The Park was created on May 29, 1973, has an area of 1,716,295.22 hectares and is one of the best destinations for nature tourism. In the lower basin of the Manu River, the exuberance of the Amazonian plain stands out.
We will leave Cusco very early in the morning in our vehicle. We will cross interesting valleys between the mountains of the Andes and picturesque rural communities. We will visit the pre-Incan tombs of the Lupaca culture and then we will stop in Paucartambo, a beautiful colonial city, and visit the interesting museum of the city. On the way, we will have lunch in the cloud forest. We will continue our descent through the cloud forest, an area rich in endemic species, such as the spectacled bear and the rooster of the rock, the Peruvian national bird that performs a ritual of unique courtship. We can also see orchids, bromeliads, ferns, etc. We will continue observing the spectacular nature throughout our trip until we reach to atalaya port and take a motor boat and go 30 minutes down the river to get to our hostel where we will spend our first night.
Very early in the morning, we will board our boat and head to the macaw clay lick, a wall along the riverbank where different species of parrots, such as the blue-headed parrot, the white-eyed parakeet, the macaw with chestnut front, among others, gathers every morning. Here they eat clay, which is rich in minerals and helps them digest and eliminate toxins from their bodies. After, we will return to our lodge for a delicious breakfast. After breakfast, we will take a walk through the forest for 2-3 hours. We will return to the lodge for lunch and then rest or swim in the river. After lunch, you will also have the option to go zip-lining. In the afternoon, we will visit Lake Machuwasi, where we will take a rafts to observe birds, such as the prehistoric bird hoatzin and, with luck, other animals such as monkeys and capybaras. Then we will make a nocturnal walk through the forest to look for insects and amphibians. After the night walk, we will have dinner and spend the night. Optional free activity – zip line: Our guests at the Amazon Manu Lodge have the opportunity to appreciate a unique and impressive view of the jungle as they fly through the jungle canopy between platforms built high up in the trees. All equipment used is high mountain and safe. After sliding at high speed through the treetops of the incredible Amazon rainforest, you can rappel 25 meters to the ground (fishing optional)
After a delicious breakfast, we can go for a swim in the hot spring of Atalaya and then we will board our boat back to Puerto Atalaya where our bus will wait for us to return to Cusco. We will have lunch along the route back to Cusco, and we will arrive around 5:30 p.m. at 6:30 p.m.
2 nights at Amazon Manu Lodge
3 meals and 1 snack each day (vegetarian option available upon request)
Bilingual professional guide
Equipment such as binoculars, telescope, first aid kit
Breakfast and water the first day
Dinner on the last day
Extras, like souvenirs
Drinks such as soft drinks or alcoholic beverages
Sneakers / hiking
Flashlight and batteries
Hat, sunglasses, sunscreen
Insect repellent (40% DEET or more is recommended)
Long sleeve shirts
Warm clothes (mornings and nights on the river can be cold)