Expedition to the Manu Cultural Zone 3 Days/ 2 Nights

  • Destination: Manu
  • Duration: 3 days
  • Price per person: $540

Price is based on 4 persons. For smaller groups, there will be additional costs.

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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 the great area for birdwatching!


Day 1


Starting our adventure very early from Cusco, we begin our 8-hour-journey by private bus, ascending to the high mountain area at 4000 meters (13,000 feet). After a short stop in Ninamarca to see the pre-Inca cemetery and the colonial village of Paucartambo, we descend the eastern slopes of the Andes through the cloud forest with lush vegetation (ferns, orchids, bromeliads etc.). We then enjoy spectacular views of the Andes! We will be able to see wildlife as well, such as our national bird: the bright red Cock of the Rocks (Rupicola peruviana), showing his mating dance. Walking along the road, we can discover brilliantly coloured Tanagers, Quetzals, Trogons, Tucanets and Hummingbirds as well as hawks and possibly some monkeys, such as the Woolly Monkeys. In the late afternoon we arrive at the Bamboo Lodge (950 m.), where we spend the night (double rooms & private bathroom). After dinner your guide will brief you about the following days activities.

Accommodation: double rooms with private bathroom

Day 2


After an early breakfast we continue our adventure with our minibus: we will pass the village of Pilcopata and cross the river of the same name to get to the small port of Atalaya (600 m.). On the way, we will stop for some short walks to observe birds and to visit a local orchid garden. In Atalaya, we embark and start our half hour journey in a 15-meter motorized canoe down the Alto Madre de Dios River. We have the opportunity to see wildlife along the rocky river banks, such as Fasciated Tiger Herons, Purplish Jays, Skimmers and some of the monkey species that live in Manu. From the Rio de Oro Lodge we explore some of the trails to observe birds, insects and monkeys. In the afternoon we cross to the other side of the river to discover some monkeys and to visit the Machuwasi Lake. We use a wooden raft to explore the lake and observe the birdlife. In the evening, we will do caiman spotting on the river or go on a night walk. We spend the night at Rio de Oro Lodge.

Accommodation: double rooms with private bathroom

Day 3


At dawn, we go downriver to the parrot clay lick by boat. This is a special place where parrots, parakeets and small macaws (Chestnut fronted Macaw and the rare Blue headed Macaw) go to eat minerals which help them with their digestion. After the natural show we have our delicious breakfast and then take the boat back to Atalaya where our bus is waiting. We start our return trip through the cloud forest, with some stops and opportunities to see birds and monkeys. Then we travel up to the Andes again, arriving at Cusco around 07:00 pm. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel.

  • 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 (DWB)
  • First-Aid-Kit, poison extractor
  • Rubber boots
Not Included:
  • Binoculars
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • 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, sunglasses
  • 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$ 540
Price is based on 4 persons. For smaller groups, there will be additional costs.

Exclusive international transaction fees: The amount of the extra transaction fees depends on how the payment is made and on your bank. For further information please don’t hesitate to ask.

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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.