Expedition to the Manu Cultural Zone 5 Days/ 4 Nights

  • Destination: Cusco, Manu
  • Duration: 5 days
  • Price per person: $660

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This tour takes you to the cloud forest, the foothills of the Andes and the beginning of the Manu lowland.
Enjoy the breathtaking scenery and lots of wildlife, as Manu is a great area for birdwatching!

Itinerary

Day 1

CUSCO – CLOUD FOREST – BAMBOO LODGE

Starting early from Cusco we begin our 8 hour journey by private bus climbing up to the high mountain area at 3900 m (13,000 feet). We make a stop in Ninamarca, to see the pre-Inca cemetery, and in the colonial village of Paucartambo. Then we cross Acjanaco pass at 3850 m and descend the eastern slopes of the Andes through cloud forest with lush vegetation (ferns, orchids, bromeliads etc.). We enjoy spectacular views of the Andes and can see wildlife such as our national bird: the bright red Cock of the Rocks (Rupicola peruviana) showing his mating dance. Walking along the road we can see brilliantly colored Tanagers, Quetzals, Trogons, Tucanets and Hummingbirds as well as Hawks and possibly the first monkeys (Woolly Monkeys). In the late afternoon we arrive at Bamboo Lodge (900m), where we have dinner and spend the night.

Accommodation: Double rooms with private bathroom

Day 2

BAMBOO LODGE – AMAZONIA LODGE

After an early breakfast we continue with our minibus: we pass the village of Pilcopata and cross the river to get to the small port of Atalaya (600 m). On the way we stop for some walks to observe birds and to visit a local orchid garden. Before reaching Atalaya we enjoy a great view of the river basin from a lookout point. At the port we embark on a 20 minute journey in a 15-meter motorized canoe down the Alto Madre de Dios River. Along the rocky banks of the river we have the opportunity to see wildlife such as Fasciated Tiger Herons, Kingfishers, Skimmers and some of Manu´s monkey species. In the afternoon we walk on the trails near Amazonia Lodge in search for monkeys and birds. We also visit a nearby lake. In the evening we can go caiman spotting or go on a night walk. We spend the night at Amazonia Lodge.

Accommodation: Double rooms with private bathroom

Day 3

PARROT CLAY LICK AND TRAILS AROUND THE AMAZONIA LODGE

At dawn we travel downriver by boat to the parrot clay lick. This is a special place where parrots, parakeets and small macaws, including the Chestnut fronted Macaw and the rare Blue headed Macaw, come to eat minerals which they need for digestion. After the natural show we walk on the trails of Amazonia to see more animals and you have the opportunity to climb our 25 m observation tower for a spectacular view over the Alto Madre de Dios River. Later we can go fishing or have a bath in a creek near the lodge. Night at Amazonia Lodge. Optional night walk to see insects, frogs, snakes etc.

Accommodation: Double rooms with private bathroom

Day 4

AMAZONIA TRAILS AND MACHUWASI LAKE

Today we have a second option for the parrot clay lick or we can explore some of our trails and climb the observation tower. Returning back to the lodge we can observe the hummingbirds and then have lunch. In the afternoon we explore a trail that takes us to an impressive Ceiba tree; then we continue by boat to visit Machuwasi Lake, on the opposite side of the river. We use a wooden raft to explore the lake and observe the abundant birdlife. With some luck we can also see capybaras here. Later we return to Amazonia Lodge by boat and go for an evening walk. With some luck we may see the rare Night Monkey, which is frequently spotted near the lodge.

Accommodation: Double rooms with private bathroom

Day 5

AMAZONIA LODGE – CLOUD FOREST – CUSCO

After breakfast we take the boat back to Atalaya. Here our bus is waiting for us for our return trip through the cloud forest and over the Andes. We stop whenever we spot animals. We arrive in Cusco around 6 pm, and transfer you to your hotel.

Included:
  • Professional naturalist guide with telescope (birding guide on request)
  • Local cell phone
  • 24-hour-support from company owner
  • Private bus and boat transport
  • Entrance tickets to the Cock of the Rock observatory and the Machuwasi lake
  • Cook, all food (vegetarian on request) and drinking water
  • Lodge accommodation
  • First-Aid-Kit, poison extractor
  • Rubber boots
Not Included:
  • Binoculars
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Personal expenses
  • Insurance of any kind
Recommendations, what to bring:
  • Mosquito repellent (with DEET is more effective)
  • Long sleeved shirts (cotton or breathable fabric, but not too thin)
  • T-Shirts
  • Cotton socks (long enough to put them over your pants)
  • Hiking shoes, ankle high
  • Rain gear (rain poncho is good)
  • Sweater (for Andes and cloud forest)
  • Bathing suit (optional)
  • Long pants
  • Sandals or light shoes to change/ for bathroom (optional)
  • Binoculars
  • Camera, extra batteries and camera charger
  • Plastic bags for clothes and camera etc.
  • Personal things (soap, toilet paper, small towel etc.)
  • Hat (or handkerchief)
  • Sun blocker, sun glasses
  • Flashlight (with spare bulb and batteries)
  • Water bottle (min. 1,5 liter)
  • Backpack
  • Passport copy
What we need when you make a reservation:
  • Full name as it is written in your passport (please include a scan copy of your passport)
  • Passport number
  • Nationality
  • Date of birth
  • Tour departure date
  • Send a deposit of 60% of the total price of your tour. (The remainder of your balance will be due upon your arrival in Cusco.) Payment may be made via *Western UnionPayPalABN AMRO Bank in Holland or securely and directly through our website by choosing your desired tour and clicking on the BOOK NOW button.

Price per Person: US$ 660 
(min. 3 Pers.), transfer by bus

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Terms and Conditions

Upon request, with each booked tour with Green Peru Adventures, you will receive a free walking tour of the mysterious and historic city of Cusco. You will be guided by one of our multilingual, professional guides.

We are looking forward to create an unforgettable experience for you.