Manu Biosphere Reserve Adventure
6 Days / 5 Nights

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 1: Cusco to Cock of the Rock Lodge
Leaving Cusco after breakfast around 7:00am we travel through traditional Quechua communities and through the spectacular eastern ranges of the Andes to the village of Paucartambo, passing snow-peaks and small Andean farmsteads. We will have time here to look around this picturesque village We then ascend to the last pass overlooking the Amazon Basin and begin the breath taking descent from 3500 meters to 1600 meters above sea-level ` to our comfortable lodge in the orchid laden Cloud Forest. This is a spectacular journey passing cascading waterfalls and multicolored birds along the way. In the late afternoon, we'll walk into the lodge to the sounds of Quetzals, Trogons and Gray-breasted Wood-Wrens. Night at Cock-of-the-Rock Lodge. (L,D)
 
Day 2: Cock of the Rock Lodge to Romero Rainforest Lodge
Pre- breakfast walk to a nearby spot in the Cloud Forest where the strange and beautiful Cocks-of-the-Rock display at dawn. This is a wonderful sight, as up to 25 bright red-orange males dance and sing,attempting to attract the favors of the duller, burgundy colored females. After visiting this lek we return to the Lodge for a leisurely breakfast and continue in our all terrain bus to the Madre de Dios River and our motorized dugouts and we begin our journey down the river, past the last folds of the Andes down the Madre de Dios River to it's confluence with the Manu River. We’ll pass settlements and native communities during the trip. Just before we get to the village of Boca Manu we pass the native community of Diamante. Their culture is Piro and this is the largest settlement of Amerindians in the area. We turn up the Manu River leaving the relatively clean waters of the Madre de Dios behind; we enter the clay laden waters of the Manu River. We’ll at the park ranger station at Limonal to present our permits and visit an overgrown oxbow lake where many Parrots and Macaws come in to roost we travel another hour to our destination – The comfortable Romero Rainforest Lodge situated close the banks of the Manu River. We are now deep in the pristine Manu rainforest. Night Romero Rainforest Lodge. (B,L,D)
 
Day 3: Romero Rainforest Lodge to Cocha Salvador
We head upriver – as deep into the park as allowed, to Cocha Salvador. Beaches, especially in the dry season, are loaded with nesting birds and feeding Herons, Egrets, Orinoco Geese, Terns and Skimmers to name but a few. Some beaches will host sunning White and Black Caimans (South American relatives of the Alligators)/ and breeding Side-necked Turtles. Hundreds of Sand-colored Nightjars roost during the day on logs and beaches and there is a chance of encountering a sunning Jaguar - the world’s third largest cat. In 2008 one in three of our trips saw Jaguar in Manu. We will see some species of primate on this river trip, possibly Red Howler Monkeys or the smaller Squirrel Monkeys. Cocha Salvador. Some of the time will be spent canoeing the lake on a floating platform observing ox-bow lake animal life from the water. We may encounter an Agami Heron or a Sungrebe and Brown Cappuchin Monkeys are usually feeding on fruits nearby. Specially constructed piers that jut out into the lake enable us to look for a family of Giant Otters that live here. These, the world’s largest freshwater carnivores, remain common only in Manu, having been hunted to extinction throughout most of their former range. Each animal consumes between 4 and 5 kilos of fish daily and often they can be seen eating large fish on logs at the lakeside. Night Aguaje Tented Camp. (B,L,D)
 
Day 4: Cocha Salvador to Romero Rainforest Lodge
This morning we have time to explore WITH A visit to the lake of Cocha Otorongo is planned, where observation piers and a 20 meter observation tower in the rainforest canopy overlooking the lake are available for observing wildlife. We will also be on the lookout for a large family of Giant Otters that inhabit this lake. In the afternoon we’ll boat back to Romero Rainforest Lodge in the afternoon, to a refreshing shower, snacks and iced drinks. (B,L,D)
 
Day 5: Romero Rainforest Lodge to Manu Wildlife Centre Lodge
We can explore the trail system at the lodge in the morning before heading downriver river to Manu Wildlife Centre Lodg.e We should arrive in time for lunch and a shower (hot water) and get to meet whichever researchers are onsite. The afternoon is set aside to relax or, if you want, to explore a trail through the untouched forest to a lookout point on a cliff over the river to watch roosting flights of Parrots and Macaws as the sun sets. Manu Wildlife Center has a canopy platform and an observation tower. The canopy platform ` is accessible via a spiral staircase so everyone can get to enjoy the rainforest canopy. Those who wish can participate in a night walk with your guide in search of nocturnal animals. There is an opportunity to stay at the lick after dark to see what nocturnal creatures come to the lick. Tapirs, the largest South American land mammal are frequent visitors with up to 12 animals visiting in one night. We watch them from the comfort of mosquito nets and mattresses from our specially constructed blind. Other nocturnal creatures are always possible. Night at Manu Wildlife Center. (B,L,D)
 
Day 6: Manu Wildlife Centre Lodge to Cusco
Early morning start as flocks of birds pass over the boat, and we may see a Capybara, the world’s largest rodent. Our destination Boca Colorado, a frontier gold rush town, where we’ll take local transport for an hour to the Inambari river and by paved road to Puerto Maldonado in order to catch the afternoon Airbus flight to Cusco. On arrival at around 3:00 pm we’ll drop you at your hotel. (B)
 
Fixed Departures: Every Sunday throughout the year except for the months of January, February and March.

Tour includes: - Bi-lingual biologist/naturalist guides.
- Experienced camp and field staff.

- All terrestrial and fluvial transport.
- Flights to and from Manu where relevant.
- All food from lunch on Day 1 to breakfast on the final day.
- Drinking water at all times
- All lodge accommodations
- One visit to the Macaw lick (4,5 and 9 day trips).
- Transfer to and from hotel in Cusco.

Not included: - Extra bottled drinks except water or where provided with meals.
- Optional tips to staff
- Items of a personal nature e.g. laundry.
- Hotel in Cusco. (Can be arranged on request)
- Excess baggage charges
- Air to or from Lima
- Airport tax to and from Lima
2012 Rates per person in US$: $1585. Add $65 for National Park entrance fee. Single supplement: $175
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