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Manu National Park - Reserved Zone With Flight From Puerto Maldonado (7 Days / 6 Nights)

Manu Jaguar

Manu National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1987. Manu's pristine and highly biodiverse forest offers ideal conditions to see wildlife and can be easily reached from Cusco.

Manu National Park was created in 1973. It is one of the largest and most important conservation units of the world. Being the largest tropical park in America Manu protects an entire virgin watershed, comprising great extensions of tropical lowland rainforest at 300 m as well as cloud and elfin forests on the Andean slopes and reaching up to Puna grasslands at 4100 m above sea level.

The Manu National Park Tours 7 days offer a complete tour of Manu, including the Reserved Zone of the Park. We visit the Salvador & Otorongo oxbow lakes to see giant river otters, but also travel to the big macaw clay lick and the tapir lick in Maquisapayoj.

Meet the Machiguenga Indians at their lodge inside the Reserved Zone!



Day 1: Cusco to Bambu Lodge:

5:00 am leaving in a private bus stopping in interesting places like Ninamarcas Chullpas these are pre-Inca cemetery. The trip will be around 11 hours approximately; the highest pass on this road is 4000 msl. On this day we travel over the Andes and over the famous cloud forest which has interesting flora and fauna like de Andean Cock of the Rock Peru's national bird. In the afternoon we arrive to Asuncion village. We will spend the night in Bambu lodge with double rooms. Optional night walk.

Day 2: Bambu Lodge to Hummingbird Lodge in Boca Manu:

After an early breakfast, we continue our trip by bus to Atalaya on the way we will stop to see the place of the Orchids. From Atalaya we take our motorize boat towards Boca Manu, in the way we will see interesting birds like herons, vultures macaws and many flycatchers along the banks of the alto Madre de Dios River.
The night is spent at the Hummingbird Lodge. Optional night walk (to see Tarantulas, insects, frogs, snakes etc.)

Day 3: Hummingbird Lodge Boca Manu to Casa Matsiguenka:

We leave very early 5:00 am up the Manu River after 20 minutes we stop at Limonal Guard station and show our permission for the park. Later we continue our boat trip for approximately 6 hours inside the Manu National Park. During the boat ride we have the best options to see the famous Jaguar, Capybaras, Caimans sleeping on the beach, Herons fishing at the edge of the Manu river, Macaws,Toucans, Vultures, Eagles and other species of birds which will show up along our
trip. We spend the night in the rustic casa Matsigue nka shared bathroom and shower. Optional night walk.

Day 4: Casa Matsiguenka:

We leave very early to explore the impressive lake "Salvador" where it is possible to observe the Giant river otters (Pteronura brasiliensis), the biggest black Caimans,
the different species of monkeys which inhabit Manu (13 species), the prehistoric bird call Hoatzin, King Fishers and many more species. After lunch we visit lake Otorongo, here there is an observation tower to appreciate the lake , also it is possible to observe another family of Giant river Otter that uses this lake. We spend the night in the rustic casa Matsiguenka shared bathroom and shower. Optional night walk.

Day 5: Casa Matsiguenka to Maquisapayoj:

We will leave very early so we can have the best chance to try to see the rarest Jaguar, the best time to observe animals on the rain forest are early in the morning and late in the afternoon. The trip on the boat will be around 7 hours down the Manu and Madre de Dios River. After arriving to Maquisapayoj we go to the tapir lick and spend the night there or if we have luck and see the tapir early we can spend the night at the Maquisapayoj lodge private bathroom and hot shower.

Day 6: Maquisapayoj macaw and Tapir Lick:

4:40 am we leave to go to the macaw clay lick, the trip is 40 minutes by boat and 15 minutes walking to the special observation hide. The activity begins around 5:30 am with the small parrots and later the big macaws. The Parrots eat the clay which has minerals that helps the stomach digestion that is the reason why hundreds of parrots parakeets and macaws come to this particular place. After lunch we walk through primary rain forest for 1.40 hours to the Tapir lick; here there is an especial observation platform to see the Tapir (Tapirus terrestris). The tapirs are usually active at night for this reason we have mosquito nets,
mattresses and blankets to spend the night.

Day 7: Maquisapayoj to Cusco / Puerto Maldonado to Cusco or Lima:

Early in the morning, we start with our return trip to Cusco, first by boat to Colorado village and then by car to Puerto Carlos, after crossing the Inambari River, we take our private bus to Cusco, we will be arriving around 19:00 hours and leave you at your hotel. For the people who wants to fly, from Puerto Carlos we take them by another car two and half hours to Puerto Maldonado airport and take the last flight arriving to Cusco around 15:00 hours or to Lima around 17:00 Hrs. Transfer from the airport to your hotel and dinner by your own.

Included / Not Included

What is Included? What is not included?
  • Professional naturalist guide with telescope.
  • Birding guide on request.
  • Private boat and bus transport.
  • Entrance fees to Macaw clay lick, Tapir lick.
  • Entrance to the Manu National Park, Salvador & Otorong o Lakes.
  • Cook & food (vegetarian on request) and drinking water.
  • Camping equipment and Lodging.
  • First Aid Kit, extractor (for poison)
  • Bite Away for mosquito bites
  • Antidote for snake bite
  • Radio communication.
  • Rubber boots
  • Flight Puerto Maldonado to Cusco or Lima (If you have paid for that program)
  • Binocular.
  • Alcoholic drinks etc.
  • Airport tax aprox 6 USD.
Things you should bring for the Manu Trip:
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Long sleeved shirts
  • T-Shirts, Cotton socks
  • Hiking shoes
  • Sandals or light shoes to change
  • Rain gear (rain poncho is ok)
  • Sweater ( in case we have coldfront)
  • Long pants
  • Binoculars very important the best ones are (Leica, Zeiss, Swarovski, Nikon,Bushnell)
  • Camera and extra batteries
  • Camera charger
  • Dry bag back pack.
  • Personal things like toothbrush, etc
  • Hat (or handkerchief)
  • Sun blocker, sun glasses
  • Flashlight (with spare bulb and batteries)
  • Water bottle ( min. 1 l)
  • Day pack
  • Original passport
  • Money (Soles) for soft drinks, handicrafts and tips.
  • Byte Away very important for travelling in Peru


Group Services: Private Service:
Price: $. 00 per person To Open A New “Fixed Departures Date In A Private Service”
We only need 2 paxs