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Manu Adventures Cusco

Manu Adventures Cusco

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.

Quick Itinerary:

Day 01: Puerto Maldonado - Colorado - Manu Wildlife Center

Day 02: Explore the Jungle and see tapirs up close

Day 03: Appreciate wildlife on a boat tour

Day 04: Manu Wildlife Center - Puerto Maldonado


General Information about Manu National Park


Departments of Cusco and Madre de Dios


1'532,806 hectares.


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).

Visits and trips:

Within the park, there are areas enabled for tourists and visitors, and other areas are limited only for the entry of researchers.


Things to do in Manu

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.


Day 01: Puerto Maldonado - Colorado - Manu Wildlife Center

Our service begins with a shuttle service from Puerto Maldonado to Santa Rosa Village, we will arrive in approximately two and a half hours of travel.

You will cross the Inambari River for 15 minutes by boat to Puerto Carlos, where you will start your trip by land to Boca Colorado for 45 minutes by car, followed by four and a half hours of motorized boat trip upstream of the Madre de Dios River

We will arrive at the Manu Wildlife Center for lunch. Later we make our first contact with the jungle, exploring some of the 30 miles of forest trails that surround the lodge. We have an excellent opportunity to find some of the 12 species of monkeys that inhabit the surrounding forest. After dinner there will be a lovely night walk along the trails, in search of the birds and nocturnal animals of the area.

Day 2: Sight the Macaws and Tapirs

Another early start, after a delicious breakfast we walked through the forest for a few minutes, until the Macaw Lick project. In groups of two and three the Scarlet Macaws come flapping, landing in the tops of the trees. After this, we continue walking and exploring the network of trails that surround the lodge then return to the lodge for lunch. Later, we started along the "collpa trail", which It will take us to the famous Tapir Clay quilt of the lodge. Here, in the most active tapir hive known throughout the Amazon, our research has identified 8 to 12 600-pound tapirs that come to this clay to eat clay from under the tree. This Tapir experience is unique and exciting because we can see them up close, as they are very shy creatures.

Day 03: Sight wildlife on a boat tour

We leave early for an old lake full of water lilies (Nuphar lutea) and sunken trunks. As we circle the lake on our catamaran, we can find the the resident family of Giant Otters on a fishing expedition, or troops of monkeys crashing noisily among the trees. Among the bushes near the waterline, woodpeckers, tanagers, macaws, toucans and parakeets appear.

After lunch at the lodge, our guide is available to guide us on expeditions in search of more wildlife. This afternoon, from the end of the afternoon after dinner, we offer the opportunity to look Alligator and other nightlife along the river bank by boat

Day 04: Departure Day

We left our cabin very early in the two hours and a half boat trip back downstream to the Colorado Village. Depending on the weather we must be in Puerto Maldonado, breakfast will be served at the lodge or on the boat while enjoying the activity of the wildlife as we go In addition, this trip allows us to see several native lowland settlements and gold miners digging and covering We will stop in the town of Colorado, which is dedicated to the extraction of gold, in the extreme west. Start our trip by land to Puerto Carlos for 45 minutes, then cross the Inambari River for 15 minutes by boat Finally the van or the bus will take us in approximately two hours to the airport of Puerto Maldonado.



  • Overland & River transportation.
  • Accommodation in the following lodge: 3 nights Manu Wildlife Center
  • Meals during the trip

Not Included

  • Air tickets.
  • Personal expenses such as beverages, telephone call, tips, etc.
  • Extras not mentioned in itinerary

Manu Expeditions Cusco

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.


  • Clothing suitable for the rain
  • Carry sunscreen to be used during the entire trip.
  • Carry insect repellent.
  • Lightweight shoes or sandals.
  • Do not forget the binoculars
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