Macaw Lick at the Manu Wildlife Center
4 Days / 3 Nights
1: Cusco to Manu Wildlife Center
We pick you up from your hotel in Cusco and take you to the airport for the early morning light to the Boca Manu Aerodrome. Leaving the plane, we'll head down the Madre de Dios River for two hours to the comfortable lodge facility near the Macaw Clay Lick - Manu Wildlife Center. This strategically located lodge facility is jointly owned and run by Manu Expeditions and a local conservation group and is a base for scientific research in the area and a center for visitors wanting to explore the rainforest. 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. Night at Manu Wildlife Center. (B,L,D)
2: Manu Wildlife Center
Early start to-day for the Macaw Clay Lick. This is truly one of the worlds great wildlife spectacles as hundreds of Parrots and their larger relatives, the Macaws, congregate at this traditional locality to eat the mineral rich clay that is essential to their digestion. We'll use a blind (hide) to get close to the birds. The noise alone is incredible and the sight of these brightly colored birds at the lick is a sight not to be forgotten. As the lick slows down in midmorning we'll head for Cocha Blanco, an old ox-bow lake, in search of a family of Giant Otters that live there, and canoe around the lake on our floating platform looking for other wildlife. After a leisurely lunch at the lodge we'll explore other trails in search of Emperor and Saddleback Tamarins, and we have seen the rare Goeldi's Monkey repeatedly in this area. Night at the Manu Wildlife Center . (B,L,D)
3: Manu Wildlife Center
A full day to explore the forest and trails around the lodge. We'll be on the lookout for Monk Saki - an uncommon and rarely seen monkey of the tierra firme forest that is occasionally seen here. We'll explore trails where groups of Manakins, perhaps the most enigmatic of neo-tropical birds, perform their strange mating dances and walk to one of our blinds at a large mammal lick where Guans and forest Parakeets and Parrotlets come for clay. Here too, groups of Black Spider Monkeys visit on occasions for clay to help their digestion. Those who wish will return with the guide to the lodge in the late afternoon however 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 the Manu Wildlife Center. (B,L,D)
If you are on the Monday 5 Day Tour, you would spend another full day exploring the trails, lakes, Canopy Towers and wildlife attractions at the Manu Wildlife Center Lodge.
4: Manu Wildlife Center to Cusco
After breakfast we head upriver (about 2 hours) to the small airstrip at Boca Manu. Early morning flocks of birds pass over the boat, and we may see a Capybara, the worlds largest rodent. Arriving at the airstrip we board our aircraft for the 40 minute flight over seemingly endless rainforest and then over the Andes, passing glaciers and snow peaks to the ancient Inca capital of Cusco where our staff will be waiting to take you to your hotel. (B)
|Fixed Departures: Every Monday (5 Days) and every Friday (4 Days) every month of the year.|
- 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
Rates per person: For 4 days: $1603. Single supplement: $287
For 5 days: $1766. Single supplement: $384