The six days Manu Tours from Cusco is one of our exclusive tours to the World’s Largest Rain forest – Amazon Rainforest. This tour takes you deep into the reserved zone offering an exclusive and a lifetime opportunity to see some rare species of Amazon Wildlife.
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 Manu 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. Manu 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.
On this tour to Manu National Park, you will get an insight of the life of the natives. You will also get to spot different species of birds, animals and insects. You will also get to see all 13 species of monkeys that inhabit 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. In 1987, UNESCO declared Manu as a world heritage site.
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.
We will be serving a rich local breakfast. Then we will embark on a journey to Atalaya Port. On our way, we will be stopping at a local farm where you will be able to see how the farmers here produce tropical fruits. We will also pass by coca plantations.
We will then stop at a viewpoint from where you will be able to see the beauty of Amazon Jungle and River. Once in Atalaya boat pier, we will be embarking on our private boat for a scenic ride to our exclusive jungle lodge.
On our way, we will be stopping at Aguas Calientes. It is a remote Amazonian town popular for the natural hot springs. You will have some time to take a dip in the fresh waters of the hot springs.
On the boat ride, you will be able to spot different species of animals like the giant otters, jaguars and more. We will then reach our exclusive jungle lodge in our private reserve. After checking in to your rooms, we will meet for a delicious and authentic Amazonian dinner.
After the dinner, we will head out for a short night tour. During this tour, you will be spotting distinct species of spiders and snakes.
After breakfast, we will embark on a Manu Reserved Zone Tour. This tour offers an opportunity to spot different types of birds and animals. You will see different species of monkeys swinging from one tree to another. You will also spot peccaries, eagles etc.
We will then reach the Inchipato river. Here we will set up our camp. Later in the evening, we will visit the mammals clay lick. We will then serve dinner.
Our rangers will be taking turns to keep away any wild animals from the campsites. All our tents have mosquito nets.
After breakfast, we will start walking along the shores of the river. As this is an exclusive and less touristy zone you will be able to spot many animals. This zone is inhabited by tapirs, deers, river otters, alligators and more.
After the tour, we will return to the campsite. You can take a dip in the fresh crystalline waters. We will then cook a local meal for lunch using bamboo canes and leaves of heliconia and banana leaf.
Later we will be preparing our camp to spend the night in the middle of a virgin forest. We will set a campfire and enjoy a few cookies prepared by our chef. At night, we can go to the river to see nocturnal animals and do fishing.
You will be waking up amidst the virgin forest to the sound of chirping birds. After breakfast, we will return to Palotoa Lodge. We will be reaching by noon.
The hike from the campsite to the lodge offers a closer look at the biodiversity of the region. Our guide will be explaining the significance of each plant and trees that we will be passing through.
After lunch, you will have some free time to relax in the hammocks. Later in the evening, we can do a short hike on one of the trails to spot some nocturnal animals.
After breakfast, we will be leaving the lodge and sailing back to Atalaya Port. Here we will be meeting our driver for our journey back to Cusco.
We are back from a tour of Manu Jungle which we did with Treks In Cusco. It was an amazing experience and we cannot recommend high enough.
The organisation by Treks In Cusco was first class. Everything was taken care of and ran like a clock work.
Our guide Carlos was brilliant. He met with us the day before and had a detailed briefing which was very helpful for us to determine what to carry and what to expect. Treks In Cusco did let us store our rucksacks at their office for free too.
If you are looking for a real Amazon Experience in Peru we highly recommend Treks In Cusco as the company to go with.