Manu National Park, located in southeastern Peru, is one of the largest parks in South America. The area of the park encompasses parts of the Andean department of Cusco and the jungle department of Madre de Dios. Manu protects over 2 million hectares (4.5 million acres) of territory rich in flora and fauna species in a variety of habitats including high Andes, cloud forests, and lowland tropical rain forests. UNESCO officially recognizes this natural paradise as a world heritage site. In 1977 they designated Manu as a World Biosphere Reserve because it contains the best existing example of biodiversity in protected areas of rain forest, as well as endemic areas of cloud forest.
Day 01: CUSCO – CLOUD FOREST – PAITITI LODGE. – Leaving from Cusco very early in the morning in our comfortable bus. Ascending to the high mountain area of Paucartambo. On the way we visit the funeral towers or chullpas of Ninamarca. The bus then descents through the mysterious cloud forest full of beautiful orchids, heliconias and primitive ferns. Stopping to give you an opportunity to witness Cock of the Rocks (Rupicola Peruvian) mating ritual. There are also possibilities to observe the Amazonian Umbrella bird (Cephalopteros Ornatus), Trogons (Trogon sp.) and many more. With luck the only South American bear, the Spectacled Bear (Tremarctos ornatus). In the afternoon we arrive to the village of Atalaya, where we take our boat 30 minutes by Alto Madre de Dios River to our typical lodge. Showers and toilets available.
Day 02: PAITITI LODGE. – After delicious breakfast in the morning the group organize to walk until our view point to observe the villages around the river and walking inside the jungle around the lodge where you can see many species of birds, insects and many other small animals Night in Lodge. Showers and toilets shared.
Day 03: PAITITI LODGE- PARROTS CLAY LICK – MACHUHUASI LAKE.- Very early in the morning. We take the boat for proximally 25 minutes to the parrots lick , where we can see the green parrots and also some birds or small animals .after to see parrots we will come back to the lake Machuhuasi where there are balsa rafts to go along the lake for 2 hours. Where you can see other species of bird like hoatzin, then we will walk one hour more inside the jungle. Nigh in Lodge. Showers and Toilet shared.
Day 04: PAITITI LODGE -ATALAYA-CUSCO.- After a delicious breakfast unfortunately we will come back by boat to the port Atalaya after that we will take the bus to return until Cusco .
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