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.
Duration 6 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
Meals3 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners (vegetarian option available)
TransportLand transportation (minivan), river transportation (canoe motorized), Peke Peke (small boat motorized, perfectly designed for small rivers)
AccommodationAt Posada Manu Rainforest (2night), Robles Tree House (1night)
First breakfast, water for the first day, soft drinks, alcoholic drinks, snacks, souvenirs, tips and the last dinner
Our route is from Cusco to Manu National Park for several hours in road and river transport
The first day we’ll be on the road about 11 hours in a minivan crossing the Andes, the majestic cloud forest, and high forest. Road conditions can be curvy, broken or blocked, but it is a beautiful trip with amazing views.
From the second day to the forth, we travel by motorized river boat crossing through low lying forests and mesmerizing river landscapes. The river is usually calm and clear, but it can rain at any time and currents may be stronger. This trip lasts about 6 hours; all the while we can look out for wildlife and enjoy the beauty of the surrounding jungle.
We’ll pass picturesque valleys and majestic mountains for about eleven 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 drive along the cloud forest
where we are going to spot waterfalls, primordial trees and an abundance of flora like: ferns, mosses, orchids and lichens; beautiful birds such as: cock of the rock (Peru’s national bird), tangaras, toucans, hummingbirds,
trogons, and quetzals; and stunning primates like: woolly, and capuchin monkeys.
Once in Atalaya 600m (1,968 Ft.), a last minute shopping stop before we board our motorized river boat onto the silvery water Traveling 2 hours downriver 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 Posada Manu Rainforest 350m.
Our ecological tours at Robles Tree House offer excellent experiences full of adventure and awe at the untamed virgin forest and its inhabitants of the great Amazon basin. After breakfast we travel by boat 45 minutes via Rio
Palotoa to reach Robles Tree House. Once we arrive we will have time available 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 shadows of bats attracted by our lanterns. Most certainly we’ll see timid tarantulas that go out hunting in the
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, the forest floor below a gallery of activity, a night not to be forgotten.
At 5 a.m. we head to the parrot “colpa” (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 Posada Manu Rainforest with showers.
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.
Leaving from Cusco in the morning we'll travel by bus visiting archaeological sites as: Chincheros, Maras (salt mine), Moray, and Ollantaytambo on the Sacred Valley where we'll visit the Inca ruins in the afternoon we will
board our train to Aguas Calientes. With beautiful scenery throughout the journey the train journey itself is an experience. Following the course of the river down the Sacred Valley you'll arrive to Aguas Calientes by about
dinnertime and after checking in to your hostel you'll have the night free.
Night at Veronica Hostal
On the first day we leave Cusco at 7:00 AM in the morning to make a guided visit to the Sacred Valley of the Incas (Chinchero, Maras, Moray and lastly Ollantaytambo) in a private minivan. From Ollantaytambo we take
a train to Aguas Calientes (overnight in hostel).
The second day we leave early, at 4:30 AM to make the hike to the lost city of Machu Picchu where you will have hour guided tour by our private professional guide. After that you can explore as you please until 12:00, when we’ll descend to Aguas Calientes and you can have lunch on your own. In the afternoon you’ll pick up your two hour-thirty minute train back to Ollantaytambo. We’ll be waiting for you here with our private minivan to transfer you to Cusco.
NOTE: Time of train travel is dependent on the availability of tickets for your go and return at the time of booking.
Meals1 breakfast at Hostel
AccommodationOne night at hostel
Walking up early we'll take the first bus up to Machu Picchu to enter the site as it opens. We'll have a 2 hour guided tour of the site during which you'll learn about the Incas and visit all the most important areas of the citadel. After your tour you'll have free time to explore the site by yourself and if you have permits to climb either Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain. In the afternoon you will take the train back to Ollantaytambo from where you will carry on by bus back to Cusco
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. We’ve found this to be the best, as did our previous travelers. Leaving early we take advantage of the fresh morning to see more wildlife activity and we also avoid traffic and other tour groups that could crowd our way.
For Manu, we normally run this tour from March to December (our summer). Remember in the jungle there can be rain at any time regardless of season.
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 (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), 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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