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Manu Cusco Tour

Manu Cusco Tour

Located in the jungles of the departments of Cusco and Madre de Dios, the Manu National Park represents the largest natural treasure in Peru, for the number of species it houses and the diversity of ecosystems it protects. Manu is one of the few wild areas in the world where animals abound and live in a totally natural state. The jungle of Manu offers an extraordinarily high density of wildlife, collpas of mammals and macaws where the animals are concentrated and it is easy to observe them. Exotic birds such as the Gallito- Antiguentero Frentirrufo, Cotinga Carinegra. No other area in America offers such excellent sighting of rare or difficult to observe animals.

Visiting the Manu requires time and accepting or being open to special, sometimes difficult, travel conditions. It should be mainly flexible to changes in travel plans mainly for climate reasons. As in all the Amazon, the fauna is shy and elusive, so we suggest taking a tour of at least 6 to 8 days to obtain a good record of sightings. The best time to visit is during the dry months of June to October. It is cheaper to join a group, for this you must arrange your trip in advance, there is currently a tourist infrastructure to spend a few days comfortably.

Quick Itinerary:

Day 01: Puerto Maldonado - Colorado - Manu Wildlife Center

Day 02: Manu Wildlife Center - Manu National Park

Day 03: Salvador Lake & Otorongo Lake 

Day 04: Manu National Park

Day 05: Macaw Lick project and Tapir Clay lick.

Day 06: Departure Day


Information about Manu :


At 1400 kilometers from Lima. It was established as a national park in 1973 on an area of 1,532,806 hectares and declared a Natural World Heritage Site in 1987.


Manu Altitude

It covers a latitudinal variety that goes from the 4,300 masl of the high Andean puna to the 200 masl of the Amazon plain.


Getting to Manu from Cusco

A road starts from Cusco and leads to the towns of Atalaya and Shintuya (9 and 12 hours respectively), points from where it is possible to start the trip by river (5 to 6 hours). There are also small plane flights that connect Cusco and the town of Boca Manu (30 minutes), from which it is necessary to continue by river (4 to 6 hours). You have to hire the services of the authorized agencies.

 * It is from the city of Lima, by air, or from the city of Puerto Maldonado you can reach the Reserve by land or river.


Manu Weather

Rainy season from December to March, although outside it is not rare the downpours.

The months from May to August, with temperatures above 30 ° C, are the most recommended for your visit. The normal climate of this zone goes from 26 ° c to 32 ° c, but in rainy days it is from 13 to 18 ° c.


Day 1: Puerto Maldonado - Colorado - Manu Wildlife Center

Early in the morning followed we take a trip to Santa Rosa Village, we will arrive in approximately two and a half hours of travel. We 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 shelter. We have an  excellent opportunity to find some of the 12 species of monkeys.

After dinner there will be a lovely night walk along the trails, in search of the birds and nocturnal animals of the area. jungle

Day 02: Manu Wildlife Center - Manu National Park

We get up early for breakfast and then take a boat trip on the motor canoe trip by Madre de God River. We make a brief visit to the town of Boca Manu, riparian capital of the remote and sparsely populated . The main activity here is to build dugout boats for travelers on the river, and we see how are these sturdy boats made? Now we turn north through the brown chocolate waters of the Manu River towards the Manu National Park. We checked into the park at the Limonal ranger station and then continued upstream, since our driver. After about six hours on the river we arrived at the Manu Tented Camp, a simple but comfortable low impact cabin snuggled almost invisibly in the forest. If time permits, we will take a short walk before dinner to stretch our legs and enjoy our first encounter with the jungle

Day 03: Salvador Lake & Otorongo Lake

Today we visit two lakes near our camp. The park authorities determine the time of our visit to Lake Salvador; depending on this schedule, we will visit Lake Otorongo earlier or later in the day.

Our way to Lake Otorongo begins about 30 minutes downstream from the camp. Maybe we'll see a family of capybaras, the the world's largest rodents, while sailing on the riverbank, or if we are very lucky, a lonely jaguar could move slowly from an open beach towards the forest, shaking his tail with annoyance at our intrusion. On the short way to the lake, we can spy on one or more of the 13 species of monkeys in the park.

Lake Salvador is the largest of the lakes in the area, with a length of 3.5 km, or approximately two miles long. It is also the home of a family of Giant otters. We navigate the lake appreciating the forest. Trees by the lake are often alive with monkeys, scarlet macaws, a variety of herons and egrets explore the water's edge; and the eyes of reptile and snouts of alligators, stationary as trunks, they can be spied under the branches.

Day 04: Manu National Park

Very early, after breakfast, we will leave our Manu Tented Camp, we arrived upstream of the Manu River to the Pakitza guard post for approximately 1 hour.

We will explore the nature around Pakitza, in search of more wildlife doing some activities like boating to look for mammals, alligators, birds, as well as explore the forest where birds and mammals abound, but basically We will spend this day looking for jaguars (if we are lucky), during the night in Manu Tented Camp.

Day 05: Macaw Lick project and Tapir Clay lick.

We started downstream at dawn. At this time, the chances of encounters with wildlife are excellent. We return to the Limonal Park station, to present our wildlife report before leaving the park. After ninety minutes more downstream.

Arrive at Manu Wildlife Center, the exciting final stop of our trip, in time for lunch. After a delicious lunch we walked through the forest for a few minutes, where we found the Macaw Lick project. In groups of two and three scarlet macaws come flapping, landing in the treetops as they watch the main stage down. Later, we continue to explore and discover the rainforest, its tradition and plant life, in the network of trails surrounding the hostel.

Then we start along the "Collpa trail", which will take us to the famous Tapir Clay collpa of the lodge. Here we will appreciate the famous Tapir, our research has identified between 8-12 Tapirs of 600 individual pounds that come to this lick to eat clay from under the roots of the trees around the edge. This improbable bite absorbs and neutralizes toxins in the vegetarian diet of the Tapir, the largest land animal in Latin America.

Day 06: 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 how long we should be in Puerto Maldonado, breakfast will be served at the lodge or on the boat while enjoying the activity of the wildlife early in the morning. As we move forward, of course this is a perfect time to take advantage of the valuable wildlife activity of the morning along the river.

We will stop in the town of Colorado, which is dedicated to the extraction of gold. Then, start our trip by land to Puerto Carlos for 45 minutes, then cross the Inambari River for 15 minutes by boat trip to Santa Rosa, finally a truck or bus will take us in approximately two and a half hours to the city of Puerto Maldonado



  • Overland & River transportation.
  • Accommodation in the following lodges: 1 nights Manu Wildlife Center, 3 nights Manu Park Wildlife Center, 1 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.


  • Avoid visiting the attraction in the rainy season (January - March).
  • It is advisable to have the yellow fever vaccine.
  • Bring sunglasses, camera, insect repellent and sunscreen

Packing List

  • Camera, binoculars,
  • Cash
  • Water and snacks
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen 
  • Copy of a valid passport
  • Toilet paper 
  • Dark clothing, because there will be mosquitoes and many other insects 
  • Sweater, fleece or light jacket 
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