Explore pristine wilderness and outstanding biodiversity on a 5 or 6 day tour of Manu National Park. Marvel at lone jaguars, endangered giant river otters, and hundreds of macaws in the canopy above you. Hike to cascading falls, canoe on Manu River, and more!
Manu National Park is an outstanding UNESCO World Heritage Biosphere Reserve spanning over 10,000 square miles (17,000 sq. kilometers). Crossroads of the tropical Andes and the Amazon Basin, the park contains abundant, vibrant habitats and an outstanding array of flora and fauna.
Choose between a 5-day or 6-day Manu National Park tour. You’ll have the opportunity to see magnificent and rare species including jaguars, giant otters, giant ceibas, toucans, monkeys, and more. Hike alongside waterfalls in the high Andes mountains, paddle a small canoe down the Manu River and listen to a symphony of birds in the canopy overhead. Get a good night’s sleep each evening at the park’s remote lodges scattered throughout the reserve.
Day 1 — Begin Your Manu National Park Tour
Begin your Manu National Park tour with early morning hotel pick-up in Cusco. From there, you’ll take a private transport through traditional Quechua communities, snowy mountain peaks, and small Andean farmsteads toward Manu.
You’ll make a few stops to stretch our legs throughout the day, including with a visit to outstanding ancient pre-Inca burial towers and Cusco’s folklore capital, Paucartambo.
You’ll continue your drive higher into the Andes, and crest at 12,631 feet (3850 meters) above sea level with a stunning look into Amazon Basin before you begin our breathtaking descent into the orchid laden Cloud Forest below.
In the forest, you’ll hope to experience the incredible daily mating display of Peru’s national bird: the Andean cock-of-the-rock. Each morning and afternoon, these birds gather in communal leks (meeting spots) to show-off and compete for love.
In the evening, you’ll arrive at the Bamboo Lodge to relax for the night.
Day 2 — Explore Flora and Fauna in Manu
After breakfast at the lodge, you’ll travel along the Alto Madre de Dios and Manu Rivers to Matshiguenka Lodge in Manu National Park. Upon entering the park, you’ll register at the ranger station before settling in at your lakeside lodge where you’ll spend the next two nights.
From there, you’ll transfer to a small motorboat and cruise the river. Keep a look out for herons, vultures, cormorants, and other birds that live and thrive at the water’s edge.
You’ll stop the boat at thermal springs that act as a tributary to Alto Madre de Dios, and you’ll get a chance to take a dip in the steamy water before you return to the lodge for lunch.
In the evening, adventure back to the jungle to experience the transition from day to night. Hear the rich sounds of tree frogs and insects waking up, and feel goosebumps rise on your arms when you see the eerie eye-shine of large Black Caiman Alligators hunting in the dark water.
You’ll return to the lodge for a delicious, well-earned dinner.
Day 3 — Sail Cocha Salvador to See Endangered Giant Otters
You’ll begin your day sailing on Cocha Salvador as the morning mist rises over the large oxbow lake. In the dawn, you may spot an agami heron or brown capuchin monkeys feeding on fruit. You may also see a jaguar or giant river otters. Locally called river wolves, giant otters can reach 6 feet in length and weigh up to 70 lbs. They are one of the rarest mammals on earth and only remain common within Manu National Park.
After lunch, you will hike the nearby trails and your ecologist guide will help you identify emperor and saddleback tamarins, peccary wild boar, and teach you more about the local flora and fauna. As sun sets, you’ll swim in Cocha Salvador before returning to the lodge for the night.
Day 4 — Canoe Manu River to Blanquillo Lodge
Today you’ll paddle or float 6 hours from Manu River to Madre de Dios, and arrive at the Blanquillo Ecological Reserve Lodge by mid-afternoon. Upon arrival, you’ll eat lunch, and the afternoon and evening are yours to spend relaxing or exploring as you’d like. Take a refreshing shower, or enjoy the rainforest immediately surrounding the lodge.
Near the lodge, you’ll find a small camouflaged floating platform. Here, you’ll get to experience one of the world’s most outstanding natural spectacles–the Blanquillo Macaw Collpa. Collpas, or macaw-licks, are large eroded riverside ledges where the colorful birds gather in the morning to “lick” clay. Researchers believe that the birds eat clay as a source of minerals, or to neutralize toxins ingested from plants or seeds.
Day 5 — Wake Up with Hundreds of Macaws
Today, you’ll wake up early to observe the first parrots arrive at the clay lick in the early dawn. The noisy birds are the jungle’s roosters, and hundreds will squawk raucous good mornings to each other in the canopy before descending to the banks below. By 7:00 am, the brown riverbank will come alive with color as dozens, then hundreds of macaws and other parrots gather on the lick.
This cacophony will continue for nearly an hour before the birds spot a predator overhead, and take off in a rainbow of flight.
For travelers choosing a 5-day adventure, you’ll end your Manu National Park Tour here. Pack your bags and sail from the reserve to a local mining town, where you’ll take a private transfer to Puerto Maldonado Airport.
For travelers choosing a 6-day adventure, you’ll continue your day exploring the park by catamaran. Enjoy the afternoon on Lake Camungo or along the wide, lazy Manu River. Keep a look out for endangered giant river otters — still a common sight in the reserve. In the evening, you’ll pitch tents along the riverbank and enjoy dinner as the sun sets beneath the thick jungle canopy around you.
Day 6 — End Your Manu National Park Tour
Today you’ll end adventure in Manu. Sail from the reserve to a local mining town, where you’ll take a private transfer to Puerto Maldonado airport.
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