One of the most famous tours where you get to know all the zones of the rainforest: the cloud forest, the rain forest of the cultural zone and the full biodiversity and wilderness of the reserved zone deep inside the Manu National Park. On the largest lake of the national park we glide gently on a catamaran and observe the rare giant otters hunting and eating their prey.
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 – Manu Reserved Zone “Casa Matchiguenka Lodge”
We leave the lodge very early and continue our journey downriver (Alto Madre de Dios River) to go into the Manu Reserved Zone on the Manu River.
Our first stop there is a national park control point (Puesto de Vigilancia Limonal). Halfway to Casa Matchiguenka lodge we do a first short walk in the Reserve Zone.
Along the boat trip we will observe many different kinds of animals such as capybara, peccaries, monkeys, lots of birds and caimans, maybe even a jaguar. Late in the afternoon we arrive at 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 tribe Matchiguenka. This lodge has a rustic design with 12 double rooms and provides mosquito nets.
Surrounding the lodge are private trails, where Matchiguenka act as local guides.
Day 3: Manu Reserved Zone “Casa Matchigenga Lodge”
Today we will start with a long walk of some three or four hours, from the banks of Manu River to Otorongo Lake, here we will climb a 15m high observation tower, from where birds such as the exuberantly feathered and primitive Shansho(Hoatzin) can be seen, as well as monkeys feeding on fruits and several species of flowers and brightly-colored butterflies.
We will then return to our camp by canoe to enjoy a delicious lunch. The afternoon will be dedicated to expiring Salvador Oxbow Lake and the surrounding area aboard our catamaran, from which will be able to observe the mega diversity attracted by this oxbow, including Black Caiman, White Caiman, a family of Giant Otters and waterfowl. Return to the lodge in the evening.
At night we venture into the jungle in search of frogs, spiders and snakes and other nocturnal creatures.
Day 4: Manu Reserved Zone “Casa Matchigenga Lodge” – Robles TreeHouse.
We leave Casa Matchiguenka Lodge very early to have another opportunity to spot a jaguar on our way out of the Manu Reserved Zone. We can also see tapirs, turtles and caimans.
After a short stay in Boca Manu, a visit to the local Diamante community is optional. We drive upstream (Alto Madre de Dios River) to Robles TreeHouse.
In the evening we go to the mammalian clay lick, where we wait in the camouflaged house until wild boar 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 5: 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 6: 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.
Manu Reserved Zone Tour 6 Days includes:
- 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.