Manu Program 04 Days / 03 Nights
COD 1062 Manu Program
FROM 550 USD
Peru’s Manu National Park is in the south-western corner of the vast Amazon basin. It can be reached from Cusco, the former Inka Capital. Manu makes a perfect combination with a visit to the Inka Citadel Machu Picchu, one of the Wonders of the World. Its limits are reached from Cusco after about 4 hours by car down the Manu Road, but then it will still take you an additional 2 days by car and boat to get to its most pristine heart in Manu’s Reserved Zone.
DAY 1 CUSCO ANDES – CLOUD FOREST LODGE
Leaving Cusco early, we will pass through the pre-inca Tombs of Ninamarca, the colonial town of Paucartambo known as the region’s folklore center. The next stop is Acjanacu (3,530m/11,870ft) which is the entrance to the Manu Biosphere, for an overview of the amazon Basin. After that, we’ll descend through different ecological floors such as the puna, the elfin forest, down into the lush Cloud Forest, along the way we may see endemic flora and fauna such as, butterflies, giant tree ferns and orchids, monkeys, birds like, toucans, tanagers, etc. The Cloud Forest is home of Peru’s National bird which is “the Cock of the Rock” (Rupicola peruviana, we visit its lek) and the spectacled bear (tremarctus ornatus) -the only bear found in South America. We overnight at our comfortable and typical Lodge. (L,D)
DAY 2 CLOUD FOREST – NATIVE COMMUNITY – PILCOPATA TOWN LODGE
We have a pre-breakfast walk to possibly look for endemic birds of the cloud forest, like quetzals, cotingas, tanagers, toucans, woodpeckers, manakins, hawks, Oropendolas, as well as the woolly monkey, brown capuchin, insects and more, after a hearty breakfast, we continue our ride to the village of Pilcopata, from where will start our hike to the native community of Huacaria (Huachipaire ethnic group), on the way we can see some farms, here we will have opportunity to observe their culture and typical way of living, we will hike their trails and swim in their rivers. Late in the afternoon, we will return to Pilcopata to spend the night in a cozy lodge.(B, L, D)
DAY 3 PILCOPATA TOWN – RAINFOREST ATALAYA PORT – LODGE
45 Min. ride to Atalaya (500m rainforest) where we will board our motorized canoe that will take us to our Lodge (40min. downstream) situated on the banks of the mighty Alto Madre de Dios River. Here we will spend the day exploring the surrounding area and very interesting trails that will show us an amazing ecosystem in a little oxbow lake and mysterious swamp where we may see the prehistoric Hoatzin, some Caimans, Capibaras, Squirrel monkeys, and different species of birds. After dinner, we will hear sounds of the Amazonian night like the Night Monkey(Aotus trivirgatus), the Kalinowski Rat, frogs, Great Potoos and the Pigmy Owl, among many others inhabitants of the night in a night walk.(B,L,D)
DAY 4. – LODGE – PARROTS CLAY LICK – CUSCO
Very early we will have 15 minutes down the river by boat to observe the parrots clay lick, where loudly different species of Parrots and parakeets giving a colour show and impressive uproar, We will then board our motorized boat to start towards Atalaya where our vehicle is waiting for the ride back to Cusco, arriving late in the afternoon.
WHAT IS INCLUDED
- All lodging and meals
- Privately owned transport over land and water
- Airport arrival and departure transfers
- Local bilingual naturalist guides who accompany each guest throughout their program personalized variations in length of stay and itinerary to suit individual interests
- All city and river transfers
- Experienced multilingual, local naturalist guides
- All meals in rainforest Lodges
- 24-hour self-service coffee, tea and potable water at all Lodges
- All fully guided rainforest and river excursions
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED
- Bar service,
- Airport tax
- Airline tickets
Due to the ever changing nature of the rain forest, day-by-day activities may vary due to local conditions.
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