Manu Explorer - Cusco, Peru

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Accommodation and Transport

Wildlife Trips 1: Cultural Zone

Wildlife Trips 2: Reserved Zone

Mixed Wildlife and Cultural Trips

Cultural Trips

Accommodation, food, and transport

Accommodation in the Cultural Zone ranges from campsites on the riverbank to double rooms with private bathrooms in beautiful lodges with all services, except electricity. This means every dinner by candlelight. The best lodges are constructed entirely from local forest materials with thatched roofs and natural ventilation. On a jungle rating, these lodges go right up to five stars, and have terrific food.

In the reserved zone, all accommodation is by camping only, but there are toilets and showers provided. Manu Explorer provides top quality, spacious, four season tents with mosquito net doors to allow a welcome breeze at night. Also included are kitchen and dining tents, tables and chairs, and all other culinary necessities. Inflatable mattresses and sleeping bags are available for hire.

All reasonable requests for special dietary needs will be accommodated. Manu Explorer prides itself on providing for Vegans and Vegetarians of every persuasion. Wherever possible we will always use locally produced food to support the local economy. Meals are always of a high standard, balanced in composition, and plentiful. The emphasis is on fresh fruit, vegetables and salads. Three meals a day, bottled drinking water and snacks are provided on all full days in the rainforest.

The airport at Bocu Manu provides quick and easy access by light plane from Cusco (approx. 45 mins). This permits a short stay of 3 days for those with a tight schedule, bringing you to within easy reach of the main lodges of the cultural zone. However, we should point out there can be delays to flights due to weather conditions. Therefore, it is best to allow some latitude in your other travel arrangements as a contingency.

The alternative to flying is a private bus journey from Cusco to Atalaya, four hours upstream from Bocu Manu. We recommend this method of transport for those who have a little more than three days available. The journey takes you through majestic mountain scenery in the high Andes before delivering you to the cloud forest, which marks the perimeter of the Manu National Park. Here, you can view the national bird of Peru, the magnificent Cock of the Rock from your own observation lodge. The final approach to the head of the river at Atalaya takes you down through the foothills to the rice growing area at the base of the majestic mountains.

The boat journey downriver from Atalaya takes you on the Alto Madre de Dios (Higher Mother of the Gods). It provides continuous viewing opportunities for a multitude of bird life. The boats are large canoes made in the rainforest that typically carry up to twelve adult passengers and their equipment. This part of the river system is smaller and faster flowing. It passes by important archaeological remains and gives access to the Machigenka Indians.

Party Composition

Manu Explorer offers private trips or the opportunity to join with others in a group (maximum 10 Persons).

Private Trips

The advantage of a private group is that you can dictate your own schedule with a river canoe and guide at your personal disposal. This is particularly good for ensuring sightings of the more elusive species of mammals, or for personalised visits to indigenous villages. If you don’t find exactly what you need here, just contact the office and we will be happy to arrange things for you.

Programmes

The following three sections provide a selection of our favourite trips to the Manu National Park. If you opt for a private trip then you are free to make up your own itinerary with our consultants. There are many other programmes available from our offices that cover a range of scenarios up to two weeks in length.

Wildlife trips 1: Cultural Zone

Code MEMW3: 3 Days.
Fly In and Out. Cultural Zone.

2 nights Lodge accommodation, Macaw Salt Lick, Oxbow Lakes (Caiman and Giant Otters), Forest Trails, Canopy Observation Tower. This is the trip for people on a tight schedule.

Day One: Fly into Bocu Manu and transfer to the lodge by riverboat. Evening trip to an oxbow lake to look for Caiman on a paddled catamaran.

Day Two: Early Morning trip downriver to the Macaw Lick. Onboard a camouflaged catamaran you can watch with awe as successive species of parakeets, parrots and macaws arrive to feed. Later in the day you go to another oxbow lake to search for Giant Otters. Afternoon visit to the extensive forest trails in nearby tropical rainforest and an opportunity to climb to the canopy observation tower.

Day Three: You depart at daybreak, having breakfast en route, for Bocu Manu airport. From here, your flight takes you to Cusco, arriving before lunch.

Code MEMW4: Four Days.

As per MEMW3 but an additional day to spend more time on the viewing opportunities. The third night is spent in a lodge in Bocu Manu to avoid the early morning departure for your flight home. The extra day makes this a less hectic visit. Highly recommended. Prices from $XXX per person.

Code MEMW3T: 3 Days.
Fly in and Out. Cultural Zone. Camping with showers.

Day One: Flight to Bocu Manu from Cusco (50 minutes). Transfer by boat to Manu Biostation (2 hours) and hike jungle trails to see monkeys, birds, plants and trees. In the evening, visit Cocha Blanca to see Caiman by night. Camp on platforms overnight, protected from any showers by palm thatch.

Day Two: Early morning visit to Macaw Lick. Then to another set of forest trails. Later on, a transfer to Maquisopayoj, the next campsite, where there is an animal lick and you can see Tapir come in the night.

Day Three: After an early breakfast, transfer back to Bocu Manu airport for the trip back to Cusco.

Code MEMW6: Six Days.
Drive In/Fly Out. Cultural Zone. Lodge accommodation.

Day One: Depart from Cusco driving across the Andes stopping for viewing of the cloud forest on the Eastern flank. There is an overnight stop at the Cock of the Rock Lodge.

Day Two: See the national bird of Peru (Rupiculo peruano) from the observation platforms. Drive to Pilcopata for lunch. Afternoon river trip to an overnight lodge.

Day Three: Visit an animal saltlick before continuing the river journey to Bocu Manu for lunch. In the afternoon, transfer to Blanquillo lodge and visit the forest. After dinner, an evening visit to the oxbow lake to look for Caiman.

Day Four: Breakfast at daybreak whilst observing the Macaw Lick from the river. In the afternoon, visit to Cocha Blanca to look for Giant Otters.

Day Five: In the morning, exploring the tropical rainforests looking for birds and monkeys. In the afternoon, boat journey upriver to Bocu Manu for dinner and overnight accommodation.

Day Six: Morning flight back to Cusco.

Wildlife Trips 2: Reserved Zone

Code MEMR4: Four Days.
Fly in/Fly out. Reserved Zone. Camping with showers.

Day One: Morning flight from Cusco to Bocu Manu. Transfer to Bocu Manu village for refreshments before departing for the reserve zone , exploring by boat and on foot. Overnight camping at Limonal Ranger Station.

Day Two: Continue into the reserved zone by river canoe. Arriving at Otorongo ox-bow lake, where we explore the forest trails and observation platforms. Here live a family of Giant Otter. Camping with showers.

Day Three: Explore trails in the forest, observation posts, visits to oxbow lakes and river frontage. Return to Limonal Ranger Station campsite.

Day Four: Early breakfast before heading downriver to Bocu Manu and the flight back to Cusco.

Code MEMR6: Six days.
Fly in/Fly out. Reserved Zone. Lodge accommodation and camping with showers.

Day One: Fly from Cusco in the morning. Transfer to Blanquillo lodge, and trail-walking.

Day Two: Breakfast at the Macaw Lick. Later, boat transfer (4 hours), via Bocu Manu, into the reserved zone to Limonal Ranger Station. Camping.

Day Three: A continuing boat journey deeper into the reserved zone, arriving at a campsite by the ox-lake of Otorongo. Here there are Giant Otter and lots of nature trails. Camping.

Day Four: Explore trails in the forest, observation posts, visits to oxbow lakes and river frontage. Camping.

Day Five: Morning observation of birds and animals, followed by a lazy journey back downriver. Overnight in lodge.

Day Six: Transfer to airport. Morning flight back to Cusco.

Mixed Wildlife and Cultural Trips

Code MEMM4: Four Days.
Fly in and Out. Cultural Zone.

Day One: Fly into Bocu Manu and transfer to Blanquillo lodge by riverboat. Evening trip to an oxbow lake to look for caiman on a paddled catamaran.

Day Two: Early Morning trip downriver to the Macaw Lick. Onboard a camouflaged catamaran you can watch with awe as successive species of parakeets, parrots and macaws arrive to feed. Afternoon visit to the extensive forest trails in nearby tropical rainforest and an opportunity to climb to the canopy observation tower.

Day Three: River Canoe trip to Bocu Manu. Afternoon spent visiting the Piro Indians in nearby Diamante settlement. Opportunities to buy goods direct from community artisans and to drink Masato (Yuca beer). Overnight accommodation in lodge at Bocu Manu.

Day Four: After breakfast, transfer to Bocu Manu airport. From here, your flight takes you to Cusco, arriving before lunch.

Code MEMM5

As per MEMM5 but using an extra day to visit the Piro Indians near Bocu Manu. This will allow you to see their approach to forestry, artisan production and healing practices.

Code MEMM6: Six Days.
Drive in and Fly out. Cultural Zone.

Day One: Depart from Cusco driving across the Andes stopping for viewing of the cloud forest on their Eastern flank. Stopping at Cock of the Rock Lodge. Overnight in Pilcopata.

Day Two: Drive to Atalaya for a river trip to Blanquillo lodge, showers, and a candlelit evening meal.

Day Three: Transfer to the viewing catamaran at the macaw lick. Breakfast whilst observing the birds from the river. After lunch, forest trail walking, and an evening trip to the ox-bow lake to see caiman. Overnight in Blanquillo.

Day Four: A morning visit to the ox-bow lake to look for Giant Otters. After lunch move upriver to a lodge in Bocu Manu.

Day Five: Visit the Piro Indians in the neaby Diamante settlement. There are opportunities to drink Masato (Yuca beer), and trade for traditional ceramics, basketware and weapons. Overnight in Bocu Manu lodge.

Day Six: Transfer to airport for your morning flight back to Cusco.

Cultural Trips

N.B. Although these are primarily aimed at cultural experiences, there are continuous opportunities for encounters with wildlife, especially birds. So we advise all parties to carry binoculars and cameras.

Code MEMC4: Four Days.
Drive in and out. Cultural Zone. Three nights accommodation (lodge).

Day One: Bus journey from Cusco to Pilcopata. Visit the Chullpas (funerary architecture) from the Tiwanaku period on the way.

Day Two: Visit the Machigenka Indians on the Alto Madre de Dios river. Overnight in Pilcopata.

Day Three: Day walk in the tropical rainforest around Pilcopata to learn about the plants used for healing and visit the prehistoric rock carvings near the Queros river. Overnight in Pilcopata.

Day Four: Road journey back to Cusco with an opportunity to visit important Inca sites on the way.

Code MEMC6: Six Days
Fly in and Drive out. Cultural Zone.

Day One: Fly from Cusco to Bocu Manu. River trip in the afternoon to see the tropical rainforest. Overnight in Bocu Manu lodge.

Day Two: Visit the Diamante village of the Piro Indians and see their production of traditional crafts.

Day Three: Morning visit to Piro shaman’s garden or timber processing plant. Afternoon trip upriver to a lodge.

Day Four: Visit the Machigenka Indians on the Alto Madre de Dios river. Overnight in hotel in Pilcopata.

Day Five: Day walk in the tropical rainforest around Pilcopata to learn about the plants used for healing and visit the prehistoric rock carvings near the Queros river. Overnight in Pilcopata.

Day Six: Road journey back to Cusco with an opportunity to visit architectural remains on the way.

Manu Explorer Service includes:

  • Transfers to and from your hotel
  • All departures are from Cusco (but we are happy to arrange connecting flights from Lima and other points of arrival).
  • All surface transportation is private
  • Bi-lingual professional guides
  • Three meals per day plus snacks
  • Drinking water provided
  • Highest quality equipment
  • Showers and Toilets when camping
  • Medical supplies and emergency equipment
  • Radio Communication in the field
  • All permits and fees (including airport taxes)

Excess flight baggage (>10kilos) charged at $2 USD per kilo each way. N.B. The nature of flying in the Andes can render flights liable to rescheduling. Therefore, we strongly recommend that you allow for some flexibility in your other travel arrangements e.g. give yourself a day or so to relax in Cusco after your trip.



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