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Manu Reserved Zone 06 Days / 05 Nights

Overview

The manu reserved zone will guaranteed to see the biodibersity that exists in the deepest part of our amazon jungle, since, we will visit the heart of the jungle ( Manu biosphere reserve) in this tour we offer activities such as , bird watching, jaguar search, caimans search, otters search, nocturnal walks, jungle treks, survival classes, visit to the lagoons, After an 6 days trip we will return to Cusco by the same route as We went to the Manu National Park.

NOTE: The program includes several trips in our Mini Van and motorized boat, and due to the uncontrollable forces of nature, the program may be subject to change at any time without prior notice.

Day 1

Day 01: Cusco – Paradise Lodge

On the first day of our adventure into the Jungle of Manu, we will pick you up at around 05:00 a.m from your hotel in Cusco, using Palotoa Tour’s Private transport. The first part of our excursion will take us through the majestic Andean mountains. We will visit the funeral towers of Ninamarca, a cemetery of the Lupacas Pre-Inca Culture, which we will visit briefly on our way to Paucartambo, which is known as the folkloric and Colonial town. At mid-day, we will arrive at the entrance of Manu National Park and access to one of the most protected natural areas in South America. We will continue on in our private transport down a dust road and on through the thick fog from which this section of the forest takes its name from Cloud Forest. Eventually, we will arrive at the home of the exotic Peruvian National Bird, the “Cock of the Rocks”, where it is known to gather with others of its kind for some sort of social gathering that seems reminiscent of a large courtship. You will find that this is quite an amazing spectacle complete with an impressive array of sounds and colours that can only be found in the jungle. For our first night, we will stay “Paradise Lodge”. will arrive to Cusco in the evening.

Day 2

Day 02: Paradise Lodge – Boca Manu –   Hummingbird Lodge

Very early at 7:00 a.m., we will leave in the direction of Atalaya Port; on the way, we will make a few stops to visit the small local farmers who are known to be producers of many varieties of jungle fruits even the famous Coca plant. Later, we will begin the boating portion of our journey in a river excursion on the “Madre de Dios River”, one of the tributaries of the mighty Amazon River. During our day, we will have the chance to witness many types of colourful birds such as parrots, oropendolas, vultures and others species. We will have stop at the Natural Hot spring. Hopefully, we will make some sightings of some jungle mammals such as monkeys or the famous capybaras (jungle rodents that are as much as 2.5 ft long, Towards the late afternoon, we will arrive to our next sleeping destination “hummingbird Lodge” arriving approximately at 05:00 p.m. Here, there will be showers and other services available. We will have a night-walk in the dark, best time to see many insects, tarantulas, scorpions and snakes.

Day 3

Day 03: Hummingbird Lodge – Casa Matsiguenka

We will leave from Boca Manu Lodge, leaving the relatively clean waters of the “Madre de Dios River” behind; we’ll enter to the Clay Laden Waters of the Manu River. With a brief stop at the Park ranger station at Limonal to present our permits, we will travel for about five hours up the Manu. Beaches, especially in the dry season, are loaded with nesting birds and feeding Herons, Egrets, Orinoco Geese, Terns and Skimmers to the names but a few. Some beaches will host sunning White and Black Caimans, and breeding side-of necked turtles. Hundreds of Sand-coloured Nightjars roost during the day on logs and beaches and there is a chance of encountering a sunning Jaguar – the world’s third largest cat. We will see some species of primate on this river trip, possibly Red Howler Monkeys or the smaller Squirrel Monkeys. After having lunched by the river, we will arrive at “Casa Matsiguenka Lodge” near the Lake of Cocha Salvador. We’ll have the afternoon to explore some of the trails through the pristine rainforest in the area. A visit to the Lake of Cocha Otorongo is planned, where observation piers and a 20 meter-observation tower in the rainforest canopy overlooking the lake are available for observing wildlife. We will also be on the lookout for a large family of Giant Otters that inhabit this lake. Before or after dinner, an optional excursion into the forest at night is available with your guide in search of nocturnal creatures. The lakes are full of eye-shine of the large Black Caiman and if we are lucky we may encounter an Olingo Kinkajou or even an Ocelot on the trails. Certainly the night time noise of tree frogs and insects in the forest is an experience not to be forgotten. Night at “Casa Matsiguenka”, a rustic native owned lodge, managed by the Matiguenka themselves, with their own exclusive trail system. There are flush toilet and ambient temperature shower facilities and screened twin rooms, with comfortable beds and mosquito nets.

Day 4

Day 04: Casa Matsiguenka – Cocha Salvador

After breakfast, we’ll spend the morning at the lake of Cocha Salvador. Some of the time will be spent canoeing in the Lake on a floating platform observing ox-bow lake animal life from the water. We may encounter an Agami Heron or a Sungrebe and Brown Cappuchin Monkeys are usually feeding on fruits nearby. Specially constructed stones that jut out into the lake enable us to look for a family of Giant Otters that live here. These, the world’s largest freshwater carnivores, remain common only in Manu, having been hunted to extinction throughout most of their former range. Each animal consumes between 4 and 5 kilos of fish daily and often they can be seen eating large fish on logs at the lakeside. The rest of the day will be spent walking along the trails in the area in search of some of the 13 species of Monkeys found in the forest here. Your guide will explain some of the basics of rainforest ecosystems and point out some of the medicinal plants of the area used by local, indigenous groups. We may cross paths with a group of Peccaries – a species of wild boar found here. A late afternoon enjoy the sun sets. Night at “Casa Matsiguenka”.

Day 5

Day 05: Casa Matsiguenka – Palotoa Ecological Reserve

This day, we will leave “Casa Matsiguenka” and we will continue our trip around 4 hours down to the river of Boca Manu. The river trip may hold surprises and we’ll be attentive for any wildlife on the beaches. Leaving Boca Manu, we’ll head up to the “Madre de Dios River” for five hours to the comfortable Palotoa amazon lodge. This is strategically located lodge facility is jointly owned and run by Palotoa amazon travel a local conservation group and do a base for scientific birdwatchers research in the area and a center for visitors want to explore the rainforest. We should arrive in time for dinner, Those who wish can participate in a night walk with your guide in search of nocturnal animals. Night at “Palotoa Amazon Lodge”.

Day 6

Day 06: Palotoa Ecological Reserve – Cusco

We will leave Palotoa Lodge early in the morning to arrive to the Port of Atalaya from here; we will take the van directly to Cusco passing through Cloud Forest and the Andes, arriving to Cusco at 07:30 p.m

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