Manu reserve zone, Camping, lodge tour 8 days, manu, cusco south peru jungle
Manu jungle/Nacional Reserve zone.
Reserve zone (sleeping in lodge and campsite)
Adventure with free options: rafting, observation platform and zip line.
With fixed departures every Sunday and Monday.
Manu National Park, located in southeast Peru, is one of the largest parks in South America. The area of the park encompasses parts of the Andean department of Cusco and the jungle department of Madre de Dios. Manu protects over 2 million hectares (4.5 million acres) of territory rich in flora and fauna species in a variety of habitats including high Andes, cloud forests, and lowland tropical rain forests.
Unesco officially recognizes this natural paradise as a world heritage site. In 1977 they designated Manu National Park as a World Biosphere Reserve because it contains the best existing example of biodiversity in protected areas of rain forest, as well as endemic areas of cloud forest.
We can observe a variety of animals in their natural habitats, including: Giant Otters (Pteronura brasiliensis), Black Caiman (Melanosuchus Niger), the majestic Jaguar (Panthera onca), the strange Spectacled Bear (Tremarctos ornatus), the Tapir (Tapirus terrestris), the Ocelot (Felis pardalis), 13 species of primates and an estimated one thousand species of birds including seven species of Macaws (Ara sp.).
Manu also contains 10% of the world’s vascular plant species, including several species of figs and palms, as well as countless species of medicinal plants that scientists are currently cataloguing. A single hectare of forest in Manu can have up to 220 species of trees, while a hectare of temperate forest in Europe or North America may only have 20 tree species. Manu National Park may be the most biologically diverse and protected park on the planet.
Day 1: Cusco-Cloud Forest
Leaving Cusco we will head over the Andes, in our specialized overland vehicles. Approximately mid-morning we will visit the interesting tombs of Ninamarca, commonly known as “Chullpas”. We will stop at the beautiful Spanish colonial village of Paucartambo. Continuing, we will climb to the highpoint of the Manu Biosphere at about 3,800 m, the Acjanacu pass, which marks the beginning of the Cultural Zone of Manu Biosphere Reserve.
A thick cloak of clouds provides perpetual humidity and makes an ideal habitat for epiphytic plants such as bromeliads. This varied and fascinating world is home to the Cock of the Rock, the Spectacled Bear, Orchids, Tree Ferns (one of the oldest living plants), mosses and lichens. This cloud forest exists between 2000 and 3500 meters above sea level and at least 50% of the plant species found here are unique to this region. Well will spend Overnight in our open air lodge “San Pedro”.(approx. 1,600 m).
Day 2: Cloud Forest-Atalaya-Manu River-Erika lodge
Today we will wake up very early to observe the Cock of the Rock (Rupicola peruviana), Peru’s national bird. At about 5:00am as many as several dozen come together for a mating ritual dance in a place called Lek. The males of vibrant reddish orange feathers, display their crest showing off and posturing for the females. The females, fewer in number, watch to select the most suitable males. After breakfast we will continue by our overland transport down a narrow road between waterfalls and canyons toward the town of Pilcopata and then on to the port of Atalaya at 650 m.
Here, we will board our covered, outboard motor boat and head down the Alto Madre de Dios River for approximately 15 minutes toward our private reserve of “Erika” where we will hike through interesting trail system in the transitional area (between high jungle and low jungle). We will stay overnight in the lodge.
*Here in Pilcopata town we will make the final settings for a 1 ½ river rafting (class I and II) trip down the Koshñipata River where we will have the opportunity for a dip and of course enjoy the spectacular view of the Koñeq Canyon.
*We will walk through the trail that leads us to the observation platform located 15 feet above the mammal lick itself where we wait for the lumbering peccaries to arrive, we observe and photograph them in action. Important: The observation deppends on availability and weather conditions.
*Canopy zip down: At Erika Lodge, our guests traverse from tree to tree and platform to platform using pulleys on horizontal traverse cables (zip lines), you will sail through the treetops of the tropical rainforest canopy, and over the trails far below. Expert guides will assist you on this exciting journey through the different layers of the rain forests and explain what’s going on around you from the time you leave the ground, until you rappel back down to the forest floor.
Day 3: Lake Salvador and Lake Oxbow
After breakfast we will board our canoe for a three-hour trip down the Alto Madre de Dios River to Boca Manu’s airstrip (where optional flights coming from Cusco may bring new members to join our group. The plane flies over the Andes to a narrow gravel landing strip in the jungle. Flight takes approximately 45 minutes). Boca Manu village, located at short distance from the confluence of the Manu and the Alto Madre de Dios River, is the last place to buy your fresh supplies and cold drinks before setting off again in the canoe. We will then enter the Manu River and the Reserved Zone, stopping at a white sand beach where we camp along the riverbank. We will then have a short walk around the area.
Day 4: Salvador lake
Very early in the morning we will take a ten minutes boat ride, we will arrive to a Parrot Lick “Collpa”, which is a wall of clay on the riverbanks, where many species of parrots such as the blue headed parrot, the white-eyed parakeet, the dusky-headed parrot the chestnut fronted macaw and others feed for mineral and salt supplements to add to their diet of seeds and fruits. After registering in the official tourist logbook at Limonal, the Park Rangers Headquarters and eating an early breakfast, we will continue traveling up the Manu River for 4 hours approximately into the pristine heart of the reserve; we will leave the final traces of human habitation behind us.
We will arrive Salvador Lake, our base safari campsite (screened dining room, toilets / showers, solar panel system for some electricity and with radio communication available). Differences in wildlife abundance will be noted immediately, we will begin to sight macaws, herons, kingfishers and cormorants frequently and improve our chances of encounters with capybaras, caimans, monkeys, and other wildlife. We will often see animals sunning themselves on beaches, or foraging for food in the trees lining the riverbanks. This canoe ride gives us the opportunity to observe the immensity of the rainforest. We will arrive early in the afternoon and have lunch before setting off on a jungle trail, although at this time of day mammals and birds are not as active as in the early morning, we will concentrate on the forest itself and discuss general rain forest ecology, after we will return to the campsite.
Day 5: Lake Salvador-oxbow lake otorongo
We will wake up early in the morning, as the forest is awakened by the Red Howler monkey (Aloatta seniculus) declaring its territory. A morning walk before breakfast is a great way to catch wildlife in the pursuit of food, as the temperature is very pleasant at this time of day. We will explore Salvador Lake by paddling quietly along on a catamaran, giving us the opportunity to observe unique species of birds, monkeys, caimans and with any luck the Giant Otter (Pteronura brasiliensis). This endangered species can be seen swimming, fishing, eating and playing. After we enjoy lunch, we cross the river to walk a trail to another oxbow lake called Otorongo.
This forest, which is estimated to be 200 to 300 years old and includes truly huge Ceiba trees and Strangler figs, and it, is home to several mammals that are occasionally encountered: Saddleback tamarins, Squirrel, Spider and Brown Capuchin Monkeys, the Collared and the white lipped peccaries. At the lake a strategically located observation tower rises 15 meters above the jungle floor, from the top you not only get spectacular view of the lake and the surrounding forest but also excellent opportunities to observe birds from the canopy, this also gives us more chances to observe wildlife including the Giant Otter. After we will travel back to Salvador Lake, late in the afternoon we will use the catamaran and with the help of flashlights we can observe the black caimans rise from the depths of the lake and begin their search for prey. After we will return to the safari campsite.
Day 6: Boca lodge
Once again we will wake up early, enjoy walking around Salvador Lake and then pack up and slowly go down stream to the interesting Manu River. We will continue to Boca Manu’s Village, situated a short distance from the confluence of the Manu and Alto Madre de Dios rivers.
From here we descend the Madre de Dios River arriving at Boca Lodge and spend one more night in this magical Amazon jungle. There will be a possibility to do a short night walk through the forest to observe American bullfrogs, horned frogs, tree frogs and an incredible variety of colorful insects.
Around mid morning we will board our canoe to return to the airstrip at Boca Manu. At this point, those who are returning to Cusco by plane will catch their flight. This optional flight from Boca Manu to Cusco offers spectacular views of the surrounding jungle and the area’s meandering rivers. The others will continue up the Alto Madre de Dios River to camp on an appropriate beach in the Cultural Zone.
Here we will enjoy the sights and sounds of the jungle for one last night.
Day 8: Return to Cusco
Waking up very early, we continue the trip by boat to Atalaya, where the bus will be waiting for us to drive back up and out of Manu, arriving in Cusco very late this night or the next early morning.
End of our service.
Important: Briefing on Saturday prior to departure at 7:00pm. At the agency, receive last recommendations and answer any last minute questions you might have.
Depart For the 8 days / Only on Sunday
Depart for the 7 days/ only on Monday
*Ground transportation (overland buses and 4WD vehicles).
*boat transportation (covered motorized boats).
*01 night in San Pedro open air lodge, 01 night in Erika Lodge.
*Full mountain bike(optional) and rafting equipment.
*Two-person tents and sleeping mattress.
*Meals, dinning tent & cooking tent.
*First aid Kit (including anti- ophidian shots).
*Air charters (optional – maximum 10kgr. of luggage per person).
*Paperwork for Park permits, radio communication equipment in all lodges and campsites.
*Satellite telephone for emergencies.
*As an additional service, we offer safety box for valuables and storage for luggage in Cusco’s main office.
*Entrance to the national Park (65 USD to pay in soles).
There is an extremely low malaria risk in the Manu area and the occasional cases of malaria in the Alto Madre de Dios zone have proved to be completely curable. Use insect repellent and effective clothing to avoid being bitten. Yelow Fever vaccination recommended.
Program 8 Days/ 7 Nights (in and out by bus from Sunday to Sunday)
Program 7 Days / 6 Nights (in and out by bus from Monday to Sunday)
Ask us what date we have Fixed departure!
*Sodas, alcoholic drinks, tips and breakfast on the first day.
Important to consider: Flights from 2011 are no longer possible.
Things to bring with you on the trip to Manu:
*Binoculars (imperative), Camera and film ASA 200 and 400 for the inner forest.
*Flashlight with spare bulbs and batteries.
*Sleeping bag + sheet.
*Personal medicines and/or supplies.
*Long pants and long-sleeved shirts (thick and baggy fabric against mosquitoes).
*Sweater or light jacket.
*1 pair of hiking boots, 1 pair of light shoes and 1 pair of sandals.
*Long cotton socks.
*Rubber boots (only in the rainy season, we can privide).
*Sunhat, sunglasses, sun block.
*Insect repellent (with 50% ‘deet’) and after bite.
*Plastic bags (to keep everything dry)
*Water bottle (with water for the bus ride into Manu)
*Copy of your valid passport
*Copy of yellow fever and tetanus vaccinations
*Money for soft drinks or beers and handicrafts at the Boca Manu landings strip.
*Batteries for video cameras can be recharged on the second night of the trip, bring your own charger.
We also have other Programs and other jungle lodges. Just ask for info !