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Our five days Manu Reserved Zone Tours is designed to offer you the best of the World’s Largest Rainforest – Amazon Rainforest. The tour offers a closer interaction with the indigenous people and the flora and fauna.
Manu National Park is massive. The national park is spread in 1,532,806 hectares. Manu National Park has vegetation rising from 150 metres to 4200 metres above sea level. It is divided into three zones – Manu Reserved Zone or Biosphere reserve, the core zone and cultural zone.
Access to the core zone is restricted to researchers and scientists. Manu Reserved Zone, which dominates a vast region and is rich in biodiversity is open to travellers. The cultural zone is home to the local people.
There are 32 native Quechua speaking indigenous communities who live in Manu. Manu is also home to 159 species of mammals, some 99 species of reptiles, 140 species of Amphibians, 1307 species of butterflies, 300 distinct ants and 650 different butterflies. You will also get to spot all 13 species of monkeys that inhibit in Manu.
Manu is the most preferred Amazonian destination. It is closer to Cusco which lets travellers experience the best of the Peruvian Amazon before or after their trip to Machu Picchu.
We are a fully locally owned tour operator based in Cusco. We take pride in employing locals as our crew. Our English speaking local guides are born and raised in Manu. They have an extensive knowledge about the culture, flora and fauna.
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Cusco Hotel Transfer
Early in the morning, we will be picking you up from your hotel in Cusco. Then in our private transport, along the South Valley of Cusco, we will be driving from Andes to Amazon. As this is a little long drive, we will be having a couple of stops on our way.
We will be stopping in Huancarani. Here we will serve breakfast at a local restaurant. From here we will continue our journey to a town called Ninamarca. It is home to the Pre Inca funeral towers or “Chullpas” of the Lupaca civilization.
From here, we will be driving to Paucartambo. It is a colonial folkloric town. People here have maintained their age-old traditions and customs. Most people still converse in Quechua.
Paucartambo is a colonial town. The cobble stoned streets rimmed with traditional houses leading to a colonial church is reminiscent of the colonial era.
We will then drive to Acjanaco Pass. It is at 3550 metres and is referred to as the gateway to Manu National Park. From the viewpoint here, you will be able to witness the breathtaking view of the Amazon Basin.
From here, we will begin our descent to the heart of the Peruvian Amazon Rainforest, Manu National Park. The route offers views of a variety of flora and fauna. We will be passing through different ecological levels.
As we will enter the Manu National Park, we will begin with a short hike on an interesting trail. During this hike, you will be able to spot Peruvian National Bird, the Andean Cock of the Rock. You will also see different medicinal plants and different breeds of monkeys.
For the first night in Amazon Rainforest, we will be accommodating you in an ensuite room in Paradise Lodge.
Early in the morning, after a delicious breakfast, we will take the private transport to the boat pier. On our way, we will be stopping at an animal reserve where you will be able to see different species of animals.
We will then continue to Atalaya Port. Here you will be boarding our motor boat to reach further deep into Manu Reserved Zone. On this short ride, you will get to see different animal species including caimans, turtles, otters etc.
We will stop at Aguas Calientes, it is home to thermal baths. Here we will have lunch and have some time to take a refreshing dip in the natural hot springs. We will then continue to the Palotoa community. Here you will get an introduction to the life of the native Amazonian communities.
We will be accommodating you in an ensuite jungle lodge.
After a typical Amazonian breakfast, we will start our day by exploring more deeper parts of the Amazonian jungle. Our crew will have your lunch packed.
On our way, we will be able to spot different species of animals and birds as we will be in the lush tropical region. Our guide will also be explaining the significance of different plants, most of which are used for medicinal purposes. Locals in Amazon rely on natural remedies to cure their sickness.
After touring the cloud forest, we will return to the lodge where we will set up a campfire and have dinner.
In the morning, after a rich breakfast, we will be travelling by boat to experience the Machu Wasi lake. We Will be sailing on a typical wooden balsa raft which is used by locals.
You will get to spot more animals including black caimans, jaguars etc. We will then sail further to witness the sunset in the Amazon Rainforest and then return to the lodge. We will be setting a camp fire again and have some drinks and barbecue.
Optionally we can do camping on the shores of the lake or return to the lodge.
We will leave the lodge early in the morning to see the most amazing sight in Manu – Macaws Clay Lick. We will be sailing on alto Madre de Dios river.
Macaws Clay Lick is a unique and an unmissable sight in Manu National Park. Hundreds of Macaws and Parrots fly to eat the clay. The clay here contains a distinct mineral which helps them to flush out toxins from their body.
After this sight, we will return to the lodge for breakfast. We will then sail back on Manu River to Atalaya port. Here we will be meeting our driver and will return to Cusco.
We are happy the way Treks In Cusco and Samuel the guide conducted the tour. The lodges were comfortable, food was nice and plentiful. Samuel being a local guy has a good knowledge on the flora and fauna those are exclusive to Manu and he took a great effort in explaining them. We enjoyed a lot and this was a very pleasant and a relaxing trip in our itinerary.