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: LODGE – PARROTS CLAY LICK – MACHUHUASI LAKE. – Very early in the morning. We take the boat for aproximaly 30 minutes to the parrots lick. we can observe the small green parrots ,some birds and small animals a walk explore to the trails and lake we continue observe the flora as orchids, bromelias and ferns specially , and fauna as turtles, frogs, the brown capuchin monkey, besides the river we can observe to white caimans, capybaras (hidroacheris). Nigh in Lodge. Showers and Toilet shared.
Day 04: PAITITI LODGE – HOT SPRING WATER – PAITITI. – After the breakfast we take the boat to go along the river Alto Madre de Dios, where will see many kind birds in the banks of the river, we have to stop to visit Native Community Shintuya where we can walk around the community half hour then we will go by boat and arrive to hot spring (curative waters) .to take the shower for relax. In the afternoon we come back to Paititi Lodge. Night in lodge.
Day 05: PAITITI LODGE – ATALAYA – CUSCO. – After a delicious breakfast unfortunately we come back by boat until the port Atalaya to take the boat to back to Cusco. Transfer to the hotel.
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