shores of the river you will see different nesting birds and feeding herons, ergets, terns and more. At some point you will also be able to see White and Black Caimans and side necked turtles.
Over a hundred sand coloured nightjars rest here during the day. Also the region is home to the world’s third largest cat – Jaguars and Red Howler Monkeys. We will be stopping for lunch by the river. We will then reach Casa Matsiguenka Lodge.
The lodge is managed by the natives from Matsiguenka community. There are many trails around the lodge of which Matsiguenkas are guides. In the afternoon, we will be hiking one of the trails to spot some animals and know about the native plants.
After dinner, we can do a night safari to spot more nocturnal creatures.
Day 4 – Casa Matsiguenka – Cocha Salvador:
After breakfast, we will be spending the day on the Cocha Salvador Oxbow lake canoeing. From the viewpoint here, you will be able to spot Agami Heron and Brown Capuchin Monkeys. Here you will also get to see giant river otters.
Each of these animals consume somewhere between 4 to 5 kilos of fish a day. Often you will spot them eating one. We will spend the rest of our day hiking on the Matsiguenka trails. We will be spotting 13 different species of monkeys. Your tour guide will be explaining about the cloud forest’s ecosystems and the use of medicinal plants.
We will also be spotting groups of peccaries. After the tour, we will return to the lodge for dinner.
Day 5 – Casa Matsiguenka – Cocha Brasco – Boca Manu Lodge:
After breakfast, we will be taking the motor boat for a downstream ride for three hours. We will then explore the beautiful Cochas. Here we will be sauntering through the forest of Cocha Braso.
This is one of the highlights on your tours to Manu National park as you will also get to see Woolly and Black Spider Monkeys. You will learn about plant life. Mostly throughout the trail, you will get to listen to the rustle of vegetations and soft sounds of fruits falling on the ground.
A visit to the lake of Cocha Braso is popular for observing wildlife. We will also be on a catamaran boat on the lookout for a large family of Giant Otters that habit this lake.
Day 6 – Boca Manu – Palotoa Ecological Reserve:
We will be checking out of the lodge quite early in the morning. Then we will travel on Madre De Dios river for six hours to our own Palotoa Lodge. The lodge is located in the heart of the Manu National Reserve.
We will spend a relaxed afternoon amidst the beautiful jungle setting. In the evening, we will hike to the pristine areas of the jungle to a viewpoint on a cliff. From here you will have a beautiful view of roosting flights of parrots and macaws at sunset.
We will then return to the lodge for dinner. After dinner, we will do a night tour in the reserve to spot some nocturnal creatures.
Day 7 – Palotoa Ecological Reserve:
After breakfast, we will be exploring the other part of the forest. Our guide will be explaining the importance of the plants found here. You will be able to see different species of biodiversity here. We will be spending the evening by setting a beautiful campfire next to the lodge. .
Day 8 – Palotoa Ecological Reserve – Cusco:
Early in the morning, we will be taking the boat back to Atalaya port. Here we will meet our driver who will drive us back to Cusco.
IMAGES MANU RESERVED ZONE
MANU JUNGLE TOURS INCLUDES
- Private boat and bus
- Rubber boots and rain poncho
- All accommodations and Lodges
- All camping equipment, tent. Air mats
- Professional bilingual guide from the jungle.
- Mineral water all the time.
- First aid kit
- 3 meals per day included vegetarian option and snack
- Professional Chef
- Entrance to Palotoa Ecological Reserve
- Entrance Fee to Manu National Park
YOU SHOULD BRING
- Repellent with a minimum of 40% deet
- Good Binocular
- Camera with extra batteries
- Flashlight with extra batteries
- Sun lotion
- Pocket money
- Water bottle
- Sun hat
- 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.
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