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Peru Rainforest Tour

Peru Rainforest Tour

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.

Quick Itinerary:

Day 01: Puerto Maldonado - Colorado - Manu Wildlife Center

Day 02: Macaw Clay Lick Project and Tapir Clay Lick

Day 03: Get on a boat tour and see wildlife

Day 04: Observation tower and trail system

Day 05: Departure Day


Many Reasons for Visit the Manu

  • The Manu is one of the richest natural areas in biological diversity of the planet. Its great biodiversity is due to the fact that it covers diverse ecosystems, such as the puna, the cloud forest, the high forest and the Amazonian plain.
  • It is considered one of the 7 natural wonders of the planet and houses 20 thousand plant species, 1000 species of birds, 222 species of mammals and large figures yet to be defined of reptile, amphibian, fish and insect species that inhabit their diverse ecosystems.
  • In the Manu it is possible to observe species in danger of extinction more frequently than in other protected natural areas, such as the case of the giant river otter or giant otter and black caimans. In addition, you have the possibility to spot hard-to-see species such as the jaguar and the tapir.
  • The route of the Manu, known worldwide as Manu Road, is considered by the birdwatchers within the Top 10 of the planet, due to its spectacular diversity of bird species as the path descends through its different ecosystems.
  • This is one of the last refuges on the planet for natives who have no contact with civilization. They are nomadic tribes that live only from the resources obtained from the forest in which they live. Although their sighting is very difficult and should be avoided at all costs, it is necessary to respect their condition of voluntary isolation and keep distance in case of encounters.

Day 1: Puerto Maldonado - Colorado - Manu Wildlife Center.

Our service begins with your reception first thing in the morning followed by a shuttle service 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. After dinner there will be a lovely night walk along the trails, in search of the birds and nocturnal animals of the area.

Day 02: Macaw Clay Lick Project and Tapir Clay Lick

We woke up early, and after a delicious breakfast we walked through the forest some minutes, where we found the Macaw Lick project. In groups of two and three scarlet macaws come fluttering, landing in the treetops while watching the main stage below.

After this, we continue walking and exploring the network of trails that surround the lodge then we return to the lodge for lunch. Later, we continue to explore and discover the rainforest, its tradition and plant life, in the network of trails that surround the shelter.

Then we started along the "collpa trail", which It will take us to the famous Tapir Clay Lick 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.

Day 03: Get on a boat tour and see wildlife

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. Woodpeckers, tanagers, macaws, toucans and parakeets finally come to the trees that surround the lake. Many of them sleep around the lake at night.

After lunch at the lodge, our guide is available to guide us on expeditions in freedom in search of more wildlife meetings, or we can take one of the hostel's many trails on private and personal excursions to communicate with the jungle spirits.

This afternoon, from the afternoon until after dinner, we offer the opportunity to search Alligator and other nightlife along the river bank by boat.

Day 04: Observation tower and trail system

After breakfast we will explore in the network of paths, having more emphasis on visiting the trees that are with flowers and fruits, this thanks to the information of our resident and naturalist guides. Here we hope to find more species of monkeys, as well as numerous species of birds.

Day 05: 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 a bus will take us in approximately two and a half hours to Puerto Maldonado



  • Overland & River transportation.
  • Accommodation in the following lodge: 4 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

FAQ´s about Peru Rainforest Tour

How is the climate in Manu?

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.


Do I have to be in form to make this 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.





What tipe of clothing should I bring?

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.


Do you have a near hospital?

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.


What Facilities do you have in our accomodations?

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.


What do our tours include?

Depending on the program, the following things are included:

  • Private transportation (bus and boat) we provide bus and boat transportation according to the number of travelers on travel
  • Canvas bags. Canvas bags are quite waterproof, but we recommend that you place your belongings in plastic bags first before putting them in your duffel bags to protect your things from rain and moisture.
  • Professional bilingual local guide. Our tour guide is from the area all professional and bilingual, passionate about wildlife and their work, well equipped with everything you need to help you enjoy the wildlife.
  • Bottle of mineral water, only for the first day - while traveling - bring your own bottle full of water that can then be refilled each day in the shelters where large bottles of water are available.
  • First aid kit. Yes, we have a first aid kit with us, but we also recommend bringing a small first aid kit (basic first aid items), also an antidote for the snake bite.
  • 3 meals a day, when traveling by bus and boat, a main dish will be served, when you are in the lodging meals will be buffet style. Cook's staff will travel with us all the time.

What do you have to bring in the jungle?


  • Good binoculars (10 x 42) are essential, animals can often be at a distance, or high up in the trees,
  • Insect repellent (with at least 25% deet) and after the bite. - In addition to protective clothing we recommend bringing an insect repellent with a minimum of 35% deet. We recommend bringing something from home, since strong insect repellents can be hard to find in Cusco
  • Flashlight with spare bulbs and additional batteries. -We have solar panels or generators in our cabins that are available to charge the batteries, weather permitting. You will need a good flashlight (a main torch is the best) and be sure to bring enough extra batteries. We are going to take nocturnal walks, where we will walk in a single file, so each person needs their own.
  • Pocket money for soft drinks or beers and crafts and among others preferably bring in soles.

Travel Recommendations

  • Wear light and light clothing, swimwear, something waterproof (if it rains), sandals and mosquito repellents.
  • The rainy season is from January to March, but unexpected rain can occur all year round. The recommended season is April - December. Apply the vaccine against yellow fever 72 hours in advance.
  • Also, it is very important to wear sunglasses with UV protection, sunscreen and lipstick.
  • g Center. Due to height, dizziness, headache and nausea are common. Therefore, it is advisable to hydrate with coca infusions and take remedies such as Coramina, Gravol or Sorojchi pills.
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