Join us on a four day Manu National Park Peru tour from Cusco to witness the life deep inside the Amazon Jungle with an English speaking local naturalist tour guide.
Manu National Park Peru is located in Madre de Dios province of Cusco. It dominates the vast majority of area in the Peruvian Amazon Rainforest. Spread in over 1.9 million hectares in Southeastern Peru, Manu Peru is a lowland rainforest. It is home to 6500 Quechua Speaking communities.
Manu National Park Peru also houses over 8000 species of flora, 10 different species of mammals and 400 distinct species of birds.
To make Manu easily accessible, it is divided into three zones. Cultural Zone, Reserved Zone or Biosphere Reserve and Core Zone. Access to the core zone is limited to scientists and researchers. This four day Manu Peru tour takes you to the cultural zone.
Manu Core Zone houses several distinct species of flora and fauna. It is also home to a handful of native communities who earn their livelihood by farming.
In 1987, UNESCO recognized Manu National Park Peru as a world heritage site.
Manu National Park Peru Tour:
The four day Tour to Manu National Park Peru is one of our signature tours. As local tour operators, we take pride in working with members of local communities to give them a good exposure to the outside world.
To enhance your Amazon Jungle Experience, we will be accommodating you in an authentic Jungle lodge right amidst the Manu National Park. You will be waking up to the sounds of chirping birds and will get a first hand insight into the life and traditions of locals here.
NOTE: The program includes several hours of trips in our vehicle and motorized boat, and due to the uncontrollable forces of nature, the program may be subject to change at any time during the trip some times without notice.
Day 01: Cusco – Paucartambo – Paradise Lodge
Your epic tour to Machu National Park Peru begins with an early pickup from your hotel in Cusco. We will be embarking on a drive through the South Sacred Valley of Cusco to the Andean folkloric town of Paucartambo. Here we will be having a brief stop to get an insight into the history and local traditions.
We will be visiting the funeral towers of Nincamarca before driving up the hill to the viewpoint of Tres Cruces (Three Crosses). We will have another stop here so you can contemplate the panoramic view of the Amazon Basin.
Once you have had your fill, we will continue our drive through the cloud forests and lowland tropical region to Manu Peru.
We will be doing a short hike here. You will get to see different native flora and fauna including the Andean Cock of the Rock – Peruvian National Bird.
After the hike and getting an introduction to the Peruvian Amazon Rainforest, will continue our descent through the cloud forest, an area rich in endemic species, such as the spectacled bear and the cock of the rock, the Peruvian national bird that performs a unique courtship ritual.
We can also see orchids, bromeliads, ferns, etc. We will continue observing spectacular nature throughout our trip until we reach our lodge, Pilcopata Inn, where we will spend our first night.
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Day 02: Pilcopata Lodge – Amazon Jungle Lodge – Full Exploring
We will have breakfast very early and then we will take a walk, during which we will be able to observe the forest fauna, such as monkeys and birds.
Next, we will visit a coca plantation and a wildlife rescue center. After this, we will travel to Puerto Atalaya, located along the banks of the Alto Madre de Dios River at 500 meters above sea level.
There we will begin our descent by boat to observe the enormous diversity of bird species, such as herons, vultures, cormorants, etc. Also the opportunity to get a bathe in the river.
In the afternoon, we will have a 2 to 3 hour walk to appreciate the most of its wild flora and fauna such as toucans, woodpeckers, macaws, etc.
After dinner, we will do a night walk tour, a unique experience to spot different nocturnal creatures likes spiders, snakes, frogs, red eye alligators and more.
After the tour, we will return to the lodge.
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Day 03: Parrots Clay Lick – Zip line – Machuhuasi Lake
Very early in the morning, we will board our boat and head to the parrot clay lick, a wall along the river bank where different species of parrots, such as the blue-headed parrot, the white-eyed parakeet, the macaw with chestnut front, among others, meet every morning.
Here they eat the clay, which is rich in minerals and helps them digest and eliminate toxins from their bodies. Afterwards, we will return to our lodge for a delicious breakfast.
After a rest, a walk through the forest for 3 to 4 hours spotting more distinct species of monkeys like the maquisapa monkey (Ateles chamek), squirrel monkey, harpy eagles, different species of butterflies, macaws, toucans, and perhaps also find herds of wild pigs or Sajinos (Pecari Tajacu) crossing the roads in front of us.
This part of the region also houses medicinal plants, giant trees and a variety of insects. Our local expert will be giving you an insight into their way of life here. After witnessing these, we will hike further to get some Amazon Jungle survival lessons.
A local expert will give you an overview on surviving in the Amazon jungle – if you are lost. This includes tips on how to get water, recognizing edible fruits and more.
At the end of this activity, we will return to the lodge to have lunch, then a short rest or just take a bathe in the river. Later evening, we will visit the Machuwasi lake for about 2 hours or more depending on weather conditions, where we will explore on wooden rafts to observe birds, such as the hoatzin (a prehistoric bird), cormorants, among others.
After we take a night walk through the forest to look for insects, amphibians, frogs, snakes, and so on… Once finished this activity, we get back to our lodge for dinner and spend the night
ZIP LINE ACTIVITY: This activity can be done during the day or in the afternoon, depending also the weather conditions.
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Day 04: Manu Amazon Jungle Lodge – Atalaya – Cusco
We will be waking you up to a traditional breakfast, then checking out from the lodge and embark on a boat ride back to Atalaya. Here, we will meet our transport back to Cusco City, lunch on the way back to Cusco. We will be reaching Cusco by 05:00 PM.
Manu National Park Peru Tour Includes:
- Professional naturalist guide
- Pick up from the airport in Cusco
- Transport, bus and motorboat
- 01 HD telescope
- Entrance ticket to Machuwasi lagoon
- All food (Vegetarian, vegan and normal food available)
- 3 nights private lodge accommodation
- First aid kit
- Rubber boots
Manu National Park Peru Does Not Include:
- Travel insurance
- Last dinner
- Water the first day
- Towel for the entire trip
- Personal hygiene supplies & personal medicines
- Shoes for hiking, sandals
- Headlight for night walks
- Hat, sunglasses, sun block
- Insect repellent (Recommend 40% DEET)
- Waterproof gear, t-shirt with long sleeves, long pants, swimming gear
- Warm clothing in case of cold weather
- Binoculars, Camera
- Backpack, plastic bags
Manu National Park Peru Group Service Cost:
Adult US$ 390.00
(Group size minimum 4 / maximun 10)
Manu National Park Peru OVERVIEW & ITINERARY:
- Locations Visited: Manu National Park Peru (cultural zone)
- Frequency: 4 Times of week
- Physical Grading: 1-2-3-4-5
- Manu National Park Tours from Cusco Start: Cusco
- End: Cusco
- Age Minimum: 05 to 15 years old with their parents, Adults up to 70 years of age
- Style: Original and unique
- Type: Adventure and biodiversity
- Manu National Park Tours from Cusco Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
- Manu National Park Tours from Cusco Tour Route and altitude:
Cusco (3,300m.s.n.m.) Andes (3830m.s.n.m.) Cloud Forest (1,500m.s.n.m.) Amazon Basin (350m.s.n.m.) Manu National Park covers an area of 1716 292 22 million hectares, and is categorized as one of the most extensive parks in South America.