The jungle at its best with this tour to the Manu National Park sightseeing the Biosphere
Reserved Zone that runs along both sides of the Manu river, and covers a vast extension of
We leave Cusco early morning in our vehicle. By noon, we tour the Ninamarca Chullpas (Tombs).
After stopping at Paucartambo, a Spanish colonial town, we go by the Acjanacu Pass, the
boundary of Manu Biosphere Reserve. This area is home to the Cock of the Rock (Rupicola
peruviana), the Spectacled Bear as well as orchids, ferns, mosses and lichens. Roughly, 50% of
flora found here are endemic to this region. Overnight in our Orquideas de San Pedro Lodge.
Early get-up to climb a platform called Lek in order to watch the Cock of the Rock, Peru´s national
bird, performing a mating ritual dance. On our way to Atalaya Port, we cross Pilcopata town as
well as waterfalls and canyons. After boarding a motor boat, we head down the Alto Madre de
Dios River (15 minutes) toward our private lodge Erika. This area offers an interesting hike from
low to high jungle (600 masl to 1,150 m.a.s.l.). Overnight in lodge.
1 Free Option: In Pilcopata you can choose a river rafting trip (class I and II) down the
Koshñipata River with a great view of the Koñeq Canyon. Chance for a dip before going down the
Alto Madre de Dios River to our lodge.
In a canoe, we sail down (4 hours) the Alto Madre de Dios River to Boca Manu´s airstrip. On our
way to Boca Manu´s village, we may see bird species as well as the confluence of the Manu and
the Alto Madre de Dios rivers. Again in our canoe, we set off toward Boca Lodge to spend the
night. A short walk is an option at night.
2 Free Option: Would you like to cross the rainforest´s treetops using cable zip lines? Try this
exciting journey through the layers of the jungle. Expert guides assist you from the time you
leave the ground until you rappel back down to the forest floor.
We get up early for a downriver boat ride to the Collpa or parrot clay lick. On the river banks,
many species of parrots such as the blue headed parrot and the white-eyed parakeet feed for
mineral supplements. After registering at Limonal, the Park Rangers Headquarters, we sail up
the Manu River (4 hours) into the heart of the reserve. Once at Salvador Lake, our base safari
campsite, we seize the day watching wildlife. It is common to see animals sunning on beaches, or
foraging for food in the trees. On our way back to campsite, we trek a jungle trail to discover the
nature of this area.
3 Free Option: A trail leads us to a platform located 15 feet above the clay lick. Once the
lumbering peccaries arrive, we can photograph them in action. Important: the observation
depends on weather conditions, availability, and luck.
A morning walk fits well to catch wildlife in the pursuit of food. Then, by paddling a catamaran, we
explore Salvador Lake to watch species of birds, monkeys, caimans, and the giant otter. We
spend the afternoon at Otorongo Lake, home of several mammals as brown capuchin monkeys,
collared and white lipped peccaries, squirrels as well as huge ceiba and fig trees. Climb a tower,
15 mt high, to observe more birds. At night, we look for black caimans on a catamaran around
Before sailing down the Manu River, we trek around Salvador Lake. At Valley Island, which
belongs to a native family, we search for insects and frogs such as American bullfrogs, horned
and tree frogs. We go by Boca Manu´s village and then we descend the Madre de Dios River
towards Boca Lodge to overnight. A short walk is an option at night.
By canoe, we return to Boca Manu´s airstrip. This optional flight offers great jungle views for
passengers coming back to Cusco by plane. The others sail up the Alto Madre de Dios River to
either camp on a suitable beach in the Cultural Zone or overnight at our lodge.
We go on our trip by boat to Atalaya town. Then by bus, we come back to Cusco, arriving very
late tonight or early next morning.
Important: We ask our clients taking flights not to exceed 10 kg of luggage per person.
- Own ground transportation
- Own boat transportation (covered motor boats)
- Specialized and bilingual guide
- 01 night in Orquideas de San Pedro lodge, 01 night in Erika Lodge
- Meals (vegetarian option is available)
- First aid kit including anti-ophidian shots
- Air charters (optional - maximum 10kg of luggage per person)
- Paperwork and payment for Park permits
- Radio communication equipment in all lodges and campsites, Satellite telephone for
- Safety box for values and storage for luggage in Cusco’s main office
- Specialized guide for the Canopy Zip Down and required equipment
- Alcoholic drinks
- Breakfast (day 1)
We recommend that you bring:
- Sleeping bag
- Binoculars, Camera and film ASA 200 and 400 for the inner forest
- Warm clothing (in case of a cold front), long sleeve shirts and long pants (cotton)
- 100% waterproof rain gear (long poncho or rain wear)
- Insect repellant (at least 50% DEEt)
- Sunscreen lotion
- Hiking shoes and sandals
- Flashlight, enough batteries (alkaline) and bulbs
- Wide brim hat (for sunny days), sun glasses
- Towel, swimming suit, plastic bags
- Personal medicines and/or supplies (liquid for contact lenses, for example)
- Day pack, and one backpack or duffel bag of luggage per person
- One bottle of water for the first day
Cost per person US$1,099 make reservations
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