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 – BOCA MANU.- After an early and delicious breakfast, The rest of the day is spent traveling on the Alto Madre de Dios River. On the way you can see a variety of birds, like herons, egrets, kingfishers, and the ever present vultures of which the most spectacular is the condor of the jungle, King Vulture (Sarcoramphus papa). In the afternoon a short stop at the village of Boca Manu to have refreshing cold beverage. Later on the group arrives to a lodge near Boca Manu. Walks to explore some one of the trails in the area. Night in Lodge. Showers and toilets available. Optional flight in.
Day 03: BOCA MANU – OTORONGO LAKE.- The boat trip goes on and one will be able to understand why Manu is famous for its wildlife. On the river edges you will be able to observe groups of turtles, White caimans (Caiman cocodrylus), Capybaras (Hidrochaeris hydrochaeris) and maybe a Jaguar (Panthera onca) resting on a log and observing its territory. Arriving in Oxbow Lake called Otorongo, Here we have possibilities to see the giant otters from the Otorongo observation tower. Later on, visiting the trails around the lake together with the guide to learn the functions and secrets of the tropical rainforest. In the afternoon we return to the Salvador Oxbow Lake to spend the Night at the Camping in Otorongo on covered platforms. Showers and toilets available.
Day 04: OTORONGO LAKE – SALVADOR LAKE – OTORONGO LAKE.- Today the group visit another oxbow lake called Salvador, which is half an hour boat trip from Otorongo. Here paddling silent on a catamaran, you have again possibilities to observe a family of giant otters fishing and playing, black caimans and many different rare birds like the Hoatzins (Opisthcomuns hoatzing).Here in Manu the animals have never suffered hunting pressure from man. In the afternoon we return to our campsite in Otorongo Oxbow Lake on covered platforms. Showers and toilets available.
Day 05: OTORONGO LAKE – BOCA MANU. – The call of the Red Howler monkeys (Alouatta seniculus) will wake us up. After a delicious breakfast we unfortunately need to start our return on Manu River, the group might see many different animals, they did not find on the way. In the afternoon the group arrives to the Lodge Boca Manu .Walks in the afternoon and a night walk to spot caimans in the lake. Night in lodge. Showers and toilets available.
Day 06: BOCA MANU – BLANQUILLO (MACAW CLAY LICK).- After the breakfast we continues by boat along the river alto Madre de Dios on the way we can see many kinds of birds ,small Comunity ,then we arrive to lodge Blanquillo.In the Afternoon we have a walk in the trails.
DAY 07: BLANQUILLO (MACAW CLAY LICK) – LABERINTO – PUERTO MALDONADO.- Very early in the morning the group visit the Famous Macaw clay lick. From a floating hide you can observe how dozen or even hundreds of parrots, the brilliant and color full macaws start to arrive, Manu loudly and illuminating trees with their bright colors. After we continue the trip by boat to Colorado, Laberinto, along the way we observe the biodiversity in nature. This route gives us a clear view on the principal activities from Madre de Dios people as gold mining, chestnut harvest, and felling trees in the afternoon the group arrive to Puerto Maldonado. Night in Hostel.
Day 08: PUERTO MALDONADO – CUZCO. – This day in the morning we have two options we can have the free morning to know the Puerto Maldonado city, or we can go to visit the observation tower where we will see wood works (CARVED), that explain about the activities of these people, after we transfer to the airport and take the flight back to Cusco approximately at 11:00 am.
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