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Peru Amazon Tours – Manu Reserve

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 and where local Amazonian peoples live in small communities.

The cultural zone is home to several native communities of Yine and Matsiguenka people who have initiated tourism projects. When visiting the park; chances to see wildlife are highest in the reserved tourism zone but wildlife experiences are also available in the cultural zone. This zone is the only place where you will be able to visit native communities; many of which 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 (3,300 m.a.s.l.) - Cloud Forest (1,700 m.a.s.l.) - Pilcopata Inn (600 m.a.s.l.)
We will leave Cusco very early in the morning in one of our vehicles. We will cross interesting valleys between the mountains of the Andes and picturesque rural communities. We will visit the pre-Incan tombs of the Lupaca culture and then we will stop in Paucartambo, a beautiful colonial city, and visit the museum of the town. On the way, we will have lunch in the cloud forest. We will continue our descent through the cloud forest, an area rich in endemic species, such as the spectacled bear and the rooster of the rock, the Peruvian national bird that performs a unique courtship ritual. We can also see orchids, bromeliads, ferns, etc. We will continue to observe the spectacular nature throughout our trip until we reach our lodge, Pilcopata Inn, where we will spend our first night.
Day 2
Pilcopata - Amazon Manu Lodge (450 m.a.s.l.)
We will have breakfast very early and then we will take a walk, during which we will be able to observe the fauna of the forest, like monkeys and birds. Then, we will visit a coca plantation and a wildlife rescue center. After this, we will travel to Puerto Atalaya, located along the banks of the Alto Madre de Dios River at 500 meters above sea level. There we will begin our descent by 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 bathe in the river and have lunch. In the afternoon, we will visit a swamp where we can observe birds such as toucans, woodpeckers, macaws, etc. At night, before dinner, we will observe the eyes of the caimans, which stand out at night. We will spend the night in the lodge.
Day 3
Amazon Manu Lodge - Parrot Clay Lick (450 m.a.s.l.)
Very early in the morning, we will board our boat and head to the parrot clay lick, a wall along the riverbank where different species of parrots, such as the blue-headed parrot, the white-eyed parakeet, the chestnut-fronted macaw, among others, meet every morning. Here they eat clay, which is rich in minerals and helps them digest and eliminate toxins from their bodies. After, we will return to our lodge for a delicious breakfast. Afterwards we will take a walk through the forest for 2 to 3 hours. We will return to the lodge for lunch and then rest or swim in the river. In the afternoon, we will visit Lake Machuwasi, where we will explore on rafts to observe birds, such as the prehistoric hoatzin and, with luck, other animals such as monkeys and capybaras. Then we will make a night walk through the forest to look for insects and amphibians. After the night walk, we will have dinner and spend the night in the lodge. *Optional free activity - zip line: Our guests at Amazon Manu Lodge have the opportunity to appreciate a unique and impressive view of the jungle as they fly through the jungle canopy between platforms built high up in the trees. All the equipment used is of high quality and safe. After sliding at high speed through the treetops of the incredible Amazon rainforest, you can make a 25-meter-high rappel to the ground.
Day 4
Amazon Manu Lodge – Montaña Pinipini
On this day, we will rise early to eat breakfast at our lodge. Then, we will leave for our adventure in the forest. We will climb Mount Pinipini, exploring the jungle along the way, with more opportunities to see species such as monkeys, birds, and the beautiful flora of the jungle. We will hike for several hours deep in the forest, off the beaten path, before we rest for lunch. Then we will continue on a few hours more until we reach the summit of the mountain, where we will make our camp for the night. Here we will eat our dinner and set up our camp. We will pass the night in forest, surrounded by the sounds of the jungle under the beautiful starry sky.
Day 5
Montaña Pinipini – Amazon Manu Lodge
On the fifth day, we will eat breakfast early at our camp before packing up and beginning our descent down the other side of the mountain. All along the way, we will continue to explore the jungle, looking for the unique plants and animals of the forest. When we reach the base of the mountain, after about 6 hours of hiking, we will board our balsa raft and travel by river for about 3 hours to return to our lodge. Here, we will eat our dinner and spend our last night in the jungle.
Day 6
Amazon Manu Lodge - Cusco
After breakfast, we will go to enjoy a swim in the hot springs of Atalaya and then we will board our boat back to Puerto Atalaya where our car will wait for us to return to Cusco. We will have lunch along the route back to Cusco, and we will arrive around 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
OUR SERVICES INCLUDE:
  • Roundtrip ground transportation
  • River transport
  • 1 night at Pilcopata Inn
  • 2 nights at Amazon Manu Lodge
  • 3 meals per day
  • Bilingual professional guide
  • Equipment such as binoculars, telescope, first aid kit
  • Zip-lining
  • Rubber boots
  • Drinking water
  NOT INCLUDED:
  • Breakfast the first day
  • Dinner on the last day
  • Extras, such as souvenirs
  • Soft drinks or alcoholic beverages
  SUGGESTED PACKING LIST:
  • Personal medications
  • Toiletries
  • Sneakers
  • Sandals
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Hat, sunglasses, sunscreen
  • Insect repellent (40% DEET or more is recommended)
  • Raincoat
  • Long sleeve shirts
  • Cotton pants
  • Swimwear
  • Warm clothes (mornings and nights on the river can be cold)
  • Binoculars
  • Camera
  • Backpack and day pack

Tour Info

Breakfast x 5
Lunch x 6
Dinner x 5
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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