Our greatest adventure! You have the chance to experience the full biodiversity of the National Park. First in the reserved zone of the National Park and later around our family ecological reserve, where our Treehouse is located. We spend 4 days / 3 nights in the reserved zone. We enter the Manu reserved zone as far as possible, exploring different trails in various places. You will be fascinated by the macaw clay lick, the giant otters hunting and eating fishes in the lake and with luck you will observe the jaguar.
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 – 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 3: 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 4: 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 5: PAKITZA COCHA CASHU – ROBLES TREEHOUSE.
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.
We drive upstream (Alto Madre de Dios River) to Robles TreeHouse.
In the evening we go to the mammals clay lick, where we wait in the camouflaged house until wild boars and tapirs eat the mineral salts. After about an hour we leave and continue our night hike. We spend the night in Robles TreeHouse.
DAY 6: ROBLES TREEHOUSE.
With the first daylight, at 5:00 a.m., we leave for the parrot clay lick to watch the breathtaking spectacle of hundreds of parrots and large macaws gathering to lick the clay.
For lunch our cook surprises us with typical jungle food.
In the afternoon we visit another of the beautiful hiking trails around our Robles TreeHouse. We see a variety of animals and birds, an abundance of medicinal plants and huge trees.
After lunch we continue our adventure with river tubing and drift the Palotoa.
Also this night we explore the forest with a flashlight in search of insects, snakes and the only nocturnal monkey or “Douricouli”.
In the evening we relax around a campfire, have a drink and barbecue.
DAY 7: ROBLES TREEHOUSE – CUSCO.
After breakfast, with destination back to Cusco. We return to Cusco through the cloud forest and Paucartambo. We will arrive back to Cusco in the early evening at approximately 6:00 p.m.
- Private transportation (bus and boat)
- All necessary equipment (mattress, rubber boots, rain poncho, duffel bag, tables, chairs)
- 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 Rainforest Lodge.
- Entrance to the Manu National Park.
- Entrance to Casa Matchiguenka Lodge.
- 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 and Towel.