( Panthera onca)
- © William Huamani

Giant Otter

(Pteronura brasiliensis)
- © William Huamani

Kapok Tree

(Ceiba pentandra)
- © William Huamani

Kapok Tree

(Ceiba pentandra)

Blanquillo Macaw Clay Lick

- © Tania Ellerbeck

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

DAY 1: Cusco - Rainforest Lodge

Our adventure begins in the exciting Jungle of Manu ; we will pick you up around 4 :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 afterward, we will pass throught town of Huancarani them we travel to Paucartambo, a small traditional town which is know for its folklore. At midmorning, we will arrive at Acjanacu the entrance of Manu National Park here we will do a short hike exploring the Puna Grassland Paramo this place is considered as the continental divide there we might see the Andean Fox, Gray-tailed Deer and in a lucky day we might encounter the Andean Bear (Tremarctos ornatus) We will continue in our transport down throught Manu Road stopping at different ecosystems and ecological levels that contains waterfalls, open gaps, epiphytic forest and wonderfull views. Eventually we will come to the home of the exotic Peruvian National Bird, the "Andean Cock of the Rock" you will be amazed by the spectacle in the Lek, we do have changes to see Gray Woolly Monkey and many others exotic birds like Blue-banded Tucanet, Golden-headed Quetzal, Crested Quetzal. After that we continue driving to Rainforest Lodge where we will spend our first night. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 2: Rainforest Lodge – Bonanza Ecological Reserve (Tapirs Clay Lick)

Very early in the morning we will depart to Atalaya port, on the way we will make a stop to sighting birds such Hummingbirds, Aracari Toucans, Amazonian Umbrella Bird. Later we will begin the boating part of our journey in river excursion on the Madre de Dios River a tributary of the famous Amazon River.We will make a stop at the natural hot springs to have bath and relax, travelling by boat exist chances to see the famous Capybaras (worl’s largest rodents), Red Howler Monkeys, Rosiate Spoonbills, river scavengers like King Vulture, Caracaras, river Owls etc. . After midday we will arrive to Bonanza Lodge after enjoying a short break we will start trekking through the jungle to hear the natural sounds of animals and see Monkeys like Dusky-titi Monkey, Brown Cappuchins.We will spend the night at our Tapirs Clay Lick this Camouflage House is strategically located near to the Mammal’s Clay Lick where we will have the opportunity to see the Brazilian Tapir, Red Brocket Deer, and Porcupines during the night time. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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

Very early in the morning, 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 permits. We will travel by boat (five hours) upstream Manu River which specially 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 the 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, Squirrel Monkeys, Tamarins 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 chance to go on an optional night walk with your guide in search of nocturnal creatures. We will spend the night at Casa Matsiguenka a rustic native owned lodge run by the Matsiguenkas themselves, with its own exclusive trail system. There will be basic facilities available ; there are toilets and reasonably showers, screened twin rooms, with comfortable beds and mosquito nets. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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, Macaw Clay Lick hide. Also available an interactive interpretation center and locally made souvenirs are for sale.

DAY 4: Casa Matsiguenka – Cocha Salvador

After breakfast, we will 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), Hoatzin, Osprey, Sungrebe, and there are also Spider monkey, Brown Capuchin monkeys, White-fronted Capuchin monkeys, who are usually feeding on fruits nearby and therefore are relatively easy to sight. A specially constructed platform that looks out to the lake, enable us to look for a family of Giant Otters (Pteronura brasiliensis the world's largest freshwater carnivores) that lives here.This Otters are found in large families 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 guide will explain about medicinal plants and about different ecosystems, lifestyles them we can enjoy the sunset night walks are available for herping activities. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5: Casa Matsiguenka – Cocha Otorongo

After breakfast we will be leaving from the lodge to explore for about 4 to 5 hours through the forest to Cocha Otorongo. We may be lucky enough encounter groups of monkey this is a particularily good trail for Woolly monkey, Black Spider monkey and Red Howler monkey. 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 them nights walk is available for searching night frogs. We will spend the night at Casa Matsiguenka. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6: Casa Matsiguenka – Pakitza – Tambo Blanquillo

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 upriver to Pakitza might bring some surprises, them 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.Them we continue by boat for around 6 hours trip down river to Tambo Blanquillo for the night. The river trip may hold surprises and we will be attentive for any wildlife on the beaches like the famous Jaguar, one of the highlights the Jungle has to offer. We will spend the night at Tambo Blanquillo Lodge. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7: Tambo Blanquillo – Macaw Clay Lick – Bonanza Ecological Reserve

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 dependent. After this activity we will be going back upstream throught the Alto Madre de Dios River arriving at Bonanza Lodge, them we will visit our metal made bird watching tower in order to appreciate Macaws, Toucans, Woodpeckers and enjoy the beautifull sunset. Optional night walk are available in order to see nights creatures. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8: Bonanza Ecological Reserve – Rainforest Lodge

We leave to explore the forest very early in the morning on our way we will experience the amazing sounds of birds like Tucans, Macaws, Motmots and different kind of Monkeys. Bonanza Ecological Reserve is located at 320 mts above sea level which contains different habitats from the floodedforest to terra firme forest this is a special place where the both animal and plant life are diverse. Afterwards we travel by boat upstream throught the Alto Madre de Dios river (4 hours) to Atalaya port, we will take our bus and drive to Rainforest Lodge where we will spend our last night. There is an optional night walk around the Lodge. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9: Rainforest Lodge – Cusco

We will leave from Rainforest Lodge early in the morning by van and head to Cusco, passing through the Cloud Forest, where we can do wildlife spotting and arriving in Cusco at approximately 3:30PM. Breakfast, Lunch

Tour includes:

  • Private boat and bus
  • Rubber boots, rain poncho and duffle bag for personal belongings
  • Matrassess and Mosquitos nets in the Camouflage House
  • All accommodations and Lodges
  • Bilingual guide from the jungle
  • Mineral water all the time
  • First aid kit (include Antidote for snakes bites)
  • 3 meals per day included vegan and vegetarian option
  • Professional cook
  • Midmorning snacks
  • Entrance to Cock of the Rock (Lek)
  • 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:

  • Lights sleeping bag or sheet
  • Repellent with a minimum of 30% to 40% DEET
  • Good Binocular 10 x 42 (you can rent with us good quality binoculars)
  • Camera with extra batteries, if you like taking pictures take telephoto lens of 400 mm.
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Sun lotion
  • Pocket money
  • Daypack
  • Water bottle
  • Sun hat
  • Sandals with strapp
  • Swimming suit
  • Extra toilet paper
  • Shampoo and soap
  • Small towel
  • Thick socks
  • Long-sleeved T-shirt
  • Dark color clothes

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