Day 01. Cusco – Soga de Oro
We leave from Cusco by private bus, first stopping to visit the pre Inca burial towers of Ninamarca. We then drive through the mountains, to get to the typical and folkloric town of Paucartambo. Here we will have a short walk around town before carrying on to Tres Cruces, the highest point and entrance to Manu National Park. From here we will continue into the Cloud Forest and at San Pedro we will walk for around 1 hour to observe the National bird of Peru, the cock of the rock, and many different kinds of monkeys, plants and flowers. At Atalaya we will take the boat down the Alto Madre de Dios river to Soga de Oro where we will spend the night. We will sleep on raised platforms in tents.
Day 02. Soga de Oro
After breakfast we will walk in the jungle around Soga de Oro, appreciating the flora and fauna and the different kinds of mammals and birds, e.g. red howler monkey, collared peccary, white lipped peccary, black spider monkey, egrets, heron, cormorant ,medicinal trees, giant tress, etc. After lunch you d to you will have time to swim in the river. In the afternoon and evening we will walk in the jungle and visit a lake and take a balsa raft, giving us the chance to see many different types of wildlife, and the beautiful sun set. After dark we will have the opportunity to catch Caimans. For dinner we will make a fire and have some drinks and a BBQ. We will sleep on raised platforms in tents.
Day 03. Soga de Oro – Cusco
We will get up early to visit the parrots clay lick and after breakfast we will return to Atalaya by boat where our private bus will waiting for us to take us back to Cusco via the cloud forest and Paucartambo. We will arrive back in Cusco in the late afternoon.
Included / Not Included
What is included:
- Private bus and boat
- Rubber boots and rain poncho
- All camping equipment
- Bilingual native guide
- Mineral water
- First aid kit
- 3 meals per day
- Entrance to Soga de Oro
What is not included:
- First day Breakfast
- Last day Lunch
What we recommend that you bring:
- Repellent with a minimum of 40% deet
- Camera with extra batteries
- Flashlight with extra batteries
- Sun lotion
- Pocket money
- Water bottle
- Sun hat
- Toilet Paper
- Dark Clothes
Prices & Avaylability
Group size:02min – 10max.
OUR FIXED DEPARTURE 2019-2020
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the camping equipment like?
For comfort we provide 4-person tents for 2 people or smaller tents for single travellers. We also provide sleeping mattresses, you only need to bring your own light sleeping bag. You can hire sleeping bags at our office for US$5.00 a day. All tents are fitted with mosquito nets.
What facilities do you have in the Lodge?
We have single and double rooms, toilets, showers, dining room, kitchen, two platforms for tents, hammocks and deck chairs, and walking trails. Close to the lodge, you can swim safely in the river. We also have a tree house deep in the jungle, besides a mammals clay lick. There you will enjoy watching wildlife during day and night.
Will there be a Pre-departure briefing?
The day before the departure there will be a briefing. In case you cannot attend, please let us know in advance so we can make different arrangements.
Do I have to be fit to do your trips?
For our trips it is necessary to be in good physical health, but how fit depends on the itinerary you choose. The areas where we walk are flat. We always walk very slowly in the jungle, as this is the best way to observe the flora and fauna, but also because it can be very hot and humid. If you take one of our tours, then you will be walking for 3 to 4 hours per day, carrying only a small day pack to carry your water, binoculars and camera. You will return to our comfortable Lodge. The 6-day expedition trip involves walking for 6 hours or more and carrying your tent, sleeping bag etc. All night walks are optional; if you are tired you are welcome stay in the lodge.
How to decide between doing a Tour or Expedition?
Our expeditions are for 6 days, taking you deep into the jungle, walking for 6 hours or more and carrying your equipment (tent, sleeping bag, clothes etc.). These expeditions give you more contact with nature and many chances to see wild life because of the length of time you are walking and also because you will sleep deep in the jungle in tents or hammocks, not in lodges or organized camp grounds. Our normal tours range from 4 to 8 days and involve walking for 3-5 hours at a time. You will not need to carry all your equipment, only water for the walk and your camera and binoculars. The tours also give you the option to visit the Blanquillo private reserve, where you can see the famous Macaw Clay Lick. Of course, as with all our trips, the tours or expeditions can be adjusted to your specific requirements.
I do not want to do camping I want to stay in Lodge?
Half of our tours do not include camping (4d Cultural zone and 6d and 7d Reserve zone tours). Please chose one of them if you do not want to do camping. If you do not want to stay in the Tree House, you can stay in the lodge.
What is included in the tour?
Depending on the program, the following things are included:
Private transportation (bus and boat)
All camping equipment (chair, tens, tables, mattress, rubber boots, rain poncho)
Professional bilingual local guide
First aid kit
3 meals per day
Snacks (biscuits, candy, fresh fruit, juice)
Entrance to the natural hot springs
Entrance to Reserve Ecological Bonanza
Entrance to Rainforest Lodge
Entrance to Casa Matsiguenka Lodge
Entrance to the Manu National Park
Entrance to Isla de los Valles Lake
Entrance to the Native Community of Diamante
And much more…
What to bring into the jungle?
Light sleeping bag (depending on the tour)
Repellent with a minimum of 25 % DEET
Camera with extra batteries (optional)
Flashlight with extra batteries
Why is a tour to the Reserve Zone more expensive than to the Cultural Zone?
There are several reasons why a tour to the Reserve Zone is more expensive than to the Cultural Zone. The boat trip is much longer (8h), and the lodging in the Reserve Zone (Casa Matsiguenka) is also more expensive than in the Cultural Zone. In addition, we include your entrance fee to the national park.
Why do you Use Casa Matsiguenka?
We want to support the local indigenous Matsiguenka communities (Tayacome and Yomibato) that are living in the Reserve Zone (Social Responsibility). Also we like to stay there because the design of the lodge is unique.
Can I fly back from the jungle?
You can only fly out from Pto. Maldonado in our program of 8d Reserve Zone. These flights are optional, depend on the demand and are not very exact. Usually the planes leave between 8am and 1pm. One the day before your departure we will know the approximate time of the flight. Please remember that the flights from the jungle are not like the flights from Cusco to Lima. They are very dependent on the weather, especially between December and March (rainy season). We can book your flight tickets, but we have no influence on the airline. We recommend that you have one spare day in Cusco before your flights to Lima, or more if you have international flights.
What is the maximum group size?
In our tours and expeditions we have a maximum of 9 people per guide. With more than 9 passengers we will use two guides and divide the group in two for walking and expeditions. We do this so that you have a higher chance of seeing animals and can hear the explanation of the guide.
Do you provide clean drinking water?
Yes, all tour prices include mineral water throughout the entire trip. The expeditions include mineral water as well but when you are deep in the jungle river water is boiled to make it suitable for drinking. In addition, you can bring some purification pills.
What type of food will we eat and are there choices if you are a vegetarian?
The food we provide during these tours will be mostly food native to the jungle (typical jungle food and drinks). It will include fish, chicken, beef, vegetable and fruit. Drinks during the tour will include natural juices like pineapple, star fruit, passion fruit, coffee and hot chocolate. We also offer vegetarian food.
Are there Mosquitoes?
Yes, there are mosquitoes and sand flies. The mosquitoes are most active in the morning and at dusk. We recommend that you bring a very good mosquito repellent with you to help avoid these mosquitoes while you are walking in the jungle. All the lodges provide mosquito nets for you beds and the tens which are used have a mosquito net as well.
Do you provide a first aid kit?
Yes, we do have a first aid kit with us, but we also recommend that you bring a small first aid kit of your own (basic items of first-aid).
Is there Malaria and Leishmaniasis in Manu Cultural Zone ?
The risk of Malaria is very low in Manu. We recommend that you bring a good insect repellent (with at least 50% DEET) and use long sleeved shirts and trousers. If you choose to use strong medicine against malaria, please check the side effects of these medicines as they can be quite severe! No method is 100% safe against Malaria. If you want you can bring your medication to the jungle (Malaria can be detected from a blood analysis). It is also possible to get medication in the jungle. The risk of Leishmaniasis is also very low in Manu, the best protection being long sleeved shirts and trousers. In Manu there is Plasmodium Vivax, this is curable. You also can get vaccinated against Yellow Fever for the jungle, but it is not necessary. A vaccination against Tetanus is important.
See information of the WHO for travellers.
Do I need to bring a sleeping bag, flash light and binoculars?
You need to bring a light sleeping bag for the tour or expedition. Normally the temperature is 20°C at night, a hot climate, but sometimes it can be colder (June, July). Binoculars are essential, animals can often be at a distance, or high up in the trees, and this is the best way to get a good look at them.
Flash lights are also very important for the night walks to watch small animals at night time.
Sleeping bag, binoculars and flash light can be hired in Cusco. Let us know if you want to rent them.
What is the weather like in the Manu National Park?
On sunny days the temperature varies from 25 to 40°C during the day and from 10 to 20°C during the night. June and July are the coldest month. We will inform you about the current weather conditions before you depart on a tour.
What do I need to do if I want to reserve a trip to Manu?
Please contact us for bookings. In order to make a reservation we need your full name, address, age, profession, passport number and nationality. To secure you reservation we need a minimum deposit of 25% (USD) of the total cost per person. You can deposit through Western Union or bank account , Peru if you are already in Peru. We will confirm the receipt of your deposit and the reservation.
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