Red and Green Macaw

(Ara chloropterus)
- © Tania Ellerbeck

Red and Green Macaw

(Ara chloropterus)
- © Graeme Ozburn


(Panthera Onca)
- © William Huamani

Black Caiman

(Melanosuchus niger)
- © Graeme Ozburn

Manu Macaw Clay Lick and Photography 5D/4N

DAY 1: Cusco – Rainforest Lodge

Our adventure begins in the exciting Jungle of Manu; we will pick you up around 4:30 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 and entry to the Lek for loo 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. Breaskfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 2: Rainforest Lodge – Manu Wildlife Center Lodge

After breakfast we continue by private bus to Atalaya. On the way we stop to observe a coca plantation and at a view point where you can get a good overview of the jungle and the river. From Atalaya we leave by motorized boat to Aguas Calientes, where you can bath in the natural hot springs. During the boat trip we will see many different kinds of animals, especially birds, and a beautiful landscape. In the afternoon we arrive to Manu Wildlife Center where we will have a short rest. During the afternoon we will visit our metal made bird watching Tower, with 12 meters high, we will have a unique view of the evergreen forest, enjoying the flight of macaws and many other colorful birds, owls and the sunset and then later on at night we will go to try and spot some owls. In the evening we leave for a night walk in the jungle to look for spiders, insects and snakes. We return to our Lodge for dinner and spend the night in our beautiful, comfortable lodge. Breaskfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 3: Manu Wildlife Center Lodge - Macaw Clay Lick – Blanco Lake - Observation Tower

Very early in the morning we visit amazing lake of Cocha Blanco. From a catamaran we watch animals such as Agami herons, spider monkeys, king fisher, Hornet screamer birds and enjoy watching the nearly extinct family of Giant Otters fishing. Returning to the lodge for lunch and relax. Late in the afternoon we have to prepare your daypack for visit the Macaws Clay Lick, very special place where flocks of two type of 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 lover’s paradise, where you will get to see and hear many of them, however this activity is very much depending weather condition them we will back to the lodge for dinner and spend the night in our comfortable lodge. Breaskfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4: Manu Wildlife Center - Bonanza Ecological Reserve – Tapir Clay Lick

We will explore early in the morning the amazing jungle then we leave Manu Wildlife Center very early to have another opportunity to see a jaguar on our way to Bonanza Ecological Reserve. We might also see tapirs, turtles and caimans. After a short stop in Boca Manu. We continue upriver (Alto Madre de Dios River) to Bonanza. In the evening we walk to the mammal’s clay lick where we prepare our beds (protected by mosquito nets) in the camouflaged house we wait to see wild pigs and tapirs eating in the Clay Lick. We stay there the whole night taking shifts to watch for nocturnal animals. Breaskfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5: Bonanza Ecological Reserve – Cusco

We return to Atalaya by boat. Our private bus will be waiting for us to take us back to Cusco via the cloud forest and Paucartambo. We will arrive in Cusco in the late afternoon around 7:30pm. Breaskfast, Lunch

Tour Includes:

  • Private bus and boat
  • Rubber boots
  • Rain poncho
  • Duffle bag for personal belongings
  • Mattresses and Mosquitos Nets for the night in the Camouflage House
  • Accommodations and lodges
  • Bilingual native guide
  • Mineral water
  • First aid kit
  • 3 meals per day included vegetarian, vegan option
  • Midmorning snacks
  • Professional cook
  • Entrance to the natural hot spring
  • Entrance to Manu Wildlife Center
  • Entrance to Blanco Oxbow Lake
  • Entrance to Macaws Clay Lick
  • Entrance to Bonanza Ecological Reserve
  • Entrance to the Mammals Clay Lick

What you need to take:

  • Light sleeping bag or Sheet
  • Insect Repellent with a minimum of 40% deet
  • Good binoculars (10 x 42) if you want you can rent with us
  • Camera with extra batteries
  • Flash light with extra batteries
  • Sun lotion
  • Pocket money
  • Day pack
  • Water bottle
  • Sun hat
  • Swimming suit
  • Toilet paper
  • Small towel
  • Long sleeved T-shirt
  • Dark color clothes

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