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Manu Expeditions – Biosphere Jungle Immersion – 6 Days

  • Service type: Private
  • Physical rating: Easy
  • Group size: Max: 16
  • Min age: 2+
  • Departure: All year arround
  • Duration: 7 Days

Manu National Park is a biosphere reserve and protects a diverse number of ecosystems including lowland rainforests, cloud forests and Andean grasslands. It covers an area of 1,716,295.22 hectares (17,162.95 km2) which comprises mountainous areas (traversed by creeks and valleys) with elevations close to 4000 m above sea level and a portion of the Amazon Basin plains. This natural paradise is officially recognized by UNESCO as a world heritage site. In 1977 they designated Manu as a World Biosphere Reserve because it contains the best existing example of bio-diversity in protected areas of rain forest, as well as endemic areas of cloud forest. Manu is internationally acclaimed as one of the most biodiverse areas on earth.

Detailed Itinerary:

Day 01: Cusco - Rainforest Lodge

Very early pick up from your selected hotel in Cusco. Our journey will take us through the majestic Andes mountains to Paucartambo, a small traditional and folkloric town. at midmorning we reach we will arrive at the entrance of Manu National Park and access to one of the most protected natural areas in South America!  We have a short hike exploring the Puna Grassland Paramo. we might see the Andean Fox, Gray-tailed Deer and in a lucky day we might encounter the Andean Bear (Tremarctos ornatus). Then we drive downhill through Manu Road stopping at different ecosystems and ecological levels. Eventually we will arrive at the home of the exotic Peruvian National Bird, Gallito de las rocas, the “Cock of the Rocks”, to observe the social gathering that seems reminiscent of a large courtship. You will find that this is quite an amazing spectacle complete with an impressive array of sounds and colors that can only be found in the jungle. After that we continue driving to Rainforest Lodge where we will spend our first night.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 02:Rainforest Lodge – Bonanza Ecological Reserve - Tapir Clay Lick

After a very early breakfast we leave to Atalaya port, on the way we stop to see birds such Hummingbirds, Aracari Toucans, Amazonian Umbrella Bird. Later we board the boat on the Madre de Dios River, a tributary of the famous Amazon River. We stop at the natural hot springs to have a bath and relax. Along the way we have chance to observe many types of colorful birds such as: macaws, parrots, Oropendolas, vultures and others species. Hopefully, we will make some sightings of some jungle mammals such as the famous capybaras (worl’s largest rodents).  We arrive to Bonanza Lodge where we stay. We have a short break before we start trekking through the jungle to hear the natural sounds of animals and see Monkeys like Dusky-titi Monkey, Brown Cappuchins.  We will spend the night at our Tapirs Clay Lick, a Camouflage House is strategically located near to the Mammal’s Clay Lick where we will have the opportunity to see the Brazilian Tapir, Red Brocket Deer, and Porcupines during the night time.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 03:Bonanza Ecological Reserve – Casa Matsiguenka (Reserve Zone)

Early departure living the relatively clean waters of the Madre de Dios River behind and enter the clay-laden waters of the Manu River with a brief stop at the park ranger station at Limonal to present permits. 5 hours travel by boat along Manu River which especially in dry season, are loaded with nesting birds and feeding Herons, Egrets, Orinoco Geese, etc. Some beaches will host sunning White and Black Caimans (Melanosuchus niger), and the breeding Yellow-spotted River Turtles (Podocnemis unifilis), hundreds of Sand-colored Nightjars roost during the day on logs and beaches and there is a chance of encountering a stunning Jaguar (Panthera onca), the world’s third largest cat. We will see some species of primates on this river trip, possibly Red Howler monkeys, Squirrel monkeys, Tamarins monkeys. We’ll have the afternoon to explore some of the trails through the rainforest in the area. Before or after dinner, you will have chance to go on an optional night walk with your guide in search of nocturnal creatures. We will spend the night at Casa Matsiguenka, a rustic native owned lodge, run by the Matsiguenkas themselves, with its own exclusive trail system. There will be basic facilities available there are toilets and reasonably showers, screened twin rooms, with comfortable beds and mosquito nets.

Casa Matsiguenka: It was designed using the indigenous people’s building techniques and counts on 12 fully screened twin rooms, beds are furnished with mosquito nets. There is a private trail system, Macaw Clay Lick hide. Also available an interactive interpretation center and locally made souvenirs are for sale.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 04:Casa Matsiguenka – Cocha Salvador- Cocha Otorongo

We spend the morning at the lake Cocha Salvador. Our plan is to paddle across the lake on a floating platform (catamaran) observing the animal life on the lake. We might encounter the Agami Heron (Agamia agami), Hoatzin, Osprey, Sungrebe, and there are also Spider monkey, Brown Capuchin monkeys, White-fronted Capuchin monkeys, who are usually feeding on fruits nearby and therefore are relatively easy to sight. A specially constructed platform that looks out to the lake, enable us to look for a family of Giant Otters (Pteronura brasiliensis the world’s largest freshwater carnivores) that lives here. This Otters are found in large families eating large fish on logs at the lakeside. then we continue exploring the forest. This is a particular good trail to observe Woolly and Black Spider monkeys or large birds. Later we visit Otorongo Lake and there is 20 m high observation tower overlooking the lake to spot wildlife, there is also a large family of Giant Otters that inhabit in this lake. We stay overnight at Casa Matsiguenka.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 05:Casa Matsiguenka – Bonanza Ecological Reserve

A very early depart trying to spot the elusive Jaguar, one of the jewels of the Amazon wildlife.  Manu River offers great animal sights in the mornings including Tapir, Anteater, Anaconda and Three-toed Sloth. After 4 hours downstream we stop at checkpoint where we have short walk in the area to search species of monkeys in the forest and your guide will explain some of the basics of rainforest ecosystems and point out some of the medicinal plants of the area that are used by indigenous people. Then we return upstream through Alto Madre de Dios River arriving at Bonanza Lodge in the afternoon, during the afternoon we visit our 20 meters high bird watching tower and have a unique view of the forest and we observe Macaws and many other colorful birds. At night we go to see some caimans. An optional night walk.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 06:Bonanza Ecological Reserve – Rainforest Lodge

Early departure to explore the forest, on our way we will experience the amazing sounds of birds like Tucans, Macaws, Motmots and different kind of Monkeys. Bonanza Ecological Reserve is located at 320 m / 1,050 ft which contains different habitats from the flooded forest to terra firme forest. This is a special place with a great animals and plants diversity. Later we travel by boat upstream through the Alto Madre de Dios river around 4 hours to Atalaya port afterwards we drive to Rainforest Lodge where we will spend our last night. There is an optional night walk around the Lodge.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 07:Rainforest Lodge – Cusco. Bye bye Jungle!

We leave from Rainforest Lodge early in the morning in a private tourist van and head to Cusco, we drive along the Manu Road abserving different ecosystems and ecological levels such as the Cloud Forest, where we can do wildlife spotting. After a long drive we arrive to Cusco approximately 3:30 pm

Breakfast, Lunch

Expert naturalist guides. – (It is an urban legend and not true that only someone who just grow up in the jungle is the best interpreter guiding in this complex ecosystem and pristine Manu jungle paradise. there are few very highly well-educated Manu Park guides who has obtained degrees in Biology, Botanic, Anthropology and History… charismatic, knowledgeable, passionate and sensitive with a good level of English.

Small groups. – Get closer to real life situations with more personalized interactions, more lectures and interpretation from your naturalist guide, better option for spotting wildlife, monkeys, birds and hundreds of creatures around.

What is Included:
  • Private boat and bus
  • Rubber boots
  • Rain poncho
  • Duffle bag for personal belongings
  • Matrasses and Mosquitos nets in the Camouflage House
  • All accommodations and Lodges
  • Bilingual guide from the jungle
  • Mineral water all the time
  • First aid kit (including Antidote for snakes bites)
  • 3 meals per day included vegan or vegetarian option
  • Professional cook
  • Midmorning snacks
  • Entrance to Cock of the Rock (Lek)
  • Entrance to the Hot Spring
  • Entrance to Mammals Clay Lick
  • Entrance to Bonanza Ecological Reserve
  • Entrance to fee to Manu National Park
What is not Included:
  • Binocular
  • Money for extra soft drinks and beers
  • Optional tips for the staff tour guide, cook, motorists
  • Personal items and medicines (gear, clothing, laundry, telephone calls, etc.)
  • Accommodation in Cusco not included
What you need to take:
  • Lights sleeping bag or blanket
  • Insect Repellent with a minimum of 30% - 40% DEET
  • Good binoculars (you can rent with us good quality binoculars)
  • Camera with extra batteries, if you like taking pictures bring telephoto lens of 400mm.
  • Flashlight/torch with extra batteries
  • Sun lotion
  • Pocket money
  • Daypack
  • Water bottle
  • Sun hat
  • Sandals with strapp
  • Swimming suit and small towel
  • Extra toilet paper, shampoo and soap
  • Thick socks
  • Long-sleeved T-shirt
  • Dark color clothes

If you have extra-large sized feet we may not be able to find rubber boots in your size for the muddy trails as they are generally not available in Peru….so please bring old shoes for the muddy trails.

Travel Insurance: We recommend you to obtain a personal Travel Insurance, including Medical Problems, Baggage loss or damage. If you need help to find a travel Insurance Company please contact: Eg, Nomad Travel Insurances.


  • Special dietary requirements: We are happy to cater for any special dietary needs. Please let us know at time of booking.