- Manu 6D/5N - Safari Style -

Pick-up location: Your hotel (only available for hotels located in Cusco).
Pick-up time: 5:00 hrs.
Contact: José Carlos +51 983365844

Description:

Day 1 – Cusco - Amazon Pona Lodge

We will pass by your accommodation in Cusco around 5:00 am, using our private transportation adapted for the mountain and jungle route. Throughout the journey, we will encounter numerous tourist attractions, such as the Ninamarka Chullpas, the Paucartambo Valley, and the small village of Paucartambo, known as the folkloric capital of Peru. Subsequently, we will reach the Ajanaco pass, marking the entrance to Manu National Park. From this point, we will descend into the Amazon rainforest, traversing a unique cloud forest. During our time in this area, we will engage in walks and make stops to observe exotic birds of the clouded forest, including Peru’s national bird, the Andean “Gallito de las rocas”, as well as toucans, quetzals, and hummingbirds. Additionally, we will remain vigilant as we may encounter various mammals, such as coatis, woolly monkeys, and capuchins. If we are fortunate, we may even spot the sloth and spectacled bear, not to mention the diverse array of flowers and orchids that abound in this beautiful natural reserve. As the evening approaches, we will arrive at our lodge to enjoy dinner, rest, and prepare ourselves for the adventures that await us in the coming days.

Day 2 – Pone/Rain Forest Lodge - Bonanza/Papaya Lodge

After breakfast at the lodge, we will continue our journey towards the river port of Atalaya. From there, we will embark on a thrilling motorboat ride along the Madre de Dios River to reach our next lodge. The boat ride will last approximately 4 to 5 hours, during which we will have the opportunity to spot a variety of bird species, including herons, macaws, toucans, and more. We may also catch glimpses of fascinating animals such as the Capybara (the largest rodent in the world), capuchin monkeys, squirrel monkeys, and herons, all while taking in the breathtaking Amazonian scenery. By the afternoon, we will arrive at our lodge for a small briefing, freshen up, and rest for a while. Afterward, we will head to a concealed house to observe the magnificent wildlife that thrives in this region, including tapirs, porcupines, deer, and, as night falls, various nocturnal rodents indulging in clay at the colpa, a mineral-rich site.

Day 3 – Bonanza/Papaya Lodge - Casa Matsiguenka Lodge

On this day, we will continue our journey along the Madre de Dios River for approximately two more hours, and then venture along the Manu River. The Manu River flows through the Manu National Park, an incredibly unique habitat boasting warm waters. Its sandy beaches and riverbanks provide the perfect vantage point to observe magnificent creatures such as large caimans, including the black caiman and white caiman, as well as turtles, butterflies, and various mammals. With a stroke of luck, we may even catch glimpses of majestic felines like the Jaguar and Puma, along with other smaller wild cats. Furthermore, we will have the opportunity to encounter a diverse array of monkeys, some indulging in clay along the river’s edge, as well as a multitude of bird species, including herons, seagulls, kingfishers, toucans, macaws, eagles, and more. This leg of the journey will be an immersive experience spanning approximately 7 to 8 hours, with a few short stops along the way.

In the afternoon, we will explore Lake Salvador aboard a boat, offering us a chance to witness the Giant Otter, a captivating species that has made a remarkable recovery from the brink of extinction. As we navigate the lake, we will encounter more caimans, turtles, herons, and an abundance of other bird species. Additionally, we will have the pleasure of observing various monkey species congregating in large groups near the lake’s shore.

Day 4 – Casa Matsiguenka Lodge - Cocha Salvador Lake

We will rise bright and early to enjoy a delicious breakfast before embarking on an exciting journey to the clay lick located near our accommodation. This is where we’ll have the incredible opportunity to witness macaws, parrots, monkeys, and other mammals indulging in clay rich in minerals. This natural clay lick attracts a wide array of bird and mammal species, making it a perfect spot for species observation. After this fantastic experience, we will return to the lodge to savor a delightful Amazon-style buffet lunch.

In the afternoon, we will continue our exploration of this beautiful rainforest, eagerly searching for more monkey species such as spider monkeys, howler monkeys, white-faced capuchins, and emperor tamarins. Along the way, we may also encounter vibrant toucans, wild pigs, fascinating insects, and an abundance of other captivating creatures. Our knowledgeable guide will enlighten us about the intricate relationships between plants, animals, and insects and the essential roles of different ecosystems. Moreover, they will share the medicinal properties of various plants, adding a fascinating aspect to our adventure.

As night falls, we can embark on a thrilling nocturnal walk to witness the wonders of the wildlife after dark. From tarantulas to snakes, from frogs to insects, and from owls to other nocturnal creatures, the jungle comes alive with a whole new cast of characters during the night.

Day 5 – Casa Matsiguenka Lodge - Bonanza/Papaya Lodge

Early in the morning, we will depart from the lodge and begin our journey back along the enchanting Manu River toward Lake Otorongo. Here, we will have the incredible opportunity to ascend a 20-meter-high tower and observe parrots, macaws, eagles, toucans, and other magnificent species gracefully soaring through the treetops. Prepare to be mesmerized by the panoramic view of the lake that unfolds before our eyes.

Continuing our adventure by boat, we will navigate the Manu River, and later, the Madre de Dios River. Along the way, we will be treated to captivating sightings of caimans, tapirs, sloths, turtles, monkeys, toucans, macaws, and herons, and, if luck is on our side, we may even catch a glimpse of a majestic feline such as a jaguar, puma, or other smaller wild cats.

By mid-afternoon, we will arrive at Papaya Lodge. After a well-deserved rest and a refreshing shower at the lodge, we will venture into the jungle in search of more fascinating creatures until dusk. As night falls, an exciting nocturnal world awaits us. We will have the opportunity to embark on a thrilling night walk in search of nocturnal monkeys, dwarf caimans, snakes, frogs, tarantulas, and other mesmerizing insects that emerge under the moonlight.

Day 6 – Papaya Lodge - Cusco

On this day, we will get up early to board our little vessel across the de Madre de Dios river towards the Atalaya port. Upon arrival, we will board a touristic transportation and head back to Cusco. 

What is included?

  • Return transportation from Cusco.
  • Private boat.
  • Entrance to all the touristic lodges described in the program.
  • Entrance to the Manu National Park.
  • Entrance to the clay licks described in the program.
  • Professional guide (bilingual) equipped with binoculars and telescopes. 
  • Professional cook.
  • All meals; vegan and vegetarian options available.
  • Snacks.
  • Water.
  • Ponchos y rubber boots.
  • Sleeping bag.

What is not included?

  • Other meals, extras.

What should I pack?

  • Binoculars.
  • Camera.
  • Flashlight. 
  • Batteries.
  • Mosquito repellant.
  • Sunblock.
  • Toilette paper (for bathrooms in the woods).
  • Cash.
  • Dark clothes or camouflage clothes.
  • Water bottle.
  • Cap.
  • Backpack.
  • Sun glasses.

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