This is one of the most fascinating nature trips in the world, the route crossing an extraordinary range of life zones from highlands to lowlands, taking us through an array of ecosystems found nowhere else in such proximity on the planet.
We see high altitude farming valleys and traverse stark highland puna, plunge through layers of grassland, elfin forest, layers of lush, ever-changing cloud forest, and then lowland tropical valleys where farmers cultivate coca and fruits.
Runs from April to December, the price for this trip Please contact us
Travel insurance is a requirement for all clients
Day 1: Cusco - Amazon Pona Lodge.
We leave from Cusco by our private bus, 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 Peru, (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 Ecological Reserve.
After breakfast we will continue by private bus to Atalaya. On the way we will stop to observe a coca plantation, we will also stop at a view point where you can get a good overview of the jungle and river. From Atalaya we leave by motorized with all equipment (lifejackets) to our Ecological Reserve, a long the boat trip we will see many different kind of animals, birds, plants and flowers. We will walk in the afternoon until evening in our Ecological Reserve (included night expeditions) to see tarantulas, different types of spiders, poisonous frogs, tree frogs, snakes, alligators, night monkeys, armadillos and boas.
Accommodation: Teparo Lodge
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Day 3: Teparo -
Camouflaged House. (Research Zone).
This day after breakfast we will walk in the jungle for several hours, on the way we will appreciate many different kinds of animals; such as tapir, collared peccaries, monkeys, Coati; birds such as eagles, parrots, macaws, woodpeckers, toucans, medicinal plants, flowers, and the giant trees of the jungle. After this we will swim in the river and fish. We camp in camouflaged tree house watching nocturnal animals and to enjoy the mixed sounds of the jungle (protected by mosquitos net)
Accommodation: Camouflaged House
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4: Camouflaged House – Harpy Lodge.
We will spend the day walking back to our lodge. From here we take our boat to Machuwasi. In the late afternoon we will visit Machuwasi lake and take a balsa raft giving us the opportunity to see many different kinds of wildlife, and the beautiful sun set from the jungle. After dark we will have another opportunity to see Caimans. We will spend the night in our comfortable lodge.
Accommodation: Harpy Lodge
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Day 5: Harpy Lodge –
We will get up early to visit the parrot, parakeets and mini macaws clay lick and after breakfast we will return to Atalaya by boat where our private bus will be waiting to take us back to Cusco. We return to Cusco via the cloud forest and Paucartambo. We will arrive back in Cusco in the late afternoon.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Note: If we didn´t see the Andean cook of the rock the first day in the afternoon, we can visit the last day in the morning.
. Pick up and drop off at your Cusco Hotel
. Private transport van and boat
. Rubber boots
. All camping equipment
. Qualified bilingual native guide with own equipment
. Mineral water
. First aid kit
. 3 meals per day
. Entrance to the accommodation (lodge).
You will need to bring:
. Sleeping bag
. Rain coat or rain poncho
. Repellent with a minimum of 15 % deet
. Camera with extra batteries
. Flash Light with extra batteries
. Sun lotion
. Pocket Money
. Water bottle
. Sun hat
. Toilet paper
. Dark 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.