natural paradise, acknowledged as a World Biosphere
Reserve and World Patrimony, is the greatest tropical
jungle reserve of the world, and one of the few places
that remains intact due to its hidden location. Manu
is inhabited by more than 1.000 different species of
exotic birds, a variety of plants and flowers ranging
from 2.000 to 5.000 (considering that 10 percent of
the existing plants are new for science purposes), 200
different species of mammals, besides a large quantity
of amphibious, snakes, and insects. And of course the
native communities or ethnic groups which live there.
Consequently, Manu represents one of the ideal ecosystems
to enjoy the Amazon Jungle.
The Incas knew it as the Paititi region
and explored it; they built paths, performed commercial
trades, and grew coca plantations. The conquerors stepped
onto this place in 1567 and left Juan Alvarez in charge
of it. Since they didnt get the wealth they expected,
the conquerors forgot about it. After wood mills were
installed in this area in 1961, threatening the environment,
Celestino Kalinowski, Peruvian, claimed that Manu should
be declared a reserved zone. This request
was not acknowledged until 1967. At this time, the Manu
Basin was acknowledged as a National Reserve; in 1973,
this category was changed for the one of National
Park, and in 1977, UNESCO named it Biosphere
Reserve, and in 1987 the World Union for Nature
Preservation considered it as World Patrimony.
Extending over 1.881,200 hectares approximately, Manu
is divided into 3 areas: an intangible area known as
the Manu National Park, over 1.532.806 hectares, a reserved
area, over 257,000 hectares, where it is possible to
perform tourist visits (it comprises the low Manu area),
and finally, a cultural area, of public concern, consisting
of the inhabited areas, settlements or communities.
Manu is the worlds largest tropical reserve; it
has an average annual temperature of 24º C. Located
at the southeast of Peru, Manu is stuck into the last
Andean reinforcements of the department of Cuzco and
the Madre de Dios jungle.
Departure and Return by Bus
8 days - 7 nights
1st Day : Early departure
from Cuzco in one of our vehicles, especially equipped
for this route. We will go across interesting inter-Andean
valleys observing colorful towns and country communities.
We will visit the pre-Inca tombs of Ninamarca (Chullpas),
and then we will go to the traditional colonial town
of Paucartambo. We will ascend to the Acjanacu gap at
3.850 m. high At this point we start descent passing
through the cloud woods, a very wealthy area where we
can find species in extinction, such as the so-called
bear with glasses and the little cock of the rocks,
as well as orchids, ferns, and others. In Tambo San
Pedro, we will spend our first night comfortably accommodated
on platforms. (campings)
2nd Day : Early we can
observe the matching up dance of the little cock of
the rocks, Peruvian national bird. After breakfast,
we will continue our journey by bus going through the
high jungle. We will reach the town of Atalaya, which
is located on the shores of the Alto Madre de Dios River,
at 700 m. where our company river equipment is located.
After boarding our motor boat, we will go down the river.
On the way, we will observe a great variety of birds:
herons, vultures, crows, eagles, etc. We will reach
the Erika private reserve, where we can walk along its
interesting paths. We will spend the night at the lodge.
3rd Day: We will leave
again by boat towards the Shipetiari native community.
Then we will continue our tour to Boca Manu. (Optional
flight in light aircraft Cusco Boca Manu; there is a
chance that some other passengers will join the group).
Immediately, we will be sailing through the waters of
the Manu River, inside the reserved zone; and will camp
near the Limonal Security Post, where the necessary
documents to enter the Reserved Zone are requested.
We will start a short walk through the woods observing
the environment, the exhuberant vegetation, a variety
of insects, birds, monkeys, and other species.
4th Day : We will board
on our boat towards the Salvador Cocha, where we will
spend the following two nights. During our sailing we
will watch a countless number of bird species, and if
we are lucky, some mammals. There is a chance of doing
a night walk in the surroundings of our camp by catamaran
in the Salvador Cocha. With our flashlights, we will
watch the black caiman that goes out to search its prey.
Night in camping.
5th Day : Leaving early
and by catamaran, we will have the chance of sailing
the Salvador Cocha, and to observe the fauna and flora
of the surroundings. We will be searching above all
the giant otter, a specie that is on its way to extinction,
the black caiman, the hoatzin or chechena, the screaming
monkey, the spider monkey, among other species. Walk
through the primary woods having a larger variety of
species. After four hours approximately, we will arrive
at the Otorongo Cocha. In this lake, there is a 15-meter
watch tower, from which we can observe the landscape
of the surrounding woods and the families of giant otters.
Night in camping.
6th Day : We will board
on our boat, and will sail across the Manu River. We
will reach Boca Manu a small town located at the convergence
of the Manu and high Madre de Dios Rivers. From this
place on, the river is named Madre de Dios. After this
journey and in the afternoon, we will arrive at the
private reserve of Tambo Blanquillo. We will spend the
night surrounded by the magic of the jungle.
7th Day: Very early before
breakfast and by means of a camouflaged catamaran, we
will sail towards the Collpa, which consists
of clay-like cliffs on the shores of the river. These
cliffs are visited by different species of parrots and
macaws, which will offer a colorful exhibition of wild
life. Here, nature seems to explode in a thousand colors
while these birds bring out the necessary minerals for
their balanced diet. After this activity, we will sail
across the Madre de Dios River towards the airport of
Boca Manu, where you will have the chance to fly back
to Cuzco; otherwise, we will proceed with our journey
sailing across the Alto Madre de Dios River, camping
in an appropriate beach. Night in camping.
8th Day : We will continue sailing across the Alto
Madre de Dios River towards the small Atalaya
Harbor, which we will reach at the sunset. Here we will
take the bus back to the city of Cuzco, arriving very
early the following morning. Night on board.
Departure in Light Aircraft and Return by Bus
6 days - 5 nights
1st Day: We will leave
Cuzco in a light aircraft and will arrive at Boca Manu
at about noon. (See MANU-001 3rd Day)
2nd Day : See MANU-001
3rd Day : See MANU-001
4th Day : See MANU-001
5th Day : See MANU-001
6th Day :See MANU-001
Departure by Bus and Return in Light Aircraft
7 days - 6 nights
1st Day : See MANU-001
2nd Day : See MANU-001
3rd Day : See MANU-001
4th Day :See MANU-001
5th Day :See MANU-001
6th Day :See MANU-001
7th Day: In a light aircraft,
leave Boca Manu and arrive in Cuzco in the afternoon.
Departure in Light Aircraft and Return in Light Aircraft
5 days - 4 nights
1st Day: In light aircraft,
leave Cuzco and arrive in Boca Manu at about noon. (See
MANU-001 3rd Day).
2nd Day: See MANU-001
3rd Day: See MANU-001
4th Day: See MANU-001
5th Day: See MANU-001
7th Day. In a light aircraft, leave Boca Manu and arrive
in Cuzco in the afternoon.
Recommend passengers to take the light aircraft one-way
ticket or round trip ticket and to carry luggage not
exceeding 10 Kg.
Important Notice: In order to get the participants to
know each other and the guide, give clients the final
recommendations as well as answer their questions, we
will meet in our Cuzco office the day before the trip.
This program includes:
Transporte aéreo (según opción)
01 noche en Tambo San Pedro
01 noche en el Albergue Erika
01 noche en Tambo Blanquillo
04 noches en camping
Equipo de campamento y toda la infraestructura
necesaria para la actividad (excepto bolsa de dormir)
Alimentación completa (opción vegetariana)
Guía Bilingüe especializado
Trámites y pago para obtener permiso de
ingreso al PNM
Servicio de guardianía de equipaje y caja
de seguridad para documentos.
List of recommended equipment:
Sleeping bag, binoculars
Towel, swimming suit, sandals
Sneakers and hiking or rubber boots
Flashlight with batteries and spare bulbs
Personal grooming items
Hat or cap, sunglasses
Insect repellent (advisable with 40% or more
of DEET), sunscreen lotion
Raincoat, light jacket, cotton trousers
Camera (enough film rolls, ASA 400 preferable)
Backpack for luggage and a small backpack
Plastic bags, bottle of water for the first day