Considered one of the largest and richest natural reserves in the world, which allows you to make intimate contact with nature in its most primitive and wild state.
The park is located in the provinces of Manu and Paucartambo, encompassing the eastern slopes of the Andes in the Peruvian Amazon. Intangible area, protection of fauna and flora, and of the oriental and amazonian Andean scenic beauty, covers territories from the Andean puna in the department of Cusco to the low jungle in the department of Madre de Dios, crossed by the Manu river, Alto Mother of God and its tributaries. Most of its extension is located in the low jungle area, between 200 and 400 meters above sea level. (656 and 1312 feet). The rivers of the jungle area can be navigated in small boats at any time of the year.
It integrates elements of exceptional beauty and scientific interest, hosting more than 5,000 species of mammals and more than 1 million species of insects and invertebrates.
During your visit to Cusco, this tour is highly recommended, if not mandatory.
Day 01: Cusco - Inca's tombs - Paucartambo - Manu Peruvian jungle
Day 02: Port Atalaya - Rainforest Lodge
Day 03: Rainforest walk- Zipline - Machuwasi Lake Trip
Day 04: Rainforest Lodge - Macaw Clay Lick - Cusco
Departments of Cusco and Madre de Dios
With a park the size of Manu, with a considerable altitude, the vegetation is very variable, however the vegetation types are more widespread in the tropical lowland forest, tropical mountain forest and the vegetation of the Puna. Despite the high diversity of plant species in this region, the flora of Manu is still little known and floristic inventories should be considered preliminary. Despite this, in the last ten years, 1147 species of plants have been identified in the park within a fairly small area (500 ha), and it is likely that the number of species found within the park is well above of this figure. The most recent data indicate 1,200 vascular species from the lowlands and a single hectare of a plot near the Cocha Cashu research station supported more than 200 tree species. On one hectare of plot in the alluvial plains, 17 trees with a diameter of more than 70 cm were found. The largest tree was a Ceiba pentandra (120 cm), while others included the local level Poulsenia armata rare (110 cm) and Calycophyllum sp. (117 cm), and locally endangered Swietenia macrophylla (105 cm) and Dipteryx odorata (100 cm). Lianas are common, and 79 lianas from 43 species were found within 1,000 square meters.
A total of more than 800 species of birds (Saavedra, 1989) and 200 species of mammals have been identified, 500 birds only around the lowland forests in the Cocha Cashu Biological Station The species of birds found in the Manu represent 25% of all known birds in South America and 10% of all species in the world and it is thought that there can be more than 1,000 species of birds in total. There are 13 species of monkeys, and it is estimated that there are more than 100 species of bats. There are also 12 reptile species within 7 families, and 77 species of amphibians Species known as globally threatened that occur in the park include the woolly monkey (Lagothrix lagotricha), the emperor (Tamarin Saguinus imperator), giant otter (Pteronura brasiliensis), giant anteater (Myrmecophaga tridactyla), giant armadillo (Priodontes maximus) ), the ocelot (Felis pardalis), the Andean cat (Oreailurus jacobita), the jaguar (Panthera onca), small fox of ears (Atelocynus microtis), spectacled bear (Tremarctos ornatus), the crocodile (crocodilus crocodilus), and alligator black (Melanosuchus niger).
Within the park, there are areas enabled for tourists and visitors, and other areas are limited only for the entry of researchers.
The Manu National Park is the most diverse in Peru and the world, in this place you can explore and enjoy the diversity that this place offers you.
In addition, you will meet the "top six", the six most extreme animals of the Peruvian Amazon: the Jaguar, the Rio Lobo, the Gallito de las Rocas, the Guacamayo Cabezón, the Black Caiman and the Maquisapa.
If you arrive to Manu you can also know the traditional ways of life of Amazonian populations.BOOK ONLINE
We left Cusco early in the morning to start our Manu adventure from Cusco!
First, they take us by private transport to a place called Ninamarca to observe the pre-Inca chullpas of the Lupaca culture. Then, we continue to Paucartambo, a colonial city with narrow streets and a beautiful church, where people still preserve their ancient customs.
Later, we ascend to the pass of Acjanaco (3,550 masl), the entrance to the Manu National Park, and then we will reach the "Tres Cruces de Oro" viewpoint (3,700 masl) to observe a beautiful view of the Amazon basin if the weather permits. From there, we begin to descend to the edge of the jungle of Manu, passing through the cloud forest where we can see the cock of the rock, considered the national bird of Peru; we will also observe hummingbirds, quetzals of striking colors, trogons, spotted, flycatchers and woolly monkeys. As for the flora, we can see a variety of orchids, mosses, ferns, etc.
Finally, we will arrive at Pilcopata (700 masl), where our first shelter is located. We can refresh ourselves there with a shower and, after that, they will serve us dinner before going to bed.
After breakfast, we continue our trip by private car (one hour and a half) to Puerto Atalaya (500 masl). There, we embarked on a motorized boat and continued for about half an hour of navigation on the Alto Madre de Dios river.
Along the rocky banks, we will have great opportunities to observe the river's wildlife, like many birds, turtles and / or lizards that sunbathe. after that we will arrive at our accommodation. After lunch in the afternoon we will continue exploring the mysterious rainforest, we will be in contact with wild areas and a great diversity of species, such as tarantulas, ants, butterflies, some species of monkeys, huge trees, exotic plants, palms, etc. Afterwards, we will walk back to our hostel, we will have dinner.
After dinner we will do a night walk in the rainforest where we will have the opportunity to see different species such as monkeys, ants, frogs, insects, birds and other nocturnal animals, etc.
Finally, we will spend the night in our comfortable hotel with bathrooms and showers available.
Today we get up very early to explore a deeper part of the Peruvian jungle. This special place offers you the opportunity to see its endemic species hidden in the depths of Manu, as well as the medicinal plants used by local natives to cure various diseases. If we are lucky, we can also observe large animals such as jaguars, pumas, wild boars, capybaras, anteaters, etc.
Afterwards, we have the option of practicing an adventure sport very common in the Peruvian jungle: the Zipline that consists of three platforms, and three cables in which you can fly over the canopy of the trees. In the end, we returned to our hostel for lunch.
After a short break to enjoy a refreshing swim in the hot springs or simply to relax in the lodge, we will visit Machuwasi Lake on a kind of wooden raft. This is a perfect way to observe the great diversity of local animal species, such as the prehistoric bird called hoatzin, some alligators, capybaras, or Tocon monkeys. Later, we will return to the lodge for dinner.
At night, we will do an activity with our professional guide in our boat on the Madre de Dios River, where we will have the opportunity to see different species such as: Crocodiles, birds and other nocturnal animals etc.
Finally, we will spend the night in our comfortable lodge.
After breakfast, we will board a motor boat and travel for 10 minutes to visit the macaw clay lick, where many species of animals such as parrots, macaws and parakeets congregate to eat mineral salts from the soil. Scientists believe that this behavior complements the diet of these animals.
After this activity, we will return to the hostel for breakfast.
Then we will board our boat to start our return trip. Our first stop will be in Port Atalaya, there our private vehicle will wait to take us back to Cusco, where we will arrive between 7 and 7:30 pm.
In the lower basin of the Manu River you can appreciate the exuberance of the Amazonian plain. Five zones have been allocated for the visit, where a high diversity of flora and fauna is concentrated, these are: Salvador, Otorongo, Juárez (these three are cochas), Pakitza and Limonal. In these areas there is a wide variety of circuits and trails to appreciate the beauty of the rainforest.
Also noteworthy are the horseshoe lakes or lakes where it is possible to observe species that have disappeared in other ecosystems, such as the river wolf and the black lizard. Another attraction is the forests on both banks of the Manu River, where it is not only possible to observe a great variety of flora, but numerous associated fauna.
A landmark of attraction are the "collpas", where many species of fauna flock. The "aguajales" also enable the concentration of typical fauna, such as the macaws.
The Manu National Park has one of the most renowned research centers for the tropics: the biological station of Cashu Lake. Likewise, in the lower basin of the Manu River there are five camping areas, three lookouts or breakwaters, three shelters for cession of use, a metal tower 18 m high in Otorongo Lake and a raised path with platform in the Limonal sector. In addition, you can visit the Interpretation Center located at the El Limonal surveillance post.
The climatic conditions of the Manu National Park are highly variable. The climate is generally very rainy and the rainfall varies according to the altitude. In the southern zone (which is the highest) is recorded from 1,500 to 2,000 mm per year. In the middle sector it increases from 3,000 to 3,500 mm. The highest record is reached in the northwest sector with more than 8,000 mm. In the dry season, from May to September, rainfall decreases and the temperature decreases. The thermal regime is also very variable, since the Amazon area is warm, with an average annual temperature of 25.6 ° C, and the Andean zone is cold with an average annual temperature of 8 ° C.