Amazon Trails Peru - Explore the Manu Biosphere Reserve - 7 days
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Explore the Manu Biosphere Reserve - 7 days
On this tour we travel in & out through the cloud forest and all the way to the lowland forest. You visit the tapir salt lick, macaw clay lick and 2 oxbow lakes and climb a canopy tower. Return upriver via Atalaya.
2 - 6 persons
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This is a comprehensive tour of the Manu Biosphere Reserve, through lush cloud forest with abundant bird life and great scenery when traveling downriver to the lowland. Here we visit oxbow lakes to observe giant river otters, we visit the big macaw clay lick and can visit the mammal salt lick twice. We also climb a canopy tower and do plenty of walks to look for monkeys and birds as well as night walks. Return travel upriver with one night at Amazonia Lodge, then via Atalaya and on the Manu road through the cloud forest.
Discover the unique Biodiversity of Manu on this tour

Woolly Monkey, Spectacled Bear

frogs, Reptiles

Cock of the Rock, Toucan, Tanagers, Hummingbirds, Parrots

orchids, Ferns, epiphytes

Day 1: Cusco - Cloud Forest - Bamboo Lodge
Starting early from Cusco we begin our 8 hour journey by private minibus ascending to the high mountain area at 3900 m (13,000 ft). After a short stop in Ninamarca, to see the pre-Inca cemetery, and the colonial village of Paucartambo, we descend the eastern slopes of the Andes through cloud forest with lush vegetation (ferns, orchids, bromeliads etc.) We enjoy spectacular views of the Andes and can see wildlife such as our national bird: the bright red Cock of the Rocks (Rupicola peruviana) showing his mating dance. Brilliantly colored Tanagers, Quetzals, Trogons and Hummingbirds can be seen and possibly the first monkeys, such as Woolly Monkeys. In the afternoon we arrive at Bamboo Lodge (900m), where we spend the night (double rooms & private bathroom). After dinner your guide will brief you about the activities of the next day.

hike, pre inca cementery in Ninamarca, colonial town Paucartambo, elfin forest, cloud forest

Day 2: Bamboo Lodge - Atalaya - Maquisapayoj Lodge
After an early breakfast we continue with our minibus: we pass the village of Pilcopata and cross the river of the same name to get to the small port of Atalaya (600 m). On the way we stop at an animal rescue station and to look for orchids. We also go on a walk along the road to look for monkeys and birds. From Atalaya we navigate for about 8 hours in a 15-meter motorized canoe down the Alto Madre de Dios River to get to the lowland rainforest. Today we enjoy the changing landscape and have the opportunity to see wildlife along the rocky banks of the river, such as Fasciated Tiger Herons, Kingfishers, Skimmers, Vultures, caimans and some of the 13 species of monkeys that live in Manu. On the way we visit Diamante, a Piro Indian village with its typical houses. In the afternoon we arrive at Maquisapayoj Lodge (“Place of the Black Spider Monkey”; double rooms with private bathroom). Evening night walk to see insects, frogs, snakes etc.

hike, night walk, boat builders in Boca Manu village

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner | double room & private bathroom or tapir observation platform | Maquisapayoj Lodge

Maquisapayoj Lodge

Day 3: Macaw Clay Lick (Blanquillo) & Camungo Lake And Tower
At daybreak we take the boat to the big macaw clay lick in Blanquillo. From a platform we have an excellent view to observe flocks of colorful macaws (Ara chloroptera, Ara macao), parrots and parakeets congregating to eat the clay, which is essential for their digestion. Looking through our spotting scope we can see every detail of the birds. Breakfast at the blind. Later we explore some of the trails in Blanquillo to see more species of monkeys and birds. After lunch we visit Camungo oxbow lake: here we take a wooden catamaran to observe Giant River Otters (Pteronura brasiliensis) and different varieties of birds. Nearby we have the opportunity to climb a 42 m observation tower to get a great canopy view and observe birds, such as toucans. In the afternoon we travel upstream to return to Maquisapayoj. After a short break at the lodge we walk about 1 ½ hours through primary rainforest to the mammal salt lick of the reserve. To have the best chance to observe animals - especially the tapir - we spend the night on an elevated platform (with mats and mosquito nets). Your guide will help spotting the tapir with a light. If you prefer you can stay in double rooms at the lodge.

Day 4: Blanco Lake (Blanquillo) & Maquisapayoj Tapir Lick
At dawn we return to the lodge to have breakfast. Afterwards we travel downriver to visit ´Cocha Blanco` (Blanco lake). After a short hike we reach the oxbow-lake which we explore by catamaran to look for the family of Giant River Otters that lives here. We enjoy the beautiful setting at the lake and we look for monkeys (e.g. Red Howler Monkey), caimans and different varieties of birds. Back in Maquisapayoj we have the chance to hike on other trails looking for Emperor and Saddle backed Tamarin monkeys, Monk Saki monkey and birds such as Pavonine Quetzal, Hoatzin and Manakins. We can also visit the salt lick in the afternoon to look for monkeys, guans or deer and you can spend another night on the tapir platform. Otherwise we spend the night at Maquisapayoj Lodge and can go for a night walk.

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner | double room & private bathroom or tapir observation platform | Maquisapayoj Lodge

Maquisapayoj Lodge

Day 5: Exploring Maquisapayoj And Travelling Upriver
If you are keen on seeing more animals we can go for a walk at first light and then have breakfast . Later we explore some trails to look for Black Spider and Red Howler Monkeys, White and Brown Capuchin and birds. The guide also explains about important plants, ants etc. In the afternoon we travel upriver for about 3 hours to Hummingbird Lodge. On the way we stop in Boca Manu, or Fitzcarrald, where we can meet people form different ethnic groups and also see boat builders. Later we walk on some of the trails near Hummingbird Lodge and also go on a night walk. It’s a good area to see birds, especially hummingbirds. Night at the lodge.

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner | Hummingbird Lodge | double room with private bathroom

double room with private bathroom

Day 6: Travelling Upriver On Rio Alto Madre De Dios To Amazonia Lodge
Today we aboard our boat early to travel upriver making our way back towards Cusco. During our boat ride we always look for animals like capybara, turtles or caimans on the shore. If time allows we can make a stop at Aguas Calientes (hot waters) to have a swim or we can visit Machuwasi lake, to see some more animals. In the afternoon we arrive at Amazonia Lodge, where we spend the night. The guide takes us on a night walk after dinner.

Day 7: Amazonia Lodge – Cloud Forest - Cusco
After breakfast we take the boat back to Atalaya. Here our bus is waiting for us for our return trip through the cloud forest and over the Andes back to Cusco. Travelling through the cloud forest we can look for birds, insects and butterflies along the roadside and can stop whenever we spot animals. We reach Cusco around 6 pm, transfer to your hotel.

Breakfast | Lunch

Breakfast | Lunch

  • professional, english speaking naturalist guide (with binoculars & spotting scope), who has worked in rainforest conservation for at least 3 months
  • private bus Cusco - Atalaya & Santa Rosa – Cusco, car to Rio Inambari
  • private boat transport from Atalaya to Colorado
  • Entrance fee to Cock of the Rock observatory
  • Lodge stay in double room and night on tapir observation platform
  • cook & all food (vegetarian on request), drinks, purified drinking water
  • First Aid Kit & poison extractor
  • radio communication
  • rubber boots
  • Entrance to Manu National Park & to Lakes Salvador & Otorongo and Tower
  • Entrance to Mammal Salt Lick
  • optional
  • entrance fee to macaw clay lick ( 90 US$ p.p.)
  • Room with private bathroom at Amazonia Lodge (+12 US$ p.p.)
  • not included
  • Binoculars (can be rented)
  • alcoholic drinks, personal expenses