MANU RAFTING 7 DAYS
manu rafting a mixture of adrenaline with nature in the manu river capital of the world’s biodiversity.
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.
For a spectacular view visitors can climb to the Tres Cruces lookout point and enjoy both the sunset and two contrasting landscapes: the Andes and the rainforest. The best time to go is between May and August when the sky is clear and it is possible to see the sun come up twice during the same dawn, due to a natural phenomenon.
El Manu has one of the most renowned research centers in Amazonia: the biological station of Cocha Cashu. It also has an interpretation center at the guard post of Limonal.
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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 RAFTING: CUSCO TO PILCOPATA:
first Day on MANU RAFTING: 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 RAFTING: PILCOPATA TO SERJALI:
Second Day on MANU RAFTING: PILCOPATA TO SERJALI:
Early in the morning we drive ½ hour to Atalaya where we prepare our raft and descend the upper Madre de Dios River for around 6 hours. 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 to the area of Serjali and camp on the beach.
- Moderate Third Day on MANU RAFTING: SERJALI TO BOCA MANU:
Third Day on MANU RAFTING: SERJALI TO BOCA MANU:
After an early breakfast we continue in our raft floating downriver and arriving in the afternoon to Boca Manu village and spend the night in the lodge. Again the chances for seen wildlife, such as caimans, birds and monkeys, are VERY good because of the (silent) raft.
- Moderate Fourth Day on MANU RAFTING: BOCA MANU TO MAQUISAPAYOJ:
Fourth Day on MANU RAFTING: BOCA MANU TO MAQUISAPAYOJ:
Early in the morning we go to explore the lake in Boca Manu which is a very good place to see Giant River Otters and many birds. After exploring the lake we go by boat for 2 ½ hours to Maquisapayoj (place of the Black Spider Monkey). Here we walk to the Mammal Salt Lick in the afternoon and spend the night in the specially made platform to observe tapirs at night.
- Moderate Fifth Day on MANU RAFTING: MAQUISAPAYOJ TO BLANQUILLO:
Fifth Day on MANU RAFTING: 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. Our camp is at Blanquillo. Optional nightwalk ( to see frogs, insects, snakes etc.) before dinner and a shower!
- Moderate Sixth Day on MANU NATIONAL PARK: COCHA SALVADOR TO CUSCO OR YANAYACO:
Sixth Day onMANU RAFTING: BLANCO MACAW LICK:
Early in the morning we go to the Macaw Clay Lick. From a blind we can observe flocks of Macaws (Ara chloroptera, – macao), Parrots and Parakeets arriving to eat the clay. After the spectacle we continue exploring the trails around Blanquillo. We spend the night in Blanquillo.
- Moderate Seventh Day on MANU RAFTING: BLANQUILLO TO CUSCO:
Seventh Day on MANU RAFTING: BLANQUILLO TO CUSCO:
Early in the morning we drive to Boca Manu airstrip and fly back to Cusco.