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Manu Rainforest Tours offers an authentic Peruvian Amazon Experience. We have carefully designed this Manu jungle tours to offer you the most in four days tour. This is one of our signature tours.
Manu National Reserve dominates the 1.9 million hectares of Southeastern Peru. This lowland rainforest is home to some 6500 Quechua-speaking population. Also, around 2000 Amazonian tribes dwell here.
The reserve is a consortium of three major provinces: Yungas, Puna, and Amazonian provinces.
The four days Manu Jungle Tours takes you to the cultural zone of the reserve. This is one of the three zones in the national park that is home to cloud forests, high mountains, and the rainforest itself. There are a few small communities that survive primarily on farming.
Lumbering and farming here are monitored by the ministry of agriculture and the authorities of Manu (SERNANP).
The cloud forest in the cultural zone has over 8000 species of flora and 400 distinct types of birds and some 10 distinct mammals. The highlight of the zone is the Machuwasi lagoon. It offers a scenic view of the Manu Biosphere Reserve.
On this four days trip to Manu, you will also be visiting the iconic Macaw Clay Lick. It is an unmissable sight in the Peruvian jungle trip. In fact, it is one of the most stunning sights in the world. The air in the jungle fills with screeches of macaws as they fly and settle into the trees to lick the clay.
Macaws feed on the mineral deposits of clays to neutralize the toxins that they may have consumed with the fruits and nuts. This is essential to their diet. Often the small parrots reach first. They are followed by over 500 macaws and parrots.
There could not be a more distinct and fulfilling experience than the Macaws clay lick in the Amazon Rainforest.
We are a local tour operator in the Manu Reserved Zone. We offer a high-quality service coupled with a comfortable jungle lodge. Our guides are locals from the Amazonian region.
They have extensive knowledge about the flora and fauna. We aim to make the jungle tour a highlight of your trip to Peru.
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Cusco Hotel Transfer
We will begin the tour to Manu National Park by picking you up from your hotel in Cusco. In our private transport, we will be driving you through the South Sacred Valley to Paucartambo. It is a folkloric town. We will have a brief stop to visit the Pre Incan funeral towers in Ninamarca and have breakfast.
We will then drive you through the stunning cloud forest where on the route we will have lunch. It is full of beautiful orchids and native plants. Here we will start with a short hike. The region is home to the Peruvian national bird, Rupicola Peruvana, or the Andean cock of the rock.
Later that evening, we will reach the Bambu lodge. We will be accommodating you in a typical ensuite room.
Early in the morning, after relishing a typical Amazonian breakfast, we will travel to Atalaya port. Here we will be embarking in a motorised boat to Soga De Oro lodge. It will be a 40 minutes boat ride upstream on the Madre de Dios river.
The boat ride offers views of stunning landscapes. Here you will get the feeling of being in the Amazon. Once we reach the lodge, our crew will show you your respective rooms.
After lunch, we will be visiting the Machuwasi lake here we will be navigating on balsa rafts. Late in the afternoon, we will spot Caimans. They resemble crocodiles. We will also be spotting some typical birds.
The region is home to some medicinal plantations. Our guide will explain the use of each of them.
After the tour, we will be returning to the lodge where we will serve you dinner.
After breakfast, we will do a 25 minutes boat ride to see the Parrots Clay Lick. Here you will witness a wide variety of parrots and macaws ingesting the nutritious clay. Here our guide will be explaining the process and the benefits of the clay of parrots and Macaws in detail. After a walk we will have the lunch in our lodge
Then we will have a long walking along a trail in the jungle. During the ride, we will be spotting some distinct species of birds, monkeys, giant trees, medicinal plants and many more.
We will then return to the lodge. Later at night, after dinner, we will be doing a night safari and spotting some nocturnal creatures that are distinct to the rain forest. This includes toads, frogs, snakes, spiders and more.
After breakfast we will be taking the boat back to Atalaya port. Here we will be meeting our transport and will be driving back to Cusco after a four days trip in the Peruvian Amazon.
Yes, bears live in the Amazon rainforest. However, just the spectacled bear species has been identified. The spectacled bears (also known as “Osos de anteojos”) are the only species of bears that live in South America. They also are the smallest species of bear.
The Amazon rainforest can reach temperatures as high as 33° degrees Celsius (91° degrees Fahrenheit).
The most known species of fish that live in the Amazon rainforest are the red-bellied piranha, the paiche, the electric eel, the candiru, and the armored catfish.
This was by far the best experience we had visiting the Amazon Rainforest. Saul our guide was very precise and it was very easy to spot the animals and birds. He explained a lot about the flora and fauna of the region and also about the customs and traditions of the natives. Machu Picchu Amazon Peru organized everything exceptionally well
There is no word to express my gratitude to Richard and his team who were amazing on my Amazon trip. It’s a vast region and there are many animals and birds and plants and trees in there. The guide as a local knew a lot about these things and was informal and good at explaining them. I can totally recommend them.
I was very excited for this trip. We were told many good things by fellow travellers whom we met. Richard from Machu Picchu Amazon Peru did indeed took great initiative to make this a memorable trip. The accommodation was amidst the rainforest. The food they served was freshly cooked and was very delicious. We did spot many animals and birds. This was simply the perfect trip and an experience of a lifetime
Richard and his team were very accommodating and well organised. The guide, Saul was very nice with explaining things and did his best to maintain a high level of professionalism and enthusiasm. His local knowledge was very useful in spotting animals, saw giant otters, jaguars and more.
Before I decided to book this tour I confirmed with Viator operator a few things that were very important to know before going. I was traveling with a 4 year old and a 14 year old. We booked this as a private tour since we were traveling with kids. There is no detail about what to expect during your tour so here is what we did. But let me start off by talking about our tour guide Julio who is awesome! Julio was our tour guide and he is great! He is really informative and he really knows his stuff. He goes into great detail and explanation and speaks very good english. He always had the answer to all of our questions. He really cares about the jungle and its people. Our driver was Gerber? He didn’t speak much English but he got us from point A to B.
Pick up at our hotel in Cusco was on time at 6am. On day 1 we visited a few villages before entering the National Park, which was great. Then on to the 6-7 hour drive of unpaved, bumpy, windy, narrow roads to enter the park. We ended up in Paraiso Lodge which was nice around 5pm. There was no AC or fans, as I was told before I booked the tour that there was some, in the rooms. The lunch and dinner was great. Flora was our cook and she was so sweet.
Day2- after having a great breakfast we drove to a sanctuary not too far from the lodge and it was perfect for the kids. Freely roaming monkey’s, many diverse species of them. Other animals that we were not able to see on the trip were also there. There is a lady that runs the sanctuary and the animals just love her. We tipped her 50 soles. Then we drove to the pier where we were given rain boots to use during the rest of our stay. We took a boat ride to the “lodge” that we stayed at. It was in the middle of the jungle!! You would not be able to find it at all. When we got to the lodge it was a basic shack almost. Wooden, no toilet seat, no hot water (you don’t need it), no outlets, no A/C, no fan, basic beds with a mosquito netting. We also had 3 wasp nest on the outside of our lodge (they don’t sting unless aggravated). There is a huge gap between the roof of the lodge so plenty of critters can get in. It was bearable, but it was extremely hot and humid. You’ll find mice and toads as visitors throughout your stay. It didn’t bother the kids. After settling down we took a hike around 2pm for 3 hours to a secluded “hot springs.” We enjoyed the cold water that was running from a hose to the pool of hot water instead because after a long hike in rainboots and mud we looked forward to a cold pool. The kids had fun. We hiked back and called it a night.
Day3- Woke up early around 0500 to go bird watching. That was great. After having breakfast we went for another hike to see some more wildlife in a boat across a small river. It was extremely hot, but we made sure to wear long sleeves and pants. We skipped zip lining as I was really concerned about the safety issues with my 4 year old. After hearing stories from other people that opted to go zip lining I’m glad we said no. We stayed in and rested up. There is a beautiful waterfall and swimming area in the back of the lodges that I wish I knew sooner so we can go for a dip.
Day 4- headed back to Cusco, but we had a shared van with other people because it was better to be stuck on the road with 1 car than 2. The ride wasn’t too bad. It was another 6 hours or so before they dropped us off at the airport.
Overall, I wish I had known about the heat and humidity and having no fans in the rooms beforehand so I could have better prepared myself and the kids. It was a different kind of experience that you really have to be open minded about. You are in a jungle! We saw monkeys, cayman and plenty of birds. Julio made it so great and enjoyable for us. The food was also outstanding and so are the staff. My only complaint is the rooms that we stayed at during our 2nd and 3rd night. It was a little uncomfortable that we even asked Julio if we can stay at Paraiso Lodge during our last night, but it wasn’t possible. Other than that, it was one heck of an experience.
Thank you to the awesome staff and experience