MANU CULTURAL ZONE 3D/2N
DAY 01: We leave Cusco early in the morning in our specialized overland
vehicles. Approximately mid-morning we visit the interesting Pre- Inca tombs of
Ninamarca, commonly known as “Chullpas”. We continue to Paucartambo, a
picturesque Spanish colonial town, and then to the Acjanacu pass, which marks
the beginning of the Cultural Zone of Manu Biosphere Reserve. Here, a thick
cloak of clouds provides perpetual humidity and makes an ideal habitat for
epiphytic plants such as bromeliads. This varied and fascinating world is home
of the Cock of the Rock, Spectacled Bear, Orchids, Tree Ferns (one of the oldest
living plants), mosses and lichens. This cloud forest exists between 2000 and
3500 meters above sea level and at least 50% of the plant species found here are
endemic to this region. Overnight in our Orchids lodge “San Pedro”.
DAY 02: Today we wake up very early to observe the Cock-of-the-Rock (Rupicola
peruviana), Peru’s national bird. The male birds are a vibrant reddish orange
and about 5:00am. as many as several dozen come together for an exhibition of a
ritual mating dance in a comfortably installed on an observation platform called
“Lek”. The males display their crest, showing off and posturing for the females.
The females, fewer in number, watch to select the most suitable males. After
breakfast we continue by bike down the narrow road between waterfalls and
canyons toward Pilcopata town (*1) for 2 hours approximately (*2). A 30 minutes
bus ride to the port of Atalaya where we will board our covered outboard motor
boat and head down the Alto Madre de Dios River for approximately 30 minutes
toward our private reserve of “Erika Lodge” where we will spend the next two
nights. Short walk around the lodge.
* 1 Optional: Descend with mountain bikes from San Pedro Lodge (1700 m.a.s.l.) -
Cloud Forest to Pilcopata- High Jungle (700 m.a.s.l.).
* 2 Optional: Here in Pilcopata we will make the final settings for a 3 hour
tropical jungle river rafting trip down the Kosñipata river where we will have
the opportunity for a dip and of course enjoy the spectacular view of the Koñeq
canyon. Continuing down the tropical river of Alto Madre de Dios to Erika Lodge.
DAY 03: Erika Lodge is located in a transition zone between high and low
jungle (600 m.a.s.l. to 1,150 m.a.s.l, 1,200 to 3,450 feet) encompassing
different habitats. This altitude range explains the high diversity of wildlife
found around this lodge, so immediately after breakfast, we will start walking
near the riverbanks, during the hike our guide will talk about insects,
medicinal plants, trees, reptiles, mammals, etc. Early afternoon we will start a
short ride by boat to visit a small lake near to the Alto Madre de Dios River,
here we are going to have the chance to see the Hoatzin, a primitive bird, white
caimans, many species of birds, insects, etc. Short night walk. This will be our
last night in the wonderful amazon jungle. Overnight in the lodge.
* 1 Optional: New!!! Canopy tour: Our guests traverse from tree to tree and
platform to platform using pulleys on horizontal traverse cables, as they sail
through the treetops of the tropical rainforest canopy, and over the trails far
below. Expert guides assist you in this exciting journey through the different
layers of the virgin rain forests and explain what’s going on around you, from
the time you leave the ground, until you rappel back down to the forest floor.
Specialized and bilingual guide, camping equipment, 01 in San Pedro Open Air
Lodge, 02 nights in Erika Lodge, meals (vegetarian option), first aid kit
including anti-ophidian shots, all land and river transportation, captain and
river rafting equipment, mountain biking equipment , safety box for values and
storage for luggage.
THINGS YOU SHOULD BRING ALONG ON YOUR TRIP TO MANU
• Towel, swimming suit
• Lightweight ankle height boots and sandals
• Flashlight, enough batteries (alkaline) and bulbs
• Insect repellent, personal medicines and/or supplies.
• Wide brim hat (for sunny days), sun glasses, sunscreen lotion.
• Rain coat, light wear jacket, cotton pants
• Day pack, and one back pack.
• One bottle of water for the first day, plastic bags.
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