This is the shortest jungle tour to the Cultural Zone of Manu Park. An excellent tour for Explorers. in this tour the main activities are based on bird watching and Mammals, there are also chances to observe several species of reptiles, amphibians, monkeys, visit a Tapir Clay Lick and fishing piranhas.
Length: 04 days
Starting city: Cusco
Ending city: Cusco
Tour Areas: Manu National Park (Cusco and Madre de Dios Regions)
Difficulty degree: easy
Focus: bird Watching, wildlife, and photography
Max group size: 8 + 1 leader
- Walking in the Cloud Forest
- Bird Watching
- Visit to the Lek of the Peruvian National Bird
- Caiman Searching
- Visit to a Macaw Clay Lick
- Visit a Tapir Clay Lick
- 02 Nights in Lodge
- 01 night in a blind in the middle of the jungle
- Trekking in the Jungle
- Night Walking
- Survival lessons
- Boat sailing
- Piranha fishing
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! All lodges have private bathrooms, some have hot showers, and electricity but also expect to have basic accommodations. Accommodations are based in double bed rooms.
Day1: From Cusco – Cloud Forest – Bamboo Lodge
Day2: From Bamboo Lodge – Atalaya – Papaya Eco Lodge – Tapir Clay Lick.
Day3: Papaya Eco Lodge all day.
Day4: From Papaya Eco Lodge – Cusco
Day 1: Cusco – Cloud Forest – 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 Cock of the Rock” (The Peruvian National Bird), “Orquis”, “Bromelias” and “Ferns” etc. Then in the cloud forest we will visit a lek of “Cock of the Rock”, in which these birds every morning and afternoon made during a very interesting dance called “Displays”. We will spend the night at Bamboo Lodge.
Day 2: Bamboo Lodge – Atalaya – Papaya Eco lodge
In our way to Atalaya Port we will stop at a Hummingbird Garden where up to 20 species of hummingbird species are observed (great photography opportunities). After reach Atalaya port we will continue our journey by boat, in total we will sail down river about 4 hours to our next lodge.
Along the river we will have great chances to observe several species of birds including egrets, cormorants, herons, hawks, monkeys, etc. before lunch we will also visit a hot spring where we can take a bath in its thermal waters.
In the afternoon after a 45min walk into the jungle we will visit a mammal clay lick, at this clay lick we can observe from a blind Tapirs, deers and Paca Rodents. We will spend the night in this blind in the middle of the jungle.
Day 3: Tapir Clay Lick – Papaya Eco Lodge.
This day we will walk back to our lodge for breakfast. Our lodge has several trails to explore, this day after breakfast we will explore one of the trails having the opportunity to see several species of birds; like, tanagers, flycatchers, trogons, parrots, macaws, hawks, falcons and Manakins. Beside birds we can also see several species of monkeys, peccaries, and maybe a jaguar or puma.
Late in the afternoon we will visit a lake near to the lodge where we can observe some caimans.
Day 4: Papaya Eco Lodge – Cusco
We will get up early so we can start our trip back to Cusco by boat, breakfast and lunch will be served along the way and we will arrive to Cusco around 6pm.
Included & Bring
We include the following:
- Tour guide in English and Spanish with spotting scopeTour Itinerary
- Professional cook.
- Three meals a day included vegetarian option.
- Mineral water
- All accommodations and lodges.
- Tents for 2 people.
- 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
We recommend to bring the following:
- Repellent with a minimum of 25 % deet
- Camera with extra batteries
- Flashlight with extra batteries
- Sun Screen
- Pocket money
- Water bottle/canteen or camel pack
- Light pants
- Sun hat / hat
- Toilet paper
- Dark clothes (for the walking days)
- Converter /adaptor for the electricity (Plugs are typically the 2 pronged flat type found in the US)
OUR FIXED DEPARTURE 2023-2024