8day Manu Reserved Zone Tour

  • Black Caiman
  • Andean cock-of-the-rock
  • Black-tailed trogon
  • Dusky Titi Monkeys
  • Emerald green tree boa
  • Gray woolly monkey
  • Red-and-green macaws
  • Black Caiman
  • Andean cock-of-the-rock
  • Black-tailed trogon
  • Dusky Titi Monkeys
  • Emerald green tree boa
  • Gray woolly monkey
  • Red-and-green macaws


This tour visits the Reserved Zone as well as the Cultural Zone of Manu Park with its Largest Macaw Clay in the area of Blanquillo. In this Jungle tour we will also visit a tapir Clay lick as part of our activities.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS: Two Oxbow Lakes inside the Reserved Zone,Tour ItineraryCloud Forest of Manu Park, Cultural Zone of Manu National Park, Biosphere Reserve of Manu National Park, Giant otters at Salvador oxbow lake,Tapir Clay Lick and a Macaw Clay Lick.
TOUR ACTIVITIES: Bird watching, night walk, jungle exploration, boat sailing, Giant Otter searching and catamaran sailing in Salvador Oxbow Lake, caiman searching, turtle searching, and Jaguar searching along Manu River, visit a Macaw Clay Lick, visit to a Tapir Clay lick and Giant Otter searching.
TYPE OF TOUR: Ecological and Adventure
TOUR AREAS: Biosphere Reserve of Manu Park and the Cultural Zone
PLACES VISITED ALONG THE TOUR: Huancarani town, Ninamarka pre-Inca cemetery, Paucartambo, Acjanacu (border of Manu Park) Cloud forest, Pilcopata, Atalaya Port, Alto Madre de Dios River, Manu River, Cultural Zone of Manu Park, Reserved Zone of Manu Park, Macaw Clay Lick area.
DEPARTURE DATES: Daily departures are available between March to January.
SHORT TOUR INFORMATION:This tour visits the best areas of Manu National Park, the Reserved Zone with its great flora and Fauna as well as the Cultural Zone with its Macaw Clay Lick and Tapir Clay Lick,  in this tour you will have great chances to see several species of flora and Fauna that includes Jaguars, Giant Otters, caimans, turtles, monkeys and several species of small birds, macaws, toucans, quetzals and trogons.
FOCUS: Bird Watching, wildlife, and photography
MAX GROUP SIZE: 10 + 1 leader
EXTENSIONS: You can always combine or extend this tour, please let us know if you are interested in extending this tour. We will be very happy to arrange it for you.


CLIMATE: Very Cold the first part of the tour on the first day. Warm to very hot with 90% of humidity on the lowland. Please bring a rain poncho with you because we might have some rain.
DIFFICULTY: Mostly very easy; however, because of the heat and the humidity you might run out of energies.
ACCOMMODATION: Good! in most of the Lodges we provide private rooms that have private bathrooms; however, at Casa Matziguenka you will have to share the showers and toilets, some have hot showers, and electricity but also expect to have basic accommodations. Accommodations are based in double bed rooms.



Day 1: Cusco – Pilcopata Lodge or Bamboo Lodge
Day2: Bamboo Lodge – Tapir Clay Lick.
Day3: Tapir Clay Lick – Macaw Clay Lick – Tapir Lodge
Day 4: Tapir Lodge – Manu Biosphere Reserve
Day 5: Manu Biosphere Reserve
Day 6: Manu Biosphere Reserve – Hummingbird Lodge
Day 7: Hummingbird Lodge – Bamboo Lodge
Day 8: Bamboo Lodge – Cusco


Day 1: Cusco – Bamboo Lodge

Departure from Cusco city very early in the morning in one of our trucks specially prepared for this road. We will pass through interesting Inter-Andean valleys and picturesque farmer communities. In the middle of the day we are going to visit the pre-Inca buried towers of Ninamarca, known as “chullpas”. After that we will arrive to Paucartambo city, which is a typical colonial town. It had a lot of importance and it still conserves it’s flavor. Continuing our trip we drive up until the Abra of Accjanaco which is found at 3850 meters over the sea. From this point we start to go down passing through the cloud forest, which is an area rich in endemic species as the spectacular “Andean Bear” (Tremarctos Ornatus) and “The Cook of the Rock” (The Peruvian National Bird), “Orquis”, “Bromelias” and “Ferns” etc. Then in San Pedro we will visit a lek of “Cook of the Rocks”, in which these birds every morning and afternoon made during a very interesting dance called “Displays”. After that we continue our tour until reaching Bamboo Lodge, where we will stop and spend our first night.

Day2: Bamboo Lodge – Tapir Clay Lick.

After eating our breakfast we continue the tour by bus going through the high forest arriving to Atalaya which is found next to Alto Madre de Dios River (700 meters over the sea). From this point we start to go down river in a motorized boat (60 hp). At the riverside we will have the opportunity to see a lot of bird species such as “Herons”, “Vultures”, “Cormorants” etc. Along the river there is a hot spring where we will stop for the bath; passing two in the afternoon we will arrive to our lodge, where we accommodate and get new water resources to be able to take a 45min to an hour in a half walk through the forest, during the walk we will be able to observe several species of animals including exotic birds like Toucans and macaws. Near the Tapir clay lick we do have a platform where we will accommodate our selves because we will spend the night in this blind from where at night we can observe Tapirs eating the clay which its reach in minerals; at the platform we do provide mattresses, mosquito nets, blankets and a toilet in the backside of the building.
At this clay lick we can also observe deers, peccaries, spider monkeys, red howler monkeys, guans, and parakeets

Day3: Tapir Clay Lick – Macaw Clay Lick – Tapir Lodge

Very early in the morning we will walk back to the lodge and from there we will travel down river towards the largest Macaw Clay lick found in Manu Park, The activity at the clay lick begins about 5:30 am as medium sized parrots arrive with the dawn, pair by noisy pair, and land in the treetops above the lick. Hundreds of screeching birds clamber about in the branches in preparation for their descent to the riverbank. Eventually, cascades of green, blue, and red parrots circle down to the clay wall. About 7:00 or 7:30 am large macaws start to arrive. After about 40 to 100 have gathered and deemed the lick safe, they begin to descend. This colorful and noisy scene continues for 20 to 40 minutes while the birds eat their fill of clay or until danger arrives in the form of a hawk, eagle, or ocelot. There are normally between 80 to 100 macaws and 600 or more other parrots. This is truly one of the world’s great wildlife spectacles. After this activity we will sail up river towards our lodge where we will spend our last night.

Day 4: Tapir Lodge – Manu Biosphere Reserve

After having our breakfast we start the returning trip, but to do this we need to make a short stop in Boca Manu to get fuel for the boat. Then we will continue sailing up 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. Beaches, especially in the dry season, are loaded with nesting birds and feeding Herons, Egrets, Orinoco Geese, Terns and Skimmers to name a few. Some beaches will host sunning White and Black Caimans (South American relatives of the Alligators) 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 worlds third largest cat. In 1999 one in three of our trips saw Jaguar in Manu. We will see some species of primate on this river trip, possibly Red Howler Monkeys or the smaller Squirrel Monkeys. After having lunch by the river we arrive at our Safari Camp near the lake of Cocha Salvador. We’ll have the afternoon to explore some of the trails through the pristine rainforest in the area. A visit to the lake of Cocha Otorongo is planned, where observation piers and a 20 meter observation tower in the rainforest canopy overlooking the lake are available for observing wildlife. We will also be on the lookout for a large family of Giant Otters that inhabit this lake. Before or after dinner an optional excursion into the forest at night is available with your guide in search of nocturnal creatures. The lakes are full of eye-shine of the large Black Caiman and if we are lucky we may encounter an Olingo Kinkajou or even an Ocelot on the trails. Certainly the night-time noise of tree frogs and insects in the forest is an experience not to be forgotten. Night at Casa Matsiguenka Lodge.

Day 5: Manu Biosphere Reserve

After breakfast we’ll spend the morning at the lake of Cocha Salvador. Some of the time will be spent canoeing the lake on a floating platform observing oxbow lake animal life from the water. We may encounter an Agami Heron or a Sungrebe and Brown Cappuchin Monkeys are usually feeding on fruits nearby. Specially constructed piers that jut out into the lake enable us to look for a family of Giant Otters that live here. These, the worlds largest freshwater carnivores, remain common only in Manu, having been hunted to extinction throughout most of their former range. Each animal consumes between 4 and 5 kilos of fish daily and often they can be seen eating large fish on logs at the lakeside. The rest of the day will be spent walking the trails in the area in search of some of the 13 species of Monkey found in the forest here. Your guide will explain some of the basics of rainforest ecosystems and point out some of the medicinal plants of the area used by local, indigenous groups. We may cross paths with a group of Peccaries – a species of wild boar found here. A late afternoon swim in the river near the camp as the sun sets. Night at Casa Matsiguenka Lodge.

Day 6: Manu Biosphere Reserve – Hummingbird Lodge

Today we will walk from camp through the forest to a different oxbow lake, Cocha Otorongo – “Jaguar Lake”, to experience another setting and a chance to see further wildlife. We may encounter troops of monkeys especially the Common Woolly Monkey. We’ll pay special attention to the plant life and listen carefully for rustling vegetation and fruits falling to the rainforest floor indicating the presence of animals or large birds. After a leisurely lunch we take our canoes for a 4-hour trip down river until we reach Boca Manu for the night. Overnight at Hummingbird Lodge.

Day 7: Hummingbird Lodge – Bamboo Lodge

Today, after breakfast we will sail Alto Madre de Dios up river to the port of Atalaya, the place from where we started our trip by boat, after reach it we will drive to bamboo lodge where we are going to spend our last night in the jungle of Manu National Park.

Day 8: Bamboo Lodge – Cusco

GOOD BYE TO MANU!! On the day of our return, we will have an early morning departure from the bamboo Lodge in the direction of Paucartambo, which was the entrance point that led us into the jungle in the first place. At this time we will pass through the beautiful Sacred Valley on the way, arriving in Cusco around 7.00pm.

Included & Bring

  • Tour guide in English and Spanish with spotting scope (Tour guide specialized on bird watching or biologist with previous request),
  • Transportation (bus and boat)
  • Professional cook.
  • Three meals a day included vegetarian option.
  • Mineral water
  • All accommodations and lodges.
  • Snack food (fresh fruits, sweets/caramels, chocolates, cookies, juices)
  • Rain Poncho
  • Rubber boots
  • Entrance fee to the Oxbow Lakes
  • Entrance fee to Manu National Park
  • Entrance fee to all the private Natural Reserves
  • First aid kit


  • Mineral water in the first day
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Diner the last day

What we Recommend that you Bring

  • Aside from Binoculars and photo-equipment
  • A spotting scope, if you have one
  • Flashlight for night birding and night walks
  • Light day pack
  • Sunscreen and insect repellent
  • T-shirts and a long-sleeved shirt
  • Jeans or other cotton pants are comfortable, as well as quick-drying nylon ones
  • Cotton socks
  • Sweater, jacket or fleece for night birding
  • Light jacket, water resistant, or poncho
  • Hiking boots or sturdy shoes
  • Water bottle/canteen or camel pack
  • Sandals for after hours
  • Hat and sunglasses
  • Plastic bags for camera, clothes, etc. Personal toiletries (shampoo, towel, etc)
  • Converter /adaptor for the electricity (Plugs are typically the 2 pronged flat type found in the US)


Group size:02min – 10max.
January: 11th,15th,17th
April: 3rd,7th,9th,10th,12th,14th,15th,18th,21st
May: 14th,15th,18th
June: 02nd,04th,06th,10th,12th,14th,15th,17th,18th,20th,22th,24th,26th,30
July:  01st,04th,07th,10th012th,14th,18th,21st,24th,26th,27th,30th
August: 3rd,7th,9th,10th,12th,14th,15th,18th,21st,24th,26th,27th,30th
September: 1st,2nd,5th,8th,10th,13th,16th,18th,19th,20th,21st,23th,24th,25th
October: 04rh,06th,09th,12th,14th,16th,20th,22th,25th,29th