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Manu Wildlife Peru Tour – Cusco to Manu National Park Peru

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Manu Wildlife Peru Tour Details
Cusco Manu National Park Peru

Experience an amazing trip with our Manu Wildlife Peru Tour. We will travel from Cusco to Manu National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We will spend 5 fabulous days and 4 incredible nights. This tour offers contact with one of the most biodiverse places on Earth.

We will traverse through the cloud forest to get our encounter with nature. Once we get there we will have lovely landscape views and diverse wildlife meetings (from afar). During our ascent, we will feel the fresh air and changing ecosystem of the cloud forest. This trip promises spectacular photo chances.

Venture Deeper: The Heart of the Peruvian Amazon Rainforest

We will continue to the Peruvian Amazon Rainforest, to its heart. This part of our tour includes a boat ride along the Madre de Dios River. In the boat, you will experience the tropical environment and the unique wildlife.

While we are in the Manu Reserve Zone, we will pass through remote areas with exclusivity. We will see the native wildlife such as river otters and tens of birds. The sounds and sights of the Amazon make this experience a unique one. 

As we pass through Boca Colorado, the variety of living things expands. During our trip we will have multiple opportunities to spot wildlife in their natural habitat. You will learn and get all the necessary knowledge to differ between some species.

Remember that the Manu National Park is between Cusco and Puerto Maldonado. We highly recommend extending your visit to absorb more of the Peruvian flora and fauna. This Manu National Park 5 Days Tour is a time you will cherish forever.

Our Manu National Park tour has it all for you to stay longer. Machu Picchu Amazon Tour Operator will make you know all about lowland tropical rainforest. Even a basic tour to Manu must be exceptional to ensure an unforgettable experience.

Departure & Return Location

Cusco Hotel Transfer

Departure Time

04:00 AM

Tour Includes

  • Pre-departure Tour Briefing: Before we set off, we will hold a comprehensive briefing. This includes an introduction of our tour guides and fellow travelers. This ensures that everyone is ready and acquainted.
  • Transport: Transportation starts with a bus ride from Cusco to Atalaya. From the port, we provide private motorized boat transfers to and from the lodges.
  • Guided Tours: You will have a qualified guide who is fluent in both English and Spanish. Our guides are experts in nature, enhancing your experience.
  • Accommodation: The lodges offer comfort while allowing you to stay close to nature.
  • Meals: All meals in the itinerary are on the tour. Inform us in advance about special requirements.
  • First Aid: For your safety, we carry a comprehensive first aid kit on all our excursions. Our guides handle any emergencies that may arise.
  • Footwear: Given the rugged terrain of the Amazon, we provide rubber boots to all our travelers. These are essential for navigating the wet and muddy paths during our excursions.

Tour Excludes

  • Travel Insurance: We strongly recommend that all travelers have comprehensive travel insurance. Insurance needs to cover personal injury, medical expenses, loss of belongings, and emergency evacuation.
  • Personal Expenses: Any expenses for personal items. Such as souvenirs, laundry, snacks, and beverages outside the itinerary are not on the tour.
  • Tips and Gratuities: Tips for guides and lodge staff are up to the discretion of each traveler. These are based on the service received.

Cusco Manu National Park Peru Packing List

  • Clothing:
  • Lightweight, breathable long-sleeved shirts and long pants to protect against mosquitoes.
  • Warm layers for cooler temperatures, especially in the early mornings and evenings.
  • Waterproof rain jacket or poncho, as rain is common in the rainforest.
  • Footwear:
  • Sturdy, waterproof hiking boots for treks.
  • Comfortable walking shoes or sandals for time spent at the lodges.
  • Socks that can dry quickly and offer protection against leeches.
  • Accessories:
  • Wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses for sun protection.
  • Insect repellent to guard against mosquitoes and other insects.
  • High SPF sunscreen to protect against the strong sun.
  • Gear:
  • Daypack to carry essentials during outings.
  • Water bottle to stay hydrated; preferably a reusable one.
  • Binoculars for wildlife viewing, particularly for spotting birds and distant animals.
  • Health:
  • Personal first aid kit with essentials like band-aids, antiseptic, and any prescribed medications.
  • Hand sanitizer and wet wipes for maintaining hygiene.
  • Miscellaneous:
  • Camera with extra batteries and memory cards to capture the abundant wildlife and scenic landscapes.
  • Flashlight or headlamp, useful for nighttime activities and in the lodges.
  • Lightweight, quick-dry towel.
  • Documentation:
  • Passport and necessary visas for entry into Peru.
  • Copies of travel insurance details, including emergency contact information.
Manu Wildlife Peru Tour Itinerary

Day 1Journey from Cusco to Manu Amazon Lodge

Our first day starts with an early pickup at 4:00 am in your hotel in Cusco. We will journey
through the historic Nincamarca, a site of the Lupaca people. We will have some detailing about
this place and their funeral tombs.

Then we will head to Paucartambo after an hour’s drive. From Paucartambo we will go to the
Tres Cruces view after two hours on the road.

Following our unforgettable views, we’ll begging our descent to the cloud forest. Next, we’ll hop
into our boat to get to the the Manu Amazon Lodge, concluding our first day.

  • Distance traveled: 145 km (90 miles)
  • Highest altitude: 3,600 meters (11,800 feet)
  • Lowest altitude: 650 meters (2,133 feet)
  • Route: Cusco – Nincamarca – Paucartambo – Tres Cruces – Manu Amazon Lodge
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Day 2Exploration from Manu Amazon Lodge to Casa Matsiguenka

We will have a nutritious breakfast at our lodge, getting ready for the day’s adventure. Then, we’ll get on our boat to go along the Alto Madre de Dios River. We’ll stop at Puesto de Vigilancia Limonal for a rutine process.

After our check, we’ll continue to Casa Matsiguenka Lodge. Once there, we will take a tour offered by the Matsiguenka people. This includes a visit to the Otorongo Oxbow Lake observation tower, where we will see lots of wildlife.

We’ll end our day with dinner at the lodge. Please note that a night safari is available to observe the nocturnal wildlife.

  • Distance traveled by boat: 50 km (31 miles)
  • Route: Manu Amazon Lodge – Alto Madre de Dios River – Casa Matsiguenka
  • Difficulty: Easy

Day 3Wildlife Spotting and Hiking near Casa Matsiguenka

We’ll start the day with breakfast at Casa Matsiguenka lodge. After we eat, we will take a boat ride to Cocha Salvador for wildlife sightings. Keep in mind that this excursion lasts about two hours.

A two-hour walk on a less-trodden trail will get us back to Casa Matsiguenka for lunch. This hike gives us a life lesson about mammals, birds and native plants. Post our lunch we will explore the protected area that surrounds the lodge.

We will have the chance to witness an amazing sunset and then head to the lodge for dinner.
This day also has the opportunity to watch the nocturnal creatures ending our day.

  • Distance hiked: 8 km (5 miles)
  • Route: Casa Matsiguenka – Cocha Salvador – Casa Matsiguenka
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Day 4Adventure from Casa Matsiguenka to Amazon Manu Lodge

We start with breakfast to check out Casa Matsiguenka Lodge. Then we will begin a boat ride
through the Manu River then to Alto Madre de Dios River.

This day has a visit to the Shintuya community, with an optional experience in thermal waters.
After hiking to gorgeous waterfalls, we’ll continue by boat to our next staying: Amazon Manu
Lodge. Here we will have lunch for an evening wildlife tour and dinner.

  • Distance traveled by boat: 75 km (47 miles)
  • Route: Casa Matsiguenka – Shintuya – Amazon Manu Lodge
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Day 5Return Trip from Amazon Manu Lodge to Cusco

Our final day begins with breakfast at the Amazon Manu Lodge for a check out. Then, we will take a boat back to Atalaya port. Our driver will wait for you ready to drive back to Cusco, with a pause for lunch served en route. Our journey concludes with an arrival in Cusco City between 7 and 8 PM.

  • Distance traveled: 250 km (155 miles) by boat and car
  • Route: Amazon Manu Lodge – Atalaya – Cusco
  • Difficulty: Easy

What is the best time of year to take this tour?

The best time to visit Manu National Park is during the dry season, which runs from April to October. During these months, there is less rainfall, making it easier to travel and spot wildlife.

How physically demanding is the tour?

The tour is moderate in difficulty. It involves some hiking on uneven and possibly muddy terrain, boat rides, and potentially long travel days. Participants should be in good physical health.

What type of accommodation is provided?

Accommodation is along in various jungle lodges throughout the tour. These lodges are comfortable and have with basic amenities but maintain a rustic and eco-friendly design to blend with the surroundings.

How do we travel within the park?

Travel within the park primarily involves boat rides on rivers and some overland vehicle transportation. The boat trips offer great opportunities for wildlife viewing and experiencing the Amazonian landscapes.

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Family Traveller

Remarkable jungle trip. I booked the tour from their office in Cusco and I was very much convinced the way Richard explained everything in detail. The price was comparatively quite nice than a couple of other operators who offered this tour around the ain square. This company really took care of everything from transport and food to a very professional tour guide and serene accommodations in the jungle. It was very much an authentic experience. Highly reccomend.

November 10, 2022


Couple Traveller

Very well organised and looked after by the entire team. Pablo was excellent, informative and passionate about the Jungle. We especially enjoyed the night walks. Plenty of activities to keep you occupied. Would highly recommend

October 1, 2022