MANU RESERVE ZONE 8D/7N
DAY 01: We leave Cusco early in the morning in our specialized overland
vehicles. Approximately mid-morning we visit the interesting 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
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 2,000 and 3,500 m.a.s.l. and at least 50% of
the plant species found here are endemic to this region. Overnight in “Orquideas
de San Pedro Lodge”.
DAY 02: Today we wake up very early to observe the Cock of the Rock (Rupicola
peruviana), Peru’s national bird from a platform. The male birds are a vibrant
reddish orange, and as many as several dozen come together for an exhibition of
a mating ritual dance in a place 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 in our overland
transport *1 down the narrow road between waterfalls and canyons toward the town
of Pilcopata *2 and then to Atalaya Port.
here we board our covered, outboard motor boat and head down the Alto Madre de
Dios River for approximately 15 minutes toward our private reserve of “Erika” a
comfortable 12 room lodge owned by Manu Ecological Adventures where we will hike
through the interesting trail system that this transitional area between high
and low jungle offers. Overnight in the lodge.
* 1 Free Optional: Descend with mountain bikes from our San Pedro Lodge (1700
m.a.s.l.) Cloud Forest to Pilcopata (700 m.a.s.l.) High Jungle.
* 2 Free Optional: Here in Pilcopata town we will make the final settings for a
1 ½ or 3 hours river rafting (class I and II rapids) trip down the Koshñipata
River where we will have the opportunity for a dip and of course enjoy the
spectacular view of the Koñeq Canyon. Continuing down the Alto Madre de Dios
River to Erika Lodge.
DAY 03: After breakfast we leave Erika Lodge and board our canoe for the
four-hour ride down the Alto Madre de Dios River to Boca Manu’s airstrip. During
our voyage we may see bird species typical of the river or forest edge such as:
Black Skimmer, Pied Lapwing, Capped Heron, Jabiru Stork, and several species of
kingfishers, swallows and flycatchers. (Optional flight from Cusco to Boca-Manu;
this means that some new members may join our group, the plane flies over the
Andes to a narrow gravel landing strip in the jungle, the flight takes
approximately 45 minutes). Boca Manu’s village is situated a short distance from
the confluence of the Manu River with the Alto Madre de Dios River place where
you can buy your last fresh supplies and cold drinks before setting off again in
the canoe. Now we enter the Manu River and the Reserved Zone, stopping in a
white sand beach where we camp along the riverbank. Short walk around the area.
New!!! * 3 Free Optional Canopy Tour: At Erika Lodge, our guests traverse from
tree to tree and platform to platform using pulleys on horizontal traverse
cables zip lines), 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.
DAY 04: Very early and after a ten minutes boat ride, we will arrive to a
Parrot Lick “Collpa”, which is a wall of clay in the riverbanks, where many
species of parrots such as the blue headed parrot, the white-eyed parakeet, the
dusky-headed parrot the chestnut fronted macaw and others feed for mineral and
salt supplements to their diet of seeds and fruits. After registering in the
official tourist logbook at Limonal, the Park Rangers Headquarters and eating an
early breakfast, we will continue travel up the Manu River for 4 hours
approximately into the pristine heart of the reserve, we will leave the final
traces of human habitation behind us. We arrive Salvador Lake, our base safari
campsite (screened dining room, toilets / showers and radio communication is
Differences in wildlife abundance will be noted immediately we will begin to
sight macaws, herons, kingfishers and cormorants frequently and improve our
chances of encounters with capybaras, caiman, storks, ducks and other wildlife,
you will often see animals sunning themselves on beaches, or foraging for food
in the trees lining the riverbanks. This canoe ride gives us the opportunity to
observe the immensity of the rainforest. We arrive early in the afternoon and
have lunch before setting off on a jungle trail although at this time of day
mammals and birds are not as active as in the early morning, we will concentrate
on the forest itself and discuss general rain forest ecology, return to the
DAY 05: We rise early in the morning, as the forest is awakened by the
Red Howler monkey (Aloatta seniculus) declaring its territory. A morning walk
before breakfast is a great way to catch wildlife in the pursuit of food, as the
temperature is very pleasant at this time of day. We explore Salvador Lake by
paddling quietly along on a catamaran, giving us the opportunity to observe
unique species of birds, monkeys, caimans and with luck the Giant Otter (Pteronura
brasiliensis). This endangered species can be seen swimming, fishing, eating and
After we enjoy lunch, we cross the river to walk an 8-km trail to another oxbow
lake called Otorongo. This forest, which is estimated to be 200 to 300 years old
and includes truly huge Ceiba trees and Strangler figs, and it is home to
several mammals that are occasionally encountered: Saddleback tamarins, Squirrel,
Spider and Brown Capuchin Monkeys, the Collared and the white lipped peccaries.
At the lake a strategically located observation tower rises 15 meters above the
lake and the jungle floor, from the top you not only get spectacular view of the
lake and the surrounding forest but also excellent opportunities to observe
birds from the canopy, this also gives us more chances to observe wildlife
including the Giant Otter. Back at Salvador Lake, late in the afternoon we will
use the catamaran and with the help of flashlights we can observe the black
caimans rise from the depths of the lake and begin their search for prey. Return
to the safari campsite.
DAY 06: Once again we wake up early, enjoy walking around Salvador Lake
and then pack up and slowly go down stream the interesting Manu River. We arrive
at 3pm. Approximately to the Valley’s a Island that belongs to a Native family
and it’s possible to do a short walk through the forest to observe American
bullfrogs, horned frogs, tree frogs and an incredible variety of colorful
insects. We continue to Boca Manu’s Village, situated a short distance from the
confluence of the Manu and Alto Madre de Dios rivers. From here we descend the
Madre de Dios River arriving Juan de Dios Reserve and spend one more night at
the Lodge in this magical Amazon jungle. Possibility to do a short night walk.
DAY 07: Around mid morning we board our canoe to return to the airstrip
at Boca Manu. At this point, those who are returning to Cusco by plane will
catch their flight. This optional flight from Boca Manu to Cusco offers
spectacular views of the surrounding jungle and the area’s meandering rivers.
The others continue up the Alto Madre de Dios River to camp on an appropriate
beach in the Cultural Zone and enjoy the sites and sounds of the jungle for one
Optional: On day 6 we leave the Reserved Zone at 5am. and board the canoe for an
8 hours ride toward Balnquillo Private Reserve arriving late this afternoon. On
day 7, after a very early wake up, we use a special hide in the river shore in
front to the “Collpa” - Macaw Clay Lick. We quietly observe the various parrots
feeding on the clay for mineral and salt supplements to their diet of seeds and
fruits. The brightly colored macaws usually wait patiently in the surrounding
trees until the smaller parrot species have left the area. Slowly, the macaws
come down to the clay wall to feed. We need a lot of patience and silence so as
not to disturb them as they eat the clay. This option depends on season, weather
conditions, river level and on previous successful sightseeing’s.
DAY 08: Waking up very early, we continue the trip by boat to Atalaya,
where the bus will be waiting for us and drive back up and out of Manu, arriving
in Cusco very late this night or the next early morning. END OF OUR SERVICES.
IMPORTANT: In order to meet with group and guide, receive last
recommendations and answer questions; briefing one day prior to departure at
7:00pm. at the agency.
Own ground transportation (overland buses and 4WD vehicles), own boat
transportation (covered motor boats), Specialized and bilingual guides, 01 night
in San Pedro open air lodge, 01 night in Erika Lodge, two-person tents, sleeping
mattress, meals, first aid Kit including anti-ophidian shots) air charters (optional
- maximum 10kgr. of luggage per person), paperwork and payment for Park permits,
radio communication equipment in all lodges and campsites, Satellite telephone
for emergencies and as additional service we offer safety box for values and
storage for luggage in Cusco’s main office.
THINGS YOU SHOULD BRING ALONG FOR YOUR TRIP TO MANU
• Sleeping bag.
• Binoculars, Camera and film ASA 200 and 400 for the inner forest.
• Warm clothing (in case of a cold front), long sleeve shirts and long pants (cotton).
• 100% waterproof rain gear (long poncho or rain wear).
• Insect repellant (at least 50% Deet), sunscreen lotion.
• One pair of lightweight ankle height boots and sandals.
• Flashlight, enough batteries (alkaline) and bulbs.
• Wide brim hat (for sunny days), sun glasses.
• Towel, swimming suit, personal medicines and/or supplies (liquid for contact
lenses, for example).
• Day pack, and one back pack or duffel bag of luggage per person.
• One bottle of water for the first day, plastic bags.
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