MANU AMAZON RAINFOREST TOUR 4-DAYSRAFTING, CYCLING, HIKING, AND SWIMMING • PRIVATE TRANSPORTATION AND GUIDES THROUGHOUT JOURNEY • UNESCO WORLD-HERITAGE PROTECTED SITE
– Enjoy a 4-day adventure – Hike through scenic tropical rain-forests and high cloud forests – Balsa rafting, Amazon river swimming, and jungle-cycling – Enjoy a memorable stay in rustic jungle lodges – Witness 14 species of monkeys – Nutritious meals and snacks freshly prepared by your Chef – Flexibility to start the tour any day
Guiding Peru has designed a 4 day Manu Amazon Rainforest tour to provide visitors and tourists a memorable experience of exploring the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Manu World Biosphere Reserve. The Manu National Park is considered the best wildlife destination in the Amazon, which you will fully explore on this guided tour. During this professionally guided tour of Manu, you will enjoy spending your days viewing the red and green macaws, monkeys, tapirs, Capybaras, Cayman, jaguar and other fascinating resident wildlife.
On this tour you can expect light hiking, swimming, rafting, and cycling. Please read our terms and conditions and follow our suggested packing guidelines.
YELLOW FEVER is transmitted by mosquitoes and exists in the forest of remote jungle areas of South America, mainly in Brazil. Vaccinations for yellow fever are good for a 10 year period. MALARIA has almost totally been completely controlled in the Manu Region of Peru. Oral medications are available for Malaria prevention. Guiding Peru is not aware of any one of these two diseases being reported in many years in the Manu Region we travel through on our tours. We do recommend for our guests to discuss the benefits and their individual needs of vaccinations and preventive medications with their physicians or travel clinics prior to travel. To protect yourself, use mosquito repellent with DEET, wear long-sleeved shirts and trousers, closed toe shoes and hats with netting.
Manu Amazon Rain-forest Tour Details
On this guided tour, you will get a chance to travel with Guiding Peru into the Manu National Park. This beautiful national park is located in southeastern Peru and protected by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Manu is a region that is rich in flora, fauna and has a wide variety of habitats, including; the high Andes, the lowland tropical rain forests and cloud forests. The Manu National Park boasts of having over 20,000 species of flora and a healthy animal population, including: 14 species of monkeys, ocelot, jaguar, giant anteater, puma, giant otter, giant armadillo, brown-throated sloth, nine-banded armadillo, Brazilian tapir, Hoffmann’s two-toed sloth, capybara, pacarana, white-lipped peccary, lowland paca, collared peccary, and several deer species. This national park is a “not to miss” attraction that you must visit on your trip to Peru. *Before Day 1 of the trek: you will enjoy a guide briefing in your hotel lobby. *Note Manu daily itinerary and lodging subject to change based on weather and availability.
Day 1: Cusco – Andes – Cloud Forest – Manu Park
Accommodation: Manu Paradise Lodge, San Pedro Region of Manu Meals: Box lunch, dinner with snacks On the first day of your Manu Amazon Rainforest tour, we will depart at 6:30 am in the morning from your hotel in Cusco. During the 3 hour drive, we will pass through some interesting valleys and picturesque communities on the way to the highlands of the beautiful Paucartambo. We will take a break here and stretch our legs prior to the next 1 hour drive to tres Cerves pass, where we will enjoy the amazing distant views. Another 1 hour drive will take us to the tunnels of Manu where we will enjoy our deluxe box lunch as our guides prepare our bikes and safety gear. From here, we will start cycling for 3 hours, downhill to Pilcopata, which is considered the entrance to the Amazon Jungle. Following the cycle ride, we will continue driving into the cloud forest. This area is rich with endemic species like the Cock of The Rock, the Speckled Bear, and a wide variety of bromeliads, orchids, and ferns. You will love spending the first night of the Manu tour in a very nice, comfortable, rustic, jungle lodge. Before dinner, we will enjoy hot drinks and snacks together with our guide, while discussing the importance of today’s sites and plan out tomorrow’s itinerary. This evening we will keep a watch out for the many species of monkeys and the native Cock of the Rock bird from our lodge’s deck overlooking the surrounding jungle. *The bonus activity included* Cycling: You will get the opportunity to enjoy cycling to Pillcopata, the entrance of the jungle to view many flora and fauna.
Day 2: Cloud Forest – Manu Park
Accommodation: Soga de Oro Lodge, Manu Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner with snacks On the second day of the Manu Amazon Rainforest tour, following breakfast, we will drive 1.5 hours to the village of Atalaya, along the way stopping in at a jungle farmer’s home. Here we will be introduced to many animals native to this region of the Manu rainforest. From Atalaya, we will take a boat through the cloud forest deep into the jungle. On the boat ride we will be able to see an enormous diversity of bird species like vultures, cormorants, and herons. On our arrival, lunch will be served. Here we will have some time to relax prior to enjoying an afternoon jungle hike along an interesting trail that is located in the transition zone between the high and low jungles of the rain-forest. Here your guide will point out and describe the plant-life and wildlife that surrounds you. Following this informative nature trail hike we will of to Machu Wasi Lake where we will enjoy the experience of balsa rafting. Following the rafting we will return to the lodge, to enjoy our evening meal accompanied by the sounds of the nightlife in the rain-forest surrounding us. *The bonus activity included* Balsa Rafting: At Machu Wasi Lake you will get a chance to enjoy balsa rafting (grade I).
Day 3: Amazon Jungle – Manu Park
Accommodation: Sogo de Oro Lodge, Manu Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner with snacks On the third day, you need to get up very early this morning to enjoy a boat ride to Collpa, a clay wall by the river. Here you will have a great photo opportunity as you see a variety of parrots, such as the white-eyed parakeet, the blue-headed parrot, the Maracana Macaw and others that include many small mammals and others come every morning to substitute their diet with minerals and salts. After the morning tour and return boat ride, we will return to our lodge for breakfast. After breakfast and a little rest, we will then move on to explore the Madre de Dios River, to observe the many species of birds and other wildlife. Here is where we will enjoy some relaxing time while swimming in these Amazon waters. Tonight, we will enjoy our chef-preapred dinner while relaxing at our lodge catching glimpses of a wide variety of creatures that walk around the lodge. You may choose to take the optional guided night walk through the forest to catch a glimpse of the many nocturnal insects and amphibians. *The bonus activity included* Swimming in the Madre de Dios River, while viewing the beautiful landscapes of the Manu Amazon Rainforest. Guided night-walk through the trails around the lodge.
Day 4: Manu Park To Cusco
Meals: Breakfast, lunch with snacks On the fourth day, following a nourishing breakfast, we’ll pack up the gear and depart from our lodge in the Manu Preserve. We will enjoy a boat ride back to Atalaya Port where Guiding Peru’s vehicle will be waiting to take us back to Cusco. We have lunch en route at a local restaurant and arrive back at your Cusco hotel around 6 pm, concluding your 4-Days on the Manu Amazon Rainforest Tour.
- Return transfers to and from the Cusco hotel
- Professional English/Spanish speaking experienced native guide(s)
- 3 Nights rustic lodge accommodations (shared/double)
- River transportation by boat
- Mountain bikes with safety helmets and support vehicle
- Balsa rafting, jungle hiking and cycling
- Trekking poles
- Chef-prepared meals as indicated in the itinerary
- Daily guided tours
- Manu Park entry permits
Suggested Packing List
• Original passport. • ISIC international student card if applicable. • Backpack to carry your personal items • Comfortable hiking boots with good ankle support • Warm clothes, layers for variable temperatures • T-shirts and trekking pants that zip off to short pants for comfort • Personal medications, • Insect repellent • Flash light, head lamp and extra batteries • Camera • Binoculars • Sun hat, Sunscreen, and sunglasses • Rain jacket/pants or high quality rain poncho • Personal Toiletries, toilet paper, small towel, moist towelettes • 2 x1 litre water bottle • Bathing suit • Extra money for drinks & tips, souvenirs etc in soles
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
"Our guides Reuben, Marco and Celia were great. They took care of everything. I enjoyed the conversation and learning about their country. I liked the food and think the meals were well rounded. The hotels were clean and accommodating. Good team. I’d book with them again."
SEAN S., DENVER CO
"Awesome leadership, great preparation, outstanding food, a new adventure at every turn and....the contrast from 14000 ft. peaks to jungle canopy was what brought it all together....two worlds, one civilization, new friendships, and lots of fun. We'll be back!"
LOUIS C., SCOTTSDALE AZ
"One final note - over the four days, one couldn't help looking over at the other groups of trekkers, observing and even chatting with along the trail. From groups of 2 to what looked like other groups of 30+ people, I don't think I found any group that was as well looked after as our group. You can stop looking now - go ahead and book with Guiding Peru."
RICHARD C., ALBERTA CALGARY CANADA
YOU SHOULD KNOW
When to Travel
- High Season (June – August): Dry season in the Andean highlands. Best time for dry conditions for hiking in the Sacred Valley and on Inca Trail.
- Shoulder Season (September-November and March-May): Occasional rain storms Trails are less crowded, making for ideal visits with more solitude.
- Low Season (December to February): Rainy season. Expect persistent daily rains. The Inca Trail is closed in February for trail maintenance and campsite clean up.
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