Manu Bio – Station 8 Days
MANU BIO STATION
This This Amazon journey through the Manu Bio station. to Manu Wildlife Center is one of the best wildlife viewing experiences in the entire Amazon rainforest. Due to its ecological diversity, Manu boasts the highest recorded bird, mammal, and plant diversity of any park on Earth, including 1,000 of the world’s 9,700 bird species, 200 species of mammals, and 15,000 species of flowering plants. Traversing a vast elevation range traveling by land over the Andes, explore unique habitats with overnight stops at the Cock-of-the-Rock Cloud Forest Lodge and the Amazonia Lodge in the Manu foothills. In Manu National Park spend two nights at a secluded tent camp, located close to wildlife-rich oxbow lakes. At the Manu Wildlife Center you hike on an extensive network of trails, take nocturnal forays through the forest to a tapir clay lick blind, canoe in oxbow lakes in search of giant river otters, and climb a steel circular staircase into the rain forest canopy. Nearby are two macaw licks to photograph and observe colorful macaws from a blind.
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
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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
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- Moderate First Day on MANU BIOSTATION: CUSCO TO PILCOPATA:
First Day on MANU BIOSTATION: CUSCO TO PILCOPATA:
We take a 11 hour 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 Woolly Monkey. We spend the night in a lodge in Pilcopata.
- Moderate Second Day on MANU BIOSTATION: PILCOPATA TO MAQUISAPAYOJ:
Second Day on MANU BIOSTATION: PILCOPATA TO MAQUISAPAYOJ:
After breakfast we travel another 2 1/2 hours by bus to Atalaya, at 500 m. Here we embark on an 8 hour journey in a 15-meter motorized canoe down the Alto Madre de Dios River. Today we have the opportunity to see wildlife along the rocky banks of the river, such as Fasciated Tiger Herons, Purplish Jays, King Vultures and some of the 13 species of monkeys that live in Manu. In the afternoon we arrive at Maquisapayoj (place of the Black Spider Monkey). Here we walk to the Mammal Salt Lick at night – where we can observe the Tapir with some luck – and camp for the night.
- Moderate Third Day on MANU BIOSTATION: MAQUISAPAYOJ TO BLANQUILLO:
Third Day on MANU BIOSTATION: MAQUISAPAYOJ TO BLANQUILLO:
After exploring the trails around Maquisapayoj we travel downriver for half an hour to get to Blanquillo, our base camp for the next days. We visit Cocha (lake) Blanco to observe the family of Giant River Otters, monkeys (e.g. Red Howler Monkey), caimans and different varieties of birds. We camp at Blanquillo. Optional night walk before dinner and a shower! Macaw Claylick
- Moderate Fourth Day on MANU BIOSTATION: BLANCO MACAW LICK AND CAMUNGO LAKE:
Fourth Day on MANU BIOSTATION: BLANCO MACAW LICK AND CAMUNGO LAKE:
Early in the morning we walk about 1/2 an hour to Blanco Macaw Clay Lick. From the blind we can observe flocks of Macaws (Ara chloroptera, – ararauna, – macao), Parrots and Parakeets arriving to eat the clay. After the spectacle we have the opportunity to climb a 42 m tower at Camungo lake to get a great canopy view and observe birds. Later we explore the trails around Blanquillo. The night is spent at Blanquillo. Optional night walk (to see insects, frogs, snakes etc.).
- Moderate Fifth Day on MANU BIOSTATION: OPTIONAL MORNING:
Fifth Day on MANU BIOSTATION: OPTIONAL MORNING:
Today we have another opportunity to look for the Giant Otters, to explore the Blanco River on dugout canoes, or to observe Macaws at the Macaw Clay Lick. After lunch we head for the Black Lagoon, to fish piranhas or catfish. The night is spent at Blanquillo. Optional night walk
- Moderate Sixth Day on MANU BIOSTATION: BLANQUILLO TO YANAYACU OR CUSCO:
Sixth Day on MANU BIOSTATION: BLANQUILLO TO YANAYACU OR CUSCO:
We start making our way back to Cusco. Either by plane from Boca Manu to Cusco or onwards to Yanayacu by boat. We have a short visit to Boca Manu and the Piro native Diamante village and continue further upriver to camp on the beach for this night.
- Moderate Seventh Day on MANU BIOSTATION: YANAYACU TO PILCOPATA:
Seventh Day on MANU BIOSTATION: YANAYACU TO PILCOPATA:
On this day, we travel upriver, make a stop for a swim at Aguas Calientes (hot springs) and continue to Atalaya from where we travel for another hour by bus to Pilcopata town. Here we spend the night in a lodge.
- Moderate Eighth day on MANU BIOSTATION: RETURN TO CUSCO:
Eighth day on MANU BIOSTATION: RETURN TO CUSCO:
Today we travel for 9 hours up to the Andes to return to Cusco around 4 p.m.