Manu Reserved Area: 8-day excursion
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Manu Reserved Area
8-day excursion to the Manu Reserved Area
The Manu National Park, located in southeastern Peru, is one of the largest parks in South America, protecting over 2 million hectares with a wide diversity of flora and fauna in different habitats. Recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve, Manu stands out for its unique biodiversity. Untouched and free from human influence, the park offers the opportunity to observe various species, from jaguars and spectacled bears to an impressive variety of birds. Additionally, it houses 10% of the world’s vascular plant species, making Manu one of the most biologically diverse parks on the planet.
Manu Reserved Area – 8 Days
Overview of the 8-Day Manu Reserved Area
Embark on an 8-day exploration of the Manu Reserved Zone, beginning in Cusco. Discover pre-Inca tombs, the colonial town of Paucartambo, and the Cloud Forest's diverse ecosystem. Witness the captivating mating dance of the Andean Cock-of-the-Rock, navigate the Manu River, and explore Lake Salvador. Trek through ancient forests, ascend observation towers, and camp along the Upper Madre de Dios River. Immerse yourself in the rich biodiversity of the Amazon before returning to Cusco, concluding an unforgettable journey through this pristine natural wonder.
Explore the cloud forest:
The cloud forest is a lush and misty area that is home to a variety of plants and animals. You'll see towering trees, orchids, and bromeliads, as well as monkeys, sloths, and toucans.
Visit the Amazon rainforest:
The Amazon rainforest is the largest rainforest in the world, and it's home to an incredible diversity of life. You'll see giant trees, vines, and flowers, as well as caimans, piranhas, and a variety of birds.
The Manu Reserved Zone is home to a wide variety of wildlife, including jaguars, pumas, tapirs, caimans, monkeys, and over 1,000 species of birds. You'll have the opportunity to see these animals in their natural habitat.
Learn about indigenous culture:
The indigenous people of the Manu Reserved Zone have a rich culture and history. You'll have the opportunity to visit their villages and learn about their way of life.
Manu Reserved Area : 8-Day Itinerary
The Manu Reserved Zone is one of the most biodiverse places on Earth, and this 8-day tour is the perfect way to experience its natural wonders. From the cloud forest to the Amazon rainforest, you'll see a wide variety of plants and animals, including jaguars, macaws, and even giant anteaters. You'll also learn about the rich culture of the indigenous people who live in the region.
Day 1: Exploring Traces of the Past
Early departure from Cusco in our specialized vehicles. Mid-morning, we visit the intriguing pre-Inca tombs of Ninamarca, commonly known as "Chullpas." We continue to Paucartambo, a picturesque colonial town, and then to the Acjanacu Pass, marking the beginning of the Cultural Zone of the Manu Biosphere Reserve. This day immerses us in a varied and fascinating world, home to the Andean Cock-of-the-Rock, the spectacled bear, and a wealth of unique flora. We overnight at the Orquídeas de San Pedro Lodge.
Day 2: Morning Dance of Emblematic Birds
We rise early to witness the ritual mating dance of the Andean Cock-of-the-Rock, Peru's national bird. After breakfast, we embark on a journey by land to Pilcopata and then by bus to the Atalaya port. From there, we head by motorboat up the Alto Madre de Dios River to our private retreat, with exciting options along the way, whether observing peccaries or enjoying river rafting.
Day 3: Colorful Encounter with Parrots
We explore a parrot "Collpa" in the morning and continue our journey down the Manu River to the heart of the reserve. We reach Lake Salvador, our safari base camp, for an afternoon of jungle trekking, focusing on the rich ecology of the rainforest.
Day 4: Awakening in the Jungle
We wake up to the sound of the Red Howler Monkey and explore Lake Salvador by catamaran, providing unique opportunities to observe birds, monkeys, and the elusive Giant Otter. A day dedicated to nature at its best.
Day 5: Among Ancient Trees and Observation Tower
We cross the river to venture into an ancient forest, home to giant trees and diverse species. We reach a strategically located observation tower for spectacular views from the canopy. More chances for wildlife sightings, including the majestic Giant Otter.
Day 6: Gentle Descent of the Manu River
One last sunrise in the jungle around Lake Salvador before slowly descending the Manu River. We arrive around 3 pm at Valle Island, owned by a native family, with a short forest walk to observe American Bullfrogs or Catesbeian frogs, horned frogs, tree frogs, and a remarkable variety of colorful insects. We continue to the town of Boca Manu, located a short distance from the confluence of the Manu and Alto Madre de Dios rivers. From here, we descend the Madre de Dios River, reaching the Juan de Dios Reserve, and spend one more night in the Lodge in this magical Amazon rainforest. There's an option for a short night walk.
Day 7: Last Night in the Cultural Zone
Around mid-morning or earlier, we continue down the Alto Madre de Dios River to camp on a suitable beach in the Cultural Zone, enjoying the views and sounds of the jungle for one last night if, for any reason, we cannot reach our Lodge.
Day 8: Farewell to Manu
We wake up early for the final boat leg to Atalaya, where the bus awaits to drive us back and out of Manu, arriving in Cusco very late this evening or early the next morning. Carry with you the unforgettable memories of the Manu Biosphere Reserve.
- Bilingual specialized jungle guide
- 1 night at Orquídeas de San Pedro Lodge
- 1 night at Erika Lodge
- 1 night at Boca Manu Lodge
- 2 nights at Sajino Safari Campsite
- 1 night at Yanayacu Lodge
- Meals (vegetarian option also available)
- Water from day 2 onwards
- First aid kit including snakebite vaccinations
- All land and river transportation, including transfers to and from the hotel in Cusco
- Paperwork and payment for Manu National Park permits
- Optional rafting equipment
- Special guide and equipment for the canoeing tour
- Safe for valuables
- Luggage storage at the main office in Cusco.
- Breakfast on day 1; dinner on day 8;
- Extra snacks and water.
- Water on day 1;
- Cost of entry to Manu National Park
- Guide gratuity.
Essentials for 8-Day Manu Reserved Area:
- Warm clothing (in case of cold weather), long-sleeved shirts, and long pants (made of cotton)
- 100% waterproof rain gear (long poncho or rain suit)
- Insect repellent (with at least 50% DEET) and sunscreen
- A pair of lightweight ankle-high boots and sandals
- Wide-brimmed hat (for sunny days) and sunglasses
- Towel, swimsuit, personal medications and/or first aid kit, and a backpack or luggage bag per person.
- A water bottle for the first day
- Plastic bags.
MANU RESERVED AREA GALLERY
|Amazon, Puerto Maldonado Tours
|Ideal group size:
|1 to 18 explorers
|Recommended age for the tour:
|Participants must be at least 18 years old to embark on a solo Tierra Biru adventure. For minors accompanied by a guardian aged 21 or older, the minimum age is 6.