Salvador Oxbow Lake

- © William Huamani


(Panthera Onca)
- © Graeme Ozburn

Two Toed Slot

(Choloepus hoffmanni))
- © Jordi Deelen

Yellow Spotted River Turtle

(Podocnemis unifilis)
- © William Huamani

Giant Anteater

(Myrmecophaga tridactyla)
- © William Huamani

Black Caiman

(Melanosuchus niger)
- © Carmen Davila

Brasilian Tapir

(Tapirus Terrestris)
- © Ryse Huamani

Gray Woolly Monkey

(Lagothrix cana)
- © William Huamani

Red Howler Monkey

(Alouatta seniculus)
- © William Huamani

Salvador Oxbow Lake

- © Yannett Huaman

Manu Biosphere Reserve 7D/6N

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 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 them 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 Rock", you will be amazed by the spectacle in the lek; 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.Breakfast,Lunch, Dinner

DAY 2: Rainforest Lodge – Bonanza Ecological Reserve - Tapir Clay Lick

Very early at 06:30AM, we will depart to Atalaya port; on the way, we will make a few stops to visit small 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 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). Towards the afternoon, we will arrive at our next destination Bonanza Lodge. 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. We will 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 the Brazilian Tapirs, Red Brocket Deer, and Porcupines during the night time. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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 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 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, run by the Matsiguenkas themselves, with its own exclusive trail system. There will be modern 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. 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. A specially constructed platform that looks out to the lake, enable us to look for a family of Giant Otters, the world's largest freshwater carnivores, that lives 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 Otorongo Lake, where we can get up to 20 m 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. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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 checkpoint, 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 at Bonanza Lodge,here there is a metal made bird watching tower we will visit in order to see macaws, toucans, woodpeckers and to enjoy the sunset. Again there is an optional night walk that you are more than welcome to accompany us. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6: Bonanza Ecological Reserve – Rainforest Lodge

After a short walk around the forest; leaving the lodge we'll head up the Madre de Dios River and travel for around five hours to our comfortable Rainforest Lodge. This superbly located facility is jointly owned and run by Amazon Wildlife Peru, a local conservation area. We should arrive in time for a dinner and shower, and after that, the afternoon is set aside to relax or if you want to walk and watch the flight of parrots and macaws as the sunsets. Those who wish can participate in a night walk with your guide in search of nocturnal insects. We will spend the night at the Rainforest Lodge. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7: 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 some wildlife sightseeing, arriving in Cusco at approximately 3:30PM. Breakfast, Lunch

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 Cock of the Rock (Lek)
  • 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 can rent with us, we have Nikon Monarch 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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