Manu National Park Tours from Cusco

Located at the meeting point of the tropical Andes and the Amazon in southeastern Peru, is one of the largest parks in South America. Manu Biosphere Reserve is home to countless varieties of flora and fauna species, protecting over 2 million hectares of territory and the landscape diversity includes high andean grasslands, cloud forests, and lowland tropical rainforests.

MANU was recognised by UNESCO as one of the world heritage sites in 1987, becoming a protected area of major and global biodiversity conservation importance.

Our 4 days Manu Adventure Tour will take you to the Andes Mountain range and into the cloud forest, where you will be accompanied by a our guide into a walking tour to spot the flora and fauna, trails and the indigenous culture and traditions, stay at our Paradise and Palotoa Amazon Lodges, enjoy the hot springs, night walks and have the opportunity to visit the pristine areas of a virgin amazon rainforest.

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 Park 4D/3N
  • Price 2021: USD$ 550.00
  • Locations Visited: Manu National Park (cultural zone)
  • Frequency: 4 Times of week
  • Physical Grading: 1-2-3-4-5

Manu National Park Tours from Cusco OVERVIEW & ITINERARY

Manu National Park Tours from Cusco Start: Cusco
End: Cusco
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
Manu National Park Tours from Cusco Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Manu National Park Tours from Cusco 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.

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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 / 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”, we will drive up to the viewpoint also known as the ‘Balcony of the East’ where we could appreciate the sunrise, the amazing panoramic view of the Amazon basin and our prominent jungle of the Manu National Park.

From there, we will continue to San Pedro. Here, 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 and home of different species of birds. We will then continue our journey to Paradise Lodge where you will be accommodated in a private room to rest the night.

Day 2: Paradise Lodge / Palotoa Ecological Reserve

After having the pleasure of enjoying an authentic Amazonian breakfast, we will start our journey in a private vehicle towards Atalya port, on our way we’ll be stopping to see some infamous coca plantations and at a viewpoint to get a jaw dropping view of the jungle and rivers. Here we will be taking a boat through the Madre de Dios river until we arrive at Aguas Calientes where you can take a dip in the natural hot springs.

During the boat trip you will be able to spot stunning sights and different kinds of birds such as parrots and macaws in the clay licks at the outer bends of meandering rivers. In the afternoon we will reach R.E. Amazon. At night, we will give you a guided walking tour to show you and talk about the presence of distinct nocturnal creatures which would enhance your Manu Adventure experience.

Day 3: Palotoa Ecological Reserve (exploring)

After having the pleasure of enjoying an authentic Amazonian breakfast, we will start our journey in a private vehicle towards Atalya port, on our way we’ll be stopping to see some infamous coca plantations and at a viewpoint to get a jaw dropping view of the jungle and rivers. Here we will be taking a boat through the Madre de Dios river until we arrive at Aguas Calientes where you can take a dip in the natural hot springs.

During the boat trip you will be able to spot stunning sights and different kinds of birds such as parrots and macaws in the clay licks at the outer bends of meandering rivers. In the afternoon we will reach R.E. Amazon. At night, we will give you a guided walking tour to show you and talk about the presence of distinct nocturnal creatures which would enhance your Manu Adventure experience.

Day 4: Palotoa Ecological Reserve / Cusco:

On this last day of our Manu Adventure, we will start early. After having our last breakfast, we will return to Atalaya by boat. Here our private bus will be waiting to take us back to Cusco. We will arrive at Cusco in the evening.

IMAGES MANU ADVENTURE

TOUR INCLUDED

  • 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.
  • Snack.
  • Chef
  • Entrance to hot spring, and machuhuasi lake.

YOU SHOULD BRING

  • Shirt long sleeve and long pants
  • Warm cloths (for misty morning on the river)
  • Enough mosquitos repellent.
  • Binocular.
  • Camera with extra batteries.
  • Flashlight with extra batteries.
  • Sun lotion.
  • Pocket money
  • Daypack.
  • Water bottle
  • Sun hat.
  • Sandals.
  • 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, a National park is bigger, the expensive region to visit, we often travel 3 or 5 times a week, more expensive than a trip to the Tambopata reserve.
For trips to Tambopata, you need a budget of US $ 300 for a 4-day trip,
For trips to Manu Park, you must budget between US $ 380 and 450 dollars for a 4-day trip.

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 4 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.

Group Sizes

The trips to the Manu National Park are in small groups, we travel with a minimum of 4 people and a maximum of 10 people, usually we travel with small groups, of visitors as birdwatchers. naturalists, biodiversity enthusiasts, etc. In the Tambopata National Reserve, we travel with regular groups, with a minimum of 2 people and a maximum of 12 visitors looking for this integral biodiversity and jungle adventure experience.

 

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.

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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