Duration : 6 days / 5 nights
Destinations : Manu Park, Boca Manu, Atalaya
Day 01: Cusco - Pilcopata
We leave Cusco early in the morning by bus and travel through Andean Mountains, beauty valleys, rural communities and visit Ninamarca Chullpas (tombs); these belong to the pre-Inca culture (Lupacas). Then we will climb the last mountain and arrive to Acjanaco, this is the entrance to the Manu National Park. Fallowing this we will descend in to the mysterious cloud forest, which has a huge variety of flora and fauna; making it an ideal home for epiphytic, orchids, bromeliads. By the afternoon we take a hike in the cloud forest, where we will be able to see the famous bird Cock of the rock, acting in a daily ritual dance, as well as trogons, quetzal, toucans, monkeys and on a lucky day the only Spectacle Bear of South America (Tremantus ornatus). Then we will continue our trip to Kcosñipata valley, where we spend our first night.
Day 02: Pilcopata – Blanco Lodge
Will be woken by the dawn chorus to take a walk in the high forest and visit local agriculture like coca plants, pineapples, yucca and others original products as well as seeing many species of birds, nice view points. Then we will arrive to Atalaya port, where we’ll take our motor boat and navigate 7 hours down the turbulent alto Madre de Dios River to Boca Manu and Blanco lodge, near to the clay lick of macaws and parrots. At night fall we can go to explore the forest by our flashlight and search some caimans on the lake Overnight in lodge.
Nocturnal activities are available each night. These range from nocturnal walks, talks on different topics and caiman spotting when there is a good whether condition.
Day 03: Blanco Lodge
At first light we head to the macaw clay lick, from a hide away we will fully enjoy the arrival of hundreds of macaws, parrots and parakeets for eating clay and complete their diet. After this fantastic spectacle show, we will walk inside of the primary forest searching some monkeys, etc. After this great visit we walk through the forest and visit one of Manu’s beautiful oxbow lake (cocha camungo) by catamaran, here is a chance to see a huge variety of birds, monkeys and with luck a family of Giant Otters (Pteronura brasillensis), this endangered species can be seen swimming, fishing, eating, and playing return and over night.
Day 04: Blanco Lodge - Boca Manu
Day of caiman spotting, after a short boat ride we start to walk through the forest for get another oxbow lake called Blanco where is an observation platform of 35 meter high and observe kapok trees, mahogany, rubber trees, cedar and it is home of several mammals that are occasionally encountered like Brown capuchin monkeys and some wild pigs.
We’ll continue our river voyage searching carefully some caimans, the largest rodent (Capybara)and arrive to Boca Manu Overnight in lodge.
Day 05: Boca Manu - Atalaya
This day after our great breakfast we will continue our trip up the Madre de Dios river in our comfortable boat, trying to fish and enjoy the aguas calientes or hot spring, where we may relax in the beautiful point, after our great typical lunch we will get the tiny river port of Atalaya, for spend our final night in lodge.
Day 06: Atalaya - Cusco
Waking up very early for appreciate again the cock of the rock in San Pedro, where we’ll have our breakfast, we may stop frequently to observe more wildlife in the cloud forest. We continue our return to the ancient Inca’s capital CUSCO.
- Naturalist Professional Guide in English and Spanish.
- Entrance to the platform of cock of the rock.
- Entrance to the platform of macaw.
- Land and river private transportation (very comfortable).
- Lodging 2 people in room. In typical and local comfortable Lodge.
- Three meals per day (vegetarian option) & snacks.
- First aid kit.
- Mineral water.
- Tents and mattresses.
- Rubber boots and rain gear (ponchos).
- Guide books about Manu, paper work for entrance and checklist.
- Soft drinks and beers.
What you should bring?
- Lightweight long sleeve cotton shirts, long pants, one pair of walking shoes, sandals, towel, swimming suit, rain jacket and personal medicines.
- Day pack and a back pack person.
- Binocular, camera with a good zoom for the inner forest.
- Insect repellent at least 25 % of deet, sunglasses, sun cream lotion and cap or hat.
- Flashlight enough batteries.