Our Manu expeditions vs adventure program is a good fit for those who want to combine culture and nature in the rainforest with some more physically challenging activities. This program combines the largest known parrot clay lick in the region with trekking the inner forest at the Black River Center, and the relaxing river tubing.
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
Meals5 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 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 (1 night), Robles Tree House (3 nights), Black River Center (1 night)
Gratuities, First breakfast, water for the first day, soft drinks, alcoholic drinks, snacks, souvenirs, Travel insurance, and the last dinner.
Our route in the minivan by road takes about 9 hours the first day and on our return to Cusco, the last day is 8 hours. Boat tours consist of 5 hours from the second day to the last day, both a mode of transport and a cruise in the middle of the Amazon jungle. By combining boat transport with wildlife viewing, we maximize our time in the Manu Delta. The adventure, wildlife, and flora await on the river banks of the rainforest, the Rio Madre De Dios and the Rio Palotoa rivers, and in the cloud forests.
Today in the morning we leave in our private minivan moving through beautiful landscapes, past panoramic views to Ausungate, quaint villages. At the Spanish colonial town of Paucartambo (the folkloric capital of Cusco), we stop for a coffee. Continuing the journey, we ascend to the highest point at the Acjanaco pass 3650m.s.n.m., the entryway to Manu National Park. Here the clouds and trees come together to form a mystical and magical scene. With the incredible biodiversity before us, we can contemplate the birth of the tropical forest and watch the hundreds of hummingbirds that inhabit the area. We’ll also encounter vibrant birds, jumping monkeys, and gorgeous orchids.
Look for a quiet spot to enjoy a picnic lunch, and 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 Posada Manu Rainforest
We get up early to enjoy the sunrise in the rainforest and then, to start our morning excursion, we’ll visit the surrounding garden. Your guide will explain medicinal plants and exotic fruits grown here in the area and look on the lookout for monkeys and sloths, and then breakfast. After that, we will hop on a canoe and explore the riverbanks, always attentive to movements and sounds so we can see fauna in their daily routines by the river.
Navigation around one hour in the Palotoa River, getting deeper and deeper into the primary jungle. We are going to get to the Robles Treehouse Lodge for lunchtime.
After good lunch, at three pm. we are going to explore this part of the rainforest you will explore through this greenery in search of some medicines found in each plant or tree, learning the sacred of the jungle and the relationship between batwing plants and humans. The rainforest is like a green pharmacy where you can find many medicinal plants for diarrhea, fever, parasites, gastritis, and much more: always keep open our eyes for the peccaries, monkeys, macaws, and sloth-perched bamboo plants.
This afternoon we will walk until night. looking at the giant frogs, grasshoppers, night monkeys, and so on, at 7 pm. we will back to the lodge for a delicious dinner and talk about the plan for the next day.
Overnight at the Robles Treehouse Lodge, a hidden stilt house camouflaged in the forest.
The third 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 has been described as one of the most thrilling of avian phenomena. Riverside clay licks, locally known as the collar is 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, After contemplating the views, we will back to the Treehouse serving breakfast in the dining room, you will breakfast on fresh, wholesome, locally-sourced locally. after one hour we will embark on a hike of three 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 this activity. 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.
Night at Robles Tree House.
After breakfast, we board our small motorized wooden boats (PEKE PEKE) upriver to the tranquil, transparent waters of the Rio Negro Center located in the pristine areas in Manu. After the two-hour journey, we’ll set up camp and, in the afternoon, embark on a spectacular jungle walk, searching the forest for wildlife, and swimming in the river – so close to the reserves borders we have excellent wildlife viewing opportunities. At dusk, it’s time to fish for dinner! We’ll make a delicious barbeque with the catch, or simply catch and release and enjoy a vegetarian meal in the amphitheater of jungle sounds
Overnight at Rio Negro Center
Fishing & Nighttime Wildlife Excursion
We start early today and set out to explore the impressive biodiversity of the area's unusual ecosystem. Look for a quiet spot to enjoy a picnic breakfast. Head out on a fishing trip like no other! Cast your line to see if you can catch– the dogfish, catfish, sardines, and sabalo. They are a dietary staple for many of the Amazon rainforest’s indigenous people and are widely considered one of the best fish to eat in the rainforest.
Lunch. Explore Rio negro walking in this interesting natural scenic area spotting birds, huge trees, and monkeys, while you walk, a unique opportunity to be in touch directly with the rain forest by yourself.
We will sail downstream along the Rio Negro and Rio Palotoa this afternoon with the daylight, into this interesting area natural scenic area spotting birds, huge trees, monkeys on the shores, and river wildlife while you sail, a unique opportunity to be in touch directly with the rainforest by yourself.
Once we arrive in the Robles Treehouse Lodge, before dinner enjoy a night walk in the wild, and watch the forest become a different domain at night. Be on the lookout for bats, night birds, frogs, caimans, poison frogs, and a vast number of other species. See if our flashlights will reflect the ‘red eyeshine’ of the caiman which will be caught by our naturalist. Return to the Treehouse for dinner
Night at Robles Tree House.
We are going to have breakfast at 6:30 am in the lodge and then boat downstream to Rio Palotoa for thirty minutes till Rio Madre de Dios here we will switch our outboard engine canoe upstream long some birds and animals make morning visits to the river making our last day on the waters a resplendent one. Once back in Atalaya, we board our minivan and start the long winding, and breathtaking trip back to Cusco. Passing through the cloud forest we have a second chance at wildlife spotting. We’ll have our last lunch on the way to al fresco, with spectacular vistas of the verdant valley below.
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 a 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. 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.
We normally run this tour from March to December (our summer). Remember this is the jungle, so there can be rain at any time regardless of season. This adventure is designed for those who want to get off the beaten path in search of wildlife, explore pristine forests, sport fish, sleep in tents pave new paths with a machete, enjoy a fire, tubing in the river, and make local food to enjoy together, among many other possibilities.
We recommend economizing on your luggage for this trip to Manu for 6 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! 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, a 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 in your Amazon adventure.
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