MANU CULTURAL 4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS
DAY 01: Cusco / Manu
We leave Cusco early in the morning in our specialized overland vehicles. On the way, we visit the interesting Pre- Inca tombs of Ninamarca, commonly known as “Chullpas” and Paucartambo, a picturesque Spanish colonial town, and then to the Acjanacu pass, which marks the beginning of the Cultural Zone of Manu Biosphere Reserve.
Here, a thick cloak of clouds provides perpetual humidity and makes an ideal habitat for epiphytic plants such as bromeliads. This varied and fascinating world is home of the Cock of the Rock, Spectacled Bear, Orchids, Tree Ferns (one of the oldest living plants), mosses and lichens. This cloud forest exists between 2000 and 3500 meters above sea level and at least 50% of the plant species found here are endemic to this region. Overnight at “San Pedro” Lodge.
DAY 02: Manu: Cloud Forest
Today we wake up very early to observe comfortably installed on an observation platform the Cock-of-the-Rock (Rupicola peruviana), Peru’s national bird. The male birds are a vibrant reddish orange and about 5:00am. as many as several dozen come together for an exhibition of a ritual mating dance in a so called “Lek”. The males display their crest, showing off and posturing for the females. The females, fewer in number, watch to select the most suitable males.
After breakfast we continue by bike down the narrow road between waterfalls and canyons toward the Town of Pilcopata to the Port of Atalaya where we will board our covered outboard motor boat and head down the Upper Madre de Dios River for approximately 30 minutes toward our Private Reserve of “Erika Lodge” where we will spend the next two nights. Short walk around the Lodge.
DAY 03: Manu: Walk Trhought the jungle
Breakfast. Erika Lodge is located in a transition zone between High and Low jungle (600 m.a.s.l. to 1,150 m.a.s.l, 1,200 to 3,450 feet) encompassing different habitats. This altitude range explains the high diversity of wildlife found around this Lodge, so immediately after breakfast, we will start walking near the riverbanks, during the hike our guide will talk about insects, medicinal plants, trees, reptiles, mammals, etc.
Early afternoon we will start a short ride by boat to visit a small lake near to the Upper Madre de Dios River; here we are going to have the chance to see the Hoatzin, a primitive bird, Spectacle Caiman, many species of birds, insects, etc. Short night walk. This will be our last night in the wonderful Amazon jungle. Overnight in the Lodge.
DAY 04: Manu / Cusco
After breakfast, we will walk for approximately 30 minutes observing and learning about the sensitive mimosa plants, heliconias, fruit plantations, etc. Later we will continue in the boat towards Puerto Atalaya, from where we will return to the city of Cusco in bus, arriving at night.
- 1 Night`s accommodations at San Pedro Open Air Lodge
- 2 Nights accommodations at Erika Lodge
- All ground (Overland buses and 4WD vehicles) and river transportation (covered motor boats)
- All applicable taxes
- Bilingual guided tours
- Specialised bilingual guides (english / spanish)
- All meals (vegetarian meals as optional)
- Paperwork and payment for Park Permits
- Radio communication equipment in the Lodges
- Satellite telephone for emergencies
- International and Domestic flights (Lima / Cusco / Lima: US$ 294 aprox.)
- Airport taxes ($30.25 for international flights and $6.05 for domestic flights)
- Baggage excess
- Alcoholic drinks, soda or bottled mineral water
- Personal expenses
- International or National personal telephone calls
- Additional nights for bad weather o flight cancellation
Note 1: As an additional service we offer a safe for valuables and luggage storage in our Cusco Main office.
Note 2: Due to the ever-changing nature of the Peruvian jungle, day-by-day activities may vary due to local conditions.