The Park was created on May 29, 1973, has an area of 1,716,295.22 hectares and is one of the best destinations for nature tourism. In the lower basin of the Manu River, the exuberance of the Amazon plain stands out.
One of the main attractions of the Park are the "collpas", habitat of flocks of guacayamos, as well as other species of fauna, that come in search of food. The park is home to some 221 species of mammals, such as the otorongo, black tiger, sachavaca, sajino, deer, ronsoco, black maquisapa, among others. As for birds, the harpy eagle, jabiru, pink spatula, jungle goose and cock of the rocks stand out.
The Manu has one of the most renowned research centers for the Amazon: the biological station of Cocha Cashu, as well as an interpretation center in the surveillance post of Limonal. Much of the park is indigenous territory.
Here live 30 peasant communities that maintain the Quechua language as their mother tongue and several native Amazonian populations such as the Matsiguenka, Amahuaca, Yine, Amarakaeri, Huashipaire and Nahua peoples. In addition there are indigenous populations in voluntary isolation called uncontacted. The cultural richness of the place is also evident in archaeological sites that have not yet been studied.
Day 01: Cusco - Ninamarca - Soga de Oro Lodge
Day 02: Soga de Oro Lodge - Machiguenga Lodge
Day 03: Casa Matsiguenga - Cocha Salvador - Cocha Otorongo
Day 04: Casa Matsiguenga - Dorado Lodge
Day 05: Dorado Lodge - Port Atalaya - Cusco
We left Cusco early in the morning to start our Peru Rainforest Tour!
First, they take us by private transport to a place called Ninamarca to observe the pre-Inca chullpas (tombs) 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.
Then, we ascend to the "Tres Cruces" viewpoint (3,900 masl) to observe a beautiful view of the Amazon basin if the weather permits. From there, we began to descend to Manu National Park, home to species such as the cock of the rocks (Peruvian national bird), hummingbirds, brightly colored quetzals, trogons, flycatchers and woolly monkeys. In terms of flora, we can see a variety of orchids, mosses, ferns, etc.
Finally, we will arrive at the port of Atalaya (500 masl), there we will board a motorized boat towards the rustic Soga de Oro Lodge with private bathroom and hot shower. After dinner we take a night walk in the Manu Amazonas.
After breakfast, we will board a motorized boat to travel along the Madre de Dios River to change for a navigation on the Manu River that offers us other incredible views of a great variety of species that live in and around, such as groups of turtles, white alligators, capybaras, jaguars (Panthera onca) that rest on a trunk and observe their territory. We arrived in the afternoon to our Machiguenga Lodge.
Later, our guide takes us to Otorongo Oxbow Lake, where an observation tower is placed that allows us to see the giant otters that live there. During that time, the Guide teaches us functions and secrets of the jungle. After that, we returned at night to the Machiguenga lodge.
At night we walk around the lodge, and then return to sleep. It has showers and bathrooms available in the accommodation.
Today we will visit Cocha Salvador, located 30 minutes from Cocha Otorongo. We visit the lake to paddle in silence on a catamaran that gives us the chance to observe a family of playful giant river otters, the largest freshwater carnivores in the world, they are still common only in Manu. Each animal consumes between 4 and 5 kilos of fish daily. You can often see them eating large fish on logs at the lake's edge. Observing, as well as many species of rare birds, including a prehistoric bird called Shansho, Heron, cormorants, water duck, horned scream, turtles, Taricaya, black alligators.
The rest of the day you will go through the trails in the area looking for some of the 13 species of Monkey such as Black Spider Mokey, Red Howler Monkey Night Monkey, Dusky Titi Monkey, Saddleback Tamarin, Brown Capuchin Monkey and some mammals found here, bear giant anthill, South American coati, two-toed sloth, deer, a group of peccaries, which is found in the forest here, our guide will explain some of the basics of the rainforest ecosystems and will point out some of the medicinal plants of the area that the locals use. indigenous groups. You can be sure that the animals here in the wild Manu Amazon have never suffered from people hunting!
In the afternoon, we return to our Lodge in Otorongo, we have showers and toilets available in the National Reserve Center of Manu.
Today again the call of the red howler monkey (Alouatta seniculus) will wake us up.
Again we embark on our motor boat to begin our return by the Manu River, and one can understand why it is so famous for its wildlife. On the banks of the river, you will see groups of turtles, white alligators (Caiman cocodrylus), capybaras (Hydrochaeris) and perhaps a Jaguar (Panthera Onca) that rests on a trunk and observes its territory.
In the afternoon we will arrive at the hostel, where we will settle in our respective rooms and then we will take a walk through our hostel. After dinner, we will have a night activity.
We sleep in the lodge, which has showers and toilets available.
Today we get up very early. After breakfast, on the last day of the trip, we packed up the boat and began to navigate the Madre de Dios River to the port of Atalaya, where our private vehicle awaits us back to the City of Cusco.
Approximately we will arrive to the city of Cusco from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm.
On sunny days the temperature varies from 25 to 40 ° C during the day and from 10 to 20 ° C during the night. June and July are the coldest month. We will inform you of the current weather conditions before leaving on a tour.
For our trips it is necessary to be in good physical health, but the form depends on the itinerary you choose. The areas where we walk are flat. We always walk very slowly in the jungle, since it is the best way to observe the flora and fauna, but also because it can be very hot and humid. If you take one of our tours, then you will be walking from 3 to 4 hours per day, carrying only a small day pack to carry your water, binoculars and camera.
The clothes that you see fit that are not very colorful, since the light colors intimidate the animals. Preferably camouflaged or dark. Polo shirts, pants, shores, lightweight, swimwear.
In the expeditions that we carry out, there are not very close hospitals. But we have a first-aid kit and well-equipped first-aid kit. In case of any incident we evacuate as soon as possible. Attention If you suffer from any personal illness, it is recommended to take your personal medications.
The hostel has double and twin rooms, shared bathrooms and toilets, dining room, kitchen, two platforms for tents, hammocks and sunbeds, we also have double rooms with private bathroom and shower, available for a supplement. There is electricity available in the rooms for the light and the installation to charge the batteries is available in the dining room, the electricity is from solar panels, so the availability depends on the climate.
Depending on the program, the following things are included: