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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.