Our intensive adventure and expedition program in the Manu biosphere is designed for our backpacking friends who come in search of adventures, expeditions and authentic tours at an affordable price. We offer many of the highlights of all
our trips which is adventure, guided walks, river wildlife spotting, and night walks but with more basic lodging, transport and food.
A highlight of this trip is river tubing, which consists of floating down a stretch of the river Palotoa in Manu in an rubber tire Let yourself be carried away by the force of the current over the a stretch of for 5 kilometers near our private ecological reserve.
This tour leaves daily from the city of the Cusco in local buses destined for Salvación (capital of the province of the Manu).
Duration 5 Days
Difficulty Easy to Moderate
Start: Cusco End: Cusco Style: Original Type: Adventure Difficulty: Easy to Moderate Age: Minimum 10 years with their parents, 18 without parents. Group size: Minimum 2 Maximum 9
Meals4 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners (vegetarian option available)
TransportLand transportation (minivan), Peke Peke (small boat motorized, perfectly designed for small rivers)
AccommodationAt Salvacion (1 night), Posada Manu Rainforest (2night), Robles Tree House (2night)
First breakfast, water for the first day, soft drinks, alcoholic drinks, snacks, souvenirs, tips and the last dinner
The route for this tour begins on day one in Cusco and heads to Posada Manu Rainforest. It’s a long day of around 13 hours of travel making various stops along the way, (minivan) with potholes, curves, tunnels and many spectacular
In addition we will travel by boat for another 2 hours passing through low forest and beautiful landscapes, rolling with the currents and rapids; the trip is part of the adventure!
In our private minivan we’ll head out to the cloud forest, one of the highlights of our trip today. It’s a trip of 11 hours driving through incredible landscapes in the cloud forest including waterfalls, tunnels, and panoramic
vistas until we arrive at Machuwasi Lake.
This afternoon we’ll cross the Machuwasi Lake in wooden rafts and certainly encounter the cantankerous Hoatzin, a peculiar and ancient bird inhabiting the Manu forest, as well as many other species of unique wildlife, among them on our target list: four types of monkeys and the largest rodent on earth, the capybara.
Night at the Salvacion town.
At 6:00 a.m. we ride two hours in the minivan to the banks of the river Alto Madre De Dios. Here we will board our boat that will take us upriver to Posada Manu Rainforest. Once there, we can go fishing with lures in the nearby
streams full of fish of different varieties and sizes. It will be rewarding and fun sport fishing surrounded by the jungle of the Amazon. The buzz of cicadas (Cicadidae), the sounds of monkeys jumping in the trees tops,
exotic birds, and gorgeous butterflies of different sizes and colors will astound you. .
At night we will have night walk in search of armadillos and pacas, and nocturnal monkeys which steal food from the fields that are cultivated the locals.
Night in Posada Manu Rainforest.
Today after breakfast we leave Posada Manu Rainforest to go to Robles Tree House, we travel through the jungle on a motorized canoe upriver (Rio Palotoa) for 45 minutes. Once at Robles Tree House, will have time available to
explore our oak ecological reserve through our road system. We will now go to walk in search of wildlife very slowly and with a look to any movement or sound either of flocks of monkeys, peccaries, and macaws that tend
to be in the tops of trees, also a beautiful forest of bamboos, giant ficus trees, ferns, insects, and wonderful mushrooms.
Half day delight a delicious lunch and enjoy the crystal clear waters and the Sun.
Night in Robles Tree House.
As usual each morning hundreds of parrots, parakeets, macaws (Aras), gather to eat the clay rich in minerals at the lick (colpa) as part of their diet. To enjoy this activity we have to wake up at 5:00 a.m. and at 5:20 a.m.
we should be in the hideout, across from the Parrot colpa, keeping silence and calmness to watch groups of five to ten gather and settle en masse on the rock wall and consume the rich mineral clay. We'll also have a good
chance to see troupes of monkeys, toucans, and woodpeckers that often fly from one side of the river to the other. Here might also get to spot the shy and playful river otters.
Afterwards, enjoy an excursion in tubing along the Palotoa River's crystal clear waters in the middle of the jungle. Wildlife abounds: waterfowl and migratory birds, four types of monkeys, and squirrels jump between trees near the river. Later we arrive at the river Alto Madre De Dios, where we take our boat on the winding river that leads us to the hostel Posada Manu Rainforest for an evening in comfort and a delicious dinner. A guided night walk is possible.
Day of return to the city of Cusco by the same route as we came the first day, we have to cross the river in our wooden boat, to then take our local bus at 7:00 AM, to Salvacion. Here we take another minivan that leads directly to the city of the Cusco arriving at 6:00 a.m.
The meeting point or pick up will be at your Cusco hotel, 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 schedule of pick up will be arranged.
Pick up time is bright and early, at 4:00 in the morning, to give us more time to enjoy the places of interest on the way. And, leaving early we also take advantage of the fresh morning to see more wildlife on the way. 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 7 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! Remember long sleeves and long trousers are a barrier between you and the mosquitos! Pack wisely and enjoy your trip more.
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.
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