In this tour we travel through the mountains to enter cloud forest, where we do some walks to observe several species of birds, orchids and maybe monkeys. After spending the night in our private lodge (Mirador) following day we continue 5h by boat to Manu Rainforest lodge deep in the jungle, visiting hot springs on the way. In the evening we do a night-walk to observe spiders (tarantulas), insects, frogs and snakes.
We continue travelling by boat to the Reserve Zone (Casa Matsiguenka Lodge). The following day we explore the primary rainforest (untouched), visiting the lakes Cocha Salvador and Cocha Otorongo. We have the chance to see Jaguars, giant otters, many monkey species, birds like parrots and an unbelievable variety of plants like giant trees, palms and medical plants.
The following day we go back by boat to Manu Rainforest lodge and the last day by boat and bus to to Cusco.
Day 1: Cusco – Pilcopata Lodge:
We will pick you up around 6:00am from your hotels in Cusco, using the service of our private transport. The first part of our excursion will take us though the majestic Andean mountains, where we will take a quick opportunity to visit a really nice pleasant lake by the name of Huacarpay, a high Andean lagoon that boasts heaps 0f flora and fauna typical of the Andean mountains. Afterwards, we will visit the town of Huancarani which contains the funeral towers of Ninamarca a cemetery of the lupaca Pre – Inca Culture, which we will visit briefly on our way to Paucartambo, which is known as folkloric capital of the district of Cusco. In the face of modern times, this small colonial village has managed to hold on to its rich tradition for centuries upon. At mid-day we will arrive at the entrance of Manu National Park and access to one of the most protected natural areas in South America. We will continue on in our private transport down a dirt road and through the thick fog from which this section of the forest takes it name. Eventually we will arrive at the home of the exotic Peruvian National Bird, the “Cock of the Rock” where it is known to gather with Manu National Park Explorerothers of its kind for some sort of social gathering that seems reminiscent of a large courtship. You will find that this is quite an amazing spectacle complete with an impressive array of sounds and colours that can only be found in the jungle. For our first night, we will stay in the beautiful Pilcopata Lodge where we will arrive at approx.5:00p.m.
Day 2: Pilcopata Lodge – Reserved Zone of Manu National Park:
After eating our breakfast we continue the tour by bus going through the high forest arriving to Atalaya which is found next to Madre de Dios River (700 meters over the sea ) we will pass by Alto Madre de Rios River whit its its relatively clean waters to enter the clay laden waters of the Manu River. With a brief stop at the park ranger station at liminal to present our permits we travel for avout five hours up the Manu .Beaches ,specialty in the dry season, are located with nesting birds and feeding herons, egrets Orinoco geese , terms and skimmers to name a few .Some beaches will host sunning white and black caimans (south American relatives of the alligator) 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 summing jaguar – the word this largest cat. In 1999 one of three of our trips saw jaguar in Manu .We will osme species of primate on this river trip .possibly Red Howler Monkeys or the smaller squirrel monkeys. After having lunch by the river we arrive at safari camp near the lake of cocha Salvador .we will have the afternoon to explore some of the trails through the pristine rainforest in the area. A visit to the lake of Cocha Otorongo is planned, where observation tower in the rainforest canopy overlooking the lake are available for observing wildlife. We will also be on lookout for a large family of Giant Otters that inhabit this lake. Before or after dinner an optional into the forest at night is available with your guide in search of nocturnal creatures. The lakes are full of eye shine of the large black Manu National Park ExplorerCaiman and if we are lucky we may encounter an Olingo Kinkajou or even an Ocelot on the trail. Certainly the night- time noise of tree frogs and insects in the forest is an experience not to be forgotten. Night at Cocha Salvador. The camp is really not a map. There are flush toilets and shower facilities and large walk-in tents on raised wooden platforms with cots for sleeping.
Day 3: Reserved Zone of Manu National Park:
Today we will start with a long walk of some three or four hours, from the banks of Manu River to Otorongo Lake, here we will climb a 15m high observation tower, from where birds such as the exuberantly feathered and primitive Shansho(Hoatzin) can be seen, as well as monkeys feeding on fruits and several species of flowers and brightly-colored butterflies. We will then return to our camp by canoe to enjoy a delicious lunch. The afternoon will be dedicated to expiring Salvador Oxbow Lake and the surrounding area aboard our catamaran, from which will be able to observe the mega diversity attracted by this oxbow, including Black Caiman, White Caiman, a family of Giant Otters and waterfowl. Return to the lodge in the evening.
Day 4 Reserved Zone of Manu National Park – Boca Manu:
Early in the morning we will have another chance to go for a nature walk or one more visit to the oxbow lake and hear choirs of birds defining their territory in song. As the sun rises, the eastern sky changes to a pale yellow and we will be able to see falcons or other predatory birds patiently searching for prey from the treetops. After lunch we will board our boat again and head downstream towards Boca Manu but this time just floating without the engine in order to have the opportunity to observe with Manu National Park Explorerplenty of time this nighty and diverse environment. Arriving at Boca Manu we will visit the native community of de Matshiguenka and Yine ethnic group; also we will visit their botanical garden of medicinal plants and share their activity.
Day 5: Boca Manu – Pilcopata lodge:
In the morning we will go to the airfield at Boca Manu. Where we will say good bye to those passengers who opted to return to Cusco by plane. After that we will sail Alto Madre de Dios up river to the port of Atalaya (the place from where we started our trip by boat), after reach it we will drive to Pilcopata Lodge where we are going to spend our last night in the jungle of National Park.
Day 6: Pilcopata lodge – Cusco:
This morning will by last our opportunity to visit the Cock-of-the-Rock. Where we will have a last opportunity to see these colorful birds displaying. After breakfast our bus will take us back to Cusco, arriving in the afternoon.