Manu Reserved Zone 6D / 5N
The whole year
6 Days / 5 Nights
Small groups between 4 to 8 people as maximum (customized service)
Places to visit:
- Day 01: Cusco - Guadalupe Nature Reserve.
- Day 02: Guadalupe Nature Reserve - Romero Lodge.
- Day 03: Romero Lodge - Salvador Oxbow Lake.
- Day 04: Romero Lodge - El Dorado Lodge.
- Day 05: El Dorado Lodge - Guadalupe Nature Reserve.
- Day 06: Guadalupe Nature Reserve - Cusco.
Day 01: Cusco – Guadalupe Nature Reserve
Leaving Cusco we will pass by numerous dry inner-montane valleys during the trip along the small road you can enjoy the native villages and locals going about their lives in their colorful attires We will stop briefly at the Ninamarca which is an arqueological site with its pre-incan tombs, we travel at leisure making several stops including many photos opportunities exploring the high-elevation mountains, continuing on we will visit the village of Paucartambo with its beautiful arched colonial bridge. From Paucartambo we will climbe again and gradually became enveloped in a cloudy mist soon we arrived at Acjanaco pass and gateway to Manu National Park.
Once across Acjanaco Pass (3550 m / 11.647 ft) the environment changes dramatically passing from dry valleys to wet and also the view looking down toward the lowlands is stunning. The lush and misty cloud forest surrounded by massive rocks and waterfalls is perhaps the most fragile and threatened type of rainforest, which is the kingdom of lichens , moss our main target will of course the Peruvian National Bird the brightly red, Andean Cock of the Rock displays daily for female, as we descend we will head down to (600 m) in elevation to Guadalupe Nature Reserve.
Day 02: Guadalupe Nature Reserve – Romero Lodge
Departing early we will descend out of the foothills and pass by local plantations, the road crosses a low set of hills where we get the Alto Madre de Dios River, once we get Atalaya which is the first navigable Port. We will say good bye to our bus and meet our boatman, we board our motorized and roofed (to provide shelter from the sudden tropical downpour and suns bath) The upper Madre de Dios starts off rocky and fast, with Herons often seen foraging on the rocky gravel bars, and we’ll keep a close watch for raptors. As we are continuing our downriver boat journey, as we will be occupied by traveling by boat down the Madre de Dios towards the confluence with the Manu river, we enter the wild Manu National Park a brief stop at Limonal Park Ranger Station for check in, this boat trip is more exciting and full of sightings experiences, every river bend will bring us a view of unspoiled beauty As we travel up river we’ll search diligently for any signs of Jaguar, still only a slim chance but this river is perhaps the best location to find this magnificent mammal, Just a few curves up the river the environment will change. Suddenly, there will be orders of magnitude more to look at, from hundred if not thousands of swallows and butterflies, every single sandbar being occupied by something interesting, from lapwings, plovers, horned screamers, orinoco geese, we will keep a close watch for wildcats. In the mid afternoon, we arrive at our comfortable lodge which it´s set aside a short distance from the Rio Manu in the heart of Manu National Park and for our following nights at this peaceful place. Overnight, Romero Lodge.
Day 03: Romero Lodge - Salvador Oxbow Lake
We will have the better part of two days to enjoy the Manu´s Wilderness, in the morning, we will explore the Salvador oxbow lake famous for its population of Giant Otters who usually breeds there , they can be seen at different times of the day, these gregarious and playful carnivorous spend good deal of their time fishing or playing by any side of the lake or just taking a sunbath on their favorite dead logs. We’ll have access to a floating catamaran (two large canoes connected by wooden planks) with chairs set up for bird and wildlife viewing (which makes paddling around the lake easy and comfortable.) Apart from looking for the giant river otters, we’ll have the chance for many of the lake edge species, including the fabulous Hoatzin, Agami and herons, interesting raptors, colorful macaws oropendolas and caciques. Just floating around the lake will be one of the joys of the trip, In the forest around the lake we’ll also search for more species of monkeys such as white fronted capuchin, pygmy marmoset. Apart from the lake, the forest around Salvador Lake and the lodge is some of the best Amazonian rainforest we have seen, and a nice network of trails allows us to leisurely stroll on flat trails the rest of the day. Overnight: Romero lodge.
Day 04: Romero Lodge - El Dorado Lodge
This morning we’ll board our boat and begin the journey down the Rio Manu back to the Rio Madre de Dios. We’ll also have access and briefly stop to a small canopy tower that overlooks another beautiful Oxbow lake and wonderful section of untouched rainforest. The view from the canopy is amazing and unless one is actually up in the canopy, one can’t fully appreciate the incredible diversity, seldom experienced from the forest floor. Returning to boat trip will be again very exciting with lots of bird activity on the many sandbars as well as side necked turtles sunning on the logs. This will be again another opportunity for catching a glimpse of the magnificent Jaguar. After acouple of hours we will reach Boca Manu for brief stop and to refuel our boat and exploring the lower portion of the Madre de Dios, we get settled for lunch time and likely with enough time to walk around.
Overnight at "El Dorado Lodge."
Day 05: El Dorado Lodge – Guadalupe Nature Reserve.
We will boat up the fast flowing braided and clear water upper Madre de Dios in the morning as we start our five hours back journey to Atalaya this is the last chance to spot the capybara, the world’s largest rodent. We’ll keep a close watch for raptors, as we have seen numerous Kites, as well as fun birds such as Vultures, eagles. We’ll sadly depart Manu´s area for our trip further up the upper Madre de Dios River and our re-introduction into civilization; after one hour of overland transportation we reach the Guadalupe Ecological Reserve and having time for some night walk around the area.
Day 6: Guadalupe Nature Reserve – Cusco
This morning we will take an early ride to the cloud forest. We’ll make some stops en route looking for colorful birds such as; cock of the rock, quetzals, jays, mountain toucans and the elevation here is perfect for high number of foothill species going up the cloud forest we can enjoy the breathtaking views of the exuberant forest. We will arrive Cusco in the afternoon.
*The program may have small variations due to weather or other factors.
- Naturalist Tour Guide with telescope
- Private Tour Transport (van & Boat)
- Entrances fees to Manu National Park
- 3 meals a day.
- 5 nights on selected lodges
- Mineral water + Snacks
- Rubber boots + Duffel bags
- Extra drinks
- Breakfast on the first day / Dinner on the last Day
- Packing list
Recommendations to bring
- Carry sunscreen
- Carry insect repellent
- Carry personal hygiene products
- Carry sunglasses
- Carry a camera, and extra batteries
- Carry binoculars
- Carry a flashlight and extra batteries
- Carry a battery operated alarm clock
- Carry a backpack
- Socks (bring extra)
- Undergarments (bring extra)
- Carry a swimsuit
- Carry at least 1 pair nylon shorts.
- Wear t-shirts
- Wear walking or sport shorts
- Carry 1 pair lightweight pants (for mosquito protection)
- Carry 1 lightweight long-sleeved shirt
- Carry 1 windbreaker or rain jacket
- Wear a hat
- Wear comfortable walking shoes or hiking boots
- Sport sandals or water shoes (for walking inside the lodge)