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Peru Amazon Manu Tours and Natural Paradise Reserve – 7 Days

Peru Amazon Tours – Manu Reserve National Park. This trip is designed for the adventurous whilst also allowing you to see the best of the reserve wildlife.

Manu is divided into three zones:

  • Intangible zone” is only accessible to scientists and researchers
  • Reserved zone” is only accessible to a limited number of tour operators and their tours
  • Cultural zone” is more accessible. Local Amazonian people live in small communities.

The cultural zone is home to several native communities of Yine and Matsiguenka people; who have initiated various tourism projects. When visiting the park; chances to see wildlife are highest in the reserved zone; however wildlife experiences are also available in the cultural zone. This zone is the only place where you will be able to visit native communities. Thus many still follow their traditional ways of life; such as hunter-gatherer traditions.

Midway through the tour there is the opportunity to go through raw & uninhabited jungle; camp and then navigate the river back to the port town of Atalaya. This is an expedition adventure through very rough jungle terrain; but provides the opportunity to see the jungle in its rawest form and experience the natural jungle.

Day 1
CUSCO - CLOUD FOREST - PAUCARTAMBO – PILCOPATA
You'll be collected from your hotel very early in the morning, between 5:30 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. in our comfortable and private bus. On the way, you'll visit the tombs of the Lupuca culture, called the Chullpas de Ninamarca, at 3750 meters above sea level. Taking a brief stop at Paucartambo, a beautiful colonial town, where you'll visit a museum and learn about the culture of this region. You'll then ascend to the entrance of Manu National Park, before descending through the mysterious cloud forest, which hosts a great variety of floran and fauna, such as beautiful orchids, heliconias and primitive ferns. Here you'll be able to take a hike to look for the Cock of the Rock, the Peruvian national bird. Also looking for other bird species such as trogones, quetzales, and many more. If we are lucky we may also see the Spectacled Bear. In the afternoon, you'll arrive to Pilcopata, a village at 550 meters above sea level, where you'll spend the night in our lodge with private bathrooms and showers.
Day 2
PILCOPATA - ATALAYA - BOCA MANU
After a delicious breakfast; continuing the trip for a further 45 minutes by bus to Puerto Atalaya. Along the way you'll stop at a coca plantation and learn about this important plant and its role in Peruvian culture. Upon reaching Puerto Atalaya, you'll board our motorized boat and travel down the Madre de Dios River. On the way, you may be able to see a variety of birds, such as herons, Kingfishers, and vultures, of which the most spectacular is the condor of the jungle. You'll also make a stop in a natural hot spring, to take medicinal baths. If there is still have time, you can visit the native community of Diamante to see their typical houses and see their wild fruits. In the afternoon we wll arrive at the village of Boca Manu (280 m.s.n.m.), where you'll spend the night in the lodge with showers and bathrooms.
Day 3
BOCA MANU - COCHA OTORONGO (RESERVED AREA)
After breakfast, you'll enter the Reserved Area where we will have a better chance to observe the stunning biodiversity that Manu offers. After a brief stop in the ranger´s station, you'll continue your adventure along the river, where you'll have the chance to observe groups of turtles, white alligators, or perhaps some ronsocos, among many other species. In the afternoon, we will arrive at our safari camp in Cocha Otorongo (250 masl). The lodge here consists of double beds inside raised platforms. Shortly after our arrival, you'll take a walk to visit the lake and the 30-meter-high observation tower, from which you'll look for giant otters in the river. You'll spend the night in the safari camp, on covered platforms with double beds and mosquito nets. Here you'll have shared bathrooms and showers.
Day 4
COCHA OTORONGO - COCHA SALVADOR (RESERVED AREA)
On the fourth day, you'll visit Cocha (Lake) Salvador, which is 30 minutes from Cocha Otorongo. Today, you'll explore the primary forest and visit the lake, where we will paddle in a catamaran and have the chance to see the giant river otters, a great variety of unique birds, and some species of monkeys. Later we will hike along the trails withour guide to learn the secrets of the raiforest. We will make a brief visit to Casa Matchiguenka to buy some handmade crafts, and in the afternoon we will return to our camp in Cocha Otorongo. We will spend the night at our camp with covered platforms, beds with mosquito net, and shared bathroom and showers. Optional night walk to see snakes, spiders, and insects.
Day 5
COCHA OTORONGO - BOCA MANU
After a delicious breakfast, you'll continue our trip by travelling down the Manu River until arriving at your lodge. Along the way, you can look for many bird species along the river and making a stop at a lake, Cocha Brashco, where you can observe species such as otters, caimans, and monkeys. Spending the night in the lodge with shared bathrooms.
Day 6
BOCA MANU - PAITITI
After a delicious and nutritious breakfast, you'll travel by boat upstream in the Madre de Dios River. Along the way, you'll look for many different species, such as capibaras and different types of birds. Eating lunch on the river and then continuing travelling upstream until reaching Paititi, the lodge where you'll spend the night.
Day 7
PAITITI – CUSCO
On the final day of the trip, you'll travel upstream from Paititi to Puerto Atalaya. When you arrive, our private vehicle will await us to take us back to Cusco. Arriving in Cusco around 6pm.
Included: ? Private bus and river transportation ? Specialized professional guide with telescope and binoculars. Peru Amazon Tours ? Meals and snacks ? Security team ? Nights in comfortable lodges ? First aid kit ? Drinking water ? Professional bus and boat staff ? Professional chef ? Entrance ticket to tourist attractions ? Electricity to recharge batteries via solar panel Not included: ? Breakfast on the first day ? Alcoholic beverages, soft drinks and water on the first day ? Warm clothes (early morning on the river can be cold) ? Rain gear ? Waterbottle ? Binoculars ? Sunblock ? Flashlight or torch with extra batteries ? Hat ? Shirt with long sleeves and long pants ? Mosquito repellent with at least 10% deet ? Sandals, swimwear, and towel ? Toiletries (toilet paper) ? Extra money

Tour info

Breakfast x 6
Lunch x 7
Dinner x 6
Private Transport – collection & drop-off
Professional bilingual guide
River boats for location transfers along river
Lodge or camping accommodation for x5 nights
Domestic flights from Lima to Cusco (return)
Extension trips to Machu Picchu
Tips for crew
Any additional extras
There will be a pre-trek briefing held usually the evening before departure, at your hotel, to go over the details of the trek and any specific requirements not already captured
Prior to setting off we recommend you steer clear of street food and only eat in good restaurants, to avoid any stomach complaints. Peruvian food can be spicy, it can be strong and rich for many European diets. Likewise with tap water, it is largely untreated, so please avoid at all costs on arrival and stick to bottled water only or sterilised water if you have the right equipment.
We’ll ensure that we cater for all of your dietary needs, at the point of booking we’ll collect this information from you. We can secure special menu requests also for your trek party.
We are able to customise our treks to suit you, but usually our treks are guided by a professional bilingual guide, arriero (horseman) and mules to carry all equipment (passenger horses also available on request), and a mountain cook. They become a large part of your trekking expedition and it’s a great experience working together.
This is a really important part of your trip planning process, please find a link below which explains a little more about preparing for altitude.
Attached below are a couple of links which will explain how to prepare for your trip & trek in advance of your arrival. We recommend being prepared in advance to save time & stress whilst you’re in Peru.
From June through to the end of September, we’re offering one person free on all of our treks for group sizes of 3+. If you are a group of 2 you can add one person for free, or if you’re a group of 3 the third person joins free and so on.

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