Manu national park 5 days, is one of the most Bio-diverse Regions of the Country and in the world. Located in the Amazon it’s the main water source consists of the entire drainage basin of the Manu River. There are few human settlements near or around the park. The Peruvian Government does not permit hunting or fishing. Bio-Tourism is strictly controlled and visitors are only allowed into the park if accompanied by a registered guide related to a registered tour company. Tours must be organized in advance and the majority of the registered offices operate from the City of Cusco. It’s also possible to organize tours from Lima or abroad. However, all operators work with one of the eleven official operators allowed into the Manu National Park 5 Days. It is possible to visit the Manu area without entering the reserved zone, and still be able to enjoy the abundant wildlife.
Manu reserve consists of two zones: the Manu National Park 5 Days, which can only be entered by professional biologists with a special permit; and the Manu Reserved Zone, which can be entered by tourists, but only with an organized tour. There are buffer zones around the park, often referred to as the Cultural Zone, although this is no official protection for this area. The Manu National Park covers 1,534,865 hectares, and the Manu Reserved Zone has another 270,000 hectares. Manu contains 12 different ecological zones ranging in altitude from 300m to 5,000m, meaning that it has an incredible variety of flora and fauna.wildlife
In 2000, almost 3,000 visitors entered the Manu reserved zone compared with 20,000 who visited the Puerto Maldonado spot. Although there are no official limits on the number of tourists, the expense of visiting Manu means that numbers are self-limiting. Additionally, companies are strictly controlled and are only allowed to visit certain parts of the reserved zone, and even then only allowed in for three days at a time.
Tours to Manu National Park 5 Days,s zone are expensive, ranging from about $500 for the cheapest, taking the bus in and out, to almost $2,000 when staying in one of the lodges. The reason for this is that the transport costs are expensive due to the distances involved… However, it is sometimes possible to get discounts on official prices. If an agency has a tour leaving in a day or two and still has spaces, it may be willing to offer a discount to try and fill a place. It can be worth shopping around the see if this is the case.
Manu National Park 5 Days, We begin our 7-hour drive, by private vans, reaching an altitude of 3,905 meters (13,000 ft.). We’ll do a quick stop to visit “Ninamarca”, a pre-Inca cemetery, and the colonial town of “Paucartambo”. Then we will descend the east slopes of the highland through “Cloud Forest” which has lush vegetation (ferns, orchids, bromeliads, bamboos, etc.) We will enjoy spectacular views of the highland and you’ll observe the wildlife such as; “The red Cock of the Rocks” (our national bird – “Tunky in Quechua”), Dazzling colored Tanagers, Quetzals, Trogons Tucans, and Hummingbirds. If we’re fortunate, we will be able to see our first yellow Monkey.
In the afternoon, we will arrive at “Mirador Lodge” (Lookout Lodge – 700 m), where you’ll have good accommodations to rest for the night (double rooms & private bathroom). After dinner, your guide will brief you on the next day’s activities.
After breakfast, we will continue our drive to the Port of Atalaya (500 m). On the way, we will stop at an animal rescue shelter. Afterward, we will have a short hike to look for orchids, bromeliads, bamboos, monkeys, and birds. From the Port of Atalaya, you’ll embark on a 7-hour journey on a 15-meter canoe down the Madre de Dios River to get to the lowland rainforest.
While we drift down the river we’ll enjoy the changing landscape and have the opportunity to see wildlife (flora and fauna) along the rocky banks of the river. On our path, we will visit “Diamante”, a Piro Indian town with traditional homes.
In the afternoon we’ll arrive at “Maquisapayoj Lodge” (translated as “Place of the Black Spider Monkey”) Accommodations include double beds with a private bathroom. You’ll have an evening night walk to survey the area where you’ll find insects, frogs, snakes, caiman (alligators), and butterflies.
In the morning we walk on some of the many trails around the lodge, and hope to see more monkeys and maybe coatis or even a tayra hunting for small creatures in the trees. By now, we can start to distinguish some of the trees in the forest, such as the ceiba (kapok), the capirona (naked tree) and several palm species. After lunch, the boat takes us to the Hot Springs of Shintuya for a relaxing mineral bath, before continuing further up to Atalaya. From here we turn back up the Andes by bus. Along the way we stop at an orchid garden, set up with much care and enthusiasm by a local inhabitant. The night is spent at Posada San Pedro.
Very early wake-up call and breakfast. We embark on the motorboat for about 30 minutes to the parrot’s lick, where we will see the green and yellow parrots, birds, and other smaller animals. Afterward, we will return to “Machuhuasi Lake” to board another raft for a boat ride (1 and 30 hours). Here you’ll have the opportunity to view other wild species of bird-like hoatzin. Finally, we will hike for one hour in the jungle. We stay the night at the lodge.
After breakfast, we board the motorboat back to Atalaya. Our transportation will be waiting for our arrival. We will travel through the cloud forest where we can view more birds, insects, and butterflies along the roadside and stopping periodically when we spot wild animals. We reach Cusco around 6:00 p.m. You can also have the option to do the zip line & river rafting class for an additional $30.00 (for each activity).
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 2022 through January 2023. All prices quoted are $USD
Important: Price includes up to 7 kilos of your personal belongings to be carried by the mules (NO need of extra Porter hire!).