5 Days (4 nights tour)

The Manu Wildlife Tour - Extreme Wildlife

This trip is designed for those who do not have enough time, but want to visit the Reserved Zone of Manu, that offers by far the greatest quantity and diversity of animals and plants in the world, and boasts the highest bird, mammal, and plant diversity of any park on Earth, including 1,000 of the world's 9,700 bird species, 200 species of mammals, and 15,000 species of flowering plants. The most photogenic spectacles are Giant Otters, Jaguars, Black Caiman and Tapirs.

Frequency: (April through November)

DAILY WITH A MINIMUM OF THREE CLIENTS

Fixed departures

Transport: In and out by bus-boat (round trip)

We offer special rates for group rates

Bookings:
-A 50% deposit is required to guarantee the reservation. The remaining balance must be paid 30 days prior to departure date. Your reservation will be automatically wait-listed if no deposit is received.
- Amazon Tours Peru reserves the right to offer last minute special rates.

ITINERARY DESCRIPTION

Day 1: Cusco – Amazon Pona Lodge
On the first day of our adventure into the Jungle of Manu, we will pick you up around 5:00 AM from your Hotels in Cusco, using Amazon Tours Peru private transport, our first stopping to visit the pre Inca burial towers of Ninamarca. We then drive through the mountains, to get to the typical and folkloric town of Paucartambo. Here we will take a short walk around the town before carrying On to Tres Cruces, the highest point and entrance to Manu National Park. From here we will continue into the Cloud Forest and at Fog forest we will explore for around 3 hours to observe the National bird of Peru, (the cock of the rock), the biggest monkey in Peru (woolly monkeys) and to observe different types of bromeliads and beautiful orchids, then We arrive to our lodge in the evening where we will sleep in a beautiful and rustic lodge.

Accommodation: Amazon Pona Lodge
Meals: Lunch (Box Lunch) Dinner

DAY 2: Amazon Pona Lodge – Casa Matsiguenka Lodge
Very early at 05:00 a.m., we will leave in the direction of Port Atalaya, From there we take our boat leaving the relatively clean waters of the Madre de Dios River behind; we 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 travel for about five hours up the Manu River. Beaches, especially in the dry season, are loaded with nesting birds and feeding Heron Egrets, Orinoco Geese, Terns and Skimmers to name but a few. Some beaches will host sunning White and Black Caimans and breeding Side-necked Turtles.
Hundreds of Sand-colored Nightjars roost during the day on logs and beaches and there is a chance of encountering a sunning Jaguar - the world's third largest cat.
We will also see some species of primates on this river trip, possibly Red Howler Monkeys or the smaller Squirrel Monkeys. After having lunched by the river we arrive at Casa Matsiguenka. We'll have the afternoon to explore some of the trails through the pristine rainforest of this area.
Before or after dinner, an optional excursion into the forest at night is available with your guide in search of nocturnal creatures. We spend the night at the Casa Matsiguenka; a rustic native owned lodge run by the Matsiguenka's themselves, with its own exclusive trail system. There are flush toilet and shower facilities and screened twin rooms, with comfortable beds and mosquito nets.

Accommodation: Casa Machiguenga Lodge
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 3: Casa Matsiguenka Lodge – Salvador Lake - Otorongo Lake.
In the morning we visit Cocha Salvador. From a catamaran we watch animals such as gamin herons and spider monkeys and enjoy watching the nearly extinct giant otters fishing.
After lunch we start our excursion thought the virgin jungle to Cocha Otorongo Lake, where there is a 20m high observation tower. From this tower we will have another chance to see giant otters and black caimans. For the rest of the day we will explore the jungle, looking for more species of monkeys. The guide will also explain about the jungle lifestyle, flora and fauna and medical plants. We might also find a group of peccaries. In the evening we can enjoy the beautiful sunset and return to Casa Matchiguenka Lodge, where we spend the night.

Accommodation: Casa Machiguenga Lodge
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4: Casa Matsiguenka Lodge – Teparo Ecological Reserve.
We leave the Casa Matchiguenka Lodge very early to have another opportunity to see a jaguar on our way out of the Reserve Zone. We might also see tapirs, turtles and caimans. After a short stop in Boca Manu a visit to the native community of Diamante is optional. We continue upriver (Alto Madre de Dios River) to Reserve Ecological Teparo, where we spend the night. In the evening we will build a fire, relax and have some drinks.

Accommodation: Teparo Lodge
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5: Teparo Ecological Reserve - Cusco.
We get up early to visit the parrots clay lick and after breakfast 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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Tour Includes:
- Private boat and bus
- Rubber boots, rain poncho
- All accommodations and Lodges
- Bilingual guide from the jungle
- Mineral water all the time
- First aid kit
- 3 meals per day including a vegetarian option
- Professional cook
- Entrance Fee to Manu National Park
- Entrance to Salvador Lake
- Entrance to Otorongo Lake

What you need to take:
- Repellent with a minimum of 40% deet
- Good Binocular
- Camera with extra batteries
- Flashlight with extra batteries
- Sun lotion
- Pocket money
- Daypack
- Water bottle
- Sun hat
- Sandals
- Swimming suit
- Toilet Paper
- Small Towel
- Dark color clothes.

Important Note: The sequence of the itinerary is subject to change due to weather conditions.

Pre-departure briefing the night before of your trip at your hotel with your tour guide

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