Manu National Park Tour – 9 Days (Wednesday departures)

Manu is considered the finest ecotourism destination of the Amazon jungle. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is the most biodiverse nature park and, the best location for viewing large animals, such as giant otters, black caiman, harpy eagles, jaguars, giant anteaters, tapirs and 13 species of monkey.

Duration – 9 Days
Difficulty – Medium

Description

Manu National Park, in the Amazon rainforest of Peru, was established in 1977 and in recognition of its uniqueness it was included in UNESCO´s “World Heritage Site” list ten years later. Manu is internationally acclaimed as one of the most bio diverse areas on Earth. Access to Manu is by road or air from Cusco, Peru.

Approximately half the area of Switzerland, the Manu Biosphere is a complete ecosystem with protected watershed embracing Andean montane cloud forest, tropical lowland forest and the Alto Madre de Dios and Manu river drainage systems. The biosphere itself is subdivided into national park and two adjacent zones, one for tourism and the other for cultural subsistence. It is home to over 1000 species of birds, 15,000 species of plants, over 200 species of mammals, and untold numbers of insects, and within its heart remain yet uncontacted peoples.

Manu retains healthy populations of jaguar, tapir, anteater, black caiman, giant otter, and among the 13 species of monkey we find the unique pigmy marmoset, the smallest monkey in the world, and the nocturnal night monkey. Because of Manu’s low human population and their continued use of traditional hunting techniques, the animals in the park show little fear of man and are more readily approachable than in many other rainforest locations. Manu, therefore, offers unparalleled animal watching opportunities.

Wildlife aside, however, the journey into the park itself is amazingly spectacular and not to be missed. Access to Manu is normally by road from Cusco, Peru. The two day trip from Cusco to the entrance of the Manu Reserved Zone carries you over the Peruvian Andes mountains to an elevation of 4000 m, past pre-inca ruins and down through the cloud forest on the eastern side of the Andes, and finally into lush, lowland rainforest. Roads remain largely unpaved and wind their way precariously past cascading waterfalls, deep gorges, and precipices. Manu is truly a complete experience.

 

Short Itinerary

Day 1 Cusco-Cloud Forest
Day 2 Cloud Forest-Atalaya-Manu River
Day 3 Pantiacolla Mountains
Day 4 Pantiacolla Lodge-Yine Lodge
Day 5&6 Lake Salvador and Lake Otorongo
Day 7 Lake Salvador – Macaw Lick
Day 8 Macaw Lick
Day 7 Blanquillo-Boca Colorado-Cusco

Important Note:
Bearing in mind the uncontrollable forces of nature, the program could be subject to changes at any time.