We leave Cusco early in the morning in our specialized overland vehicles. Approximately mid-morning we visit the interesting Pre- Inca tombs of Ninamarca, commonly known as “Chullpas”.
We continue to Paucartambo, a picturesque Spanish colonial town, and then to the Acjanacu pass, which marks the beginning of the Cultural Zone of the 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 to the cock of the rock, the spectacled bear, orchids, tree ferns (one of the oldest living plants), mosses and lichens.
This cloud forest exists between 2000 and 3500 m.a.s.l. and at least 50% of the plant species found here are endemic to this region. Overnight in the open air lodge “San Pedro”.
Today we´ll wake up very early to see the cock-of-the-rock (Rupicola peruviana), the national bird of Peru. The male birds are a vibrant reddish orange and at about 5:00am several dozen come together for an exhibition of their ritual mating dance in a comfortably installed observation platform called “Lek”. The males display their crest, showing off and posturing for the females. The females, fewer in number, watch to select the most suitable males.
After breakfast we´ll continue by bike down the narrow road between waterfalls and canyons toward Pilcopata town (*1) for 2 hours approximately (*2). It’s then a 30 minutes bus ride to the port of Atalaya where we will board our covered outboard motor boat and head down the Alto Madre de Dios River for approximately 30 minutes towards our private reserve, “Erika Lodge”, where we will spend the next two nights. Short walk around the lodge.
(*1) Optional: Descend with mountain bikes from San Pedro Lodge (1700 m.a.s.l.) – Cloud Forest to Pilcopata- High Jungle (700 m.a.s.l.).
(*2) Optional: Here in Pilcopata we will make the final arrangements for a 3 hour tropical jungle river rafting trip down the Kosñipata river, where we will have the opportunity for a dip and of course enjoy the spectacular view of the Koñeq canyon. Continue down the tropical river of Alto Madre de Dios to the Lodge.
The Lodge is located in a transition zone between high and low jungle (600 m.a.s.l. to 1,150 m.a.s.l, 1,200 to 3,450 feet) encompassing different habitats. This altitude range explains the high diversity of wildlife found around this lodge. Immediately after breakfast we will start walking near the riverbanks. During the hike our guide will talk about insects, medicinal plants, trees, reptiles, mammals, etc.
Early in the afternoon we will take a short boat ride to visit a small lake near the upper Madre de Dios River, here we will have the chance to see the hoatzin, a primitive bird, white caimans, many other species of birds, insects, etc. Short night walk. This will be our last night in the wonderful amazon jungle. Overnight in the lodge.
New!!! Canopy tour: Our guests traverse from tree to tree and platform to platform using pulleys on horizontal traverse cables, as they sail through the treetops of the tropical rainforest canopy, and over the trails far below.
Expert guides assist you in this exciting journey through the different layers of the virgin rain forests and explain what’s going on around you, from the time you leave the ground, until you rappel back down to the forest floor.
We get up very early and board our boat. After five minutes we will reach a parrot lick, “Collpa”, a wall of clay in the riverbank where many species of parrot, such as the blue headed parrot and white-eyed parakeet, feed for minerals and salt to supplement their diet of seeds and fruits. We then take the boat to Atalaya where we take the bus out of Manu, arriving Cusco late in the afternoon.
- Specialized professional guide.
- Camping equipment, 01 night in San Pedro Open Air Lodge.
- 02 nights in Erika Lodge, meals (vegetarian option).
- First aid kit including anti-ophidian shots.
- All land and river transportation.
- River rafting equipment.
- Mountain biking equipment.
- Safety box for values and storage for luggage.
Does not included:
- International or domestic air tickets.
- Food, beverages not specified in the itinerary.
- Personal care items.
- Other services not specified in the program.
- Sleeping bags.
- Binoculars, camera and films (ASA 200 and 400 for the inner forest).
- Warm clothing, 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.
- One pair of lightweight ankle height boots and sandals.
- Flashlight, enough batteries (alkaline) and bulbs
- Towel, swimming suit
- Personal medicines and/or supplies (liquid for contact lenses for example) a day pack and one backpack or duffel bag of luggage.
- Daily departures.
- Shared service.