MANU BIOSPHERE NATURE RESERVE SINCE $1980 USD Per Person

Green World Introduction - World Heritage Site UNESCO 8 Days - 7 Nights

Manu National Park is a biosphere reserve located in Madre de Dios and Cuzco, coveringan area of 1716295 hectares (4.3 million acres), Peru's is largest protected natural area and one of the largest on the planet, with a biological mega diversity that is unparalleled.
The park protects all the ecological zones that exist in the Amazon basin, covering an altitudinal gradient between 150 and 4200 meters above sea level. Because of this variety, its biodiversity is one of the most appreciated in the world. Overall, more than 15,000 species of plants are found in the park, and up to 250 varieties of trees have been found in a single hectare. The reserve is home to more than 800 species of birds, including the harpy eagle, jabiru, jungle goose and cock of the rocks; over 200 species of mammals such as the yellow - tailed choro monkey, spider monkey, giant river otter, jaguar, ocelot, spectacled bear, huemal deer and over 100 species of bats. More than 2000 species and unique varieties of plants and a number of native communities also live in this area with their own traditions, language and culture.

TOUR ITINERARY

DAY 1: CUSCO - CLOUD FORESTS

At 07:00 am pick up from your hotel and leave the city of Cusco early in the morning by bus. Approximately mid-morning, we visit the interesting tombs of Ninamarca, commonly known as Chullpas. We continue to the picturesque town of Paucartambo, and on toward the Acjanacu Pass, which marks the beginning of the Cultural Zone of Manu Biosphere Reserve. Here a thick cloak of clouds provides perpetual humidity and makes an ideal habitat for epiphytic plants such as bromeliads. This varied and fascinating world is home of the Cock of the Rock, The Spectacled Bear, orchids, tree ferns, mosses and lichens. This cloud forest exists between 2000 and 3000 meters above sea level and at least 50% of the plant species found here are endemic to this region. We camp our first night in this high forest.

DAY 2: CLOUD FORESTS - RIO ALTO MADRE DE DIOS

We wake up very early in the morning (Approximately 5Am) to observe the Cock of the Rock (Rupicola Peruviana), the Peruvian national bird. Many several dozen males, who are vibrant orange reddish, come together in an exhibition of mating ritual dance in a place called Leek. The males display their crest, showing off and posturing for the females. The females, fewer in number, watch to select the most suitable male. After breakfast we continue by bus down the narrow road between waterfalls and canyons toward the town of Atalaya. Here we board our motorized canoe and head down the Alto Madre de Dios River, where we will camp on the beach.

DAY 3: ALTO MADRE DE DIOS - LIMONAL

After breakfast we board our canoe for the four hour trip down the Alto Madre de Dios River to Boca Manu, a small village where you can buy your last fresh food supplies and cold drinks before setting off again in the canoe. Now we enter the Manu River and the Reserve Zone, stopping at Limonal where we camp along the river bank at the Park Rangers Headquarters.

DAY 4: LIMONAL - LAKE SALVADOR

After an early morning breakfast at Limonal and signing our names in the official tourist logbook, we follow the Manu River until we arrive at our campsite at Salvador Lake. This canoe ride gives us the opportunity to observe the immensity of the rainforest, the diversity of bird life and reptiles and mammals sunning themselves on beaches, or foraging for food in the trees lining the riverbanks. Arriving early afternoon we have lunch and set off on a jungle trail. Here we spend time looking for wildlife inside the rainforest and on the oxbow Lake Salvador. As the sun goes down, we return to camp.

DAY 5: LAKE SALVADOR

You rise early in the morning as the forest is awakened by the Red Howler Monkeys (Aloatta seniculus) declaring territory. A morning walk before breakfast is a great way to catch wildlife in the pursuit of food and the temperature is very pleasant at this time of day. After relaxing or swimming in the river we have lunch. Following lunch we cross the river to walk the 8km trail to the oxbow Lake Otorongo. Here a strategically located observation tower rises 15 meters above the lake and jungle floor, giving us more chances to observe wildlife such as the Giant Otter (Pteronura brasiliensis), an endangered species. Late afternoon the Black Caiman rises from the depths of the lake and begin their search for prey. With the help of flashlights we can observe them at night in the lakes and river. We return to camp at Salvador Lake.

DAY 6: LAKE SALVADOR - BLANQUILLO

Once again we wake up early, enjoy a brief morning walk eat a relaxing breakfast and then we pack up camp and descend Manu River, arriving at Boca Manu around midday. Following lunch, we descend the Madre de Dios river for three hours to Blanquillo, where we set up camp on the lodge grounds. After a swim in the river we can set off for a short walk to Cocha Blanquillo, returning to the campsite at dusk.

DAY 7: BLANQUILLO - ALTO MADRE DE DIOS RIVER

After a very early wake-up, we board a camouflaged catamaran down the river at the Collpa, Macaw Lick. We quietly observe the various parrots feeding on the clay for mineral and salt supplements to their diet of seeds and fruits. The brightly colored macaws usually wait patiently in the surroundings trees until the smaller parrot species have left the area. Slowly, the macaws come down to the clay wall to feed. We must be very patient and silent on the catamaran so as not to disturb them as they eat the clay. Around mid morning, we board our canoe and return to the airstrip at Boca Manu. Following lunch, we continue up Alto Madre de Dios River to camp on a beach in the Cultural Zone.

DAY 8: ALTO MADRE DE DIOS RIVER - CUSCO

Waking up very early we continue the trip by boat to Atalaya, where we board the bus and drive back up and out of Manu, arriving in Cusco the next morning.

Air Charter Alternative:

DAY 3: Arrive mid morning by plane from Cusco to Boca Manu.
DAY 7: Boca Manu to Cusco, return early afternoon.

MANU BIOSPHERE NATURE INCLUDES

  1. Professional and resident biologist tour guide
  2. Round trip Overland transfer
  3. First aid kit
  4. Double tents
  5. Sleeping mattress
  6. Dining tent
  7. Cooking tent
  8. All Meals and water at the jungle
  9. River transportation
  10. Entrance fees to the reserve
  11. Paperwork and Payment for the Park Permits
TOUR SCHEDULE & COST 2014
DATE TOUR COST
Any day MANU BIOSPHERE NATURE RESERVE SINCE $1980 USD Per Person

Green World Introduction - World Heritage Site UNESCO 8 Days - 7 Nights
Backpacker service (Join a group)
1 to more $1980 USDper person

Private Service (private guide)
Please ask for price
Discount: $10 USD of discount for South American Explorers Club Members
Discount 3%: Tour Operators or Travel Agencies Only
Students: $10 USD of discount only with valid green ISIC card
Organized Groups: We offer private tours and any time departure
Group size: 10 - 15 participants per guide - Private guide will be only if you book private VIP service
BOOK HERE: We highly recommended to book your toue prior you arrive to Peru

NOT INCLUDED

  1. Alcoholics drinks
  2. Airport taxes
  3. Sleeping Bag
  4. Breakfast on the first day/lunch on the last day
  5. Tips for guide and camp staff
  6. Air charters (maximum 15kg. of luggage per person)
  7. Day pack
  8. Rain gear
  9. Insect repellent (with at least 25% 'deet')
  10. Sleeping bag and sheets
  11. Binoculars (imperative)
  12. Flashlight with spare bulbs and batteries
  13. Afterbite
  14. Camera and extra films (asa 100 is good for lakes and river, but inside the forest you will need asa 400)
  15. Long sleeve shirts and long trousers (thick and baggy fabric against mosquitoes)
  16. T-shirts
  17. Towel
  18. Shorts/bathing suit
  19. Sweater or light jacket
  20. Sandals
  21. 1 pair each of hiking boots and light shoes
  22. Sunhat
  23. Sunglasses
  24. Sunblock
  25. Toilet paper
  26. Plastic bags (to keep everything dry)
  27. Personal hygienic and medical supplies
  28. Copy of a valid passport
  29. Copy of yellow fever and tetanus vaccinations
  30. Money for soft drinks or beers, and handicrafts
  31. Tip for guide and camp staff

WHAT DO YOU NEED TO BRING

  1. Binoculars (imperative)
  2. Flashlight with spare bulbs and batteries
  3. Sleeping bag
  4. Sheets
  5. Day pack
  6. Long pants and long-sleeved shirts (thick and baggy fabric against mosquitoes)
  7. T-shirts
  8. Shorts/Bathing suit
  9. Towel
  10. Sweater or light jacket
  11. 1 pair each of hiking boots, light
  12. Shoes, and sandals
  13. Long cotton socks
  14. Rain gear
  15. Sun hat, sunglasses, sun block
  16. Insect repellent (with at least 25% 'deet') and after bite
  17. Toilet-paper
  18. Plastic bags (to keep everything dry)
  19. Water bottle (with water for the bus ride into Manu)
  20. Copy of a valid passport
  21. Copy of yellow fever and tetanus vaccinations
  22. Money for soft drinks or beers and handicrafts at the Boca Manu landings strip.
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