Manu Reserved Zone 8 Days
In this tour, we will travel through the mountains to enter to the cloud forest, where we make some walks to observe several species of birds, orchids and maybe monkeys. After spending the night in our private lodge (Palotoa), we will continue 12 hours by boat to the deep Manu Biosphere Reserve in the jungle, visiting hot springs on the way. We sleep in lodges into the reserve zone a tree house besides a mammal’s clay lick to watch out for tapirs, deers and other animals. The following day, we will 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’ll take 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 Reserved Zone 8D/7N
- Price 2020: 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.
Day 1 – Cusco – Garden 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 tours. 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 Bamboo Lodge.
Day 2 – Garden Lodge – Boca Manu (Hummingbird 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 Boca Manu (Hummingbird 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 – Hummingbird lodge – Casa Matsiguenka Lodge:
Well-fed and rested, we will leave Hummingbird Lodge, leaving the relative clean waters of the Madre de Dios River behind; we will 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 biosphere reserve. At Beaches, especially in the dry season, are loaded with nesting birds and feeding Herons, Egrets, Orinoco Goose, Terns and Skimmers to name but a few. Some beaches will host sunning White and Black Caimans and breeding, side-necked Turtles. Hundreds of Sand-coloured Nightjarsthey rest during the day on logs and beaches and there is a chance of meeting a sunning Jaguars – the world’s third largest cat. In one time, three times of our trips saw Jaguar in Manu. 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. We’ll have the afternoon to explore some of the trails through the pristine rainforest in the area. Before or after dinner an optional excursion into the forest at night is available with your guide in search of nocturnal creatures. Night at “Casa Matsiguenka”, a rustic native owned lodge run by the Matisguenka’s themselves, with its own exclusive trail system. There are flush toilets and shower facilities and screened twin rooms, with 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 meet 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 to enjoy the sunset. Night at “Casa Matsiguenka”.
Day 5 – Casa Matsiguenka – Cocha Brasco – Boca Manu Lodge:
This day after a good breakfast we return to our motorized boat downstream for approximately 3 hours, there we will start exploring one of her beautiful cochas (cocha brasco) we’ll walk very slowly from river through the forest to Cocha Brasco. We may meet troops of Monkeys. This is a particularly good trail for Woolly and Black Spider Monkeys. We’ll pay special attention to the plant life on this walk and take it slowly listening for the rustle of vegetation or the soft sound of fruits falling to the rainforest floor that may betray the presence of animals or large birds. A visit to the lake of Cocha Brasco the lake are available for observing wildlife. We will also be on catamaran boat on the lookout for a large family of Giant Otters that habit this lake.
Day 6 – Boca Manu – Palotoa Ecological Reserve:
Leaving the lodge, we’ll head up to the Madre de Dios River for 6 hours to the comfortable lodge facility Palotoa Lodge. The lodge is strategically located as a facility which is jointly owned and run by palotoa Amazon Travel a local conservation group, the visitors wanting to explore the rainforest. We should arrive on time for dinner and a shower and going to meet whichever researchers are onsite. The afternoon is set aside to relax or, if you want, to explore a trail through on the forest to watch roosting flights of Parrots and Macaws as the sunset. 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:
This day we can explore another tipe of forest where the tour guide can explain the importance of these forests, there we can see many species of biodibersity , there we will spend our last night in the hostel, in the middle of the Amazon jungle accompanied by a beautiful wood fire.
Day 8 – Palotoa Ecological Reserve – Cusco:
We will leave Palotoa Lodge early in the morning to arrive to the Port of Atalaya from here; we will take the van directly to Cusco passing through Cloud Forest where we will arrive to Inca capital of Cusco where our staff will be waiting to take you to your hotel.
IMAGES MANU RESERVED ZONE
- 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 the Hot Spring
- 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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