Duration: 3 days/ 2 nights.
Starting Point: Cusco.
Ending Point: Cusco.
Activities: Bird watching, Ecological, Wildlife view, Entomology.
Departure Dates: Daily with a minimum of our clients.
Fixed departures. Meals: 2 Breakfasts, 2 lunches and 2 Dinners.
Transport: Ground and river transport round trip.
Manu National Park, located in southeastern Peru, is one of the largest parks in South America. The area of the park encompasses parts of the Andean department of Cusco and the jungle department of Madre de Dios.
Manu protects over 2 million hectares (4.5 million acres) of territory rich in flora and fauna species in a variety of habitats including high Andes, cloud forests, and lowland tropical rain forests.
The UNESCO officially recognizes this natural paradise as a world heritage site. In 1977 they designated Manu as a World Biosphere Reserve because it contains the best existing example of biodiversity in protected areas of rain forest, as well as endemic areas of cloud forest.
Humans have altered the majority of forests in the world. Fortunately, Manu has remained intact and untouched by civilization. Thus, we can observe a variety of animals in their natural habitats, including: Giant Otters (Pteronura brasiliensis), Black Caiman (Melanosuchus Niger), the majestic Jaguar (Panthera onca), the strange Spectacled Bear (Tremarctos ornatus), the Tapir (Tapirus terrestris), the Ocelot (Felis pardalis), 13 species of primates and an estimated one thousand species of birds including 7 species of Macaws.
Manu also contains 10% of the world’s vascular plant species, including several species of figs and palms, as well as countless species of medicinal plants that scientists are currently cataloguing. A single hectare of forest in Manu can have up to 220 species of trees, while a hectare of temperate forest in Europe or North America may only have 20 tree species.
Manu National Park may be the most biologically diverse and protected park on the planet.
We will leave from Cusco by private bus, first stopping to visit the pre Inca burial towers of Ninamarca. We then drive through the mountains, to get to the typical and folkloric town of Paucartambo. Here we will take a short walk around the town before carrying On to Tres Cruces, the highest point and entrance to Manu National Park. From here, we will continue into the Cloud Forest and at Fog forest we will explore for around 3 hours to observe the National bird of Peru (the cock of the rock), the biggest monkey in Peru (woolly monkeys) and to observe different types of bromeliads and beautiful orchids, then We arrive to our lodge in the evening where we will sleep in a beautiful and rustic lodge.
Accommodation: Mirador Amazon Lodge.
Meals: Lunch, Box Lunch, Dinner.
After our breakfast, we will continue by private bus to Atalaya. On the way, we will stop to observe a coca plantation, we will also stop at a view point where you can get a good overview of the jungle and river.
From Atalaya, we will leave by motorized boat to our lodge. A long the boat trip we will see many different kind of animals, birds, plants and flowers.
In the afternoon, we will visit Machuwasi Lake where we will take a balsa raft and see the pre-historic Hoatzin bird, watch the beautiful sunset (include night expeditions) to see tarantulas, different types of spiders, poisonous frogs, tree frogs, snakes, alligators, night monkeys, armadillos and boas. We will spend the night in our rustic at Harpy Lodge.
Accommodation: Harpy Eagle Lodge
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
We will leave early to visit the parrot clay lick , after breakfast, we will walk in the jungle for several hours and see the different animals, birds such as tiger heron, eagle, flycatcher, kingfisher etc. and many different kinds of plants and flowers.
We will return to Atalaya by boat where our private bus will be waiting to take us back to Cusco. We will return to Cusco via the cloud forest and Paucartambo.
We will arrive back in Cusco in the late afternoon.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
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