Fixed departures every Monday or ask for different date of travel.
Departure with minimum 4 people.
PRICE PER PERSON:
$ 1,450.00 USD (Bus/Bus)
$ 1,675.00 USD (Bus/Flight from Puerto Maldonado to Lima)
This program goes to the touristic zone (ex-reserved zone) inside the Manu National Park. On this tour you have an extra day to increase wildlife observation visiting undisturbed area deep on the Manu River, visiting two lakes where we see giant river otters and monkeys, the chance for jaguar spotting is 20% mostly travelling by boat. Also you visit the macaw and tapir clay licks.
DAY 1: CUSCO TO BAMBU LODGE:
5:00 am leaving in a private bus stopping in interesting places like Ninamarcas Chullpas these are pre-Inca cemetery. The trip will be around 11 hours approximately; the highest pass on this road is 4950 msl. On this day we travel over the Andes and over the famous cloud forest which has interesting flora and fauna like de Andean Cock of the Rock Peru’s national bird. In the afternoon we arrive to Asuncion village. We will spend the night in Bambu lodge with double rooms and private bathroom. Optional night walk.
DAY 2. – BAMBU LODGE TO HUMMINGBIRD LODGE IN BOCA MANU:
Kapok Tree Ceiba pentandra
After an early breakfast, we continue our trip by bus to Atalaya on the way we will stop to see the place of the Orchids. From Atalaya we take our motorize boat towards Boca Manu, in the way we will see interesting birds like herons, vultures macaws and many flycatchers along the banks of the alto Madre de Dios River. The night is spent at the Hummingbird Lodge. Optional night walk (to see Tarantulas, insects, frogs, snakes etc.)
DAY 3: HUMMINGBIRD LODGE BOCA MANU TO CASA MATSIGUENKA:
We leave very early 5:00 am up the Manu River after 50 minutes we stop at Limonal Guard station and show our permission to enter in the park. Later we continue our boat trip for approximately 6 hours inside the Manu National Park. During the boat ride we have the best options to see the famous Jaguar, Capybaras, Caimans sleeping on the beach, Herons fishing at the edge of the Manu river, Macaws, Toucans, Vultures, Eagles and other species of birds which will show up along our trip.
We spend the night in the rustic casa Matsiguenka shared bathroom and shower. Optional night walk.
DAY 4: EXPLORING SALVADOR LAKE:
We leave very early to explore the impressive lake Salvador where it is possible to observe the Giant river otters (Pteronura brasiliensis), the biggest black Caimans, the different species of monkeys which inhabit Manu (13 species), the prehistoric bird call Hoatzin, King Fishers and many more species.
After lunch we visit lake Otorongo, here there is an observation tower to appreciate the lake , also it is possible to observe another family of Giant river Otters that uses this lake. We spend the night in the rustic casa Matsiguenka shared bathroom and shower. Optional night walk.
DAY 5: PARROT CLAY LICK AND PAKITZA GUARD STATION:
Dwarf fronted Caiman Paleosuchus trigonatus
Early in the morning we will visit the small parrot clay lick located at 30 inutes walking from the Matsiguenka lodge, after the parrot activity we will walk on the trails. After lunch we visit Pakitza guard station by boat increasing the possibility for jaguar obervation. The night is spent at casa Matsiguenka. Optional night walk to see insects.
DAY 6: CASA MATSIGUENKA TO MAQUISAPAYOJ MANU BIRDING LODGE:
We will leave very early so we can have the best chance to try to see the rarest Jaguar, the best time to observe animals on the rain forest are early in the morning and late in the afternoon. The trip on the boat will be around 7 hours down the Manu and Madre de Dios River. After arriving to Maquisapayoj and leave the luggage in the rooms we go to the tapir lick and spend the night there or if we have luck and see the tapir early we can return and spend the night at the Manu birding lodge private bathroom and hot shower.
DAY 7: MAQUISAPAYOJ MACAW AND TAPIR LICK:
4:40 am we leave to go to the macaw clay lick, the trip is 40 minutes by boat and 20 minutes walking to the special observation hide. 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 have another option for the Tapir lick; where there is an especial observation platform to see Tapirs (Tapirus terrestris). The tapirs are usually active at night for this reason we have mosquito nets, mattresses and blankets to spend the night.
DAY 8.- MAQUISAPAYOJ TO CUSCO OR LIMA:
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 airport, transfer and dinner by your own.
TOUR PRICE INCLUDES:
– Professional naturalist guide with telescope.
– Private boat and bus transport.
– Entrance fees to Macaw clay lick.
– Tapir lick.
– Entrance to the Manu National Park, Salvador & Otorongo Lakes.
– Cook & food (vegetarian on request) and drinking water.
– Camping equipment and Lodging.
– First Aid Kit, extractor (for poison)
– Bite Away for mosquito bites
– Antidote for snake bite
– Radio communication.
– Rubber boots
– Flight Puerto Maldonado to Lima if you have booked this service.
– Alcoholic drinks etc.
– Airport tax aprox 6 USD.
Things you should bring for the Manu Trip:
– Mosquito repellent
– Long sleeved 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.