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Our six days Manu Reserved Zone Tour from Cusco offers a deeper insight into life in the pristine areas of the lush Amazon Rainforest. Popularly known as Cusco Manu National Park Tour or Parque Manu Peru 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 meters.
Manu is also home to the elfin and cloud forest on the eastern slope of the Andes that reaches up to the grasslands in Pauna at 4000 meters above sea level.
Our six days Cusco Manu National Park Tour offers a deeper insight into wildlife conservation and Amazonian traditions. You will get to see different species of birds, harpy eagles, different species of butterflies, animals, and mammals like giant river otters. Most of them are distinct to the region in South America.
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 traveling.
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 importance to us.
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Cusco Hotel Transfer
At 0530 AM, 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.
We will be serving you a typical Amazonian breakfast. We will then embark on an hour and a half bus ride to the boat pier in Atalaya. It is 500 meters 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 motorized boat for a short ride on Alto Madre de Dios river. On this short boat ride, on the Manu river, you will be able to spot Kingfishers, herons, black caimans, 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 in Cultural Zone. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Yes, walking through the Amazon rainforest is possible. However, its unique terrain requires the guide of specialized personnel.
Scientists estimate that the Amazon rainforest is home to over 2.5 million species of insects.
The Amazon rainforest offers visitors the chance to see its unique ecosystem full of hundreds of animal and plant species. The most interesting places are the macaw clay licks and the oxbow lakes.
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
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.
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.
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