- Manu National Park 4D/3N -
Pick-up location: Your hotel (Only available for hotels located in Cusco).
Pick-up time: 5:00 hrs.
Contact: Marcelo Barreto +51 926284292 o José Carlos +51 983365844
Day 1: To Manu through Andean valleys
We will depart from Cusco early in the morning in one of our private cars. We will traverse fascinating valleys amidst the Andean mountains and picturesque rural communities. Our first stop will be the pre-Inca funeral tombs of the Lupaca kingdom, offering a glimpse into ancient history. Following this, we will pause in Paucartambo, a charming colonial city, to enjoy a delightful breakfast.
Continuing our descent through the cloud forest, a region abundant in endemic species such as the Andean spectacled bear and the Andean cock-of-the-rock, Peru’s national bird renowned for its unique courtship ritual. Along the way, we will have the opportunity to admire orchids, bromeliads, ferns, and more, showcasing the region’s rich biodiversity. Our journey will be accompanied by the breathtaking beauty of nature until we reach our lodge, where we will spend our first night.
Day 2: Immersive Wildlife Exploration in the Amazon Rainforest
Early morning, we will enjoy a hearty breakfast and embark on a captivating hike through the lush forest, where we will have the opportunity to observe fascinating wildlife such as monkeys and a variety of birds.
Next, we will visit a coca plantation and a wildlife rescue center, gaining insights into the local flora and fauna conservation efforts. Following this, we will journey to Puerto Atalaya, situated on the banks of the Upper Madre de Dios River, 500 meters above sea level. Here, our exhilarating boat descent begins, offering remarkable sightings of diverse bird species including herons, vultures, cormorants, and more, as we make our way to the Amazon Manu Lodge. Upon arrival, we will relish a refreshing swim in the river and savor a delicious lunch.
In the afternoon, we will venture to a wetland area, teeming with vibrant birdlife, including toucans, woodpeckers, macaws, and many others. As the day transitions into night, we will embark on an unforgettable experience, observing the gleaming eyes of caimans, which emerge under the cover of darkness, before indulging in a delightful dinner.
Day 3: A Day of Wildlife Encounters and Nature Exploration
Early in the morning, we will embark on our boat and make our way to the macaw clay lick, a magnificent wall along the riverbank where various species of parrots, including the blue-headed parrot, white-eyed parakeet, chestnut-fronted macaw, and others, gather each morning. Here, they indulge in clay consumption, rich in minerals that aid in digestion and detoxification.
Afterward, we will return to our lodge to enjoy a delightful breakfast. Following this, we will embark on a 2 to 3-hour forest hike, immersing ourselves in the captivating surroundings. We will then return to the lodge for a satisfying lunch, followed by an opportunity to relax or take a refreshing swim in the river.
In the afternoon, we will venture to Lake Machuwasi, where we will explore in canoes, eagerly searching for avian wonders such as the hoatzin (prehistoric bird) and, with luck, catch glimpses of other fascinating creatures like monkeys, capybaras, and caimans.
As twilight descends, we will embark on a mesmerizing nocturnal forest walk, dedicated to discovering the diverse realm of insects and amphibians. Following this enchanting experience, we will gather for a delicious dinner and spend the night at our cozy lodge.
Day 4: A Refreshing Farewell and Return to Cusco
After breakfast, we will indulge in a soothing bath in the warm waters of Atalaya, allowing us to relax and rejuvenate before bidding farewell to this enchanting destination. Following this invigorating experience, we will board our boat for the return journey to Puerto Atalaya, where our dedicated tourist transport will be waiting to escort us back to Cusco.
During the return trip, we will savor a delicious lunch, savoring both the flavors of the cuisine and the memories of our Amazonian adventure. As we traverse the scenic landscapes, we will have ample opportunity to reflect on the extraordinary encounters and captivating moments we have shared throughout our expedition.
Anticipate a comfortable and leisurely journey, accompanied by breathtaking views, as we make our way back to Cusco. The estimated arrival time is around 5:30 p.m. (18:30), allowing for ample time to unwind and reminisce about the remarkable experiences and cherished memories created during our exploration of the Amazon rainforest.
What is included?
- Return transportation from Cusco.
- Private boat.
- Overnight at touristic lodges.
- Entrance to Machuwasi Lake.
- Professional guide (bilingual) equipped with binoculars and telescopes.
- Professional cooks.
- 3 meals a day, breakfast, lunch, and dinner (except for dinner on the last day of itinerary) vegan and vegetarian options available.
- Rubber boots and ponchos.
What is not included?
- Other meals, extras.
What should I bring?
- Mosquito repellent.
- Toilette paper (for bathrooms in the woods).
- Dark and/or camouflage clothes.
- Water bottle.