A trip to Manu reserved area has become known worldwide due to its rich biodiversity and its important network of protected areas located in the Manu National Park reserve, located in the departments of Cusco and Madre de Dios, protects one of the most important ecoregions of the country and an area of megadiversity; perhaps it is the Park with the greatest biological diversity on the planet. It is one of the few territorial spaces that range from frigid punas, which exceed 4000 meters above sea level, to rugged forested mountains that give rise to a multitude of small ravines and valleys, to cloud forests of high jungle to finally reach the Amazonian plain. The Park is surrounded by the Territorial Reserve of the Kugapakori and Nahua ethnic groups, the Megantoni National Sanctuary and the Amarakaeri Communal Reserve, territories that, together with those of the Mapacho River basin, intend to be integrated into the Manu Biosphere Reserve. The peoples that live in or around the Park have diverse cultural patterns of settlements, and some are populations in voluntary isolation or initial contact in Manu Park.
DETAILED TOUR ITINERARY - Manu Cultural Zone Tour 3 Days
Day 1: Cusco (3,300 m.a.s.l.) – Cloud Forest (1,700 m.a.s.l) – Pilcopata Inn (600 m.a.s.l.)
We will depart from Cusco very early in the morning in one of our vehicles. We will traverse beautiful valleys between the Andes Mountains and picturesque countryside communities. We will visit pre-Inca tombs from the Lupaca culture and later will stop in Paucartambo, a beautiful colonial town, and visit the town’s interesting museum. Along the way, we will eat lunch in the cloud forest. We will continue our descent through the cloud forest, a zone rich in endemic species, such as the Spectacled Bear and the Cock of the Rock, the Peruvian national bird that performs a unique courting ritual. We can also see orchids, bromelias, ferns, etc. We will continue to observe the spectacular nature along our journey until we arrive at our lodge, Pilcopata Inn, where we will spend our first night.
Day 2: Pilcopata – Amazon Manu Lodge (450 m.a.s.l.)
We will eat breakfast very early and then visit a coca plantation and a wildlife rescue center. Following this, we will travel to Port Atalaya, situated along the banks of the Alto Madre de Dios River at 500 m.a.s.l. Here, we will begin our descent in boat to observe the enormous diversity of bird species, such as herons, vultures, cormorants, etc. until we arrive at Amazon Manu Lodge. There, we will eat a delicious lunch before taking a hike to Lake Machuwasi, where we will ride in balsa rafts to observe birds, such as the primitive hoatzin, and, with luck, caimans, monkeys, and capybaras. We will spend the night in the lodge.
Day 3: Amazon Manu Lodge – Cusco
Very early in the morning, we will board our boat and head to the macaw clay lick, a wall along the riverbank where different species of parrots, such as the blue-headed parrot, white-eyed parakeet, chestnut-fronted macaw, among others, gather every morning. Here they eat the clay, which is rich in minerals and helps them digest and remove toxins from their bodies. After a delicious breakfast, we will pack up and travel by boat back to Port Atalaya, where our bus back to Cusco will await us. We will eat lunch along the route back to Cusco, where we will arrive approximately at 6:30 pm.
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*Free optional activity
– zip line: Our guests at Amazon Manu Lodge have the chance to appreciate a unique and impressive view of the jungle as they fly through the jungle canopy between platforms built high in the trees. All equipment used is high-quality and secure. After gliding at high speed through the treetops of the amazing Amazon Jungle, you will then rappel 20 meters back to the ground.
We will eat breakfast very early and then take a walk, during which we will be able to observe the fauna of the forest, such as monkeys and birds. Then, we will visit a coca plantation and a wildlife rescue center.
Very early in the morning, we will board our boat and head to the macaw clay lick, a wall along the riverbank where different species of parrots, such as the blue-headed parrot, white-eyed parakeet, chestnut-fronted macaw.
Today, we will get a very early again to eat breakfast and take walks around our lodge and Lake Otorongo. There is an observation tower located 15 meters from the lake in order to allow us to appreciate the landscape.
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