(Panthera Onca)
- © William Huamani

Giant Otter

(Pteronura brasiliensis)
- © Graeme Ozburn


(Opisthocomus hoatzin)
- © Graeme Ozburn

Saddle Back Tamarin Monkey

(Saguinus fuscicollis)
- © Graeme Ozburn

Three Toed Sloth

(Bradypus tridactylus)
- © Graeme Ozburn

Blue Banded Toucanet

(Aulacorhynchus coeruleicinctis)
- © Jordi Deelen

Giant Otter

(Pteronura brasiliensi)
- © William Huamani

Manu Biosphere Reserve 6D/5N

DAY 1: Cusco – Rainforest Lodge

Our adventure begins in the exciting jungle of Manu; we will pick you up around 04:30 am from your hotel in Cusco in our private transport. The first part of our excursion will take us through the majestic Andean mountains, and afterwards we will briefly pass the town of Huancarani, which contains the funeral towers of Ninamarca or a cemetery of the Lupacas, part of the precious Pre–Inca culture. We will then travel to Paucartambo, a small traditional town, which is known for its folklore. At morning we will arrive at the entrance of Manu National Park and enter into one of the most protected natural areas in the whole of South America. We will continue in our transport down Manu road through a thick fog from which this section of the forest takes its name in Quechua. Eventually we will come to the home of the exotic Peruvian national bird, the "Andean Cock of the Rocks", you will be amazed by the spectacle, and we do also have chances to see Common Gray Woolly Monkey and many other exotic birds in the Cloud Forest. On our first night, we will stay at Rainforest Lodge. L: D

DAY 2: Rainforest Lodge – Bonanza Ecological Reserve

Very early at 06:30 a.m., we will depart to Atalaya port; on the way we will make a few stops to visit local farmers who are known to be producers of many varieties of jungle fruits as well as the famous coca plant. Later we will begin the boating part of our journey in a river excursion on the Madre de Dios River, a tributary of the famous Amazon River. During the day we will have chances to witness many types of colorful birds such as: parrots, oropendolas, vultures and other species. We will make a stop at the natural hot springs, and hopefully get to see some jungle animals such as monkeys or the famous capybaras (jungle rodents that are as much as 2.5 ft. long). After that we will start trekking through the jungle to witness the true grace of the Amazon, hear the natural sounds of the birds, and the get visuals of the wildlife such as: anteaters, peccaries and many different types of trees and medicinal plants. Towards the late afternoon, we will arrive at our next destination: Bonanza Lodge, where we will spend the night, arriving approximately at 15:00 pm. We will do some bird watching and then have a night walk in the dark, which is the best time to see creatures like tarantulas, scorpions and snakes. B: L: D

NOTE: According the weather, there is an option to spend the night at our Tapir Clay Lick. This camouflage house is strategically located near the mammal’s clay lick where we will have the opportunity to see tapirs, deers and porcupines during the night time, the guide will give you all the information you need and retelling the most famous stories about the rainforest.

DAY 3: Bonanza Ecological Reserve – Casa Matsiguenka (Biosphere Reserve)

Well-fed and rested we leave Bonanza Lodge, leaving the relatively clean waters of the Madre de Dios River behind and enter 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 River beaches, which especially in dry season, are loaded with nesting birds and feeding herons, egrets, Orinoco geese, terns and Skimmers to name but a few. Some beaches will host sunning White and Black Caimans (Melanosuchus niger), South American relatives of the Alligators and breeding Yellow-spotted River Turtles (Podocnemis unifilis), hundreds of Sand-colored Nightjars roost during the day on logs and beaches and there is a chance of encountering a stunning Jaguar (Panthera onca), the world's third largest cat. We will see some species of primates on this river trip, possibly Red Howler monkeys or the small Squirrel monkeys. We'll have the afternoon to explore some of the trails through the rainforest in the area. Before or after dinner you will have a chance to go on an optional excursion into the forest at night with your guide in search of nocturnal creatures. We will spend the night at the Casa Matsiguenka, a rustic native owned lodge, runned by the Matsiguenkas themselves, with its own exclusive trail system. There will be modern facilities available; there are toilets and reasonably warm showers, screened twin rooms, with comfortable beds and mosquito nets. B: L: D

About the Casa Matsiguenka

The Casa Matsiguenka was designed using the indigenous people's building techniques and counts on 12 fully screened twin rooms, beds are furnished with mosquito nets. There is a private trail system and local Matsiguenka guides will accompany you on the trails. Also available is an interactive interpretation center and locally made souvenirs are for sale.

DAY 4: Casa Matsiguenka – Cocha Salvador – Cocha Otorongo

After breakfast, we'll spend the morning at the lake of Cocha Salvador. We plan to paddle across the lake on a floating platform (catamaran) observing the animal life on the lake. We may encounter the Agami heron (Agamia agami), Sungrebe, and there are also Brown Capuchin monkeys, White-fronted capuchin monkeys, who are usually feeding on fruits nearby and therefore are relatively easy to sight. Specially constructed platform that lookout to the lake, enable us to look for a family of Giant Otters, the world's largest freshwater carnivores, that live here. These otters are only found in Manu, and each animal consumes between 4 and 5 kilos of fish per day. So with that in mind it's most likely that they can be seen eating large fish on logs at the lakeside. After that we will continue exploring the forest, where we may encounter troops of monkeys. This is a particularly good trail to see Woolly and Black Spider monkeys. We'll pay special attention to the plant life on this walk and take it slowly listening for the rustle of vegetation or the soft sound of fruits falling to the rainforest floor that may betray the presence of animals or large birds. Later we will visit Cocha Otorongo Lake, where we can get up to 20m high observation tower overlooking the lake to spot wildlife. We will also be on the lookout for a large family of Giant Otters that inhabit in this lake. We stay overnight at Casa Matsiguenka B: L: D

DAY 5: Casa Matsiguenka – Bonanza Ecological Reserve

Today we'll early depart trying to spot the elusive Jaguar, one of the jewels of the Amazonian wildlife. Manu River offers great animal sights in the mornings including Tapir and Three-toed Sloth. After 4 hours downstream, we will arrive at Limonal check point, here we have a short walk for covering ground in the area in search of some of the 14 species of monkeys, which can be found in the forest, and your guide will explain some of the basics of rainforest ecosystems and point out some of the medicinal plants of the area that are used by indigenous groups. We may cross paths with a group of peccaries, a species of wild boar found here. We might see some poisonous frogs too. After we will be going back upstream Alto Madre de Dios River arriving to Bonanza Lodge, there is a metal made bird watching tower in order to see macaws, toucans, woodpeckers and to enjoy the sun set. Again, there is an optional night walk that you are more than welcome to accompany us. B: L: D

DAY 6: Bonanza Ecological Reserve - Cusco

The sixth day will be our final day, we depart early in the morning travelling stream up to Atalaya port, where our private bus will be waiting for us to pass through cloud forest, where we can do some wildlife sightseeing, and arriving in Cusco at approximately 7:30 pm B: L

B: Breakfast / L: Lunch / D: Dinner

Tour Includes:

  • Private Transportation
  • Private boat
  • Rubber boots
  • Rain poncho
  • Duffle bag for personal belongings
  • All accommodations and lodges
  • One night in our Camouflage House
  • Mattresses and mosquitos nets in the Camouflage House
  • Bilingual native guide
  • Mineral water
  • First aid  including Antivenom for snake bites
  • 3 meals per day and vegetarian, vegan, pescatarian option
  • Middmorning snacks
  • Professional cook
  • Entrance to the hot springs
  • Entrance to Bonanza Ecological Reserve
  • Entrance fee to Manu National Park

What you need to take:

  • Light sleeping bag or light blanket
  • Repellent with a minimum of 30-40% deet
  • Good binoculars (you will rent with us, we have of 10x42)
  • Camera with extra batteries, if you like taking pictures bring telephoto lens of 400mm.
  • Flashlight/torch with extra batteries
  • Sun lotion
  • Pocket money
  • Daypack
  • Water bottle
  • Sun hat
  • Sandals (try to bring strap)
  • Swimming suit
  • Small towel
  • Long sleeved T-shirt
  • Toilet paper
  • Dark color clothes
  • Thick socks

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