Our five days tour starts in Cusco, goes to Manu National Park with an English-speaking local naturalist guide and then ends in Cusco. This tour is designed to offer you a detailed tour of the pristine forest. Manu National Park in the Madre de Dios and Cusco provinces covers a vast majority of the Peruvian Amazon Rainforest and is home to many species of birds and animals.
This Manu Biosphere Adventure is one of our popular tours to explore the best of Manu National Park before or after visiting Machu Picchu in Cusco. Spread over an area of over 1.9 million hectares, Manu National Park is home to different species of butterflies, birds, and animals.
NOTE: The program involves several trips by bus and boat, and given the uncontrollable forces of nature, the program may be subject to change at any time without notice.
Duration 5 Days
Difficulty Easy to Moderate
Gratuities, First breakfast, water for the first day, soft drinks, alcoholic drinks, snacks, souvenirs, Travel insurance and the last dinner.
Cusco (3,300m.s.n.m.) – high mountain pass (3650 m.s.n.m.) Cloud Forest (1,700m.s.n.m.), Rio Palotoa Basin (350m.s.n.m.)
From its entrance at 3650 meters above sea level, to its Rio Palotoa basin at 350 meters above sea level, it covers a distance of almost one hundred fifty kilometers by minivan and forty kilometers along the river site (Rio Alto Madre de Dios) by boat! To get there, the first day we travel in our van for about 9 hours with interesting stops along the way, 2 hours by outboard engine boat along the Rio Alto Madre de Dios and 1 hour by PEKE PEKE (small local boat) along the Rio Palotoa, a traditional wooden river boat designed to navigate the waters of the Rio Palotoa and named after the engine noise – ‘PEKE PEKE PEKE’. We arrive in the afternoon at the Robles Treehouse Lodge.
IS THIS TRIP SUITABLE FOR YOU?
This five-day trip is easily accessible for all ages; it is not physically demanding. The nature walks in the cloud forest are around 1 to 2 hours on paved roads and on flat paths through the low jungle forests for 3 to 4 hours. Temperatures can be cold in the Andes, as low as 10 degrees Celsius, and up to 39 °C in the warmer low jungle region. To help you adapt to altitude, we recommend drinking plenty of water, and offer you mate de coca. To deal with insects, we recommend using abundant repellent and wearing very light clothes.
On the first day we leave the city of Cusco in our spacious 15 seat minivan, which we only use for 9 passengers. The road over the cloud forest to the jungle is an asphalt road with many curves, but it affords beautiful views and adds to the wonder of being part of our adventure.
On the second day, we travel in our private motorized canoe and keep watch for wildlife. We can also do some easy sport fishing, go for a quick swim, or glide down the river in our very simple river tubing (you must be able to swim, this is fun for all ages) Rio Palotoa has crystal clear waters, with slow rapids and very calm waters. Perfect chances for seeing monkeys come through.
Today our goal is to get to the cloud forest and lowlands! We’ll travel for four hours through fabulous mountain vistas and valleys, passing through Paucartambo (the folkloric capital of Cusco) which boasts beautiful Spanish colonial architecture and a stone bridge.
Then we proceed to the lookout point at Acjanaco, at a pass 3650 meters above sea level, where we enter Manu National Park. From here, we travel through pristine cloud forest, which feeds the local flora unique to this clime. The landscape is stunning: we will pass many waterfalls, sweeping views of the valley and dense cloud forest vegetation: mosses, lichens, orchids and birds unique to this part of the world ply the mountainside. Woolly monkeys and capuchin monkeys can also be seen.
Look for a quiet spot to enjoy a picnic lunch, after that, enjoy a boat ride in the wild, and watch the forest become a different domain in the afternoon. Be on the lookout for capibaras (one of the biggest rodents in the world), water birds, Howler monkeys eating clay on the cliffs, and the beautiful sunset in the Rio Alto Madre de Dios.
Overnight at the Posada Manu Rainforest.
After having breakfast, we will boat for forty-five minutes along the Rio Palotoa to reach Robles Treehouse. Once we arrive, we will have time to explore the heart of our ecological reserve. The evening is reserved for a night walk in search of creatures such as: snakes, amphibians, spiders and monkeys. In the darkness of night, we’ll have the spectacle of fireflies lighting up the sky and the shadows of bats attracted by our lanterns. Most certainly, we’ll see timid tarantulas that go out hunting in the dark.
Overnight at the Robles Tree House, a bungalow stilted house camouflaged in our forest. Strategically located, it makes for great viewing of the nocturnal animals that come to feed on bamboo and wild fruit: monkeys and others. The night air will be full of sound and activity, and the forest floor below will be a gallery of activity. It will be a night not to be forgotten.
Today early in the morning! At five in the morning, we visit the clay lick of parrots and macaws. With good weather, activity will be magnificent. Attended by hundreds of parrots such as: blue-headed parrot, the yellow-crowned parrot, the Mealy parrot, and macaws such as: chestnut fronted macaw, the blue headed macaw, the scarlet macaw, the blue and yellow macaw, and many parakeets, all these creatures will be a spectacle of nature. Only Manu Rainforest Peru takes you to these places. We have even spotted an otter here!
On our private reserve, we offer you hiking in pristine forests of bamboo and primary forests of gigantic trees, where we will go in search of wildlife such as: peccaries, monkeys, Amazonian turtles, and birds. At nightfall, we offer a night walk in search of: nightly active animals like: tapirs, tarantulas, frogs, snakes, spiders, and night monkeys, among many others. It’s nature, so we can be surprised at any moment by a magnificent sight!
Night at Robles Tree House
Today is another day of parrots and macaws! Back at 5 in the morning, our last chance to capture the avian beauties before our goodbye! The activity will be of parrots and macaws, parakeets, and, with luck, toucans or monkeys sailing between trees. then breakfast in the treehouse.
Afterwards, we hike our private jungle trails in search of wildlife unique to this part of the world. The more we visit the forest, the more chances we have of capturing a special moment of sunlight, butterflies and splendid birds and animals.
In the afternoon, after lunch, we do the tubing in the river Palotoa, a unique experience, you will glide in the inner tube of a tractor tire, surrounded by lush nature, birds, monkeys and river visitors.
After river tubing, in the evening we will take an excursion along the edges of the Cocha Huito lagoon's dense forest and listen to the sunset chorus of giant frogs. Weather permitting, tonight we will have an excursion to spot caiman (the Amazon’s crocodiles) and other nocturnal creatures. We very often see snakes, frogs, arboreals or sloths scrambling high in the limbs, then return to the lodge to dine and sleep.
Early in the morning, we start our trip back by river boat, accompanied by flocks of passing birds. Again, we have a good chance to view capybaras (the largest rodent in the world) on the river banks. Our destination is Atalaya where we take a short break to switch to our minivan and then head to Cusco. We will pass again through the cloud forest and stop for lunch al fresco on one of the lovely bends over the valley. Monkeys and Cock on the Rock await in the boughs.
Our service ends in Cusco at 4:00 PM, when we drop you off at your hotel.
The meeting point or pick up will be at your Cusco hotel, where our Guide will meet you with our private minivan.
The tour begins and ends in the city of Cusco. If you're based outside of Cusco in Pisac, Urubamba or Ollantaytambo for example, you will be picked up much earlier to be brought to the city of Cusco to join the tour at its departure point. Please contact us to coordinate. This will have an additional cost, and the schedule of pickup will be arranged.
Pick up time is bright and early, at 4:00 a.m. in the morning, to give us more time to enjoy the places of interest on the way. And, by leaving early, we also take advantage of the fresh morning to see more wildlife on the way. By leaving early, we also avoid traffic and other tour groups crowding our way.
We normally run this tour from March to December (summer). For January and February, please inquire for availability as it is the rainy season and trips will be scheduled only when it is safe.
We recommend economizing on your luggage for this trip to Manu of 5 days. Travel light and think about bringing layers instead of big jackets, etc. Be selective and pack light. Choose quick dry clothing, if possible, we will be in the jungle!
A small daypack for all your essentials like water bottle, camera, snacks and phone
We don’t want you to miss out on the spectacular beauty of the flora and fauna Manu rainforest! While your zoom is a great way to catch animals at a distance, binoculars are a great way just to watch! Manu Rainforest Peru provides use of professional binoculars! The Nikon and Vortex 8 x 42 water resistant binoculars offer extended clear viewing and bring the action in close. Please note, while in your care, the binoculars are your responsibility, so please treat them with care as you are liable in the event of any damage or loss.
Manu Rainforest Peru rates include all meals (optional vegetarian with notice), soft drinks, hot drinks, sparkling wine and beer with meals, accommodations at lodges, excursions with knowledgeable naturalist guides, a professional cook (chef), the Manu National Park entrance fee and night walks. We will provide private transportation (boat and minivan). Breakfast and lunch will be available on your last day and are included in the rate. Tubing in the river is also included in your Amazon adventure.
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