Manu National Park
Manu National Park is one of largest protected areas on the planet whose mega biological biodiversity doesn't have an equivalent. Manu National Park covers about 1, 716,295 hectares, It located among the departments of Cusco and Madre de Dios. Manu Jungle harbors about 800 species of birds, more than 200 types of mammal, like the macaco, black maquisapa, otters, black lizard, otorongo, spectacled bear and nearly 100 species of unique plants, including giant orchids and trees that are 45 meters in height and 3 meters in diameter. In this area there are also aboriginal towns with traditions, cultures and their own languages: Machiguengas, Arawak, Yaminaguas, Piros, Amarakaeries, Huachipaires, and the Nahuas.
In 1973 Manu Peru Jungle recognised by UNESCO as a natural heritage site. This extensive park is divided into three areas: Manu National Park itself, which is the intangible zone; Manu Cultural Zone where indigenous people live; and The Manu Protected Area, in which commercial activities and tourism are allowed.
Manu National Park Tour Intinerary:
DAY 1: Cusco - Pacucartambo - Pilcopata
We leave from Cusco by private bus, first stopping to visit the pre Inca burial towers of Ninamarca. We then drive through the mountains, to get to the typical and folkloric town of Paucartambo. Here we will take a short walk around the town before driving car to Tres Cruces, the highest point and entrance to Manu National Park. From here we will continue into the Manu Cloud Forest and at San Pedro we will walk for around 1 hour to observe the National bird of Peru, the cock of the rock, and different kinds of monkeys, plants and flowers. We arrive to Pilcopata in the evening where we will sleep in a local lodge.
DAY 2: Pilcopata - Atalaya - Bonanza Ecological Reserve
After breakfast we will continue by private bus to Atalaya. On the way we will stop to observe the Coca plantation, we will also stop at a view point where you can get a good overview of the jungle and river. From Atalaya we leave by motorized boat to Aguas Calientes, where you can bath in the nature hot springs. From there we will continue by boat to Bonanza Ecological Reserve. We will arrive mid-afternoon. In the late afternoon we will walk in the jungle and fish in the river, returning to our lodge for dinner. After dinner we will take a night walk in the jungle to look for spiders and snakes.
DAY 3: Bonanza Ecological Reserve - Camouflaged House (Research Zone).
We walk thought the jungle to the mammal clay, bringing our day pack including food. On the way we will appreciate many different kinds of animals; such as tapir, collared peccaries, monkeys, Coati; birds such as eagles, parrots, toucans, medicinal plants, flowers, and the giant trees of the jungle. After this we will swim in the river and fish. After dark we will catch Caimans. We camp in camouflaged house watching nocturnal animal (protected by mosquitos net)
DAY 4: Camouflaged House (Research Zone) - Harpy Eagle Lodge
We will spend the day walking back to our lodge. From here we take our boat to Machuwasi. In the late afternoon we will walk in the jungle and we will visit Salvación Lake and take a balsa raft giving us the opportunity to see many different kinds of wildlife, and the beautiful sun set from the jungle. After dark we will have another opportunity to catch Caimans. We will spend the night in our confortable lodge.
DAY 5: Harpy Eagle Lodge - Cusco
We will get up early to visit the parrots clay lick and after breakfast we will return to Atalaya by boat where our private bus will waiting for us to take us back to Cusco via the cloud forest and Paucartambo. We will arrive back in Cusco in the late afternoon.
NOTE: If we didn´t see the Andean cook of the rock the first day in the afternoon, we can visit the last day in the morning.
Included / Not included
- Private transport van and boat
- Rubber boots
- All camping equipment
- Qualified bilingual native guide with own equipment
- Mineral water
- First aid kit
- 3 meals per day
- Entrance to the accommodation (lodge)
- Sleeping bag
- Rain coat or rain poncho
- Repellent with a minimum of 15 % deet
- Camera with extra batteries
- Flash Light with extra batteries
- Sun lotion
- Pocket Money
- Water bottle
- Sun hat
- Toilet paper
- Dark clothes