4 days
duration
3/10
physicality
Cusco – Chunchu Lodge
location
10+
age
Jan-Dec
dates

Manu National Park 4 days: In many Andean myths, the cloud forest is considered a kingdom of moral darkness, evil and betrayal. The basics of this belief could be due to an Inca legend. This legend recalls that the Indians of the lower jungle are said to have climbed through the cloud forest and plundered the capital of the Incas of Cusco, not once, but several times in the Manu National Park within the Peruvian jungle.
Cloud forests do support numerous species of plants and animals found in the lowland rainforest, but they also harbor many endemic species, such as the spectacled bear and the rooster of the rocks. Of all the tropical ecosystems of the cloud forest is the least studied. In fact, high levels of endemism can be a defining characteristic of tropical cloud forests. In the tropical Andes, around 40% of bird species are endemic, compared to 19% in the Amazon. New species of endemic birds, obviously, have only recently discovered adolescents, because some cloud forests are so remote and difficult to access the Manu National Park.

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Cusco – Chunchu Lodge
INCLUDED
A professional naturalist tour guide.
Transport of motorboats.
Private land transport of vehicles.
A professional chef
Meals: 3x breakfast, 3x lunch, 3x dinner and drinking water (Note: the vegetarian option on request, at no additional cost!);
Accommodation: 3 nights in accommodations in the jungle;
First aid kit, including a poison extractor, mosquito bite treatment and an antidote for a snake bite;
The life vests;
The communications by radio;
Wellingtons.
NOT INCLUDED
Any departure flight from the airport or taxes;
Travel insurance;
Vaccination;
Breakfast on the first day and dinner on the last day;
Drinks;
Advice for local staff
RECOMMENDATIONS
Mosquito repellent (DEET 35 recommends at least !!),
Original passport,
A sleeping bag (you can rent from us too!),
Small backpack,
Long sleeve cotton shirts (preferably green),
Cotton long pants,
Long cotton socks (to be put on pants),
Comfortable walking shoes,
Sandals or light shoes,
Rain gear (for example, rain poncho),
(Only for the start of the tour in the Andes and the cloud forest) Sweater,
Swimwear;
Binoculars (we also rent),
Camera and its charger,
The plastic bags that will be used for clothes and a camera,
A hat as protection against sun or rain,
Hygiene items,
Small towel,
Toilet paper,
Antibacterial gel,
Sunscreen,
Sunglasses,
Flashlight (with spare bulb and batteries),
Bottled water (1 liter minimum),
Pocket money (Soles) to buy some drinks and souvenirs, as well as to tip.

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DAY 1: Pilcopata, Atalaya, Rainforest Lodge, MANU NATIONAL PARK

We leave Cusco early in the morning to begin our adventure trip! First of all, we are taken by private transportation to the place called Ninamarca to observe “pre-Inca chullpas” (tombs) of the Lupaca culture. Then, we continue Paucartambo, a colonial town with narrow streets and beautiful church, where they keep their old customs. Later, we went up Acjanaco Pass (3,550 masl) to consider an entrance to the Manu National Park and then we arrived at the Tres Cruces de Oro viewpoint (3700 masl) to see one of the best sunrises in the world! From there, we begin our descent to the edge of the Manu forest, passing first a dwarf forest and there is a forest of clouds where we can see a cock of the rocks, hummingbirds, surprisingly colored quetzals, trogons, gray flycatchers and the woolly monkey. . From the flora, we can see a wide variety of orchids, mosses, ferns, etc. Finally, we arrive at Pilcopata (700 masl), where our first lodging – Tikari Lodge is placed. We can freshen up not having a shower and after that, we were served dinner, before we got to bed.
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DAY 2: PILCOPATA, ATALAYA, Rainforest Lodge, MANU SELVA

After breakfast, we continue our trip by private car (one and a half hour) to the port of Atalaya (500 masl). There, we will embark on a motor boat to continue for about half an hour of navigation on the Alto Madre de Dios river. Along the rocky banks, we have a great opportunity to observe the river’s wildlife as well as many birds, turtles or lizards basking in the sun. In the afternoon, we arrive at our next lodge – Rainforest Lodge. Then we will explore the nearby roads where we can see a great diversity of species, for example, tarantulas, ants, butterflies, some species of monkeys, huge trees, erotic plants, palm trees, etc. After that, we return to our hostel where we spend the night.
Optional: A night walk.
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DAY 3: Rainforest Lodge, Machuwasi LAKE, MANU PARK

We got up very early today, after having nice dreams to explore a deeper part of the Peruvian jungle to know its particular flora and fauna! This special place offers you the opportunity to see its endemic species hidden in the depths of the Manu, as well as medicinal plants used by local natives to cure various diseases! If we are lucky, we can also see large animals, such as the jaguar, the puma, the boar, capybaras, anteaters, etc. After that, we return to our lodge for lunch. Then, we have a short break to enjoy a refreshing swim in a river or just relax in the lodge. In the afternoon, we will visit Machuwasi Lago to check a sail in “oars” (hollow tree trunks used by the natives of the area). This is a perfect way to see a great diversity of local animal species, such as a prehistoric bird called hoatzin, some alligators, capybaras or Tocon monkeys (Callicebus oenanthe). Later, we returned to the lodge to spend the night.
Optional: A night walk.
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DAY 4: MANU PARK, Rainforest Lodge, Collpa de Loros, ATALAYA, CUSCO

After breakfast, we will embark on a motorboat that takes us to a 10 minute far collpa of parrots, parakeets and Aras (guacamayo), which is an unforgettable experience! After this activity, we will return to the hostel for breakfast. Then we return aboard our ship to start back. Our first stop is at the Port of Atalaya, where our private vehicle awaits us to take us back to Cusco arriving there between 7 and 7:30 pm.

IMPORTANT!

You have to be vaccinated against yellow fever, as well as to take some malaria pills with you !!

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