- Days 1 to 4
- Days 5 to 8
Tour Lenght: 8 days / 7
Activities: Mountain bike,
rafting, canopy walk, canoeing, jungle trek.
Spots to visit : Manu National
Park, Cultural Zone.
Fixed Departures: Sundays
Min. Paxs: 02 pax, max. 12 pax.
1 CUSCO PAUCARTAMBO - SAN PEDRO
We leave Cusco early in
the morning in one of our vehicles. Approximately mid-morning
we visit the interesting tombs of Ninamarca, commonly known
as “Chullpas”. We continue to Paucartambo, a picturesque
Spanish colonial town, and then to the Acjanacu pass, which
marks the beginning of the Cultural Zone of Manu Biosphere
Reserve. Here, a thick cloak of clouds provides perpetual
humidity and makes an ideal habitat for epiphytic plants
such as bromeliads. This varied and fascinating world is
home of the Cock of the Rock, Spectacled Bear, Orchids,
Tree Ferns (one of the oldest living plants), mosses and
lichens. This cloud forest exists between 2,000 and 3,500
m.a.s.l. and at least 50% of the plant species found here
are endemic to this region. Overnight at our “Orquídeas
de San Pedro Lodge”.
2 SAN PEDRO - ERIKA LODGE
Today we wake
up very early to observe the Cock of
the Rock (Rupicola peruviana), Peru’s
national bird from a platform. The
male birds are a vibrant reddish orange,
and as many as several dozen come together
for an exhibition of a mating ritual
dance in a place called Lek. The males
display their crest, showing off and
posturing for the females. The females,
fewer in number, watch to select the
most suitable males. After breakfast
we continue in our vehicle (*1) down
the narrow road between waterfalls
and canyons toward the town of Pilcopata
(*2) and then to Atalaya Port. here
we board our covered, outboard motor
boat and head down the Alto Madre de
Dios River for approximately 15 minutes
toward our private reserve of “Erika”
a comfortable / rustic lodge owned
also by Manu Ecological Adventures
where we will hike through the interesting
trail system that this transitional
area between high and low jungle offers.
Overnight at the lodge.
*1 Optional: Descend with mountain bikes from our San Pedro Lodge (1700 m.a.s.l.)
Cloud Forest to Pilcopata (700 m.a.s.l.)
– only for very experienced people
– depends on availability and weather
conditions. *2 Free Option: Here in
Pilcopata town we will make the final
settings for a 1 ½ river rafting (class
I and II) trip down the Koshñipata
River where we will have the opportunity
for a dip and of course enjoy the spectacular
view of the Koñeq Canyon. Continuing
down the Alto Madre de Dios River to
Erika Lodge. *3 New!!! Option: We walk
through the trail that leads us to
the observation platform located 15
feet above the mammal lick itself where
we wait for the lumbering peccaries
to arrive, we observe and photograph
them in action. Important: The observation
deppends on luck on availability and
3 ERIKA LODGE
After breakfast we leave Erika Lodge and board our canoe for the four-hour ride down the Alto Madre de Dios River to Boca Manu’s airstrip. During our voyage we may see bird species typical of the river or forest edge such as: Black Skimmer, Pied Lapwing, Capped Heron, Jabiru Stork, and several species of kingfishers, swallows and flycatchers. Optional flight from Cusco to Boca-Manu; this means that some new members may join our group, the plane flies over the Andes to a narrow gravel landing strip in the jungle, the flight takes approximately 45 minutes. Boca Manu’s village is situated a short distance from the confluence of the Manu River with the Alto Madre de Dios River place where you can buy your last fresh supplies and cold drinks before setting off again in the canoe toward Boca Lodge where we will spend the night. Option to do a short nigh walk.
*4 Free Option: Canopy zip down: At Erika Lodge, our guests traverse from tree to tree and platform to platform using pulleys on horizontal traverse cables zip lines), as they sail through the treetops of the tropical rainforest canopy, and over the trails far below. Expert guides assist you in this exciting journey through the different layers of the rain forests and explain what’s going on around you from the time you leave the ground, until you rappel back down to the forest floor.
4 ERIKA LODGE - CUSCO
Very early and after a ten minutes boat ride, we will arrive to a Parrot Lick “Collpa”, which is a wall of clay in the riverbanks, where many species of parrots such as the blue headed parrot, the white-eyed parakeet, the dusky-headed parrot the chestnut fronted macaw and others feed for mineral and salt supplements to their diet of seeds and fruits. After registering in the official tourist logbook at Limonal, the Park Rangers Headquarters and eating an early breakfast, we will continue travel up the Manu River for 4 hours approximately into the pristine heart of the reserve, we will leave the final traces of human habitation behind us. We arrive Salvador Lake, our base safari campsite (screened dining room, toilets / showers, solar panel system for some electricity and with radio communication available). Differences in wildlife abundance will be noted immediately we will begin to sight macaws, herons, kingfishers and cormorants frequently and improve our chances of encounters with capybaras, caimans, monkeys, and other wildlife, you will often see animals sunning themselves on beaches, or foraging for food in the trees lining the riverbanks. This canoe ride gives us the opportunity to observe the immensity of the rainforest. We arrive early in the afternoon and have lunch before setting off on a jungle trail although at this time of day mammals and birds are not as active as in the early morning, we will concentrate on the forest itself and discuss general rain forest ecology, return to the campsite.
5 ERIKA LODGE - LIMONAL - SALVADOR LAKE
early in the morning, as the forest is
awakened by the Red Howler monkey (Aloatta
seniculus) declaring its territory. A
morning walk before breakfast is a great
way to catch wildlife in the pursuit
of food, as the temperature is very pleasant
at this time of day. We explore Salvador
Lake by paddling quietly along on a catamaran,
giving us the opportunity to observe
unique species of birds, monkeys, caimans
and with luck the Giant Otter (Pteronura
brasiliensis). This endangered specie
can be seen swimming, fishing, eating
and playing. After we enjoy lunch, we
cross the river to walk a trail to another
oxbow lake called Otorongo. This forest,
which is estimated to be 200 to 300 years
old and includes truly huge Ceiba trees
and Strangler figs, and it is home to
several mammals that are occasionally
encountered: Saddleback tamarins, Squirrel,
Spider and Brown Capuchin Monkeys, the
Collared and the white lipped peccaries.
At the lake a strategically located observation
tower rises 15 meters above the lake
and the jungle floor, from the top you
not only get spectacular view of the
lake and the surrounding forest but also
excellent opportunities to observe birds
from the canopy, this also gives us more
chances to observe wildlife including
the Giant Otter. Back at Salvador Lake,
late in the afternoon we will use the
catamaran and with the help of flashlights
we can observe the black caimans rise
from the depths of the lake and begin
their search for prey. Return to the
6 SALVADOR LAKE
we wake up early, enjoy walking
around Salvador Lake and then
pack up and slowly go down stream
the interesting Manu River. We
arrive to the Valley’s a Island
that belongs to a Native family
and it’s possible to do a short
walk through the forest to observe
American bullfrogs, horned frogs,
tree frogs and an incredible
variety of colorful insects.
We continue to Boca Manu’s Village,
situated a short distance from
the confluence of the Manu and
Alto Madre de Dios rivers. From
here we descend the Madre de
Dios River arriving Boca Lodge
and spend one more night in this
magical Amazon jungle. Possibility
to do a short night walk
7 SALVADOR LAKE - ERIKA LODGE
mid morning or before we board
our canoe to return to the
airstrip at Boca Manu. At
this point, those who are
returning to Cusco by plane
will catch their flight. This
optional flight from Boca
Manu to Cusco offers spectacular
views of the surrounding jungle
and the area’s meandering
rivers. The others continue
up the Alto Madre de Dios
River to camp on an appropriate
beach in the Cultural Zone
if for some chance we can
not arrive Erika Lodge and
enjoy the sites and sounds
of the jungle for one last
8 ERIKA LODGE - CUSCO
Waking up very early, we continue the trip by boat to Atalaya, where the bus will be waiting for us and drive back up and out of Manu, arriving in Cusco very late this night or the next early morning. END OF OUR SERVICES.
IMPORTANT: In order to meet with group and guide, receive last recommendations and answer questions; briefing one day prior to departure at 7:00pm. at the agency.
Own land transportation.
- Own transportation (covered
- Specialized and bilingual guides
- 01 night in Orquideas
de San Pedro lodge.
- 01 night in Erika Lodge.
- Ttwo-person tents
- Meals, first aid Kit including anti-ophidian shots).
charters (optional - maximum 10kgr. of luggage per
and payment for Park permits
- Radio communication equipment in all
- Satellite telephone for emergencies and as
service we offer safety box for values and storage for
luggage in Cusco’s main office.
- Binoculars, Camera, plenty of batteries.
- Sleeping Bag.
- Warm clothing (in case of a cold front), long sleeve
- 100% waterproof rain gear (long poncho or rain wear)
- Insect repellent (at least 50% Deet), sunscreen lotion
- One pair of lightweight ankle height boots and sandals
- Binoculars, Flashlight, plenty of batteries (alkaline) and
- Wide brim hat (for sunny days), sun glasses
- Towel, swimming suit, personal medicines.
- (e.g.: liquid for contact lenses).
- Domestic flight or bus tkts.
- Airport Taxes
- Alcoholic drinks, soda or bottled mineral water.
- Other Items stocked in the Hotel mini-bars.
- Personal expenses.
- International or National personal telephone calls.
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