Manu Maquisapayoj 5 days is an expedition   for people who wants to enjoy nature and wildlife observation on the lowland rainforest.  Passing by impressive  landscape of the Andes,  elfin forest,  cloud forest,  upper tropical forest and the lowland rainforest.  The main targets on this tour are  the big Macaw and Tapir clay licks, the lakes where we can see the  Giant river Otters, Monkeys, Caymans, jaguar., Toucans and Aracaris,  Woodpeckers, Hummingbirds, Owls and Potoos. Bus in and boat, optional return flight from Puerto Maldonado. Best options for animal watching.

Fixed departures every Monday or ask for different date of travel.

Departure minimum 02 persons.

$ 1,150.00 USD (Bus/Bus)
$ 1,375.00 USD (Bus/Flight from Puerto Maldonado to Lima)


Toucan observation Tower2:30 am departure time. We take a trip of 12 hours in a private bus and boat (with short stops) from Cusco, ascending the Pirhuayani High Pass 4725 m (15583 feet). After a short stop on the high pass, to see the spectacular mountains, we descend the eastern slopes of the Andes through cloud forest with lush vegetation (ferns, orchids, bromeliads etc.) to the lowland rainforest on the Inambari River, after crossing the river we take another car for one hour from Puerto Carlos to Colorado village. Here the boat is waiting for us and will take us 5 hours up the Madre de Dios River to Tambo Blanquillo Lodge.

Today we enjoy the changing landscape and have the opportunity to see wildlife along the rocky banks of the river, such as Cocoi Herons, Purplish Jays, Skimmers, Vultures, caimans and some of the 13 species of monkeys that live in Manu. Late afternoon, we arrive to Tambo Blanquillo Lodge, the night is spent in double rooms with share bathroom and hot shower. Optional night walk (to see insects, frogs, snakes etc).


5:00 am. We go to the macaw clay Lick, the trip is 10 minutes by boat and 20 minutes walking to the special observation hideaway. We have our breakfast at the hideout. The activity begins around 5:30 am with the small parrots and later the big macaws. The Parrots eat the clay which has minerals that helps the stomach digestion that is the reason why hundreds of parrots parakeets and macaws come to this particular place.

After lunch, we visit Camungo Lake we will climb on the 42 meters tower, this is a very good place to observe the marvelous toucans. We go on the catamaran and have the chance for the Giant River Otters. Return to the lodge at tambo Blanquillo.


Two toed Sloth Choloepus hoffmanniVery early, we visit Blanco lake, here we look for the family of the Giant river otters that uses very often this lake, also this is an interesting place to observe the prehistoric bird called hoatzin, snail kite, brown throated three toed sloth, red howler monkey, squirrel monkey, white fronted capuchin, brown capuchin and other species that inhabit this lake.

After lunch, we will go to the next lodge Manu birding lodge (ex-Maquisapayoj lodge) with private bathroom and hot shower. Then, we walk through primary rain forest for 1 hour to the Tapir lick; here there is an especial observation platform to see the Tapir (Tapirus terrestris). The tapirs are usually active at night for this reason we have mosquito nets with mattress and blankets to spend the night.



On this day, we explore the trails of the lodge, we look for black spider monkey, monk Saki, emperor and saddle backed Tamarin, also with a very good explanation about the medicinal plants and trees which are used for lumber. Again we can have another last option for the tapir in case we did not have luck.


Early in the morning, we start with our return trip to Cusco, first by boat to Colorado village and then by car to Puerto Carlos, after crossing the Inambari River, we take our private bus to Cusco, we will be arriving around 19:00 hours and leave you at your hotel. For the people who wants to fly, from Puerto Carlos we take them by another car 2.30 hours to Puerto Maldonado airport and take the last flight arriving to Lima around 17:00 Hrs. Transfer from the airport to your hotel and dinner by your own.


– Professional naturalist guide with telescope.
– Private boat and bus transport.
– Return flight ticket to Lima (If you have paid for that service)
– Entrance fees to Macaw clay lick,Tapir lick, Blanco & Camungo Lakes.
– Cook & food (vegetarian on request) and drinking water.
– Lodging.
– First Aid Kit, extractor (for poison)
– Bite Away for mosquito bites.
– Antidote for snake bite.
– Radio communication.
– Rubber boots.


– Binocular.
– Alcoholic drinks, sodas, etc.
– Airport tax aprox 6 USD

Things you should bring for the Manu Trip:

– Mosquito repellent
– Long sleeved shirts
– T-Shirts
– Cotton socks
– Hiking shoes
– Sandals or light shoes to change
– Rain gear (rain poncho is ok)
– Sweater ( in case we have coldfront)
– Long pants
– Binoculars very important the best ones are (Leica, Zeiss, Swarovski, Nikon, Bushnell) 8×32, 10×40, 10×42
– Camera and extra batteries
– Camera charger
– Dry bag back pack.
– Personal things like toothbrush, etc
– Hat (or handkerchief)
– Sun blocker, sun glasses
– Flashlight LED Lenser H7 – 200 Lumens – Head torch
– Water bottle ( min. 1 l)
– Day pack
– Original passport
– Money (Soles) for soft drinks, handicrafts and tips
– Bite away very important for travelling in Peru.

Fixed departures every Monday or ask for different date of travel.

Departure minimum 02 persons.

$ 1,150.00 USD (Bus/Bus)
$ 1,375.00 USD (Bus/Flight from Puerto Maldonado to Lima)


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