This special tour will start and finish in Cusco, city of the Incas, and take you through Manu over 8 days. Here you will be immersed in one of the world’s natural wonders, Manu Amazon basin, renowned for its unique inhabitants and biodiversity.
The Manu National Park is one of the most bio-diverse tourist destinations on the planet with an amazing number of plant, animal and insect species. As such, visiting the Manu area allows the tourist a window into an ecosystem like no other. It has a diversity and richness rare in the world, offering visitors many chances to see wildlife and incredible flora and fauna.
The selection of routes that we offer has been carefully planned in order to experience highlights for all kinds of expectations: historical, cultural, ornithological, anthropological and mystical. We strive to make your trip what you want it to be, and deliver.
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
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
Meals7 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 7 dinners (vegetarian option available)
TransportLand transportation (minivan), river transportation (canoe motorized), Peke Peke (small boat motorized, perfectly designed for small rivers)
AccommodationAt Bamboo Lodge (1 night), Posada Manu Rainforest (2nights), Robles Tree House (1night), Casa Machiguenga (2nights), Dorado Lodge (1night)
First breakfast, water for the first day, soft drinks, alcoholic drinks, snacks, souvenirs, tips and the last dinner
The map we see represents almost two millions hectares between the Andes, high and low forests. Our route in the minivan on the first day over a winding highway takes about 11 hours and on the way back to Cusco on the last day
Our time on the boat will be about 23 hours total from the second to the last day. This time is dedicated to exploring the river and its environs in the Amazon jungle, our adventure through the rivers Manu. Madre de Dios and Rio Palotoa searching for the extraordinary wildlife around.
Leaving early in the morning from Cusco, we’ll head South East in our private minivan until Paucartambo, a quaint colonial village where we’ll stop for a coffee. Then we’ll travel onwards and upwards to the highest point on
our journey, Acjanaco Pass at 4,000m (13,123 ft.) and enter Manu Biosphere Reserve (take a picture!). From here we descend into the cloud forest where we’ll take short walks searching for mysterious birds like the quetzal,
motmot, trogon, toucan, tangara and especially the national bird of Peru, the cock of the rock (Rupícola peruviana). We’ll also see two species of monkeys typical of the cloud forest, the common wooly monkey and capuchin.
Overnight in Pona Lodge.
After breakfast, you’ll be guided through local plantations of local fruit, medicinal plants, and coca. Many exotic birds will be out as well. The journey continues into the Amazon jungle. Here in the small town of Atalaya
we change transport to a motorized canoe to travel for two hours on the turbulent waters of the Alto Madre de Dios River, a tributary of the Amazon River. During the trip we will stop to visit the Laguna Machuhuasy, a favorite
on any visit to Manu for its tranquil beauty and many birds and animals. In the afternoon we’ll arrive at our private reserve where we’ll explore the forest and have a chance to take a cooling dip in the river. After nightfall
we offer a guided tour to see spiders, frogs, snakes, and other night active creatures and plants. Undoubtedly one of the best places to visit is our reserve since you will be the only visitors in it besides the animals!
Night at Posada Manu Rainforest.
Today is a wonderful day for us because we continue downstream in our motorized river boat to reach one of the tributaries of the Madre de Dios River to Rio Manu, one of Peru’s longest with a total length of 356 km. Originating
in Manu National Park, it empties into Madre de Dios River near the same named town of Boca Manu. Riding Manu River offers more than a few pleasant surprises such as alligators sunning on white sand the beaches, groups
of capybara, turtle congregating in rows on tree trunks and perhaps a majestic jaguar lazing on the trunks. By mid-afternoon we arrive at our Lodge in the heart of the Manu National Park.
Overnight in Casa Machiguenga: this rustic lodge is in the midst of the immense forest of Manu, built with materials from the area, being in harmony with nature. It is run by the natives of the area themselves.
Awakened early by the powerful howls of howler monkeys or maybe , by capuchin or spider monkeys, we’ll have breakfast then visit the Cocha Salvador, best known for its resident giant otter population. As you’ll see they spend
most of their time fishing, playing with their young or resting on the trunks. A great photo op! Their diet is based on four to five kilos of fish daily! So mostly they’re fishing and eating. A fraction of these playful
mammals are left, as most were poached for their tough water resistant skin and are on the IUCN vulnerable list. We’ll travel by catamaran for a few hours paddling along the lake, in this natural paradise that offers easy
sighting of strange prehistoric birds called hoatzin, herons, caiman and thousands of plant and butterfly species.
Overnight in Casa Machiguenga.
We’ll get an early start on our return journey following the course of the Manu River. In the morning wildlife sightings abound. From the comfort of your seat you can spot the magnificent jaguar resting on the edge of the forest,
or probably caiman sunning on the white sand banks, capybaras foraging on the edge of the river or terns skirting the shore. Mist over the distant forest makes this a dramatically beautiful trip. In the afternoon we arrive
at the lodge, with still more time to explore or take a rest. After nightfall we have a good chance to find more amphibians, arachnids (arachnids), snakes and some nocturnal monkeys.
Overnight in Dorado Lodge.
Early morning is a great time to see wildlife! We’ll take some short walks on some of the Lodge’s 4 km trail network – your guide will help you spot birds, animals, and unique plants in the dense foliage. Keep your eyes open
for tracks from animals that were on the hunt the night before. So we don’t miss anything, we’ll have breakfast on the boat cruising down Madre de Dios River, taking in the magical scenery and watching out for wildlife.
Finally, a good soak in thermal baths awaits us, where we can rest our muscles in the natural hot, curative waters.
Overnight at Robles Tree House.
Just before daybreak, we’ll head to the clay lick where hundreds of parakeets, parrots and pairs of macaws congregate to feast on the nutrient rich earth. It helps them to augment their diet as well as digest. Some say it even
neutralizes any toxins they ingest while eating unripe fruits or other foods. Weather and timing play a big factor in viewing this extravaganza. With luck we might catch a glance at the otters fishing for their morning
After a delicious breakfast in our jungle house, we’ll take a walk back to the Hide in daylight – a totally different world of wildlife awaits! Back at the hide if we approach quietly we may catch the herd of peccaries that frequent the clay lick. We’ll also visit some of the enormous ancient trees (ficcus) and bamboo forests in the area which have all but disappeared in other parts of the Amazon. They provide unique habitat for Manu’s flora and fauna and a reminder of what the Amazon used to be. We’re likely to see troops of howler monkeys, and an amazing variety of birds and insects like no other in the world. After a typical jungle lunch it’s time to catch a siesta.
In the afternoon after lunch we do the tubing in the river Palotoa, a unique experience, you glide in the inner tube of a tractor tire, surrounded by lush nature, birds, monkeys and river visitors.
Overnight in comfy Posada Manu Rainforest with showers.
We leave the lodge after breakfast and head back to Cusco. The boat ride at this hour gives us opportunities to see birds on the river. Back on the road from Antalya, we’ll make stops along the way and have a scenic lunch al fresco in nature. We’ll arrive back in Cusco around 6 PM and drop you at your hotel. Thank you for enjoying Manu with us!
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.
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, Vortex 8 x 42 water resistant binoculars offer extended clear viewing and brings 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), 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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