Manu expedition

A 5 day trip to the Peruvian Amazon jungle

Manu Expedition

The Manu expedition is a 5 day trip to the Peruvian Amazon jungle.

Day 1: Cusco – Rainforest Lodge

We will pick you up early in the morning from your accommodation in Cusco in our private transport to start our Manu Expedition. The first part of our excursion will take us through the majestic Andean mountains. We will briefly visit the town of Huancarani. This town contains the funeral towers of Ninamarca and the cemetery of the Lupacas, part of the precious Pre–Inca culture. We will then travel to Paucartambo, a small traditional town. Paucartambo is famous for its folklore.

At midday we will arrive at the entrance of Manu National Park. We will enter into one of the most protected natural areas in South America. We will continue in our transport down a small road, crossing through the thick fog from which this section of the forest takes it name in Quechua. Eventually we will come to the home of the exotic Peruvian national bird, the “Cock of the Rocks”. You will be amazed by the spectacle, complete with an impressive array of sounds that can only be found in the jungle. On our first night, we will stay at Rainforest Lodge.
Lunch, Dinner

Day 2: Rainforest Lodge – Bonanza Ecological Reserve

Ninamarka tombs Manu

Early in the morning, we will depart for Atalaya port. On the way we will make a few stops to visit the small local farmers. These farmers are producers of many varieties of jungle fruits including the famous coca plant.

Later we will begin the boating part of our journey with a river excursion on the Madre de Dios River, part of the famous Amazon river. During our day we will have the chance to witness many types of colorful birds such as parrots, oropendolas, vultures and other species. We will make a stop at the natural hot springs, and hopefully get to see some jungle animals such as monkeys or the famous capybaras (jungle rodents that are as much as 2.5 ft long).

After that we will start trekking through the jungle to witness the true grace of the Amazon. We can hear the natural sounds of the birds. And we can get visuals of the wildlife such as anteaters, peccaries and many different types of trees and medicinal plants. Towards the late afternoon we will arrive at our next destination: Bonanza Lodge. There we will spend the night. In the lodge we will have showers and other facilities available. We will do some bird watching and then have a night walk in the dark. This is the best time to see creatures like tarantulas, scorpions and snakes.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Bonanza Ecological Reserve – Camouflaged House

Early in the morning we do a trek through the jungle. This way we can enjoy the best the Amazon has to offer: the beautiful sounds of the birds in the rainforest. We will explore the rainforest and have the opportunity to see all sorts of wildlife like monkeys, anteaters and peccaries. We can also see many different varieties of trees and medicinal plants. In the afternoon we will arrive at our camouflaged house in the middle of the jungle. Here we will spend the night in a comfortable accommodation, covered by mosquitoes nets. The camouflaged house is strategically located near mammals’ clay lick where we will have the opportunity to see tapirs and peccaries during night time. The guide will tell the most famous stories about the rainforest.

Day 4: Camouflaged House – Muyuna Parrots Clay Lick

parrots clay lick Manu expedition

After eating our breakfast we will delve into the forest again to explore the jungle. Here we will have plenty of chances to see a variety of exotic birds, monkeys, and exotic plants. After getting back to our lodge, we will have time to take a shower and have lunch.

Afterwards we will take you to the river and travel 3 hours in a boat up stream, arriving at Muyuna parrot clay lick. Here, we will spend our last evening enjoying a delicious barbecue and a big bonfire. This night will be spent camping in tents with mattresses provided for your comfort. There is also an optional night walk.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Muyuna Parrots Clay Lick – Cusco

The fifth day will be our final day, so we depart early in the morning. We will go to the parrots clay lick where we can see many parrots and parakeets eating minerals. After that we will continue by boat travelling up stream to Atalaya port where our private bus will be waiting for us. This bus takes us back to the city of Cusco, arriving in the evening.
Breakfast, Lunch 

Manu expedition tour includes:

  • Private bus and boat
  • Rubber boots, rain poncho and duffel bag for personal belongings
  • Accommodations and lodges
  • Bilingual native guide
  • Mineral water
  • First aid kit
  • 3 meals per day included vegetarian option
  • Professional cook
  • Entrance to Bonanza Ecological Reserve
  • Entrance to the natural hot spring is optional and not included

What you need to take with you:

  • Sleeping bag
  • Repellent with a minimum of 40% deet
  • Good binoculars
  • Camera with extra batteries
  • Flash light with extra batteries
  • Sun lotion
  • Pocket money
  • Day pack
  • Water bottle
  • Sun hat
  • Sandals
  • Swimming suit
  • Toilet paper
  • Small towel
  • Long sleeved T-shirt
  • Dark color clothes

Contact Mundo Antiguo to reserve the 5-day Manu Expedition.

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