Jagua

(Panthera Onca)
- © Tania Ellerbeck

Giant Otter

(Pteronura brasiliensis)
- © William Huamani

Black Caiman

(Melanosuchus niger)
- © Graeme Ozburn

Blanquillo Macaw Clay Lick


- © Graeme Ozburn

Cocoi Heron

(Ardea Cocoi)
- © Graeme Ozburn

White Throated Toucan

(Ramphastos Tucanus)
- © William Huamani

Manu Biosphere Reserve to Blanquillo Macaw Clay Lick 8D/7N

DAY 1: Cusco - Rainforest Lodge

Our adventure begins in the exciting Jungle of Manu; we will pick you up around 04:30am from your hotels 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 visit the town of Huancarani which contains the funeral towers of Ninamarca, and the cemetery of the Lupacas, part of the precious Pre–Inca culture. We will then travel 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 and on through the 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, we do have changes to see Common Gray Woolly Monkey and many others 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 06:30am, we will depart for Atalaya port; on the way we will make a few stops to visit the small local's farmers who are known to be producers of many varieties of jungle fruits including 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 part of the famous Amazon River. During our day we will have the chance 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 3:00 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 option to spend the night at our Tapir Clay Lick. This camouflage house is strategically located near to the mammal’s clay lick where we will have the opportunity to see Tapirs, deer’s, 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 turtle (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 smaller 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 the 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 run 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

DAY 4: Casa Matsiguenka – Cocha Salvador

After breakfast we'll spend the morning at the lake of Cocha Salvador. Some of the time will be spent travelling down the lake on a floating platform observing ox-bow lake animal life from the water. We plan to ride down the lake on a floating platform observing the animal life from the water. We may encounter an agami heron or a sungrebe, and there are brown Cappuchin monkeys who are usually feeding on fruits nearby and therefore are relatively easy to sight. Specially constructed piers that jut out into the lake enable us to look for a family of giant otters that live here in the world’s largest freshwater carnivores. 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. The rest of the day will be spent following the trails in the area in search of some of the 13 species of monkey found in the forest here. Your guide will explain to you 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 be fortunate enough to cross paths with a group of peccaries a species of wild boar found here at late afternoon enjoy the sun sets. We will spend the night at the Casa Matsiguenka. B: L: D

DAY 5: Casa Matsiguenka – Cocha Otorongo

We will have a gentle stroll from camp for around 4 to 5 hours through the forest to Cocha Otorongo. We may be lucky enough encounter groups of monkeys. This is a particularly good trail for 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. 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. We will spend the night at Casa Matsiguenka. B: L: D

Day 6: Casa Matsiguenka – Pakitza – Tambo Blanquillo

Bright and early in the morning, we will head off to visit the Pakitza ranger station, which is known as one of the first biological stations created for the scientific studies conducted in Manu, The Boat trip up river to Pakitza might bring some surprises, then we will take you in and around its amazingly complex trail system as more and more of the forest's natural beauty is revealed for us behind every turn we make. Maybe we will even have a chance to see a group of Tamarin monkeys, which are the smallest monkeys in the whole world. We advise that you be aware of your surroundings, because they could sneak up right behind you later on. In the afternoon we will visit another system of trails with a completely different set of characteristics than the first, our guide will explain to you why and show us native plants from the area that can be used as traditional medicines. We'll be met at the river by our cook with a picnic lunch and then embark on our motorized boat for a 6 hours trip down river to Tambo Blanquillo for the night. The river trip may hold surprises and we'll be attentive for any wildlife on the beaches like the Jaguar, one of the highlights the Jungle has to offer. We will spend the night at Tambo Blanquillo lodge. B: L: D

DAY 7: Blanquillo Macaw Clay Lick – Puerto Maldonado

Very early in the morning, we will go by boat to the Macaw Clay Lick, a special place where flocks of parakeets, parrots and macaws come every day to eat the nutritious lick, located at the wall of the river. We will stay here at a camouflaged hideout house: it is a bird lover’s paradise, where you will see and hear many of them, however this activity is very much weather dependant. After this we take our motorized boat downriver to Boca Colorado. From there we go on by bus to Puerto Maldonado and spend the night in a local lodge. B: L: D

DAY 8: Puerto Maldonado – Cusco or Lima

After breakfast, we travel back to Cusco: you can choose to go by public bus (8h, included) or plane (45min, not included), also depending on the time of year. Arrival time in Cusco depends on the itinerary of the airline/bus. Or you can also flight direct from Puerto Maldonado to Lima (2 hours, flight tickets are not included). B:

B: Breakfast / L: Lunch / D: Dinner

Note: Activities start at early morning and finish late afternoon, the best times for seeing wildlife.

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 kit 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
  • Entrance to Blanquillo Macaw Clay Lick

What you need to take:

  • Light sleeping bag or light blanket
  • Repellent with a minimum of 30-40% deet
  • Good binoculars (you can rent with us, we have bushnell 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 with strap)
  • Swimming suit
  • Small towel
  • Long sleeved T-shirt
  • Toilet paper
  • Dark color clothes
  • Thick socks

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