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FAQs (Manu)

Here you can find the most frequent questions about Manu we have received from our guests. If you have any further questions feel free to contact us.
1) Do I have to be fit for a Manu Trip? Are the walks challenging?:
Manu tours can be done with normal fitness by people of all age groups. You should be able to walk medium distances (for about 2 - 3 hours) and on often uneven surfaces.
2) What kind of vehicles do you use to travel to Manu?:
We own two Toyota minibuses (vans) from 2016 and 2018 with comfortable seats and a capacity for 8 and 12 people.
3) What are the boats like?:
Our boats are 15 and 16 m long with Yamaha outboard motors.
4) Is there a luggage limit?:
Please bring a maximum of 12 kg of luggage per person on your tour. Especially during the dry season (approx. from June to September) the water levels of the rivers are low; therefore we try to reduce the weight of our boat to make headway better and faster.
5) What is the accommodation like during the tour?:
All nights on our standard tours are spent in lodges. All lodges have basic and clean private double rooms and bathrooms with showers. Sheets, blankets, towels and mosquito nets are provided. At Amazonia Lodge we have double rooms with shared bathrooms and some rooms with private bathrooms (at a supplement of 14 US$ per person per night).
6) Do I need to bring a sleeping bag?:
There also are sheets and blankets at the observation platform at the mammal salt lick.
7) Is there electricity at the lodges in Manu?:
At Bamboo Lodge, where we spend the first night, there is electricity, but in the lowland there is none. Amazonia Lodge is an exception, because it has its own little hydroelectric plant.
8) What can I expect on a Manu tour? How to decide between the Manu Biosphere Reserve tour and theManu National Park tour?:
Our tours to the tropical rainforest of Manu focus on observation of animals as well as rainforest plants in their natural environment and you will learn a lot about the tropical rainforest ecosystem.
9) Can we always see birds at the big macaw clay lick in Blanquillo?:
The macaw clay lick in Blanquillo is the biggest clay lick in Manu and has easy access and a comfortable observation platform. Activity is in the mornings (before noon) and we observe the birds from a special, elevated wooden platform, which is less than 100m away from the clay wall. This is very close, compared to other clay licks in South America.
10) Are there mosquitos and is there Malaria and Leishmaniasis inManu?:
You need to be prepared for mosquitoes in the lowland of Manu (below 1000m). Please bring long sleeved clothes and mosquito repellent.
11) Which vaccinations do I need for Manu?:
Yellow Fever: Yellow Fever is transmitted by the Yellow Fever Mosquito.
12) What means of communication are available in Manu ? Can I find a doctor in case of an emergency?:
When visiting Manu you should be aware that you travel to a remote area and there is no reliable mobile phone line nor internet access. In case of an emergency and for receiving short reports by our guides we have radio communication at the lodges.
13) Is drinking water provided during the tour?:
Please bring a big water bottle for the first day of the tour (min. 1.5 l) as it is complicated to get out drinking water for you during the first day’s bus ride.
14) What happens to the waste we produce during the tour?:
We reduce waste by avoiding tins, plastic packaging etc. and buying as much fresh produce as possible.
15) How big are the tour groups for Manu with ATP?:
On our standard Manu tours (fixed departures) the maximum group size is 6 persons per guide for the Manu Biosphere and Cultural Zone tour and 7 persons per guide for the Manu Park tours.
16) What is the best time to visit Manu?:
In general it is more recommendable to do a Manu tour during the dry season which is from about April to November. But December, January and March are also o.k. (no constant rain) and visitors have had great trips.
17) What are the temperatures like in Manu?:
On the first day of your tour we travel over the Andes, where you should have a sweater and wind & waterproof jacket at hand. In the afternoon, reaching the cloud forest temperatures are more pleasant.
18) Are there flights from Manu to Cusco?:
Unfortunately flights from/ to Boca Manu are not operating at the moment due to the lack of an appropriate plane for this route and the small airstrip.
19) Why are there 2 routes for the return to Cusco?:
In 2011 the paved Transoceanica road was completed, this is the road we now mainly use for the return to Cusco.
20) Can I fly directly to Lima at the end of the tour?:
In case you have a tight schedule and you plan to return to Lima right after your rainforest tour you may consider the option to return via Colorado and then be transferred from Puerto Carlos to Maldonado town.
21) Should I bring binoculars?:
Yes, binoculars are essential for a Manu tour: to spot animals and get a closer view of them. 8 x 40, 10 x 40 or 10 x 42 magnifications are recommended.
23) What else should I know when travelling to Peru?:
It is recommendable to have travel insurance for your luggage/ valuables and health insurance when travelling to Peru. Leave valuables that you do not need at home.
22) What do I need to do to book a tour? How do I pay?:
Please read the tour program carefully before you book a tour, if you have any questions we will be happy to answer them.