Our three days Manu National Park Tours from Cusco is designed to offer you an authentic Amazon Experience. This tour is ideal for those wanting to see the highlights of the largest rainforest in the world in a short time.
Manu National Park is one of the most preferred destinations in the Peruvian Amazon. Primarily because of its close proximity to Cusco which lets travellers experience Manu Cloud Forest before or after their tour to Machu Picchu.
Manu is home to a countless species of birds, animals, flowers, plants and insects. The rainforest is home to 32 indigenous Quechua speaking native communities. They maintain their traditions and customs and are untouched by modernity.
In 1987, Manu was declared as a UNESCO world heritage site. The whole national park is spread in 1,532,806 hectares. It is the largest tropical rainforest in the Americas. There are different tiers of lush tropical vegetation rising from 150 metres above sea level to 4200 metres.
The national park is divided into three zones – Manu Core Zone, Manu Biosphere Reserve or Reserved Zone and Cultural Zone. Access to the core zone is exclusive to researchers and scientists. Manu Reserved Zone is popular among tourists. The cultural zone is where the communities live.
Cusco Hotel Transfer
At 0600 AM, we will be picking you up from your hotel in Cusco. Then we will be driving you in our private transport through the South Valley of Cusco, from Andes to Amazon. The journey is a bit longer, we will be making a couple of stops on our way.
The Andean town of Ninamarca will be the first stop. The town is home to Pre-Inca funeral towers. It was built during the rule of the Lupacas civilization. Our local expert will be explaining the significance of these towers and will be uncovering many mysteries on the guided tour.
From here, we will drive to the Andean folkloric town of Paucartambo. The town has well preserved architectures which were built during the Spanish rule in the country. The narrow cobblestone streets rimmed with colonial houses leading to the colonial church will take you back to the colonial era.
We will then drive you up the hill to a viewpoint called Tres Cruces. From here you will have a panoramic view of the Amazon Basin.
From here, we will descend to Manu National Park through the eastern slope. We will go on a short hike as we enter the National Park. On this short hike, you will be able to spot the Peruvian National Bird – Andean Cock of the Rock.
After the tour, we will be driving you to the serene Paradise Lodge in Pilcopata. We will be accommodating you in an ensuite room for the night.
We will be serving you a typical Amazonian breakfast. Then we will be driving you to the boat pier in Atalaya. We will be boarding a motor boat here to get deep into the Amazon Rainforest.
Soga De Oro lodge offers a beautiful setting and is nestled amidst the rainforest. You will be able to spot river otters and other mammals on this short and scenic boat ride.
After checking in, we will explore some of the trails near the lodge that would take us to pristine areas of Manu National Park. We will be starting with a three hours hike, the trail offers the opportunity to spot many Amazonian medicinal plants.
Locals here rely on natural medicine. They often cure their sickness using these plant based native medicines. Our guide will be explaining this in detail and will demonstrate how they make these medicines.
After the tour, we will return to Soga de Oro lodge for lunch. Our Amazonian Chef will serve a native meal. After lunch, you will have some free time. You can take a dip in the clear and fresh waters of the river.
In the evening, we will be touring on a typical native wooden raft. You will be spotting many birds, animals and mammals including the giant otters. After the experience, we will return to the lodge for dinner.
At night, we will be embarking on a short night jungle tour to spot some nocturnal insects and animals. On this tour you will be able to spot caimans.
Early in the morning, we will be taking a 15 minutes boat ride to witness the best on your tour to Manu National Park – Macaw Clay Lick. Hundreds of brightly coloured Macaws and Parrots flock into the cliff to eat the clay.
The clay here contains distinct salt which helps these birds to flush away the toxins from their body.
After the tour, we will be taking the boat back to the lodge. As we arrive, our crew will be serving you breakfast. We will then check out of the lodge and sail back to Atalaya port.
Here we will be meeting our driver who will be driving us back to Cusco. We will be reaching Cusco around 0600 PM.
I was very excited for this trip. We were told many good things by fellow travellers whom we met. Paul from Treks in Cusco did indeed took great initiative to make this a memorable trip. The accommodation was amidst the rainforest. The food they served was freshly cooked and was very delicious. We did spot many animals and birds. This was simply the perfect trip and an experience of a lifetime.