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Manu Tour 8 Days

Manu Expeditions

3 Days from $ USD 100.00

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Duration
Physical Level
Moderate
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4,630msnm, 15,190 pies.
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Manu Tour 8 Days

Manu Tour 8 Days

Manu Expeditions

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3 Days from $ USD 100.00

Overview

In 1901, the Peruvian government created a commission to explore the country’s rainforest. Don Juan Villalta led an expedition along the Tambopata River, starting from Sandia, and founded Puerto Maldonado on July 10, 1902 as a station where the Tambopata joined the Madre de Dios. He named it after Faustino Maldonado, from Tarapoto, who had explored the Madre de Dios in 1861 and drowned in the rapids of the Mamoré River. The Madre de Dios region was created by law on December 26, 1912 with Puerto Maldonado as its capital.

Trip Details

Highlights

  • Manu Park Excursion: It is undoubtedly one of the best places for those who love nature. You can not miss in your visit to our country this incredible place, home to hundreds of species of animals and plants.
  • Our adventure begins with the trip from the city of Cusco to Paucartambo, our first visit will be to the Forest of the Clouds throughout our tour will be an adventure, colorful birds, bathing in hot water pools, wildlife of the rainforest night tour, so we will enter the Manu National Park where we can explore the jungle and interact with this ecological sanctuary.

DAY 01

Leaving early from Cusco we start our 8 hour trip by private minibus ascending to the high mountain area at 3900 m (13,000 ft). After a brief stop in Ninamarca, to see the pre-Inca cemetery, and the colonial village of Paucartambo, we descend the eastern slopes of the Andes through cloud forest with lush vegetation (ferns, orchids, bromeliads, etc.) We enjoy spectacular views of the Andes and can see wildlife, such as our national bird: the bright red Cock of the Rock (Rupicola peruviana) showing its mating dance. Brightly colored tanagers, quetzals, trogons and hummingbirds can be seen and possibly the first monkeys, such as the woolly monkeys. In the afternoon we will arrive at Mirador Lodge (700m), where we will spend the night (double rooms and private bathroom). After dinner your guide will inform you about the next day’s activities.

Day 02

After an early breakfast we continue with our minibus to the port of Atalaya (600 m). On the way we stop at an animal rescue station and to look for orchids. We also take a walk along the road to look for monkeys and birds. From Atalaya we sail for about 8 hours in a 15 meter motorized canoe down the Alto Madre de Dios River to reach the lowland jungle. Today we enjoy the changing landscape and have the opportunity to see wildlife along the rocky banks of the river, such as fasciated tiger herons, kingfishers, skimmers, vultures, caimans and some of the 13 species of monkeys that live in Manu. On the way we visit Diamante, an indigenous Piro village with its typical houses. In the afternoon we arrive at Maquisapayoj Lodge (“Place of the Black Spider Monkey”; double rooms with private bathroom). Night walk to see insects, frogs, snakes, etc.

DAY 03

At dawn we take the boat to the large macaw clay lick at Blanquillo. From a platform we have an excellent view to observe flocks of colorful macaws (Ara chloroptera, Ara macao), parrots and parakeets congregating to eat the clay, which is essential for their digestion. Looking through our spyglass we can see every detail of the birds. Breakfast at the viewpoint. Later we explore some of the trails in Blanquillo to see more species of monkeys and birds. After lunch we visit the Camungo oxbow lake: here we take a wooden catamaran to observe giant river otters (Pteronura brasiliensis) and different varieties of birds. Nearby we have the opportunity to climb a 42 m observation tower to get a great view of the canopy and observe birds, such as toucans. In the afternoon we travel upstream to return to Maquisapayoj. After a short rest at the lodge, we hike about 1 ½ hours through primary rainforest to the reserve’s mammal salt lick. For the best chance to observe the animals – especially the tapir – we will spend the night on an elevated platform (with mats and mosquito nets). Your guide will help you observe the tapir with a light. If you prefer, you can stay in double rooms at the lodge.

DAY 04

At dawn we return to the lodge for breakfast. Then we will travel downstream to visit Cocha Blanco. After a short hike we arrive at the oxbow lake which we explore by catamaran to look for the family of giant river otters that live here. We enjoy the beautiful surroundings of the lake and look for monkeys (e.g. the red howler monkey), caimans and different varieties of birds. On the way back to Maquisapayoj we have the opportunity to walk along other trails in search of emperor and goat-backed tamarin monkeys, saki monkeys and birds such as the peacock quetzal, hoatzin and manakins. We can also visit the salt flat in the afternoon to look for monkeys, guans or deer and you can spend another night at the tapir platform. If not, we will spend the night at Maquisapayoj Lodge and we can do a night walk.

DAY 05

If you feel like seeing more animals we can go for a walk at first light and then have breakfast. Later we explore some trails to look for black and red howler spider monkeys, white and brown capuchins and birds.

The guide also explains to us about important plants, ants, etc. In the afternoon we travel upstream for about 3 hours to Hummingbird Lodge. On the way we stop at Boca Manu, or Fitzcarrald, the main village of Manu. Here we can meet people from different ethnic groups and also see the boat builders. Later we hike some of the trails near Hummingbird Lodge and also do a night walk. It is a good area to see birds, especially hummingbirds. Overnight at the lodge (From June to August we can return by boat for 7 hours to the gold rope lodge depending on the river level).

DAY 06

Once again we wake up early, enjoy walking around Salvador Lake and then pack up and slowly go down stream the interesting Manu River. We continue to Boca Manu’s Village, situated a short distance from the confluence of the Manu and Alto Madre de Dios rivers. From here we descend the Madre de Dios River arriving Boca Lodge and spend one more night in this magical Amazon jungle. Possibility to do a short night walk through the forest to observe American bullfrogs, horned frogs, tree frogs and an incredible variety of colorful insects.

DAY 07

Around mid morning or before, we continue up the Alto Madre de Dios River to arrive Erika Lodge and enjoy the sights and sounds of the jungle for one last night.

DAY 08

Waking up very early, we continue the trip by boat to Atalaya port, where the bus will be waiting for us and drive back up and out of Manu, arriving to Cusco very late. END OF OUR SERVICES.

IMPORTANT: In order to meet the group and guide, receive last recommendations and answer questions; briefing one day prior to departure at 7:00pm. at the agency.
Manu National Park is not endemic area about Malaria neither Yellow fever you have to bring a good insect repellent but if you decide to put the yellow fever vaccination for prevention you can do it 10 days before your trip to the jungle starts.

Prices Private Service

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Prices Group Service

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Recommendations

Services in Manu National Park

Airport, Embarcadero, Viewpoint and observation hide, Biological Station, Lodging.

Tourist Activities in Manu National Park

Wildlife watching, Flora watching, Trekking, Boat ride, Archaeological site.

Type of Entrance to Manu National Park

Previous presentation of entrance ticket. Note: In the Pusharo Petroglyphs Zone and Manu River, by river, it is required to enter with companies authorized by the ANP Headquarters. Vaccination against yellow fever (at least 10 days in advance).

Opening hours of Manu National Park

Monday to Sunday from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Entrance fee to Manu National Park

Tourist and recreational use zone (Acjanaco): Adult: S/. 10.00 and 5 to 16 years old: S/. 3.00.

Historical cultural zone (Pusharo) – valid for up to 5 days/4 nights (1 entrance): General: S/. 50.00.

Travel tips for entering the Manú National Park

Register your visit at the control posts and/or the ANP’s administrative headquarters.

Follow the established trails and respect the signs.

  • Use sunscreen, sunglasses with UV protection and hats for sun protection.
  • Wear warm and waterproof clothing for PNAs with cold weather.
  • Wear hiking shoes.
  • Hire tourism services from a formal company.

What to Bring

  • Binoculars
  • Towel for the all tour
  • Camera and films
  • Warm clothing (in case of a cold front), long sleeve shirts and long pants (cotton) wide brim hat and sun glasses for sunny days.
  • 100% waterproof rain gear (long poncho or rain wear)
  • Insect repellent (at least 50% DEET)
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Hiking shoes and sandals
  • Flashlight, enough batteries (alkaline) and bulbs
  • Towel for all the tour
  • Swimming suit
  • Personal medicines and/or supplies (liquid for contact lenses for example)
  • One day pack and one back pack or duffel bag of luggage.

Travel Guide

Manú National Park is a nature reserve in the Peruvian Amazon. With an area of more than 15,000 square kilometers, it is the largest national park in Peru and is one of the 11 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Peru.

Manú is also home to several small communities of Machiguenga Indians. The park is divided into three zones: the “core zone,” which covers 80% of the park and is open only to scientists and researchers; the “reserved zone,” which covers 10% of the park and is open to a limited number of tourist groups; and the “cultural zone,” which covers the last 10% of the park and is open to the public.

Location

Manú National Park is located in the southeastern part of the Peruvian Amazon in the Madre de Dios region of Peru, about 100 kilometers northeast of Cusco.

The park encompasses almost the entire drainage basin of the Manú River, from its tributaries in the Andes to its confluence with the Madre de Dios River. Manú National Park is well preserved because of its remoteness – the only direct access to the lowlands is by boat across the Manú River, and in the southern part of the park a road leads to the Andean highlands.

Sightseeing

Because the park includes several ecological zones that range from 150 to 4,200 meters above sea level, it has one of the highest biodiversity rates in the world. Manú is home to more than 15,000 plant species and over 1,000 bird species.

It is also home to a variety of other wildlife, including capybaras, deer, giant otters, jaguars, ocelots, pumas, sloths, spectacled bears, 14 species of monkeys, 210 species of fish and more than 1,300 species of butterflies. This biodiversity attracts scientists and visitors from all over the world.

How to get there

There are two ways to reach Manu National Park. The easiest is a 40- to 45-minute flight from Cusco to Boca Manu, and the other is a six- to 10-hour bus ride to the town of Pilcopata (note that the bus takes longer in the rainy season due to landslides that sometimes occur on the roads).

From Pilcopata, you can continue by smaller bus (if the roads are passable) or by boat to Boca Manu. The Manu Wildlife Center is accessible by boat and can be reached in about two hours from the town of Boca Manu.

Faqs Manu Tour 8 Days

RULES AND RECOMMENDATIONS FOR GROUPS The following are rules and recommendations for people joining our group tours, made by Bonanza Tours Peru. Both are for your safety, to increase the possibility of seeing animals and to have a good group dynamic.

  • 1.-The guide is the leader of the group; both as far as the tourist and the rest of the Bonanza Tours Peru staff are concerned.
  • 2.-Please try to be punctual at all times, to avoid long waiting times for others.

Tourists are asked to express their wishes, complaints or any other concerns immediately to the guide. The guide will attend to the problem immediately. Due to weather conditions, road, river or any other circumstances, changes in the program may be necessary. The guide will explain the circumstances immediately and propose alternatives for the program.

4.-During the jungle walks, tourists must walk behind the guide. In this way the guide can point out interesting sightings to all tourists.

During the jungle walks, tourists should follow the instructions of the guides, such as “stop”, “hurry” and “silence” in case of animal encounters. Tourists and guides should talk in low voices, and only about necessary matters, to increase the probability of seeing animals.

Each night after dinner, the guide and the tourists will review the flora and fauna seen during the day, with the help of the available guides. Each night the guide will explain the activities for the following day. During each meal, the guide will repeat the explanation of the activities until the next meal.

When a tourist wishes to walk on their own, they must understand that Bonanza Tours Peru cannot be responsible for anything that happens to the tourist during that time. Tourists are advised to always walk with a flashlight and a compass, and to explain to the guide which path they will follow and for how long. Tourists are not allowed to walk alone in the Manu Reserved Zone.

As a consensus of opinion of all Bonanza Tours Peru staff, it is agreed that they should not be invited or accept alcoholic beverages during stops in Boca Manu while on duty.

Tourists are asked to be careful with the Bonanza Tours Peru team and to immediately report any material defect to the guide. 12. Our groups consist of different nationalities. If your nationality is in the majority please try to be polite and do not speak your own language all the time. The most common language that everyone understands is English.

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Recommendations

Services in Manu National Park

Airport, Embarcadero, Viewpoint and observation hide, Biological Station, Lodging.

Tourist Activities in Manu National Park

Wildlife watching, Flora watching, Trekking, Boat ride, Archaeological site.

Type of Entrance to Manu National Park

Previous presentation of entrance ticket. Note: In the Pusharo Petroglyphs Zone and Manu River, by river, it is required to enter with companies authorized by the ANP Headquarters. Vaccination against yellow fever (at least 10 days in advance).

Opening hours of Manu National Park

Monday to Sunday from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Entrance fee to Manu National Park

Tourist and recreational use zone (Acjanaco): Adult: S/. 10.00 and 5 to 16 years old: S/. 3.00.

Historical cultural zone (Pusharo) – valid for up to 5 days/4 nights (1 entrance): General: S/. 50.00.

Travel tips for entering the Manú National Park

Register your visit at the control posts and/or the ANP’s administrative headquarters.

Follow the established trails and respect the signs.

  • Use sunscreen, sunglasses with UV protection and hats for sun protection.
  • Wear warm and waterproof clothing for PNAs with cold weather.
  • Wear hiking shoes.
  • Hire tourism services from a formal company.
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