Manu Nature ReservedLeaving Cusco we will pass by numerous dry inner-montane valleys during the trip along the small road you can enjoy the native villages and locals going about their lives in their colorful attires We will stop briefly at the Ninamarca which is an arqueological site with its pre-incan tombs, we travel at leisure making several stops including many photos opportunities exploring the high-elevation mountains, continuing on we will visit the village of Paucartambo with its beautiful arched colonial bridge. From Paucartambo we will climbe again and gradually became enveloped in a cloudy mist soon we arrived at Acjanaco pass and gateway to Manu National Park.
Once across Acjanaco Pass (3550 m / 11.647 ft) the environment changes dramatically passing from dry valleys to wet and also the view looking down toward the lowlands is stunning. The lush and misty cloud forest surrounded by massive rocks and waterfalls is perhaps the most fragile and threatened type of rainforest, which is the kingdom of lichens , moss our main target will of course the Peruvian National Bird the brightly red, Andean Cock of the Rock displays daily for female, as we descend we will head down to (600 m) in elevation to BAMBÚ LODGE.
Very early we will descend out of the foothills and pass by local plantations, the road crosses a low set of hills where we get the Alto Madre de Dios River, once we get Atalaya which is the first navigable Port. We will say good bye to our bus and meet our boatman, we board our motorized and roofed (to provide shelter from the sudden tropical downpour and suns bath) The upper Madre de Dios starts off rocky and fast, with Herons often seen foraging on the rocky gravel bars, and we’ll keep a close watch for raptors.
As we are continuing our downriver boat journey, as we will be occupied by traveling by boat down the Alto Madre de Dios river towards the confluence with the Manu river, and after six hours we wiil arraive to Boca Manu town where we will spent the night in a confortable Lodge, here will have the chance to visit the diferent activitis of the town people ( craftmen).
Departing early we will enter the wild Manu National Park a brief stop at Limonal Park Ranger Station for check in, this boat trip is more exciting and full of sightings experiences, every river bend will bring us a view of unspoiled beauty As we travel up river we’ll search diligently for any signs of Jaguar, still only a slim chance but this river is perhaps the best location to find this magnificent mammal, Just a few curves up the river the environment will change.
As Suddenly, there will be orders of magnitude more to look at, from hundred if not thousands of swallows and butterflies, every single sandbar being occupied by something interesting, from lapwings, plovers, horned screamers, orinoco geese, we will keep a close watch for wildcats. In the mid afternoon, we arrive at our comfortable lodge which it´s set aside a short distance from the Rio Manu in the heart of Manu National Park and for our following nights at this peaceful place. Overnight, LA CASA MATSHIGUENKA. We’ll also have access and briefly stop to a small canopy tower that overlooks another beautiful Oxbow lake, (Otorongo Lake) and wonderful section of untouched rainforest. The view from the canopy is amazing and unless one is actually up in the canopy, one can’t fully appreciate the incredible diversity, seldom experienced from the forest floor.
We wiil most likely be woken early by the howler monkey declaring his territory, before breakfast we will take 10 minutes boat ride toward Salvador Lake, at this time is more pleasant and it makes it a bit easier to find animmals, who are in search of food. we will expore this beautyful Lake by catamaran, and try to see the Giant Otter, a species in danger of extiction, they can be seen fishing. we will be looking for the Black Caiman, Monkeys, Hoatzin, and a really interesting Flora and Fauna.
At midafternoon we will walk into the forest you will be amazed the Flora and Fauna. (optional night walk).
Overnight at "Casa Matshiguenka."
This morning we’ll board our boat and begin the journey down the Rio Manu back to the Rio Alto Madre de Dios.The trip will be again very exciting with lots of bird activity on the many sandbars as well as side necked turtles sunning on the logs. This will be again another opportunity for catching a glimpse of the magnificent Jaguar. After a couple of hours we will reach Boca Manu for brief stop and to refuel our boat and exploring the lower portion of the Madre de Dios river, we get settled for lunch time and likely with enough time to walk around. Then we will continue the fast flowing braided and clear water upper Madre de Dios this is the last chance to spot the capybara, the world’s largest rodent. We’ll keep a close watch for raptors, as we have seen numerous Kites, as well as fun birds such as Vultures, eagles.After six hours we wiil rearch Soga de Oro Lodge, where pass our last night in the jungle.
This morning we will take an early ride to the cloud forest. We’ll make some stops in route looking for colorful birds such as; cock of the rock, quetzals, jays, mountain toucans and the elevation here is perfect for high number of foothill species going up the cloud forest we can enjoy the breathtaking views of the exuberant forest. We will arrive Cusco in the afternoon.
*The program may have small variations due to weather or other factors.