Our three-day Manu short trip is an excellent way to get an insight into life in the Peruvian Amazon Rainforest before or after visiting Machu Picchu. Accompanied by an English-speaking local naturalist tour guide, you will be visiting the cultural zone of Manu National Park and will spot some distinct species of butterflies, monkeys, sloths and the Macaws & parrots morning concentration at the clay lick at the Palotoa River, one of the unique events in the zone.
Manu Rainforest Peru is an entirely locally owned tour operating company. As locals from the Manu region, our crew has in-depth knowledge about different flora and fauna distinct to the area. Also, our enhanced logistical capabilities ensure offering safe and secured excursions to even the remotest part of Manu.
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.
Duration 3 Days
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(3650m.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, covers a distance of almost one hundred fifty kilometers by minivan and forty kilometers along the river site by boat! To get there, on the first day we travel in our van for about 11 hours with interesting stops on the way and 2 hours by boat motorized 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 Rio Palotoa and named after the engine noise – ‘PEKE PEKE PEKE’. arriving in the afternoon at the Robles Treehouse Lodge.
Your epic three-day tour to Manu National Park begins with an early morning pickup (0400 AM) from your hotel in Cusco. We will embark on a two hours drive through the South Sacred Valley with staggering views of mountains and valleys to Paucartambo.
At 2906 meters above sea level (9534 ft.) Paucartambo is the folkloric capital of the region. This colonial town boasts incredible colonial buildings and the ancient stone bridge here is certainly unmissable.
After relishing the breakfast here, we will be driving you up the hill to view the showstopping high mountain pass of Acjanaco. It nestles at 3650 m (11975.07). You will be rewarded with a panoramic view of the cloud forest mountains and the origin of the southeaster largest river of the Peruvian Amazon (Rio Alto Madre de Dios) snaking through the lowland tropical jungle. This is also the entrance to Manu National Park.
After soaking in the views of the Amazon, we will begin our drive down the hill through the pristine cloud forest. We will be passing different picturesque waterfalls and lush scrubland. We will be stopping in the cloud forest to spot the Peruvian National Bird, Cock of the Rock. Our local tour guide expert will be explaining more about the distinct bird in detail.
This forest is also home to different species of monkeys. Here you will be spotting Wooly Monkeys and Capuchin Monkeys among others.
We will be reaching the Atalaya boat dock by noon. Here we will embark on a two hours boat ride (outboard engine) down the Alto Madre de Dios River deep into the Amazon jungle. Then to switch a small local canoe called (PEKE PEKE), a traditional wooden river boat designed to navigate the waters of Rio Palotoa for one hour and named after the engine noise – ‘PEKE PEKE PEKE’, stopping at our own rustic Robles’ Treehouse Lodge.
The PEKE PEKE, which welcomes up to 4 or 6 guests, is an expedition canoe designed explicitly for deep exploration of the Peruvian Manu Amazon. Thanks to a relatively small size, agile design, and shallow draft, the Peke Peke leaves the main tourist paths far behind.
During afternoon sail on the Palotoa River, you may be able to see Howler monkeys, sloths, and macaws on the fly. The experience offered on the PEKE PEKE are some of the most unique experiences in Manu
In the afternoon once we arrived, we can do activities from leaping off the swim deck into some of the cleanest water in the world to scouting through the Amazonia night walks with a flashlight looking for creatures, both the four-day Manu Rainforest Tour or more offer unique experiences for active travelers.
After the night walk, we will be returning to the lodge for a lavish dinner and a well-deserved rest...In the dining room, you will dine on fresh, wholesome, locally-sourced meals. The Manu Rainforest Peru chefs are happy to create dishes for vegetarian and other special diets.
The second day of your trip to the Manu rainforest is possibly the most awaited day. We will be leaving our tree house at 0500 AM to see the unmissable Parrot and Macaw Clay Lick. Hundreds of brightly colored birds flock into the cliff to eat the clay.
The clay here is known to be rich in nutrients that help these birds to flush out toxins from their bodies. Witnessing the clay lick on your jungle trip is an experience on its own.
The congregation of colorful large Macaws, Amazon Parrots, and parakeets in Southeastern Peru’s Macaw and parrot clay licks has been described as one of the most thrilling of avian phenomena. Riverside clay licks, locally known as Collpa are the point of concentration for hundreds of macaws, parrots, and parakeets; up to a dozen species come to ingest the clay, rich in minerals and sodium. Shortly after dawn, parrots gather, READ MORE
After contemplating the views, we will back to the Treehouse and be serving breakfast in the dining room, you will have breakfast on fresh, wholesome, locally-sourced locally. after one hour we will embark on a hike of 3 hours through the pristine jungle to spot more wildlife. Imagine yourself walking through the heart of the Manu rainforest, and hiking trails maintained by us.
As locals, our tour guides have plenty of knowledge about the flora and fauna. might see different kinds of wildlife in the jungle such as monkeys, sloths, and peccaries, and watch the toucans, and oropendolas that soar on canopies. You will discover the use of most medicinal plants as we will be hiking deep in the pristine jungle, away from the touristic crowd.
A PERFECT BLEND OF RELAXATION AND FUN ON THE RIVER!
Around mid-day, we return to the Treehouse for lunch and a siesta. then your jungle river tubing excursion starts with a scenic drive along the Rio Palotoa River for one hour. Your tour guide advises what to take and wear for these activities. Once you’re ready to go, walk to the riverside and the PEKE PEKE boatman will take you to Rio Palotoa River upstream After about 30 minutes of sail, you ultimately arrive at the river launch point. After one last safety check, it’s time to get into your tube and start your amazing journey!
As you float down the river with your tour guide leading the way, you will discover an environment rich with tropical scenery. The Rio Palotoa River has many different moods, starting with some lazy river sections for you to sit back and relax, and followed by a range of fun-filled rapids for you to quench your thirst for adventure.
After river tubing, in the evening we will excursion along the edges of the Cocha Huito lagoon 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 arboreal, or sloths scrambling high in the limbs, then return to the lodge to dine and sleep.
You will be waking up to the sound of chirping birds on the last day of your Manu Jungle Tour. After relishing a native breakfast, we will be checking out from our Treehouse Lodge and will head to the boat pier for our ride back to Atalaya Pier.
Along the boat sail, with luck and good weather conditions, you might see Capybaras in groups and water birds.
At Atalaya Pier, our driver will be waiting for us for a scenic drive back to Cusco with a stop on the way for our picnic lunch.
We will be reaching Cusco City by 0400 PM.
The meeting point or pick-up will be at your Cusco hotel, our Guide will meet you at 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 pick-up will be arranged.
Based on the advice of our customers who traveled with us, and our own experience, we leave early! The time of pick up will be at 4:00 AM in the morning, in order to have an early start and more time to enjoy the places of interest on the way. In this way, we also take advantage of the fresh morning to see more wildlife out. In this way, we also avoid traffic and other tour groups.
We normally run this tour from March to December (summer). For January and February, please inquire about 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 short trip to Manu of 3 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!
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! our naturalized guides take binoculars and a telescope with them and will share with you to use of professional binoculars! The VORTEX 10 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, professional cook (chef), and 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. 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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