If you are looking to have an intense amazon experience, then Manu Rainforest Peru is the best choice tour. In addition to its parrot and macaw clay lick and remote jungle wilderness, there are much more to see at the Robles Ecological Reserve. The further away from the cities you go and the longer you stay in the forest, the better the chance is you will have to observe wildlife. Because our reserve is hours up river from civilization and you stay in the jungle, you will certainly encounter some of the amazing wildlife the Manu Rainforest has to offer.
NOTE: The program involves several trips by bus and boat, and so given the uncontrollable forces of nature, the program may be subject to change at any time without notice.
Day 01: Cusco – Manu Cloud forest - Bambu Lodge
5:30 AM we’ll pick you up at your hotel in Cusco in our private minivan and start the long beautiful drive to Guadalupe Lodge. We’ll pass picturesque valleys and majestic mountains for about nine hours with stops along the way: breakfast in the quaint colonial town of Paucartambo, breathtaking views at the lookout point at the pass –Acjanaco- 4,000m (13,123 ft) where we enter the Manu Biosphere. From there we descend through the cloud forest to one of the most bio diverse area in the world. Bird and wildlife viewing are easy as we will walk part of the way to take in the waterfalls, primordial trees and an abundance of birds and wildlife and flora: ferns, mosses, orchids and lichens; cock of the rock (Peru’s national bird), tangaras, toucans, hummingbirds, trogons, and quetzals; and primates like howling, spider and capuchin monkeys. Overnight at Bambu Lodge 700m (2,296 ft)
Day 02: Bambu Lodge – Machuwasi lagoon – Robles Treehouse Lodge
A filling breakfasts then we´ll take the minivan through low living tropical forest. First stop the Animal Rescue Centre where you’ll come up close and personal to wooly monkeys, capuchin and spider monkeys as well as tapirs, peccary and agouti. Depending what animals their caring for you’ll have a chance to pet, feed, or run from a number of rehabilitating animals. Leave a donation to support the Project. Nearby at the port city of Atalaya 600m (1,968 ft), a last minute shopping stop before we board our motorized river boat onto the silvery water Traveling 2 hours upriver we’ll stop to hike and visit Lake Machuwasi, a small mirror-like lagoon full of activity. On balsam rafts we’ll pole to the shores so see some amazing birds like the prehistoric cackling hoatzin birds (Opinthocomus hoazín), and with luck capybaras or caiman. It’s a truly beautiful place. Back in the boat we’ll travel a few hours to Robles Ecological Reserve. Here deep in primary forest you can spend the afternoon relaxing while the butterflies and hummingbirds swarm the bushes around or swimming in the cascading waters a few minutes walk down.
Overnight at the Robles Treehouse Lodge, a hidden stilted house camouflaged in our forest. Strategically located over a bambu forest, it makes for great viewing of the nocturnal and diurnal animals that come to feed on bambu forest: monkeys many diferent of birds like tucans macaw and others. The night air will be full of sound and activity, the forest floor below a gallery of activity, a night not to be forgotten.
Day 03: Parrot Clay lick - Manu Rainforest Lodge
At 5 a.m. we head to the parrot “collpa” (clay lick) and with good weather we’ll experience an amazing phenomenon in the Manu delta: tens to hundreds of parakeets, parrots and macaws descend upon the nutrient rich clay creating a spectacle of color and sound you’ll never forget. Monkeys toucans and flocks of birds also visit the riverside. We’ll stay here for an hour and a half observing this wonderful jungle landscape and its inhabitants. After breakfast, we’ll embark on a beautiful trek through the pristine forest watching for more wildlife. With our specialist guides you will be able to spot and identify the various animals and plants surrounding you and what they are used for. Manu Rainforest Peru will take you outside of the typical tourist spots and into bamboo forests, primary forest and where giant ancient trees grow and where a plethora of creatures reside.
After a typical lunch we’ll go for an afternoon trip down the river in tractor tires! We’ll go tubing down 3.5 km of the Palotoa river, a relaxing and refreshing trip floating in the current where you are surrounded by forest and monkeys jump about. You may even see otters swimming, and you will definitely see plenty of aquatic bird life. We are the only tour Company that offers this special river tubing trip. Overnight in our comfortable Manu Rainforest Lodge with showers.
Day 04: Manu Rainforest Lodge – Cusco
Waking early to the sound of Dusky Titi Monkeys, we’ll pack up and enjoy a last breakfast together to the chorus of morning birds. Back to the motorized river boat, we have a last and great chance to see wildlife on the river on our way back to Atalaya. Capybaras, eagles, herons, Jungle Vultures, and many other birds are fishing the waters. As on any day in the jungle, surprise appearances await us and we have a second chance at sightings along the road through the cloud forest back to Cusco.
We arrive in Cusco at approx. 6.00 PM and our tour concludes as we bring you to your respective hotels.
What’s included in the trip?
Manu Rainforest Peru rates include all meals, soft drinks, hot drinks, sparkling wine and beer with meals, accommodations at lodges, excursions with knowledgeable naturalist guides, professional cook (chef), the Manu National Park entrance fee, night walks. We will provide private transportation (boat & minivan). Breakfast and lunch will be available on your last day and are included in the rate. Tubing in the river is also included on your amazon adventure. One great advantage of our “all inclusive” rates is that you will know in advance exactly how much you’re Manu Rainforest Peru vacation will cost. Your only extra expenses will be drinks, boutique purchases, First day breakfast, and Drinking water first day, Personal expenses, we provide gum boots for wetland excursions.
What should I bring to the Jungle?
Please bring comfortable walking shoes, lightweight long pants and long sleeved shirts for our excursions, as well as a wide-brimmed hat, sunscreen, extra socks, Dark-colored clothing, Swimwear, sandals and a small personal towel, Water bottle or canteen, mosquito repellant with DEET, and of course your camera with charger and extra batteries, and waterproof ponchos with hoods to protect against rain, torch/flashlight with extra battery. You may wish to include some small items that you can give away to the locals (t-shirts, pens and candies are especially prized). During meals in the dining room we ask our guests to wear casual clothing and shoes or sandals.
Binoculars - Very important to enjoy wild life (Vortex 10 x 42, Bushnell, Nikon 8 x 42)
Day 05: Ausangate Rainbow Mountain (last day one in Cusco)
Without a doubt, the Ausangate trail offers one of the most amazing passages in the surrounds of Cusco: lovely birds, alpine animals and plants, powerful mountain backdrops - Ausangate itself towering at 6.385m/ 20.945 feet and one of tallest mountains not only in Cusco but Peru as well. Lined with high Andean lakes and impressive colorful mountains (the so called rainbow massif) is breathtaking scenery where camelids (llama, alpaca and vicuna) and traditional Quechua and Vinicunca herdsman reside. We designed this hike in such a way it makes an excellent one day trip for anyone who loves a true outdoor adventure but has only a short time to do it in.
At 4:00 in the morning, we will pick you up at your hotel in our private minivan then drive for approximately three hours through Cusco’s Valle Del Sur (South Valley) to the trailhead at Quesiuno (4.326m/ 14.189 ft.) After a delicious breakfast we’ll head out on the trail to Ausangate. On the way we’ll see herds of alpacas and llamas against the continuous backdrop of the multicolored Ausangate massif. Passing through quaint Andean villages, we’ll have plenty of opportunities to meet locals on the way. Then, a healthy lunch with refreshments will be enjoyed half way down the trail. Resuming the hike, we’ll pass potato fields and encounter wild fauna, such as the shy vicuña (a kind of llama that has not been domesticated).
After walking these five hours past incredible pastoral and majestic scenery, finally we arrive at our destination, what we came to see... among the mountains of colors = Rainbow massif, Ausungate (5,020 m / 16,466 feet). Once you get over the awe of its beauty, you can take some time to explore the area, take pictures and soak up the atmosphere. We will spend about thirty minutes at the top.
Now, it’s time to return. We hike back down the way we came (4 to 5 hours). Our shuttle will be waiting for us down below.
After about 3 hours of driving, we’ll arrive at Cusco, where we will leave you at your respective hotels between 8 and 9 pm.
Lowest elevation: 4,326 m / 14,189 ft
Highest elevation: 5,020 m / 16,466 ft
Distance on foot: 15 km / 9 ¼ miles
Approximate trekking time: 4 to 5 hours
• Professional Bilingual (English/Spanish speaking) guide (additional guide for groups of 9 or more)
• Pre-departure information available at your hotel 1 to 2 days before your trip
• Pick up at your hotel and transport to Quesiuno
• Return transport from Quesiuno to your hotel in Cusco
• A continental breakfast, gourmet box lunch
• Oxygen Bottle for emergencies and first aid kit
The price does not include
• Trekking poles – available for rent at our location
• Travel insurance
• Entrance 10 soles
What to bring
• Rain jacket / poncho
• Winter hat and gloves
• Rain trousers
• Sun Block UVA35%
• Sun glasses and hat against the sun
• Camera with extra batteries and memory card
• Trekking poles (recommended - indispensable for stability and steep grades)
Our ranking of trekking level of difficulty Moderate.
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