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Manu Reserved Zone Tour from Cusco (Six Days)

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Tour Details
Manu Reserved Zone Tour from Cusco

Our six days Manu Reserved Zone Tour from Cusco offers a deeper insight to life in the pristine areas of the lush Amazon Rainforest. Popularly known as Manu Reserved Zone Tour, the tour primarily takes place at Manu biosphere reserve. 

In 1987, Manu National Park got its recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage site. This is a popular destination in the Peruvian Amazon due to its close proximity to Cusco and also because it is home to many amazon wildlife. 

Manu National Park is one of the major conservation units in the world. It is also the largest tropical jungle in the Americas. Manu preserves a complete virgin watershed that constitutes a tropical lowland forest at some 300 metres. 

Manu is also home to the elfin and cloud forest on the eastern slope of the Andes that reaches upto the grasslands in Pauna at 4000 metre above sea level. 

Our six days tour to Manu Reserved Zone offers a deeper insight to wildlife conservation and Amazonian traditions. 

Why Machu Picchu Amazon Peru?

Machu Picchu Amazon Peru is a fully locally owned tour operator. We protect the endangered habitats in Manu for every tour booked with us which helps you offset your carbon emissions from travelling.

We also collaborate with the local communities deep in the lowland rainforest to overcome both social and economic challenges. All of our crew on Manu jungle tours are locals. We support them by offering them opportunities as boat drivers, chefs and helpers. 

Our excellent team of local guides are born and raised in Manu and are fluent in English. They are trained on first aid as safety is of utmost important to us.

Departure & Return Location

Cusco Hotel Transfer

Departure Time

0600 AM

Price Includes

  • A professional naturalist tour guide (English Speaking)
  • Motorboat transportation
  • Private vehicle land transportation
  • Entrance to the Reserved Zone of Manu National Park
  • A professional cook
  • Meals: 5 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners, and drinking water (Please note: vegetarian option available upon request at no extra cost!)
  • Accommodation: 5 nights in our lodges
  • First aid kit, including a poison extractor, mosquito bite treatment, and an antidote for snake bites
  • Radio communications
  • Rubber boots

Price Excludes

  • Travel insurance
  • Vaccinations
  • Breakfast on the first day and dinner on the last day
  • Any personal expense

Recommended To Carry

  • Mosquito repellent (DEET 35 recommended as a MINIMUM!!)
  • Original passport
  • A daypack
  • Long sleeved cotton shirts
  • Long cotton trousers
  • Cotton long socks
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sandals or light shoes
  • Rain gear (e.g. rain poncho)
  • Sweater (for the beginning of the tour in Andes and the cloud forest only)
  • Swimsuit
  • Binoculars (also available for rent)
  • Camera and charger
  • Plastic bags to be used for clothes and camera
  • A hat as protection against the sun and/or rain
  • Toiletries
  • Small Towel
  • Toilet Paper
  • Sunscreen and Sunglass
  • Flashlight (with spare bulb and batteries)
  • Water bottle (1 litre as a minimum)
  • Some Peruvian Soles as cash
Itinerary

Day 1Cusco - Pilcopata Town

At day break, we will be picking you up from your hotel in Cusco. We will be driving you to Nincamarca. It is a small Andean town and home to funeral tombs of Lupaca civilization. Here our local guide will be explaining the significance of these tombs. 

We will then be driving you to Paucartambo. It is a folkloric town where people are untouched by modernity and have preserved their age-old traditions. There is a beautiful colonial church in the town. 

From here, we will be driving up the hill to Tres Cruces (Three Crosses). It is a viewpoint at 3900 metres above sea level. You will get a captivating view of the Amazon basin from here. 

Then we will be descending to Manu Cloud Forest. In the afternoon, we will be touring the forest. On this tour, you will be able to spot the Peruvian National bird – Andean Cock of the rock. You will also be able to spot quetzals, different breeds of monkeys and if luck favours, the only spectacled bear of the continent, Tremarctos Ornatus.

In the evening, we will be reaching our jungle lodge in Manu National Park where you will be accommodated in an ensuite room.

Day 2Pilcopata Town - Boca Manu

We will be serving you a typical Amazonian breakfast. We will then embark on an hour and half bus ride to the boat pier in Atalaya. It is at 500 metres above sea level. On the way, we will be stopping at a viewpoint to relish a panoramic view of the Amazon Rainforest. 

At Atalaya boat pier, we will be embarking on a motorised boat for a short ride on Alto Madre de Dios river. On this short boat ride, you will be able to spot Kingfishers, herons and some 13 different species of monkeys. 

We will have a brief stop at the hot springs of Manu also known as Aguas Calientes. Then we will be continuing to our Amazon jungle lodge. Here, we will be accommodating you in an ensuite room. Once you are settled in, we will be serving you a typical Amazonian meal for lunch. 

After lunch, you can have a siesta. Later in the evening, we will be walking through the jungle. On this tour, we will be visiting the tapir lick and other nocturnal animals. We will also spot distinct spiders and snakes. 

We will then return to the lodge for dinner.

Day 3Boca Manu - Macaw Clay Lick - Casa Matsiguenka Lodge

We will be leaving the lodge quite early in the morning to see the Macaw Clay lick Manu. This is one of the unmissable sights.  As the name suggests, Macaw Clay lick is a process where over a dozen colourful birds (Macaws) fly to lick the clay. 

The clay here is known  to contain a distinct type of salt which helps Macaws with their digestive system. 

We will then return to the lodge for breakfast. Then we will be travelling through Madre de Dios river. On this boat ride, you will be able to spot turtles, white alligators, jaguars, capybaras and more. We will ten have a brief stop at the control (Puesto de vigilancia Limonal) where we will be registering the names of the visitors. 

Then we will be reaching Casa Matsiguenka Lodge later in the afternoon. The lodge is more rustic and has a cozy ambience and it nestles deep in the Manu Biosphere Reserve. The lodge is managed by the indigenous people of Matsiguenka community. They are the real caretakers of Manu Wildlife. 

There are many trails around the lodge where the Matsiguenkas guide the tour. We will be visiting an observation tower along the Otorongo Oxbow Lake. You will be able to see many giant otters from here. On this tour, the guide will be explaining to you the life of the people in Amazon. 

We will then return to the lodge for dinner. Optionally, after dinner we can give you a night safari where you will be able to spot some distinct nocturnal creatures.

Day 4Casa Matsiguenka Lodge

Deep in the Peruvian Amazon!

We will start the day by exploring more of the Manu Biosphere Reserve. After breakfast, we will be waking through the virgin rainforest for an hour. Here you will be able to see many different Amazon wildlife like tapirs, peccaries, coatis etc. You will also be able to spot different birds and learn about medicinal plants and flowers.

We will be having lunch in the jungle. Then we will be travelling in a catamaran on Salvador and Otorongo Lake and spot the Amazonian Jaguar (Panthera Onca), river otters, giant otter with and black and white caiman.

Then we will return to Matsiguenka lodge for dinner.

Day 5Casa Matsiguenka Lodge - Boca Manu

After breakfast, we will check out from Casa Matsiguenka lodge and embark on a boat ride on the Madre de Dios river to Boca Manu. 

On our way, we will be able to spot jaguars on the shores. We will stop at Diamante Native Community. Here our local experts will be introducing their culture and tradition. They are popular for handicrafts. 

We will then continue the ride to Dorado Lodge. Our crew will serve a local delicacy for lunch. After lunch, we will walk around the lodge. 

In the evening, we will set up a bonfire and have some drinks and barbecue. This will be followed by dinner.

Day 6Boca Manu - Atalaya Port - Cusco

We will be serving you breakfast early in the morning. Then we will be checking out from the lodge and take the boat back to Atalaya port. Our representative will be picking you up from here and will be driving you back to Cusco. We will be reaching Cusco between 07:00 and 08:00 PM.

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Rehana

Solo Traveller

An out of the world Amazon Trip with Machu Picchu Amazon Peru. As a local from the region the guide was very knowledgable and knew many thibgs about the flora and fauna of the region.It was very easier to spot the animals and birds as he had a good timing and skill of doing it accurately. The lodge was very nice and comfortable and the staff were very good. The food the y offered were plentiful and delicious. I can totally reccomend them

March 26, 2020

Dalia

Solo Traveller

An unforgettable experience. I had the best trip of my life visiting the Amazon Jungle with Machu Picchu Amazon Peru tour company. Everything was taken care extraordinarily and this was by far a fantastic trip I have had in my life.

March 12, 2020

Melissa

Solo Traveller

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.

March 11, 2020

Ram

Solo Traveller

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

March 10, 2020