- Manu - Classic Cultural Zone 4D/3N -
Pick-up location: Your accommodation (available for accommodations located in Cusco).
Pick-up time: 04:00 approx.
Contact: Marcelo Barreto +51 926284292 or José Carlos +51 98336584
Day 1: Cusco - Amazon Pona Lodge
We will leave Cusco very early in the morning in one of our private transportations. We will cross interesting valleys between the Andes mountains and picturesque rural communities. We will visit the pre-Inca funerary tombs of the Lupaca kingdom and then we will stop in Paucartambo to have breakfast in this beautiful colonial city.
We will continue our descent through the cloud forest, an area rich in endemic species, such as the spectacled bear and the cock-of-the-rock, a Peruvian national bird that performs a unique courtship ritual.
We will stop inside the cloud forest for lunch, and we will continue our trip until we reach our lodge to spend the night.
Day 2: Amazon Pona Lodge - Amazon Manu Lodge - Deep Jungle Exploration
We will have breakfast very early and then we will take a walk, during which we will be able to observe the forest fauna, such as monkeys and birds.
Then, we will visit a coca plantation and a wildlife rescue center and continue to Puerto Atalaya, located on the banks of the Alto Madre de Dios River at 500 meters above sea level. There we will begin our descent by boat to observe the enormous diversity of bird species, such as herons, vultures, cormorants, etc. until you reach Amazon Manu Lodge. There we will bathe in the river and have lunch.
In the afternoon, we will visit a swamp where we can observe birds such as toucans, woodpeckers, macaws, etc. and at night, before dinner, we will observe the eyes of the alligators, which stand out above the water.
Day 3: Amazon Manu Lodge - Macaw Clay Lick - Machuwasi Lake
Very early in the morning, we will board our boat and head to the macaw clay lick, a wall along the river bank where different species of parrots live, such as the blue-headed parrot, the white-eyed parakeet, the macaw with a brown forehead, among others. Here they eat clay, which is rich in minerals and helps them digest and eliminate toxins from their body.
Afterward, we will return to our hostel to enjoy a delicious breakfast prepared by the staff. Then we will take a walk through the forest for 2 to 3 hours, looking for animal and plant species along our way.
We will return to the cabin to have lunch and rest or swim in the river. Then we will visit Lake Machuwasi, which we will explore on rafts to observe birds, such as the hoatzin, and, with luck, other animals such as monkeys capybaras, and alligators.
We will return to the lodge to begin a night walk through the surrounding forest to look for insects and amphibians.
Finally, we will have dinner and spend the night.
Day 4: Amazon Manu Lodge - Cusco
After breakfast, we will head to enjoy a swim in the hot waters of Atalaya and then board our boat back to Puerto Atalaya, where our car will be waiting for us to return to Cusco. We will have lunch on the way back to Cusco, and we will arrive around 5:30 p.m.
What is included?
- All transportation described in the itinerary.
- Overnight at lodges.
- Local certified guides.
- All entrance tickets.
- 3 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners.
- Equipment (boots, ponchos, walking sticks, etc).
What is not included?
- Breakfast (Day 1)
- Dinner (Day 4)
We suggest you pack:
- Extra batteries.
- Mosquito repellent.
- Toilet paper.
- Dark clothes or camouflage.
- Water bottle.