Day 01: CUSCO - CLOUD FOREST - PIICOPATA
The adventure to Manu National Park begins early in the morning, leaving from Cusco in our comfortable bus, ascending to the high mountain area of Paucartambo. On the way we visit the funeral towers or Chullpas of Ninamarca. The bus then descents through the mysterious cloud forest full of beautiful orchids, heliconias and primitive ferns. A pause will give you an opportunity to witness the Cock of the Rock (Rupicola Peruvian) mating ritual. There are also possibilities to observe the Amazonian Umbrella bird (Cephalopteros Ornatus), Trogons (Trogon sp.) and much more. With luck the only South American bear, the Spectacled Bear (Tremarctos ornatus). In the afternoon we arrive to the village of PIILCOPATA , our typical lodge. Showers and toilets are available.
Day 02: PILLCOPATA - LODGE - BLANQUILLO (MACAW CLAY LICK)
After an early and delicious breakfast, we will take a bus for about 30 minutes to the river, where a boat will bring us further into the Manu Park. The rest of the day is spent traveling on the Alto Madre de Dios River. On the way you can see a variety of bird life, like herons, egrets, kingfishers, but the most spectacular bird is the condor of the jungle; the King Vulture (Sarcoramphus papa). In the afternoon we will take a short stop at the village of Boca Manu to have a refreshing cold beverage. Later on, the group arrives to the campsite which is located closely to the famous Macaw Clay Lick. Take a nice walk in the afternoon and in the night to spot caimans in the lake. The Night camp will be spend in a lodge. Showers and toilets are available. Optional flight in Boca Manu.
Day 03: BLANQUILLO (MACAW CLAY LICK) - BOCA MANU
On day 3 the group visits the Macaw clay lick. From our boat you can observe how hundreds of parrots start to gather to eat the clay, which they need on their diet. Thereafter the brilliant and colorful macaws are arriving, squeking loudly and illuminating trees with their bright colors. In the afternoon the group arrives to a lodge near Boca Manu. Take a walk to explore some of the many trails in the area. The night will be spend in a Lodge. Showers and toilets are available.
Day 04: BOCA MANU - OTORONGO LAKE
The boat trip goes on and in this moment you will be able to understand why Manu is so famous for its wildlife. On the river edges you will observe groups of turtles, White Caimans (Caiman cocodrylus), Capybaras (Hydrochaeris) and maybe a Jaguar (Panthera Onca) resting on a log and observing their territory. Arrival at our campsite in Otorongo in the afternoon. We are the the only travel agency camping there. Later on we will investigate the trails around the Otorongo Oxbow Lake and the giant otter observation tower together with the guide to learn about the functions and secrets of the tropical rainforest. Camping: In Safary Lodge (with bed and mosquito net). Showers and toilets are available.
Day 05: OTORONGO LAKE - SALVADOR LAKE - OTORONGO LAKE
Today the group will visit another oxbow lake called Salvador, which is a half an hour boat trip from Otorongo. Here we paddle silently on a Catamaran, you have again possibilities to observe a family of giant otters fishing and playing, black caimans and many different rare bird spieces like the Hoatzins (Opisthocomus hoatzin). Here in Manu the animals have never suffered hunting pressure from mankind. In the afternoon we return to our campsite in Otorongo. Camping: In the Safari Lodge (with bed and mosquito net). Showers and toilets are available.
Day 06: OTORONGO LAKE - BOCA MANU
The call of the Red Howler monkeys (Alouatta seniculus) will wake us up while the sun is rising. We unfortunately need to start returning back. On Manu river, we will might see many different animals, because of the rich flora and fauna of the area. In the afternoon the group arrives to the Boca Manu Lodge. A Lodge with showers and toilets available. Optional flight out.
Day 07: BOCA - MANU - PAITITI LODGE
After the breakfast we come back on the Manu River where you can observe more birds and plants. A long the river Alto Madre de Dios. Nigth in Lodge. Showers and toilets are available.
Day 08: PAITITI LODGE - CLOUD FOREST - CUSCO
In the morning we will take a boat from the Paititi lodge to Atalaya where the bus is waiting for us, back to Cusco, which will pass through the cloud forest again. Arrival in the afternoon. Proximally 6-7 pm.