• Jaguar

    Jaguar (Panthera Onca)

  • Capibara

    Capybara (Hydrochaerus Hydrochaeris)

  • Giant Ant Eater

    Giant Anteater (Myrmecophaga Tridactyla)

  • Common Clown Frog

    Clown Tree Frog (Dendropsophus Leucophyllatus)

  • Giant Otter

    Giant Otter (Pteronura Brasiliensis)

  • Macaws Clay Lick

    Macaws Clay Lick (Ara Choloptera)

  • Sunset in Manu River

    Sunset in Manu River

  • Resting Jaguar

    Resting Jaguar 

Manu Biosphere Reserve and Blanquillo Macaw Clay Lick 9d/8n

DAY 1: Cusco - Rainforest Lodge

Cloud ForestOur adventure begins in the exciting Jungle of Manu; we will pick you up around 5:00 am 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 midday 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 a small road and on through the thick fog from which this section of the forest takes it name in Quechua. Eventually we will come to the home of the exotic Peruvian national bird, the "Cock of the Rocks" you will be amazed by the spectacle, complete with an impressive array of sounds that can only be found in the jungle. On our first night, we will stay at Rainforest Lodge. L: D

DAY 2: Rainforest Lodge – Bonanza Ecological Reserve

Ceiba TreeVery early at 06:30 a.m., 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 colourful 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 p.m. Here there will be showers and other facilities available.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

our Tapir Clay Lick. This camouflage house is strategically located near to the mammals clay lick where we will have the opportunity to see Tapirs and Peccaries 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)

Agami Heron - Agamia AgamiWell 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 (South American relatives of the Alligators) and breeding side-necked turtles, hundreds of sand-colored nightjars roost during the day on logs and beaches and there is a chance of encountering a stunning Jaguar (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

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

Bird WatchingAfter 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

Jaguar - Panthera OncaWe 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 Blamquillo

Black Caiman - Melanosuchus NigerBright 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, aguila arpia which means "Matsiguenka expression", 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 tamarine 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 4 hour 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: Tambo Blamquillo – Macaw Clay Lick – Hummingbird Lodge

Macaw Clay LickVery early in the morning will go by boat to Macaws 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 for the birds, it is bird lovers paradise, where you will get to see and hear many of them, however this activity is very much weather dependant. From there we take our boat back to Boca Manu, and in the afternoon we will visit the native community of 'Isla de los Valles,' here we will fish Piranhas from the river, we will spend the night at Hummingbird Lodge B: L: D

DAY 8: Hummingbird Lodge – Rainforest Lodge

Machuwasi Oxbow LakeLeaving the lodge we'll head up the Madre de Dios River and travel for around six hours to our comfortable Rainforest Lodge. This strategically located facility is jointly owned and run by Amazon Wildlife Peru, a local conservation area. We should arrive in time for dinner and a shower and after that the afternoon is set aside to relax or if you want, or to explore a trail through the untouched forest and watch roosting flights of parrots and macaws as the sun sets. Those who wish to can participate in a night walk with your guide in search of nocturnal animals. We will spend the night at the Rainforest Lodge. B: L: D

DAY 9: Rainforest Lodge – Cusco

We will leave from Rainforest Lodge early in the morning by van and head directly to Cusco, passing through cloud forest, where we can do some sight-seeing, and arriving in Cusco at approximately 6:30pm B: L:

Tour includes:

  • Private boat and bus
  • Rubber boots , rain poncho and duffle bag for personal belongings
  • All accommodations and Lodges
  • Bilingual guide from the jungle
  • Mineral water all the time
  • First aid kit
  • 3 meals per day included vegetarian option
  • Professional cook
  • Entrance to the hot spring
  • Entrance to Bonanza Ecological Reserve
  • Entrance fee to Manu National Park
  • Entrance to Blanquillo Macaw Clay Lick

What you need to take:

  • Sleeping bag
  • Repellent with a minimum of 40% deet
  • Good Binocular
  • Camera with extra batteries
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Sun lotion
  • Pocket money
  • Daypack
  • Water bottle
  • Sun hat
  • Sandals
  • Swimming suit
  • Toilet paper
  • Small towel
  • Long sleeved T-shirt
  • Dark color clothes