Manu Biosphere Reserve 6D/5N

In order to preserve its huge diversity of flora and fauna and pristine areas, Manu was declared a National Park in 1973, designated a World Biosphere Reserve in 1977 and made a World Natural Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1987. It covers an area of 1.5 million hectares and is one of the largest protected areas in South America . It is situated in a spectacular, untouched area of south-eastern Peru and is possibly the sole, accessible piece of pristine rainforest that exists in the world today; a number of indigenous tribes who have never had contact with outsiders also continue to live in the Park.

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ITINERARY

DAY 01: Cusco – Amazon Pona Lodge
On the first day of our adventure into the Jungle of Manu, we will pick you up around 5:30 AM from your Hotels in Cusco, using Amazon Tours Manu private transport, our first stopping to visit the pre Inca burial towers of Ninamarca. We then drive through the mountains, to get to the typical and folkloric town of Paucartambo. Here we will take a short walk around the town before carrying On to Tres Cruces, the highest point and entrance to Manu National Park. From here we will continue into the Cloud Forest and at Fog forest we will explore for around 3 hours to observe the National bird of Perú, (the cock of the rock), the biggest monkey in Peru (woolly monkeys) and to observe different types of bromeliads and beautiful orchids, then We arrive to our lodge in the evening where we will sleep in a beautiful and rustic lodge.
Accommodation: Amazon Pona Lodge
Meals: Lunch (Box Lunch) Dinner.

DAY 2: Amazon Pona Lodge – Teparo Reserve.
Very early at 06:00 a.m., we will leave in the direction of Port Atalaya; on the way we will make a few stops to visit the small Locals farmers who are known to be producers of many varieties of jungle fruits, even the famous Coca plant. Later, we will begin the boating portion of our journey a river excursion on the Madre de Dios, one of the tributaries of the mighty Amazon River. During our day we will have the chance to see many types of colourful birds such as parrots, oropendolas, vultures and others species. We will stop for the lunch. Hopefully, we will see some jungle mammals such as monkeys or the famous capybaras (jungle rodents that are about 2.5 ft long. In the afternoon, we will arrive at our next sleeping destination. We aim to arrive here at approximately 3:00 p.m. Here, there will be showers and services available. We will go on a night walk which is the best time to see many anthropoids, tarantulas, scorpions and snakes. This is of course optional.
Accommodation: Teparo Lodge
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 3: Teparo Reserve – Casa Matsiguenka Lodge
Well fed and rested we leave Our Lodge, leaving the relatively clean waters of the Madre de Dios River behind; we enter the clay laden waters of the Manu River. With a brief stop at the park ranger station at Limonal to present our permits we travel for about five hours up the Manu River. Beaches, especially in the dry season, are loaded with nesting birds and feeding Heron Egrets, Orinoco Geese, Terns and Skimmers to name but a few. Some beaches will host sunning White and Black Caimans and breeding Side-necked Turtles.

Hundreds of Sand-colored Nightjars roost during the day on logs and beaches and there is a chance of encountering a sunning Jaguar - the world’s third largest cat.
We will also see some species of primates on this river trip, possibly Red Howler Monkeys or the smaller Squirrel Monkeys. After having lunched by the river we arrive at Casa Matsiguenka. We'll have the afternoon to explore some of the trails through the pristine rainforest of this area.

Before or after dinner, an optional excursion into the forest at night is available with your guide in search of nocturnal creatures. We spend the night at the Casa Matsiguenka; a rustic native owned lodge run by the Matsiguenka’s themselves, with its own exclusive trail system. There are flush toilet and shower facilities and screened twin rooms, with comfortable beds and mosquito nets.
Accommodation: Casa Machiguenga Lodge
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4: Casa Matsiguenka Lodge – Salvador Lake - Otorongo Lake.
In the morning we visit Cocha Salvador. From a catamaran we watch animals such as gamin herons and spider monkeys and enjoy watching the nearly extinct giant otters fishing.

After lunch we start our excursion thought the virgin jungle to Cocha Otorongo Lake, where there is a 20m high observation tower. From this tower we will have another chance to see giant otters and black caimans. For the rest of the day we will explore the jungle, looking for more species of monkeys. The guide will also explain about the jungle lifestyle, flora and fauna, medical plants and jungle food. We might also find a group of peccaries. In the evening we can enjoy the beautiful sunset and return to Casa Matchiguenka Lodge, where we spend the night.
Accommodation: Casa Machiguenga Lodge
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5: Casa Matsiguenka Lodge – Teparo Reserve
We leave the Casa Matchiguenka Lodge very early to have another opportunity to see a jaguar on our way out of the Reserve Zone. We might also see tapirs, turtles and caimans. After a short stop in Boca Manu a visit to the native community of Diamante is optional. We continue upriver (Alto Madre de Dios River) to Reserve Teparo, where we spend the night. In the evening we will build a fire, relax and have some drinks.
Accommodation: Teparo Lodge
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

DAY 6: Teparo Reserve - Cusco.
we get up early to visit the parrots clay lick and after breakfast we return to Atalaya by boat. Our private bus will be waiting for us to take us back to Cusco via the cloud forest and Paucartambo. We will arrive in Cusco in the late afternoon.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Tour Includes:
. Private boat and bus
. Rubber boots, rain poncho
. All accommodations and Lodges
. Bilingual guide from the jungle
. Mineral water all the time
. First aid kit
. 3 meals per day including a vegetarian option
. Professional cook
. Entrance Fee to Manu National Park
. Entrance to Salvador Lake
. Entrance to Otorongo Lake.

What you need to take:
. Repellent with a minimum of 40% deet
. Good Binocular
. Camera with extra batteries
. Flashlight with extra batteries
. Sun lotion
. Pocket money
. Daypack
. Water bottle
. Sun hat
. Sandals
. Swimming suit
. Toilet Paper
. Small Towel
. Dark color clothes.

Important Note: The order of the activities mentioned in this program may change according to weather conditions. In the Jungle the climate is highly unpredictable, especially during rainy season, and weather conditions may affect the program as the animals as well are affected in their daily activities by the rain. Don’t hesitate to talk with your guide about it to maybe change the order of the activities or find alternative things to do in case of extremely bad weather! And remember, we have no responsibilities on climate and on the amount of animals that you will see: enjoy the jungle and good luck!

Pre-departure briefing the night before of your trip at your hotel with your tour guide.

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