this a trip is to the reserved zone of the Manu National Park and the following activities are developed:
hike in the cloud forest along the Manu road – boat trip approx. about 5hou rs along the Madre de Dios River and about 6 to 7 hours along the Manu River where you can see caimans, capybaras, sloths, turtles, monkeys, and even the majestic Jaguar – 2 nights inside the manu national park – visit to salvador and otorongo lakes to see giant otters – bird watching from observation tower – matsiguenka macaw lick – one night in the camouflaged house that is located next to a mammal lick to see nocturnal animal at night such as the tapirs, porcupines, deer and other animals – night walk to see Caimans, snakes, tarantulas, frogs, insects – bird watching – botanical garden – hummingbird garden; an authentic expedition for the visitor with typical jungle foods and drinks made from jungle products.
We leave Cusco early in the morning in our private car adapted for the route with mountains and jungle, in the course of the trip we will pass many places of tourist attraction such as: Ninamarca which is a pre-Inca construction of the Lupaca Kindong culture, then we will be passing through the valley of Paucartambo and a small town of paucartambo known as the folkloric capital of Peru, then we will arrive at the Ajanaco pass which is the beginning of the Manu National Park from this point we will descend to the Amazon rainforest; going through a unique cloud forest in the world.
In this area we will make short stops and hikes to see exotic birds of the cloud forest especially the Peruvian National bird the Andean cock-of-the-rocks, toucans, tanagers and mammals such as monkeys and coaties, with good luck Sloth and a lot variety of flowers and orchids. Arriving at sunset to our Lodge. L.D.
After breakfast at the lodge we continue our trip in our private car to the fluvial port of Atalaya, from there we start our trip in a motorized boat through the Madre de Dios River to the Natural hot springs of shintuya and then to the next lodge, the trip will be for 4 to 5 hours by boat, on the way we can see many species of birds such as herons, macaws, toucans, kingfishers, etc. and animals like the capybara (largest rodent in the world) and to enjoy the beautiful Amazonian landscape, in the afternoon we will arrive at the lodge.
At the lodge we will have a short break to rest from the long boat trip, then we go to a camouflaged house to see animals such as: tapir, porcupine, deer and other nocturnal rodents at night eating clay in the mammal clay lick which is a rich place in mineral salts, with good luck We can see felines like the Jaguar, puma or ocelot that sometimes come to hunt in this place and you will enjoy the sound of the jungle during the night. B.L.D.
These day we continue our trip in our boat downstream by the Madre de Dios River and then by the Manu River upstream, the Manu River is within the Manu National Park and is a very special habitat with very warm water, the shores and beaches of the river are the perfect place to see big caimans, such as black caiman and white caiman, turtles, butterflies and other animals.
And here we have high chance to see big cats on the river sides like: the Jaguar, Puma and other small cats, (June – October) and you will see a great variety of monkeys of different species, some of them eating clay on the river banks, also birds like herons, gulls, Black skimmers, toucans, macaws, eagles, etc. It will be a long trip of approximately 6 to 7 hours with a few short stops along the way. B.L.D.
This day there we do full activity in the morning we explore the lake in a catamaran, here we can see the Giant Otter (lobo de rio) The most endangered species, the reason is that these mammals eat between 3 to 5 kilos of fish each day of them, and there are no longer many lakes in the Amazon jungle with abundant fish, only in national parks like Manu. We will also see more Black Caimans, turtles, herons, many species of monkeys in large groups.
And then, after breakfast, mid-morning we will go to see the Matsiguenka macaw clay lick, to see the macaws (ara chloroptera, ara macaw, ara severus,) eating clay, this clay lick is very rich in minerals and for that reason many species of birds and mammals visit frequently to obtain the minerals they need in their metabolism. In the afternoon after lunch we continue exploring this beautiful jungle looking for more species of animals, and the guide explains the relationship between plant, animal, insect and the function of the different ecosystems and the medicinal functions of plants. At night an optional night walk. B.L.D.
Very early in the morning we left the LODGE and started to return by the same Manu River to Lake Otorongo, here we will climb a 20 meter high tower to to see parrots, macaws, eagles, toucans and many birds flying through the treetops and enjoy the panoramic view of the lake, then we will continue our boat trip along the Manu River and then along the Madre de Dios River, this day we will also have opportunities to see more alligators, tapirs, Sloth, turtles, monkeys, toucans, macaws, herons and other animals.
And with good luck some feline in the morning like jaguar, Puma and other small cats. On return we will arrive at Papaya Lodge, here in the afternoon we will go out to explore the jungle and do the night walk to look for frogs, snakes, night monkeys, spiders, tarantulas and many insects. B.L.D.
This day very early in the morning we left the lodge and started to return by boat along the Madre de Dios river to the Atalaya river port and from there we returned in our private car to Cusco. B.L