From: February- December
Day 01: Cusco – Cloud Forest – Pilcopata
Leaving Cusco very early in the morning in our comfortable bus. Ascending to the high mountain area of Paucartambo. On the way, we’ll visit the funeral towers or Chullpas of Ninamarca. After the bus descent through the mysterious cloud forest full of beautiful orchids, heliconias and primitive ferns. Stopping to give you an opportunity to witness the “Cock of the Rocks” (Rupicola Peruviana) mating ritual. There are also possibilities to observe the Amazonian Umbrella bird (“Cephalopteros Ornatus”), Trogons (Trogon Sp.) and much more. With luck the only South American bear, the Spectacled Bear (“Tremarctos Ornatus”). In the evening, we’ll arrive to the village of Pilcopata where we’re gonna stay in a typical lodge. Showers and toilets available.
Day 02: Pilcopata – Atalaya – Boca Manu
After breakfast, the bus transfers the group to the port of Atalaya. The rest of the day is spent travelling on the “Alto Madre de Dios River”. On the way, you could see a variety of bird life, like herons, egrets, kingfishers, and the ever-present vultures of which the most spectacular is the condor of the jungle, King Vulture (“Sarcoramphus Papa”). In the afternoon, a short stop at the village of Boca Manu to have refreshing cold beverage. Later on, the group will arrive to the Lodge near the Boca Manu. Walks to explore some of the many trails in the area. Night in Lodge. Showers and toilets available.
Day 03: Boca Manu – Otorongo Lake
The boat trip goes on and one will be able to understand why Manu is so famous for its wildlife. On the river edges you will be able to observe groups of turtles, White Caimans (“Caiman Cocodrylus”), Capybaras (“Hydrochaeris”) and maybe a Jaguar (“Panthera Onca”) resting on a log and observing its territory. Arriving in the afternoon to our campsite in Otorongo. We will the only agency camping there. Later upon visiting the trails around the Otorongo Oxbow Lake and the giant otter observation tower together with the guide to learn the functions and secrets of the tropical rainforest. NIGHT AT SAFARI CAMPING (in bed with mosquitos net). Showers and toilets available.
Day 04: Otorongo Lake – Salvador Lake
Today, the group will visit another Oxbow Lake called “Salvador” which is half an hour boat trip from Otorongo. Here, paddling silently on a Catamaran, you’ll have again possibilities to observe a family of giant otters fishing and playing, black caimans and many different rare bird life like the Hoatzins (“Opisthocomus Hoatzin”). Here in Manu, the animals have never suffered hunting pressure from man. In the afternoon, we’ll return to our campsite in Otorongo. NIGHT AT SAFARI CAMPING (in bed and mosquito net). Showers and toilets available.
Day 05: Otorongo Lake – Boca Manu
The call of the Red Howler monkeys (“Alouatta Seniculus”) will wake us up. After a delicious breakfast, we unfortunately need to start our return. On Manu River, the group might see many different animals, they did not find on the way. In the afternoon, the group will arrive to Boca Manu LODGE. Lodge with showers and toilet.
Day 06: Boca Manu – Paititi Lodge
In the morning, we will continue by boat river up of the “Alto Madre de Dios” on the way, we will see again others species of birds .In the afternoon, we will arrive to our lodge PAITITI .Night in lodge shower and toilets available (NOTE: Please this day is a good day to read)
Day 07: Paititi Lodge – Cusco
In the morning after breakfast, we unfortunately will come back by boat until Atalaya where the bus will wait for us to return to Cusco, visiting the cloud forest again. Arrival in the afternoon.
- First breakfast
- Coke and beer.
- Entrance fee to Manu $60 & long sleeve shirts and long pants.
- Warm clothes (for misty mornings on the river)
- Water bottle or Canteen.
- Sandals, bath suit clothes, towel with daypack.
- Rain gear.
- Enough mosquito repellent 50% DEET.
- After bite.
- Flashlight or torch with extra batteries.
- Plastic bags.
- Hat or cap.
- Extra money to buy beverages.
- Trekking boots
- Camera and extra films and batteries.
What you need to bring
- Everything terrestrial.
- Fluvial transport.
- Security team.
- Professional guides and specialists.
- Efficient team of motorists.
- 3 meals per day and snacks.
- 3 nights in Lodge
- Excellent cooking service.
- Radio communication service during the whole trip.
- Comforts: seats, tables, etc.
- First-aid kit.
- Mineral water during the trip
- Our passengers must comply with the following rules for the proper use, comfort and enjoyment of the trip to the Tourism Area and Recreational Use of Manu.
- Stay in the place indicated in the programme.
- Visit only authorized areas.
- Do not interfere in the activities of park rangers and researchers
- No contact with native people and respect their customs.
- Do not collect species of flora and fauna.
- Do not carry firearms.
- Non-enter implements of hunting and fishing.
- Comply with the provisions of the Park headquarters and its staff of park rangers.
- Providing facilities for park rangers to the inspections carried out in the boat are carried.
- The Entrance to Manu Reserved Zone is from Limonal checkpoints in the area from Otorongo camps and home.
- Do not disturb or feed wild animals.
- Put garbage in trash cans or leave the area. Take her with you.
- Do not destroy or write or sign rays, strikethrough or other infrastructure.
- Report to the park rangers to observe any abnormal event during your visit.
In compliance with these rules will be outlined to support the conservation and proper use of the recreation area of the Manu National Park.