Manu is divided into three zones:
The cultural zone is home to several native communities of the Yine and Matsiguenka people who have initiated tourism projects. When visiting the park; chances to see wildlife are best in the reserved tourism zone; but wildlife experiences are also available in the cultural zone. This zone is the only place where you will be able to visit native communities; many of which still follow their traditional ways of life; such as hunter-gatherer traditions.
Midway; through the tour there is the opportunity to go through raw & uninhabited jungle; camp and then navigate the river back to the port town of Atalaya. So then; this is an expedition adventure through very rough jungle terrain; but provides the opportunity to see the jungle in its rawest form and experience the natural Amazon.
Explore the abundant nature of Manu National Park.
Swim and bathe in the Rivers of the Zone.
Explore a route through this part of the jungle that not many will ever encounter!
Use machetes & some bushcraft to navigate bamboo terrain.
Encounter local communities and tribes of the zone (if you get lucky!)
Note: The last couple of days of this expedition are challenging, be prepared for a very physical adventure and difficult terrain.
Breakfast x 5
Lunch x 6
Dinner x 5
Private Transport – collection & drop-off
Professional bilingual guide
River boats for location transfers along river
Lodge or camping accommodation for x5 nights
Domestic flights from Lima to Cusco (return)
Extension trips to Machu Picchu (can be included on request)
Tips for crew
Any additional extras
|Joining Arrangements||There will be a pre-trek briefing held usually the evening before departure, at your hotel, to go over the details of the trek and any specific requirements not already captured.|
|Food & Water||Prior to setting off we recommend you steer clear of street food and only eat in good restaurants, to avoid any stomach complaints. Likewise with tap water, it is largely untreated, please only consume bottled water only or sterilised water if you have the right equipment.|
|Special Diets||We’ll ensure that we cater for all of your dietary needs, at the point of booking we’ll collect this information from you. We can secure special menu requests also for your trek party.|
|Trekking Crew||We are able to customise our treks to suit you, but usually our treks are guided by a professional bilingual guide, mountain cook, arriero (horseman) and mules to carry all equipment (passenger horses also available on request). They become a large part of your trekking expedition and it’s a great experience working together.|
This is a really important part of your trip planning process, please find a link below which explains a little more about preparing for altitude. Altitude Preparation
|Machu Picchu||An excursion to Machu Picchu can be included as part of your trip, including professional bilingual guide, entrance tickets, return trip bus tickets, Huayna Picchu & Machu Picchu Mountains (mountain climbs to be confirmed on reservation) & your return train ticket to Cusco.|
|Covid-19 (Coronavirus)||We are working with the latest protocols issued by the Ministerio de Salud (Ministry of Health) to ensure our operations are safe and compliant for the future. We also have access to on-call health services for your time with us.|
|Covid-19 (Useful Links)||World Health Organisation | World Health Organisation – Peru | Covid-19 Data – Peru | Covid-19 Daily Statistics|
|Reservation||Please contact us to reserve your trek and we will send you our deposit & payment options.|
|Customer Service||Please feel free to contact us at any point before your trip for any queries or problems.|
You’ll leave Cusco very early in the morning in one of our vehicles. You’ll cross interesting valleys between the mountains of the Andes and picturesque rural communities. Visiting the pre-Incan tombs of the Lupaca culture and then you’ll stop in Paucartambo, a beautiful colonial city, and visit the museum of the town. On the way, taking lunch in the cloud forest.
You’ll continue your descent through the cloud forest, an area rich in endemic species, such as the spectacled bear and the rooster of the rock, the Peruvian national bird that performs a unique courtship ritual. You can also see orchids, bromeliads, ferns, etc. You’ll continue to observe spectacular nature throughout your trip until reaching your lodge, Pilcopata Inn, spending your first night.
Very early in the morning, you’ll board your boat and head to the parrot clay lick, a wall along the riverbank where different species of parrots, such as the blue-headed parrot, the white-eyed parakeet, the chestnut-fronted macaw, among others, meet every morning. Here they eat clay, which is rich in minerals and helps them digest and eliminate toxins from their bodies. After, you’ll return to our lodge for a delicious breakfast. Afterwards; taking a walk through the forest for 2 to 3 hours. Returning to the lodge for lunch and then rest or swim in the river.
In the afternoon, you’ll visit Lake Machuwasi, where you can explore on rafts to observe birds, such as the prehistoric hoatzin and, with luck, other animals such as monkeys and capybaras. Then you’ll make a night walk through the forest to look for insects and amphibians. After the night walk, time for dinner and spend the night in the lodge.
*Optional free activity – zip line: Our guests at Amazon Manu Lodge have the opportunity to appreciate a unique and impressive view of the jungle as they fly through the jungle canopy between platforms built high up in the trees. All the equipment used is of high quality and safe. After sliding at high speed through the treetops of the incredible Amazon rainforest, you can make a 25-meter-high rappel to the ground.
Today, rising early to eat breakfast at our lodge. Then, you’ll leave for your adventure in the forest. The aim is to climb Mount Pinipini, exploring the uninhabited jungle along the way, with more opportunities to see species such as monkeys, birds, and the beautiful flora of the jungle.
You’ll hike for several hours deep in the forest, off the beaten path, before stopping for lunch. Then continuing on for a few hours more until reaching the summit of the mountain. Here you’ll make your camp for the night; stopping for dinner also. You’ll pass the night in forest, surrounded by the sounds of the jungle under the beautiful starry sky.
On the fifth day, eating breakfast early at your camp before packing up and beginning our descent down the other side of the mountain. Using machetes you’ll carve a path through dense forest with our guides. All along the way, continuing to explore the jungle, looking for the unique plants and animals of the forest.
Upon reaching the base of the mountain, after about 6 hours of hiking, you’ll board your inflatable raft and travel by river for about 3 hours to return to our lodge.
Taking dinner and spending your last night in the jungle.
After breakfast, you’ll go to enjoy a swim in the hot springs of Atalaya and then we will board our boat back to Puerto Atalaya where our car will wait for us to return to Cusco. You’ll have lunch along the route back to Cusco, and you’ll arrive around 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.