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How to Plan a Trip to Manu National Park

To plan your trip to Manu National Park it is necessary to know a few things. Manu National Park as part of the Amazon, has minimal amenities and some special considerations. Your day tour may be full of flora and fauna but also a plan.

Many tourists highly recommend preparing for extreme weather conditions, especially for rain and hot climate. The Peruvian Amazon varies within season, but generally has warm temperatures. 

Join us to know how to plan a trip to Manu National Park. Machu Picchu Amazon Peru has some really great tips because of their extremely knowledgeable tour guides.

What is the Manu National Park like?: An Introduction

This Peruvian reserved zone is within the South American Amazon. Many tour operators work in this part of the jungle. It is between Cusco and Madre de Dios region. Unesco recognized it as Biosphere Reserve.

Authorities designated the cultural zone for human interaction, including tourism. The whole park covers an area of almost 2 million hectares (1,716,295.22 hectares).

The climate depends on the altitude. Its expansion goes up to 4000 meters above the sea level. The higher you are, the less precipitation occurs. It rains most part of the year but during May to September the rains are minor with lower temperatures.

Within the park boundaries, the average annual temperature in the lowland rainforest hovers around 25.6 °C. It contrasts with the cooler Andean zone, where temperatures average around 8 °C.

Why should you plan a trip to Manu National Park?

Is well known that biodiversity busts in every jungle. Planning helps to optimize and get knowledge about some species along the cloud forest. 

Hiring an Manu Amazon Tour Package helps to accomplish this task. Our package has it all for you to get an unforgettable experience. We organize the boat ride with expert guides.

Planning in advance ensures you the logistics of the trip as airfares, bus fares, boat fares and even accommodation prices. 

Also, it helps you to know all the experiences that you can do to enhance your trip. Activities such as wildlife spotting, birdwatching, hiking, or photography are available.

Knowing what to bring to Amazon is essential for your planning. It depends on the weather and the season you go to.

Keep in mind that planning avoids misunderstandings and disappointments.

How to Plan a Trip to Manu National Park

Choosing the Right Time to Visit

The ideal time to visit Manu National Park largely depends on your preferences and interests. There is less rain from May to September. Many consider this period  the best time to visit for optimal wildlife viewing and outdoor activities.

During this time it has sunny days and minimal precipitation. This makes it easier to explore the park and spot wildlife along rivers and clay licks.

If you have interest in birdwatching, June to August match the peak of the birding season. Is when migratory species are present, and bird activity is high.

The rainy season goes from November to April and it transforms the landscape into a lush green paradise. However, it can also make certain areas inaccessible because of swollen rivers. It is great to experience the amazing flora and encounter fewer crowds.

Regardless of when you choose to visit, proper planning will ensure you have an incredible experience in the Amazon.

Researching Accommodation Options

Accommodations may vary in level and amenities. Some packages have accommodation included and may not be up to you. However if you plan to go on your own, researching accommodation options is a must. 

This is an obligatory step, especially if you have special requirements. A great tip is that you book in advance to secure the services that you require. 

How to Plan a Trip to Manu National Park

Packing Essentials for Your Trip

Packing for a trip to Manu National Park requires preparation for the diverse ecosystem and weather. Here’s a packing list to ensure you’re ready for your experience:

  1. Clothing:
    • Breathable clothing for warmer temperatures in the low part of the rainforest.
    • Long-sleeved shirts and pants to protect you from insects and sun burns.
    • Waterproof jacket or rain poncho for possible rain showers.
    • Fleece jacket or sweater for cold evenings, particularly in the zone with more altitudes.
    • Comfortable hiking shoes or boots to explore the rouged paths.
    • Sandals or aqua shoes for walking through streams and river crossings.
    • Swimwear for swimming in natural pools or rivers.
  2. Gear and Equipment:
    • Daypack for carrying essentials during excursions.
    • Binoculars for wildlife observation, especially wildlife spotting or birdwatching.
    • Camera or smartphone for capturing moments and wildlife.
    • Portable charger or power bank to keep electronic devices charged.
    • Headlamp or flashlight for navigating trails and campsites at night.
    • Reusable water bottle and water purification tablets or filter.
    • Lightweight, quick-drying towel.
    • Insect repellent containing DEET or picaridin against mosquitoes and other biting insects.
    • Sunscreen with high SPF and broad-spectrum protection.
    • Hat or cap with a brim for sun protection.
    • Sunglasses to shield your eyes from UV rays and glare.
  3. Health and First Aid:
    • Personal medications and a basic first aid kit containing bandages, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers, and any necessary prescription medications.
    • Antidiarrheal medication and oral rehydration salts.
    • Motion sickness medication if you’re propense to travel sickness.
    • Hand sanitizer or wet wipes for maintaining hygiene in remote areas.
    • Personal hygiene products and toiletries.
  4. Documents and Essentials:
    • Valid passport and necessary travel documents.
    • Travel insurance for unexpected moments.
    • Cash in small denominations for purchasing souvenirs, and services in remote areas.
    • Copies of important documents, including passport, travel insurance, and emergency contacts.

By packing these essentials and tailoring your gear to suit your specific needs and activities. With these you’ll be ready to enjoy a memorable and rewarding adventure in Manu National Park.

Creating Your Itinerary

The majority of the tour packages start in Cusco. Also, a must in your tour are the famous clay licks. Research on the activity options along the routes. 

Your itinerary depends on the days of your stay. The beginning of your trip is up to the starting point. It may be in Cusco or Puerto Maldonado Airport but you must prepare for each option.

Then, we have to take into consideration the budget and the nature of our trip. Your itinerary must have all the things that you have expectations on. However, one must adapt to have a great time in any way our limitations allow us.

Exploring Wildlife: What can you find?

The Manu National Park has 15,000 species of plants, 1,000 species of birds, 200 species of mammals, and countless reptiles, amphibians, and insects. Some of the iconic animals are the jaguar, giant river otter, harpy eagle, Andean condor, spectacled bear. Also is possible to spot several species of monkeys, such as the spider monkey and wooly monkey

As it was said before, birdwatching people have some really good opportunities to amplify their experience. We recommend this trip for those enthusiasts.

The wildlife spotting and birdwatching are a great chance to capture your photographs. This may be the only chance and place to get the greatness of the Amazon. 

Embracing the Amazon through the Manu National Park

With these considerations, start planning your adventure with Machu Picchu Amazon. Our perfectly made tours are the best choice to get all the juice of your trip!

How to Plan a Trip to Manu National Park

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