Our longest tour to experience the entire rainforest of the Amazon in the Manu Sanctuary. You will spend four days each in the cultural and reserverd Zone. Our passionate local tour guides know the jungle inside out. They will show you the amazing variety of flora and fauna. You will observe the parrots in the cultural zone as well as the big macaws in the reserved zone at their morning clay lick. Together with adventures such as river tubing, typical jungle food and campfire, your stay in Manu will be unforgettable.
DAY 1: CUZCO – MANU WILDLIFE LODGE.
We leave Cuzco at five in the morning. A day trip in our private bus is waiting for us. Due to the frequent stops the long journey is entertaining. We visit the Andean cities Ninamarca with their tombs of the Pre-Inca culture Lupaca and the colonial city Paucartombo. After we have reached an altitude of 3’900 m.a.s.l. we dive into the reserve of the Manu National Park. Here we start to explore the incredible variety of flora and fauna of the cloud forest. We will discover orchids, primitive ferns and medicinal plants. With a bit of luck we will see our national bird, the Cock of the Rock, the Woolly Monkey and the Capichino Monkey. In addition we observe different kinds of parrots and macaws. In the afternoon we reach the boat harbour of Atalaya. Here we end our trip by car. Our adventure at the river Madre de Dios begins: We change into a typical motorboat, which brings us in 2.5 hours following the course of the river into our own wonderful Ecolodge “Manu Wildlife Lodge”. During the river trip we again have time to observe the rich fauna and flora. In the lodge we spend the first night of our extraordinary jungle experience.
DAY 2: MANU WILDLIFE LODGE – ROBLES TREEHOUSE.
After breakfast we leave again with the boat. For two hours we follow the Palotoa River until we reach our famous lodge, the Robles TreeHouse. Here we spend the next two days. The ROBLES TREEHOUSE is located in our family ecological reserve. It covers several hundred hectares of Amazon rainforest with full biodiversity. We are in a very special tropical forest: Here you will find the tropical forests of the Andes and the lowlands of Manu. This offers our visitors the opportunity to observe a variety of birds, animals and plants from both areas in addition to the endemic species.
We explore the surroundings of the lodge on specially created and very interesting trails, which show us this incredible ecosystem in the form of a mysterious swamp, where we can see the prehistoric bird Hoatzin, some alligators, capybaras, spider monkeys, squirrel monkeys, pecaris and various bird species.
Afterwards there is time to relax until dinner or to enjoy a refreshing swim in the crystal clear river. We also offer the possibility of fishing.
After dinner, the different sounds of the Amazon night will get us in the mood for our night walk: we will hear the sounds of the night monkeys – the only night primates in the world – the rat Kalinowski, the big Potoos and the Pigmy owl. With a little luck we will not only be able to hear them, but also observe them during our night migration. We are also looking for spiders and tarantulas, frogs and snakes. After this experience we spend the night at RoblesTree House.
DAY 3: ROBLES TREEHOUSE – CASA MATCHIGUENKA LODGE.
We leave the lodge very early and continue our journey downstream on the Alto Madre de Dios River to reach the Manu Reserved Zone on the Manu River.
Our first stop is a National Park checkpoint (Puesto de Vigilancia Limonal). Half way to Casa Matchiguenka Lodge we take our first short walk in the reserve zone.
During the boat trip we observe many different animal species like capybaras, peccaries, monkeys, many birds and caimans, with much luck even a jaguar. In the late afternoon we reach Casa Matchiguenka Lodge, where we spend the night. (Optional night walk there.)
Casa Matchiguenka Lodge is owned and run by two indigenous communities of the Matchiguenka tribe. This lodge has a rustic design with 12 double rooms and mosquito nets.
Around the lodge there are private hiking trails where Matchiguenka act as local guides.
DAY 4: MANU RESERVED ZONE “CASA MATCHIGUENKA LODGE”.
In the morning we visit Cocha Salvador. From a catamaran we observe animals such as egrets and spider monkeys and admire the almost extinct giant otters hunting and eating the fish.
After lunch we start our excursion through the untouched jungle to Cocha Otorongo Lake, where there is a 20 m high observation tower. From this tower we have another chance to see giant otters and black caimans. For the rest of the day we explore the jungle and look for other monkey species.
The guide will also inform you about the jungle lifestyle, flora and fauna, medicinal plants and food in the jungle. We can also find a group of peccaries. In the evening we enjoy the beautiful sunset and return to Casa Matchiguenka Lodge.
DAY 5: MANU RESERVED ZONE – PAKITZA COCHA CASHU.
Early in the morning we set off to reach even deeper into the Reserved Zone. We leave for the research station Cocha Cashu. Cocha Cashu is located in a minimally human-influenced area surrounded by millions of hectares of virgin forest, providing critical insights into the organisms and processes in a healthy, natural tropical rainforest (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cocha_Cashu_Biological_Station).
Once there, we first observe the large macaws at the clay lick. Afterwards we visit the Oxbow Lake Cocha Cashu. Again we can observe a family of giant otters hunting, playing and eating. In the afternoon we explore the rainforest on one of the many trails. During all our activities we are accompanied by an employee of the research station.
We spend the night in the simply furnished station and camp on the designated platform.
DAY 6: PAKITZA COCHA CASHU – BLANQUILLO.
Today we have a long boat trip ahead of us and leave the Reserved Zone. Therefore we leave the fascinating world around Cocha Cashu very early. On the way back to the Cultural Zone we have further opportunities to discover a jaguar. We can also see tapirs, turtles and caimans.
After a short stay in Boca Manu we continue our boat trip to Blanquillo, where we visit Lake Camungo and observe giant otters and capybaras again. This night we sleep in tents on a platform.
DAY 7: BLANQUILLO – PTO. MALDONADO.
Today we will get up very early to see the parrots and macaws in the clay lick. After this we take our motorized boat downriver to Boca Colorado. From there we go on by bus to Puerto Maldonado and spend the night in a local lodge.
DAY 8: PTO. MALDONADO – CUSCO.
After breakfast we travel back to Cusco: you can choose to go by public bus (8h, included) or plane (45min, not included), also depending on the time of year. Arrival time in Cusco depends on the itinerary of the airline/bus.
- Private transportation except Pto. Maldonado-Cusco (bus and boat)
- All necessary equipment (mattress, rubber boots, rain poncho, duffel bag, tables, chairs, tents)
- Professional bilingual local guide.
- Mineral water.
- First aid kit.
- 3 meals per day.
- Snacks (biscuits, candy, fresh fruit, juice)
- Entrance to the natural hot springs.
- Entrance to Reserve Ecological Bonanza.
- Entrance to Manu Rainforest Lodge.
- Entrance to the Manu National Park.
- Entrance to Casa Matchiguenka Lodge.
- Entrance to Isla de los Valles Lake.
- One night in Pto. Maldonado.
- And much more…
You will need to bring:
- Light sleeping bag.
- Repellent with a minimum of 25 % DEET.
- Binoculars (optional)
- Camera with extra batteries (optional)
- Flashlight with extra batteries.
- Sun lotion.
- Pocket money.
- Some money for staff tips (generally expected at the tour, although not essential).
- Water bottle.
- Sun hat.
- Hiking sandals.
- Toilet paper.
- Dark clothes.