Day 1: Cuzco to Mirador Amazon Lodge:
We´ll depart Cusco in our private expedition van, and drive all day through. The bus stops frequently during the
trip, to permit short visits to small Andean towns (the Inca- towers of Ninamarca, and the colonial village of Paucartambo). Then, we´ll climb up to 3900 m.a.s.l. to then dive into the Manu Reserve. Here is where the exploration of the incredible range of cloud forest habitats, We´ll be able to see orchids, primitive ferns, etc., and wildlife, such as our national bird, the cock of the rock, and hopefully, the woolly monkey. In the evening we´ll arrive to the village of Pilcopata, where we´ll stay in a typical lodge. Showers and toilets available. Private Lodge is also an option.
Day 2: Mirador Amazon Lodge to machuwasi Like Lodge
Today, after breakfast we´ll still have a one and a half hour ride to Atalaya, where we´ll take our boat to our Lodge, situated on the banks of the mighty river Alto Madre de Dios. Here we´ll spend the day, exploring the surrounding area with very interesting trails, that will show us this amazing ecosystem, in the form of a mysterious swamp, where we can see the prehistoric Hoatzin, some Caimans, Capybaras, Dusky Titi monkeys, and different species of birds. We´ll also have the opportunity to swim in the river. After dinnertime, we´ll be able to hear various sounds of the Amazonian night, like the Night Monkey, the World’s only nocturnal primate; the Kalinowski Rat; Great Potoos and the Pigmy Owl; we´ll also take a look for spiders and frogs. Showers and toilets available.
Day 3: Machuwasi Like Lodge (exploration)
After a comfortable night sleep in our Lodge, we will leave for a 3 hours walk, to explore the deeper jungle. Here we´ll have the opportunity to find a wide array of creatures, which live more hidden in the forest. Also, we´ll find many medicinal plants, which are used for all imaginable cures, by the local people. If we´re lucky, we´ll also be able to spot some big animals, like Jaguars, Puma´s, Swine’s, Ant-eaters etcetera… Back in the lodge, after lunch, we have the opportunity to choose to go for a refreshing swim in the river, or a comfortable bath in the lodge. After some good relaxation, we´ll go for a trip over the lake, with a big wooden raft. Around us, you´ll be able to see birds in transit. We´ll be back at the lodge before dinner. Optional night walk after wards.
Day 4: Machuwasi to Cusco:
15 minutes boat ride down the river to observe loudly screaming green parrots, where many different species of parrots, parakeets and some macaws give a colorful show. After returning of the parrot clay lick, your guide is available to further explain about the forest. After all this, we´ll take our motorized boat back to the lodge, for our last breakfast in the jungle. Then, we´ll continue by boat to Atalaya, where our vehicle we´ll be awaiting us for the ride back to Cusco, to be back in the late afternoon or the early evening.
Things you should bring for the Manu Trip:
- Mosquito Repellent
- Long Sleeved shirts (cotton is better)
- Cotton Socks
- Rain Gear
- Long pants
- Bathing suit
- Hiking shoes
- Binoculars (you can also rent them from)
- Camera and films (400 and 200 ASA)
- Plastic Bags for clothes and camera etc.
- Personal Things (soap, toilet paper. towel)
- Hat (or Handkerchief)
- Sun Blocker, sun glasses
- Professional naturalist guide
- Private bus and boat transport
- Entrance fees to Manu Park
- All food (vegetarian on request) and drinking water
- Lodge accommodation
- First Aid Kit, extractor (for poison)
- Tour Not Included
- Alcoholic drinks etc