Manu Park Wildlife Treasures - 7 Days

Our Manu Park 7 days are focused to spend days at the Manu Reserved  Zone having much more time to explore this untouched rainforest with great chances to spot the most emblematic and top predators such as Jaguar, Caimans, Giant River otter. This trip will give you a great introduction to the beauty of the rainforest and the guided tours will provide you with invaluable information about the tremendous biodiversity in Manu National Park, actually, we are using Cusco city for the gateway of our expeditions that covers different elevations and ecosystem from the Andes to the Amazon rainforest.

Manu Reserved Zone Tour 7 days

Manu Reserve Zone tours generally range from 6 to 8 days. All tours start with overland transport from Cusco over the mountains and the cloud forest. Guadalupe Lodge at the base of the cloud forest is where you will spend the first night. However, some tours designed for the Manu reserved zone skip the cloud forest and cultural zone. This is only on the first day of travel. This in order to give more time, in the reserved zone section.
When visiting the Manu Reserve Zone, you will be accommodated in the lodges which can only be accessed by motorboat. This passes by the Limonal Ranger Station Control.

More Chances for Wildlife

In fact, there are many more chances to observe wildlife at the Reserved Zone. Larger predators inhabit these areas, surrounded by pristine forest. (Jaguar, Anaconda, Black caymans, giant river otters.)
The government protects these rainforests which lay under the reserved zone. Because of this, there is not much human intrusion from the outside world. This is in terms of preservation and most importantly protection.

The difference in Contrast to Short Tour into Manu

Tours going to the reserved zone implies more staff in operation, so that would include; tour guides, cook, motorboat drivers, and assistances accompanying the group. Weather conditions are similar in both areas. The temperature is especially warmer in the reserved zone at a lower elevation. The cultural zone it’s temperate forest due to its proximity to the cloud forest. The rainfall likely the same in both areas.

Activities on Manu Reserved Zone Tours (up 6 days)

The reserved zone is a term used to refer to the location inside the Manu Park, it comprises Limonal Ranger Station at lower Manu basin. Near to the confluence with the Alto Madre de Dios river towards Pakitza Ranger station. The following activities are exclusive of our reserved zone: The blue line traverses the Cultural Zone while the Orange goes along the Manu Reserved Zone (Touristic Zone)

Overview of activities:

DAY 1: Cusco – Guadalupe Lodge

  •  Enjoyable private begins in the Andes of Cusco with stunning views of the mountain peaks and remote village.
  •  Visit of the pre-Inca cemetery ruins at Ninamarca.
  •  Guided tour and breakfast at the charming colonial village of Paucartambo.
  •  Descent to the cloud forest and walk along the cloud forest to spot the amazing cock-of-the-rock other colorful birds and monkeys.
  • Upon arrival to the Guadalupe Reserve if having time we will explore the trails that will take us along the swampy forest to look for the capuchin monkeys.
  • Night walk to look for reptiles and insects.

DAY 2: Guadalupe Lodge – El Dorado Lodge

  • Breakfast and early departure and minivan ride to Atalaya port where we will board our motorized and roofed (to provide shelter from the sudden tropical downpour and suns bath)
  • Motorized canoe to navigate the exciting Alto Madre de Dios observation of some wildlife along the riverbank, capibaras, macaws and raptors (6 hours approx of the boat journey)
  • Moderate walking in the afternoon provides a good opportunity to experience the flora and fauna in the remoteness of the Park while observing some animals or at least tracks of peccaries, the tapir.

Day 3: El Dorado Lodge – Casa Matsiguenka

  • Breakfast at El Dorado Lodge.
  • Manu Riverboat journey – Manu National park access to the reserved zone of the park, after registration at Limonal Rager Station.
  • Relaxing boat ride along the upper Manu reserved zone with greater possibilities to spot emblematic animals such as wild cats, monkeys, capibaras, etc. (boat journey of 4 hours and observe of wildlife along the river, aquatic birds, caymans, capibaras,
  • Arrival to Casa Matsiguenka at around midday
  • Afternoon walk along the pristine rainforest.

Day 4:  Casa Matsiguenka

  • Exploration by Catamarans of the Salvador oxbow lake famous for its population of Giant Otters and wildlife viewing such different species of monkeys (red howler, black spider, white and brown capuchins, tamarins, etc ) (2 hours approx) caimans use to emerged out from the water for basking themselves during sunshine.
  • The short boat journey to the Otorongo canopy tower trailhead and a visit to the giant kapok tree (60 meters tall ) and other alternative trails.
  • Overview from canopy tower of the wonderful section of untouched rainforest in the vicinity of the Otorongo oxbow lake, chances for aquatic birds, caimans, giant river otters. (2 hours)
  • Dinner at Casa Matsiguenka.

Day 5: Casa Matsiguenka – El Dorado Lodge

  • Breakfast and an early morning departure.
  • The boat ride and great chances to observe some wildlife along the river banks and registration of exit of the Manu park at Limonal ranger station.
  • Opportunity for catching a glimpse of the magnificent birds or capibaras as long as we are navigating the Alto Madre de Dios river and traveling against the current.
  • Walk along with the system of trails of the lodge looking for some wildlife during the afternoon. Overnight at El Dorado Lodge.

Day 6:  El Dorado Lodge – Guadalupe Lodge

  • Breakfast at the lodge
  • We will have chances to pass by a small parrot clay lick during morning time, nearby the lodge there is a spot where some parakeet, parrots and small macaws perch and lick some clay from the banks of the river.
  • Motorized canoe to navigate the exciting Alto Madre de Dios and stop at the hot medicinal springs by midday and lunch on board Arrival to Atalaya Port and travel towards our Guadalupe Lodge (1.30 hour)
  • Optional visit of the wildlife rescued center *
    After our arrival at the Guadalupe Reserve if having time we will explore the trails that will take us along the swampy forest to look for the capuchin monkeys. Night walk to look for reptiles.

Day 7:  El Dorado Lodge – Cusco

  • Breakfast at the lodge.
  • A guided walk around the garden of the lodge to explain the medicinal and curative plants such as; coca leaf, wild tomatoes, annatto.
  • Visit the natural caves to observe large spiders and bats and trail along the creek.
  • Chances for some wildlife viewing along the cloud forest.
  • Arrival to Cusco around the 16:00 hrs.
Day 1
Cusco - Guadalupe Lodge (Ground Transport)

After collecting you from you hotel we start the journey, it passes through numerous dry inner-montane valleys during the trip along the small road you can enjoy the native villages and locals going about their lives in their colorful attires We will stop briefly at the Ninamarca which is an archeological site with its pre-Incas tombs, we travel at leisure making several stops including many photos opportunities exploring the high-elevation mountains, continuing on we visited the village of Paucartambo with its beautiful arched colonial bridge. From Paucartambo we climbed yet again and gradually became enveloped in a cloudy mist soon we arrived at Acjanaco pass and gateway to Manu National Park.

Once across Acjanaco Pass (3550 m / 11.647 ft) the environment changed dramatically passing from dry valleys to wet and also the view looking down toward the lowlands is stunning. The lush and misty cloud forest surrounded by massive rocks and waterfalls is perhaps the most fragile and threatened type of rainforest, which is the kingdom of lichens, moss our main target will, of course, the Peruvian national bird the brightly red Andean Cock of the Rock displays daily for female but the tanager flock here are also incredible and some colorful birds such as mountains toucans, quetzals. as we descend we’ll head straight down to(560 m/ 1837 ft) Overnight, Guadalupe Lodge.

Day 2
Guadalupe Lodge - River Boat Exploration to Dorado Lodge

Departing the lodge we will see some tropical plantations and passing some more open areas and see numerous second-growth specialist, once we get Atalaya which is the first navigable Port, we will say good-bye to our bus and meet our boatman, we board our motorized and roofed (to provide shelter from the sudden tropical downpour and suns bath) The upper Madre de Dios starts off rocky and fast, with Herons often seen foraging on the rocky gravel bars, and we’ll keep a close watch for raptors. As we are continuing our downriver boat journey, we will stop briefly at the Shintuya hot springs for a refreshing bath then we will be occupied by traveling by boat down the Madre de Dios to the next 4 hours, we might see some local boats and a native people settlements or lodge along the edge of the river, We will arrive in the afternoon in time to get settled before dark, and likely with enough time to walk around the lodge or on one of the many trails that radiate out from the lodge clearing. Overnight Dorado Lodge.

Day 3
Motor Boat Drive from El Dorado to Casa Matsiguenka

Early Departure, we will get the confluence with the Manu river we enter the wild Manu National Park, we will pass by clay lick to observe, macaws, parrots, parakeets and brief stop at Limonal Park Ranger Station for check-in. The exciting trip begins with full of sightings experiences, every river bend will bring us a view of unspoiled beauty.

We travel up river we’ll search diligently for any signs of Jaguar, still only a slim chance but this river is perhaps the best location to find this magnificent mammal. Just a few curves up the river the environment changes, there will be orders of magnitude with more sights to see. From hundred if not thousands of swallows and butterflies, every single sandbar being occupied by something interesting, keeping a close watch for wildcats.

In the mid- afternoon, we arrive at our rustic lodge which it´s set aside a short distance from the Rio Manu in the heart of Manu National Park. For our following nights at this peaceful place. Overnight, Casa Matsiguenka Lodge.

In the mid-afternoon, you will get to your lodge located a short distance away from the Rio Manu in the heart of the National Park. Overnight at Casa Matsiguenka

Day 4
Casa Matsiguenka - Oxbow Lakes Exploration by Catamarans

We will have the better part of two days to enjoy the Manu´s Wilderness. This morning you will explore the Salvador oxbow lake famous for its population of Giant Otters who usually breed there. They can be seen at different times of the day, these gregarious and playful carnivores spend a good deal of their time fishing or playing by any side of the lake or just taking a sunbath on their favorite dead logs.

We’ll have access to a floating catamaran (two large canoes connected by wooden planks) with chairs set up for bird and wildlife viewing (which makes paddling around the lake easily and comfortably. Apart from looking for the giant river otters, we’ll have the chance for many of the lake edge species, including the fabulous Hoatzin, Agami and herons, interesting raptors, colorful macaws oropendolas, and caciques, just floating around the lake will be one of the joys of the trip

While exploring the forest you will ll also search for more species of monkeys such as white-fronted capuchin, pygmy marmoset. Apart from the lake, the forest around Salvador Lake and the lodge is some of the best Amazonian rainforest there is to see. Beautiful network of trails allows us to leisurely stroll on flat trails the rest of the day. (Please notice that the time to visit the Salvador lagoon on this day its subject of availability)

Day 5
Motor Boat Journey from Casa Matsiguenka to El Dorado Lodge

This morning we’ll board our boat and begin the journey down the Rio Manu back to the Rio Madre de Dios. The returning to boat trip will be again very exciting with lots of bird activity on the many sandbars as well as side necked turtles sunning themselves on the logs. This will be again another opportunity for catching a glimpse of the magnificent of great wildlife.

After about four hours we will reach Boca Manu for brief stop and to refuel our boat and exploring the lower portion of the Madre de Dios, we get settled for lunch time and likely with enough time to walk around the trails, Overnight at El Dorado Lodge.

Day 6
El Dorado to Guadalupe Lodge Motor boat + 1 hour Minivan Drive

We will boat up the fast flowing braided and clear water upper Madre de Dios in the morning as we start our five hours back journey to Atalaya. This is the last chance to spot capybaras, the world’s largest rodent. Keep a close watch for raptors such as kites, vultures or eagles. We will eventually depart Manu’s area for our trip further up the upper Madre de Dios River and our re-introduction into civilisation; after one hour of overland transportation we reach the Guadalupe Ecological Reserve and have time for some night-walks around. We will have diner and spend the overnight at Guadalupe Lodge.

Day 7
Guadalupe Lodge - Cusco

Do not miss the splendid view when looking down toward the lowlands! The lush and misty cloud forest surrounded by wildlife, rocks, spotting birds will be the main target. You will get the chance to stare at a large variety of birds ranging from the Peruvian national bird, the brightly red Andean Cock-of-the-Rock, toucans, quetzals or even the large wooly monkeys.

The arrival in Cusco should be around 16:00 Hours pm. it would be depending on traffic conditions while driving towards city centre.

The Trip Cost Includes

  • Accommodation on double bed room
  • Activities Listed in the Program
  • All meals included (vegetarian, vegan mentioned in advance)
  • Best available Lodges in the area
  • Box lunch
  • Duffel Bags for Travelling Light
  • Entrance Fees to the Guadalupe Ecological Reserve
  • Entrance tickets to Manu National Park (Reserved Zone)
  • Free Storage Room in Cusco
  • Illustrated map of Manu National Park
  • Professionally Local Guide
  • Rubber Boots
  • Snacks (fresh fruits, cookies, chocolate)
  • Touristic Transportation
  • Unlimited Purified Water

The Trip Cost Excludes

  • Alcoholic Drinks
  • First day breakfast
  • Nights on Single Supplement
  • Services not specifically stated in the itinerary

Frequently asked Questions

How I can register for a trip?

Please first contact Peru Amazon Travel by email or phone to check on availability. Once we have confirmed that there is space on the tour, please fill out the registration form and mail it to Peru Amazon travel. It is very important that you read all the information in this document, and then make sure you sign and date the waiver at the end of the registration form. A 10 % of the trip price deposit is necessary to secure a space on the trip, this should be done a minimum 30 days before the trip start and the final payment should be done at maximum 2 days before the trip start.

• Full Name …………………….. (Scanned Copy of Passport)….
• Nationality and Passport Number ……….
• Age …………………………………
• Profession ……………………………..
• Dietary and medical restrictions…………………………………………………
• Arrival date and hotel in Cusco, if these are known to you ………..
• Next travel date after Manu trip …………………………….
• Your insurance details (name of the company, your registration number, contact telephone number) ……..
• Down payment of $ 100 via Pay Pal per person.

What items i need for these type of trip?

Here the things that you would need :
Sunscreen
Insect repellent at least 40 % DEET
Personal hygiene products (toothpaste, soap)
Sunglasses
Camera
Binoculars (Optional)
Flashlight and extra batteries
Backpack for daily activities
Clothing for outdoors (avoid bright-colored, orange, pink, red )
Socks (bring extra)
Undergarments (bring extra)
Swimsuit
At least 1 pair of nylon shorts
T-shirts fast drying are best
Walking or sport shorts
Lightweight pants (for mosquito protection)
Lightweight long-sleeved shirt
1 windbreaker, poncho or rain jacket.

How I proceed to reserve a tour?

Please first contact Peru Amazon Travel, by email or phone to check on availability. Once we have confirmed that there is space on the tour, please fill out the registration form and mail it to Wild Watch Peru. It is very important that you read all the information in this document, and then make sure you sign and date the waiver at the end of the registration form. A 10 % of the trip price deposit is necessary to secure a space on the trip, this should be done a minimum 30 days before the trip start and the final payment should be done at maximum 2 day before the trip start.

• Full Name …………………….. (Scanned Copy of Passport)….
• Nationality and Passport Number ……….
• Age …………………………………
• Profession ……………………………..
• Dietary and medical restrictions…………………………………………………
• Arrival date and hotel in Cusco, if these are known to you ………..
• Next travel date after Manu trip …………………………….
• Your insurance details (name of the company, your registration number, contact telephone number) ……..
• Down payment of $ 100 via Pay Pal per person.

What payments method are accepted?

Pay Pal System
We also accept deposit payments via on secure online payment system sending your down payment to our email: info@peruamazontravel.us If you use this method please also add 6 %, which is what Pay Pal charges for its services. You must inform us of any payments made via email.

Cash
We also accept on last-minute bookings and payments in cash, American Dollars and Peruvian soles are accepted. The payment can be arranged upon your arrival to Cusco while we meet at our office or your hotel in Town.

Credit Card.

We accept the major credit card, Visa, Master Card, and others, this option is available once you are already in Cusco, so payment should be made from the physical card while meeting at our office or your hotel in town, card fees and taxes are not included in the global prices.

*The final payment is required two weeks before departure. We apologize if this presents any inconvenience and we are happy to discuss the possibilities to find the most convenient alternative for you.

Recommendations againts tropical diseases?

Mosquitos (Malaria, Leishmania, Botflies, dengue)

Prevention its the keyword, always wear long-sleeved shirts and long trousers, Use insect repellent if mosquitoes are seen or heard (or always ), sleep under the mosquito net provided. repellent on shirt and trousers is good advice, Be aware of long term effects even month later.

What about Malaria treatment?

Though it only is a small risk, it is possible you get infected with malaria in Manu, and we recommend you take prophylaxis when going on one of our tours.
The yellow fever situation is about the same. Moreover, yellow fever is almost always lethal therefore it is required that one receives the yellow fever vaccination at least ten days before entering Manu

What are the cancelations policies?

YCancellation by a tour participant minor or equal to 30 days prior to the departure date will result in NOT refund of the Booking Deposit (100 USD) from Peru Amazon Travel. However, this deposit can transferable for any other trip or the same trip requested in the different date of departure along the season, this should be requested by email to info@peruamazontravel.us minimum 30 days before the original departure date.

RESPONSIBILITY

Peru Amazon Travel, acts only as an agent for the passenger in regard to travel, whether by airplane, bus, van, train, or boat, and assume no liability for injury, damage, loss, accident, delay, or irregularity which may be occasioned either by reason of defect in any vehicle or for any reason whatsoever or through the acts or default of any company or person engaged in conveying the passenger or in carrying out the arrangements of the tour.
Peru Amazon Travel can accept no responsibility for losses or additional expenses due to delay or changes in air or other services, sickness, weather, strike, war, quarantine, or other causes. All such losses or expenses will have to be borne by the passenger, as tour rates provide for arrangements only for the time stated.
The right is reserved to substitute Lodges of similar category for those indicated and to make any changes in the itinerary where deemed necessary or caused by changes in air schedules or weather. The right is reserved to cancel any tour prior to departure, in which case full refund will constitute full settlement to the passenger. The right is reserved to substitute leaders on any tour. Where this is necessary, a notification will be given to tour members.
No refund will be made for any unused portion of the tour unless arrangements are made insufficient time to avoid penalties.
The prices of the tours are based on tariffs and exchange rates in effect January 2019 and are subject to adjustment in the event of any change therein. The right is reserved to decline to accept or to retain any person as a member of any tour. Baggage is at owner’s risk entirely. Prior to acceptance on any tour, the participant must read and sign a liability waiver included in the registration form.

What about internet access and phone signal?

es. The Internet can be accessed at Guadalupe Lodge during meal times. Sometimes, there might be some technical problems. The Internet relies on the solar panel system during cloudy or rainy days that can be limited just for the evening.
For longer tours along the Manu reserved zone, the internet is only limited to El Dorado Lodge, there is no internet coverage along the days of motorboat travel and not phone signal reception except at some villages Boca Manu, Pilcopata and Paucartambo, Movistar relies on the best coverage service for phone

How is the access to ATM along the Trip?

A variety of sources are only possible while staying in large cities such as Cusco however its recommended to get some Peruvian Soles before leaving the city, there is not existing cash machines along the Manu National Park or the time you head into the Jungle so preferably takes some small bills for paying additional services(public toilets, souvenirs, cold drinks)

What are the back up facilities?

Concerning the back-up facilities, all our overnight places have a radio communication set at the site and cellphone coverage at some locations. All our personnel has been trained in first aid, and a first-aid kit is available during the tour. At the following places are first-aid posts or hospitals: Pilcopata (7 Km from Guadalupe Lodge) Boca Manu medical Post (Between El Dorado and Casa Matsiguenka) Villa Salvacion Hospital nearby the Atalaya Port.

What is the numebr of people on fixed departure tour?

Good things come in small packages, which is why we keep our group sizes down. This means we’re small enough to remain flexible as we thread our way through nature without scaring wildlife away. On most of our trips, you’ll be part of an intimate group of 2 – 6 people, though our group sizes are on average 8 people. Our Overland trips are in purpose-built vehicles that can carry up to 7 travelers. Group sizes are displayed on each trip’s overview page on our website.

Is safe to go swimming?

it mostly sounds a possible activity while staying outside of the Manu Reserved Zone, Safe if your guide says so, Small Caymans are not likely to attacks (a single case of Black Caimans have been reported within Manu along the years) Piranhas are not a problem, don’t pee in the water while swimming, though, You seldom attract the small candiru fish and they might mistake your body openings for the gill openings of a big catfish.
Always makes your guides swim first to prove that it is really safe.

What are the poisonous snakes?

Scary if seen, but snakes are rare and there are about six fatal species in the region, coral snakes are not likely to attack, especially not because their fangs are not big enough for it (between your toes is the most likely the place, so don’t walk on sandals along the trails ) Bushmasters might be aggressive, they are territorial and nocturnal and will strike for the heat, just above boots, don’t lower your bumps in the bushes without checking them.
Radio – collared bushmasters have been reported to sleep within half a meter from a trail where tourists walked by without noticing the snake, so don’t walk off the trails without guidance.

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Manu Park Wildlife Treasures
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Trip Facts

  • Wildlife Observation, Nature Walks , Oxbow lake exploration on local rafts, Motor Boat, Night walks, caves. oxbow lake exploration, canopy toer, giant kapok tree
  • Andean Cock of Rock, Monkeys up 8 species, Capibara, Macaws , Hoatzin, Spiders,Black Caymans, Giant River Otters , Jaguar
  • Manu National Park - Reserved Zone
  • From 12,467.19 ft to 920 ft
  • Minivan & Motor Boat
  • 2 People Minimun / Max 7 participants

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