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BEST Manu National Park 3 Days | Amazon Rainforest Manu 3 Days

This exciting Manu Jungle Expedition takes you on a journey from Cusco’s highlands to the heart of the Peruvian rainforest. Spot diverse wildlife, from orchids and monkeys in the cloud forests to nocturnal creatures on a thrilling night safari.

Our expert local guides, with their deep knowledge of the Amazon, will ensure an authentic and unforgettable experience.

Tour Style: Shared experience. You may encounter travelers from other groups who booked the same tour dates.

Trip Details 3 day Manu:

  • Tour Name: Manu Park Tour 3 Days
  • Duration: 3 Days/2 Nights
  • Location/Terrain: Jungle Tour
  • Accommodation: Lodges
  • Acclimatization: 1 days in Cusco recommended (high altitude)
  • Activity Level: Relaxing
  • Activities: Photography, Cultural Experiences
  • Altitude: 2000 meters (6,562 ft)
  • Departures: Daily (minimum 2 people)

Inclusions:

  • Standard private transportation and boat
  • Accommodation: Country lodge with shared dorm rooms (same-sex for solo travelers)
  • Meals: 2 lunches, 2 dinners, and 2 breakfasts (vegetarian and vegan options available)

Also, take advantage of our 4 day Manu National Park Tour.

Manu National Park: 3 Days, 2 Nights Adventure (Light to Moderate Activity)

This 3-day, 2-night Manu adventure is perfect for all activity levels. Expect hotel or lodge stays, scenic boat trips, wildlife viewing, photography opportunities, and cultural experiences.

Highlights:

  • Explore the Cultural Zone: Discover the rich biodiversity and cultural significance of Manu’s protected area.
  • Encounter Unparalleled Wildlife: Spot a dazzling array of birds, mammals, insects, and more in their natural habitat.
  • Immerse Yourself in Nature: Travel by boat, trek through lush rainforests, and witness the breathtaking cloud forest.

Please Note: Itineraries can change due to unforeseen circumstances. Group size is minimum 3 people, with prices based on double occupancy. Private tours are available upon request.

This tour is perfect for: Nature enthusiasts, wildlife photographers, and anyone seeking an unforgettable Amazon experience.

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Day by Day Travel Schedule

Customize this itinerary by adding extra days to any location. Please contact one of our expert travel advisors for advice.
Day 1: CUSCO – CLOUD FOREST – ARPIA LODGE

Day 1: Unveiling the Cloud Forest and Navigating the Alto Madre de Dios River

Embark on a captivating journey into Manu National Park! Here’s a detailed breakdown of your exciting first day:

Morning:

  • 7:00 AM – 8:00 AM: Depart Cusco by private van, embarking on a scenic 7-hour drive through the majestic Andes. Ascend to reach a staggering altitude of 13,000 feet (3,905 meters).
  • 9:00 AM: Step back in time at Ninamarca, a pre-Inca cemetery offering a glimpse into the Wari culture’s funerary practices.
  • 10:00 AM: Continue your adventure to Paucartambo, a charming colonial town boasting cobbled streets and traditional architecture. Enjoy a refreshing break to explore the main square and immerse yourself in the local market’s vibrant atmosphere.

Afternoon:

  • 11:30 AM: Descend the eastern slopes of the Andes, entering the mystical cloud forest. Marvel at the exuberant vegetation, teeming with ferns, orchids, bromeliads, and towering bamboos.
  • 1:00 PM: Savor a delicious Peruvian lunch at a local restaurant, fueling up for the afternoon’s explorations.
  • 2:00 PM: Embark on a birdwatching adventure in the cloud forest. With the help of your expert guide, keep an eye out for colorful avian gems like the national bird of Peru, the red cock-of-the-rock (tunki in Quechua), alongside dazzling tanagers, resplendent quetzals, trogons, toucans, and fluttering hummingbirds. Be on the lookout for the elusive spectacled bear (ukuku) – a rare and exciting encounter!

Late Afternoon/Evening:

  • 4:00 PM: Resume your journey towards Atalaya Port (1,640 ft). En route, make a heartwarming stop at an animal rescue center to learn about their vital work in protecting and rehabilitating Amazonian wildlife.
  • 5:00 PM: Take a short hike through the lush rainforest, keeping your eyes peeled for a variety of orchids, bromeliads, and towering bamboos. Spot playful monkeys swinging through the canopy and listen to the symphony of birdsong.
  • 6:00 PM: Board a comfortable motorboat and navigate the Alto Madre de Dios River for 40 minutes. As you glide along the waterway, keep an eye out for the diverse birdlife, including the aptly named king vulture – the condor of the jungle (Sarcoramphus papa).
  • 7:00 PM: Arrive at your lodge in the heart of the rainforest and settle into your accommodations (shared or private options available). Enjoy a delectable dinner featuring regional specialties.
  • 8:30 PM: Embark on a thrilling nighttime excursion into the jungle. Witness a nocturnal spectacle as you encounter insects, frogs, snakes, caimans (alligators), and an array of captivating butterflies. Immerse yourself in the magic of the Amazonian rainforest after dark.
  • 10:00 PM: Return to your lodge for relaxation and well-deserved rest.

Accommodation: Spend the night comfortably at a rainforest lodge (shared or private rooms available).

Recommendations:

  • Pack comfortable clothing suitable for a warm and humid climate.
  • Bring insect repellent and sunscreen for protection.
  • Consider binoculars to enhance your birdwatching experience.
  • Don’t forget your camera to capture the breathtaking scenery and fascinating wildlife encounters.

Note: The itinerary might vary slightly due to weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances.

 

Day 2: ARPIA LODGE – MACHUWASI – ARPIA LODGE

Day 2: Witnessing the Spectacle of the Parrot Clay Lick and Exploring the Rainforest

Gear up for an exciting day filled with wildlife encounters and immersive rainforest exploration! Here’s a closer look at your second adventure-packed day in Manu National Park:

Morning:

  • Early Morning: Rise and shine with an energizing breakfast to fuel your day’s activities.

Mid-Morning:

  • Motorboat Ride: Embark on a thrilling 30-minute motorboat ride, venturing deeper into the heart of the rainforest.
  • Parrot Clay Lick: Arrive at the spectacular parrot clay lick, a natural mineral feeding ground that attracts a mesmerizing array of birds. Witness a vibrant spectacle as green and yellow parrots, along with other colorful avian species and smaller animals, gather to consume the clay. Capture breathtaking photos and videos of this unforgettable encounter.

Late Morning/Afternoon:

  • Return to Machuhuasi Lake: Head back to Machuhuasi Lake, a serene haven teeming with life.
  • Boat Ride on Balsa Raft: Board a traditional balsa raft for a leisurely 1.5-hour journey on the lake’s tranquil waters. Keep your eyes peeled for unique birdlife, including the prehistoric-looking hoatzin, a fascinating feathered resident of the Amazon. Soak in the beauty of the surrounding rainforest as you glide along.

Afternoon:

  • Jungle Hike: Embark on a captivating 1-hour hike through the lush rainforest canopy. Your expert guide will help you identify various plant and animal species, revealing the secrets of this complex ecosystem. Be captivated by the sights and sounds of the jungle as you delve deeper into its wonders.

Evening:

  • Return to Lodge: After a day filled with exploration, return to your comfortable lodge in the heart of the rainforest. Savor a delicious dinner and unwind amidst the enchanting sounds of the Amazonian night.

Accommodation: Spend another relaxing night at your rainforest lodge (shared or private rooms available).

Note: The specific timings might vary slightly depending on weather conditions.

Day 3: ARPIA LODGE- ATALAYA- CUSCO

Day 3: Returning to Cusco with a Final Dose of Rainforest Beauty

Your unforgettable Amazon adventure concludes on day 3, but not before one last encounter with the rainforest’s wonders:

Morning:

  • Breakfast: Enjoy a hearty breakfast to prepare for your journey back to Cusco.

Mid-Morning:

  • Motorboat Ride: Board the motorboat once more, cruising back to Atalaya Port. As you navigate the Alto Madre de Dios River, keep your eyes peeled for any wildlife sightings – you might spot birds, playful monkeys, or even caimans basking on the riverbanks.
  • Along the way, enjoy breathtaking views and keep your eyes peeled for colorful birds, fluttering butterflies, and fascinating insects. Your guide might make spontaneous stops if any interesting wildlife is spotted.

Late Afternoon/Evening:

  • Arrival in Cusco: Arrive in Cusco City by approximately 7:00 PM, marking the end of your thrilling 3-day Manu National Park adventure.

Optional Activities (Additional Cost):

  • For an extra adrenaline rush (and at an additional cost of $30 each), you can opt to participate in zip-lining and/or a river rafting experience before departing Atalaya.

Note: The exact arrival time in Cusco might vary slightly depending on traffic conditions and any unplanned stops for wildlife viewing.

What's Included

Included Manu National Park Tours from Cusco

  • A professional naturalist tour guide;
  • Motorboat transportation;
  • Private vehicle land transportation;
  • Entrance to the Reserved Zone of the Manu National Park
  • A professional cook,
  • Meals: 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners, and drinking water (Please note: vegetarian option available upon request at no extra cost!);
  • Accommodation: 2 nights in our lodges;
  • First aid kit, including a poison extractor, mosquito bite treatment, and an antidote for snake bites;
  • Radio communications;
  • Rubber boots
  • Visit to Cocha Otorongo (tower) (Manu Reserved Zone)
  • Visit to Cocha Salvador (catamarán) (Manu Reserved Zone)

Not Included 3 day Manu 

  • Flights and airport departure taxes.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Breakfast on the first day and dinner on the last day.
  • Soft drinks and beer
  • Tips to local staff.

Trip Info

Packing List 3 day Manu Tours

  • A hat as protection against the sun and/or rain
  • Toiletries
  • Small towel
  • Toilet paper
  • Sun cream
  • Sunglasses
  • Flashlight (with spare bulb and batteries)
  • Bottled water (1 liter as a minimum)
  • Money in small denominations (Soles) to buy some beverages and souvenirs as well as to tip.

Manu National Park  3 day Prices

Permits are needed for your chosen start date. Tour prices are based on the number of people in a group. Prices are valid from March 2023 through January 2024. All prices quoted are $USD

  • Group price:  $380 per person

Important: Price includes up to 7 kilos of your personal belongings to be carried by the mules (NO need for extra Porter hire!).

Discounts:

  • Student Discount 20$ dollars
  • Under 15 years will pay as a student: US$20.00
  • Under 7 years Discount: US$35.00

Recommendations Manu Tour 3 Days

There are magical places that are home to countless species of flora and fauna, among them the Manu National Park or also called the Amazon Jewel of Peru. The Amazon is the largest rainforest on the planet and involves different countries, here we will talk about the Peruvian side.

See: 4 day Manu National Park Tour

From the animals and plant species, you will see there to how much you can do, how to get there, and what to bring. But first, don’t forget to stay connected at all times, so you can share the pictures you took of the landscape on your social networks.

Recommendations for Manu Park Tour 3 Days

  • Check the recommendations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for your trip to Peru.
  • Prepare wisely your suitcase for Peru according to the places you want to visit in this incredible country.
  • Take cash for your excursion to Manu National Park, you will need it for your additional expenses.
  • Since you are traveling to a part of Cusco, take the opportunity to do other trekking like Huayna Picchu or Choquequirao.
  • Remember to get vaccinated against yellow fever before going to Manu National Park, it is better to be safe than sorry.
  • Take with you a data SIM for Peru or a SIM Latin America Multi-country, with it you can share photos of your trip.

Highlights of the Manu 3 Days Tour

Live a magical adventure in Manu National Park with this 3 days and 2 nights tour. An unforgettable experience where you will be able to appreciate beautiful landscapes, a lot of vegetation, and animals of the area.

Live with nature and forget about everything. Ideal to get out of the traditional tours and live something more magical and unique. Includes lodging and meals.

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