8 days
Cusco – Salvador Lake

Manu 8D/7N: 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.

Ground transportation.
River transport
Specialized professional guide
Food, d, a, c.
Safety equipment
Hostel accommodation
First aid equipment
Mineral water .
Professional staff, motorcyclist and crew
Professional chef
First day breakfast
Alcoholic and carbonated drinks.
Entrance to the Manu National Park $ 60.00
Thick clothes (dawn chilled by the river)
Equipment for rain
Flashlight or torch with extra batteries
Hat or hat
Long sleeve shirt and long pants
Mosquito repellent
Sandals, swimwear and towel
A pair of hiking boots
Personal hygiene equipment (toilet paper)
Extra money.

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DAY 1: Cusco – Cloud Forest – Paititi Lodge

We start from Cuzco very early in the morning on our comfortable bus. We ascend to the upper area of ​​Paucartambo. On the way we visited the funerary towers or Chullpas de Ninamarca. Then we descend through the mysterious cloud forest, full of beautiful orchids, heliconias and primitive ferns. We stop to give you the opportunity to witness the cock of the rocks (Rupícolas peruviana) in the mating ritual. There are also possibilities to observe tragones (Tragón sp.) And much more. If we are lucky we will find the only bear of South America, the spectacled bear (Tremarctos ornatus). In the afternoon we will arrive at the port of Atalaya where we will embark by boat 30 minutes to the Paititi Lodge where we will spend the night in our typical hostel with shared bathrooms and showers.

DAY 2: Paititi Lodge – Boca Manu

We get up very early and continue our trip by boat to the lick of green parrots where you can see many species and a species of chestnut macaw and after a delicious breakfast the group continues its boat trip navigating the Alto Madre de Dios river. On the way we can see a variety of birds, such as herons, kingfishers and always the presence of vultures of which the most spectacular is the condor of the jungle, the king of vultures (Scarcoramphus papa) and the Jaguar (Panther). Onca) we also have a stop in the Native community of Diamante to see their typical constructions of houses and see the wild fruits they have. In the afternoon we arrive at the village of Boca Manu where we have the accommodation. At night we have the night walk to see insects and more things that can be appreciated .. Hostel with showers and shared bathrooms.

DAY 3: Boca Manu – Cocha Otorongo

The boat trip continues and one begins to realize why Manu is so famous for its wildlife. On the banks of the river there are groups of turtles, white alligators (Cayman cocodrylus) or maybe some ronsocos (Hydrochaeris) and much more. In the afternoon we arrived at our camp located in Cocha Otorongo, shortly after we organized a walk to visit the lake and the observation tower from where we have the opportunity to observe the wolves of the river. Here in the Manu the animals have never suffered hunting persecution by men. Night in camp on platforms with roof. Showers and shared bathrooms.

DAY 4: Cocha Otorongo – Salvador Lake

The group visits Cocha Salvador today which is 30 minutes away from Cocha Otorongo. We visit the lake to paddle silently on a catamaran that gives us the possibility to observe the wolves of the river again and a variety of strange birds such as the sultana (Porphyrula martinica) or the agamí heron (Agamia) and monkeys. Later we walked on the main trails with the guide to learn the operation and secrets of the tropical forest. In the afternoon we return to our camp in Cocha Otorongo. Night in camp on platforms with roof. Showers and toilets available. Optional night walk.

DAY 5: Cocha Otorongo – Pakitza

Very early in the morning, the group will visit by boat the last surveillance post of the Manu – Pakitza National Park where we will explore the forest observing different species of plants and birds and with good luck animals. Night in camp on platforms with roof. Showers and toilets available. Optional night walk.

DAY 6: Cocha Otorongo – Boca Manu

Today we woke up with the howling of the cotomonos, unfortunately we have to start our return to Boca Manu we will also have the option of seeing many other species of birds and more depending on luck and what nature wants to offer us. Optional a night walk around the lodge and swim in Boca Manu. Night in hostel. Showers and toilets shared.

DAY 7: Boca Manu – Paititi Lodge

We continue back by boat on the high river Madre de Dios. On the way we have again the option of seeing many birds and likewise with very lucky animals. In the afternoon we are arriving at our Paititi lodge. Night in hostel. Showers and toilets available.

DAY 8: Paititi Lodge – Cusco

This day is very sad because we have to leave our wonderful jungle full of mysteries and return by boat to the watchtower, then transfer by bus to Cusco. On the way we can observe a variety of flora and fauna in the cloud forest.


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