EXPLORE MANU NATIONAL PARK 8 DAYS
EXPLORE MANU NATIONAL PARK
National Park of Manu The Manu biosphere reserve is an extensive national park located in southeastern Peru, which encompasses Andean mountains, cloud forests and low jungle. It stands out for its rich biodiversity, with hundreds of species of birds, such as the macaws, which feed on clay found in quarries such as Blanquillo. The boats sail the Manu River and cross the Amazon jungle, where jaguars, black caimans and spider monkeys liv.One of the main attractions of the park are the clay licks, regularly visited by flocks of macaws as well as other species of fauna, who come here looking for food. The park contains some 221 species of mammal, including the otorongo (jaguar), black panther tapir, collared peccary, deer, capybara, spider monkey, etc. In terms of birds, highlights include the harpy eagle, jabiru, roseate spoonbill, jungle goose and the cock of the rock. Inside the park there is a metal tower 18 meters high and an elevated walkway with a platform that makes it easier to spot birds and to grasp the immensity of the forest from the treetops.
For more information and details how to make a booking please E-mail Picchu Machu Adventure an Ecological Tour Operator in Cusco Peru at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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- Vacation Style Holiday Type
- Activity Level Moderate
- Group Size Medium Group
- LOCATION: On the western edge of the Amazon basin, in the departments of Cusco and Madre de Dios, which covers the entire Manu river basin.
- CREATION: May 29, 1973, by Supreme Decree No. 0644-73-AG
- EXTENTSIONxtension: 1 716 295.22 hectares.
- COUNTRY: Peru
- ADDRESS: Madre de Dios
- SURFACE AREA: 17,163 km²
- TRAINING: May 29, 1973
- DEGREE OF PROTECTION: World Heritage
Things you should bring for the Manu Trip:
- mosquito repellent
- long sleeved shirts (cotton is better)
- cotton socks
- rain gear
- long pants
- bathing suit
- hiking shoes
- binoculars (you can also rent them from)
- camera and films (400 and 200 ASA)
- plastic bags for clothes and camera etc.
- personal things (soap, toilet paper. towel etc.)
- hat (or handkerchief)
- sun blocker, sun glasses
- sleeping bag (can also be rented)
- flashlight (with spare bulb and batteries)
- day pack
- rubber boots ( only in rainy season, Jan. -April))
For more information and details how to make a booking please E-mail Picchu Machu Adventure an Ecological Tour Operator in Cusco Peru at:
- Professional Guide specialized in Manu,
- specialized birding guide on request
- Entrance to National Park
- Food (three meals per day, vegetarian on request)
- Private bus and boat transportation
- Camping equipment,mosquito netting (except your personal sleeping bag)
- Entrance to Macaw Clay Lick, Lakes
- Medical supplies
- Radio communication
- Your only extra expenses will be first breakfast,
- water for the first day,
- soft drinks,
- alcoholic drinks,
- tips and the last dinner
- Sleeping bag
- · Tip
- Moderate first Day on MANU NATIONAL PARK: CUSCO TO PILCOPATA:
first Day on MANU NATIONAL PARK: CUSCO TO PILCOPATA:
We take an 11 hours bus trip from the city of Cusco ascending to the high mountain area at 4200 m (14,000 feet). After a short stop in Ninamarca, to see the pre-Inca cemetery, and Paucartambo village, we descend the eastern slopes of the Andes through cloud forest with lush vegetation (ferns, orchids, etc.) to the lowland rainforest on the Madre de Dios and Manu Rivers. You will enjoy spectacular views of the Andes and may see wildlife such as our national bird, the Cock of the Rocks (Rupicola peruviana) inside a hiding place next to the lek, brilliantly colored Tanagers and Hummingbirds and with some luck the first monkeys, as e.g. the Wooly Monkey. We spend the night in a lodge in Pilcopata town.
- Moderate Second Day on MANU NATIONAL PARK: PILCOPATA TO BLANQUILLO:
Second Day on MANU NATIONAL PARK: PILCOPATA TO BLANQUILLO:
After breakfast we travel another 1/2 hour to Atalaya at 500 m. Here we embark a 15-meter motorized canoe to travel down the Alto Madre de Dios River for 8 hours. Today you will have the opportunity to see wildlife along the rocky banks of the rivers, such as Fasciated Tiger Heron, Purplish Jays, King Vultures and some of the 13 species of monkeys that live in Manu. In the afternoon we arrive to Blanquillo where we spend the night in a lodge. Optional night walk before dinner (to see insects, frogs, snakes etc.).
- Moderate Third Day on MANU NATIONAL PARKN: BLANQUILLO MACAW CLAY LICK TO MAQUISAPAYOJ:
Third Day on MANU NATIONAL PARKN: BLANQUILLO MACAW CLAY LICK TO MAQUISAPAYOJ:
Early in the morning we go to the Macaw Clay Lick and – from a blind – watch flocks of Parakeets, Parrots and Macaws arriving to eat the clay of the lick. After the spectacle we pack everything and travel for 45 minutes upstream to Maquisapayoj. Here we sleep on a platform with mosquito nets close to the mammal salt lick to observe Tapirs and other mammals at night. Macaw Claylick
- Moderate Fourth Day on MANU NATIONAL PARK: MAQUISAPAYOJ TO ALBERGUE MATSIGUENKA:
Fourth Day on MANU NATIONAL PARK: MAQUISAPAYOJ TO ALBERGUE MATSIGUENKA:
On this day we travel 9 hours upriver into the Manu National Park. During this trip the wildlife viewing along the banks of the Manu River is fabulous. White Caimans (Caiman crocodylus) sunning on the beaches, fish in the shallows, turtels and plenty of colorful birds as e.g. Black Skimmers and Terns may bee seen; and there is always the possibility of seeing larger animals such as Capybara, Tapir and Jaguar. In thew afternoon we arrive at the Albergue Matsiguenka, where we spend the night. Optional nightwalk.
- Moderate Fifth Day on MANU NATIONAL PARK: EXPLORING COCHA SALVADOR:
Fifth Day on MANU NATIONAL PARK: EXPLORING COCHA SALVADOR:
Today we leave early for a day trip to explore Lake Salvador by catamaran looking for the Giant River Otters Pteronura brasiliensis), Caimans, Hoatzins and Monkeys. In the afternoon we go for a walk on some of the trails through the forest. You can climb the observation tower at Cocha (oxbow-lake) Otorongo. The night is spent at the Albergue Matsiguenka. Optional nightwalk.
- Moderate Sixth Day on MANU NATIONAL PARK: COCHA SALVADOR TO CUSCO OR YANAYACO:
Sixth Day on MANU NATIONAL PARK: COCHA SALVADOR TO CUSCO OR YANAYACO:
Today we travel 8 hours down the Manu River, after a stop in Boca Manu village we make our way back upriver on the Alto Madre de Dios River. We camp on the beach at Yanayaco this night. It is possible to fly back from Boca Manu Airstrip to Cusco in 45 min. ( 6 day tour). Brown Capuchin Monkey
- Moderate Seventh Day on MANU NATIONAL PARK: YANAYACU TO PILCOPATA:
Seventh Day on MANU NATIONAL PARK: YANAYACU TO PILCOPATA:
Today we travel 7 hours upstream, stopping at Aguas Calientes (hot springs) for a bath and arriving to Atalaya in the afternoon, from where we travel another hour by bus to Pilcopata, where we spend the night in a Lodge.
- Moderate Eighth day on MANU NATIONAL PARK: PILCOPATA TO CUSCO:
Eighth day on MANU NATIONAL PARK: PILCOPATA TO CUSCO:
On this day we travel up to the Andes again to return to Cusco around 5 p.m.