Manu national park 8 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 8 Days. It is possible to visit the Manu area without entering the reserved zone, and still be able to enjoy the abundant wildlife.
Manu Tour 8 Days: It is undoubtedly one of the best places for those who love nature. You can not miss in your visit to our country this incredible place, home to hundreds of species of animals and plants.
Our adventure begins with the trip from the city of Cusco to Paucartambo, our first visit will be to the Forest of the Clouds throughout our tour will be an adventure, colorful birds, bathing in hot water pools
Wildlife of the rainforest night tour, so we will enter the Manu National Park where we can explore the jungle and interact with this ecological sanctuary.
Trip Details of Manu national park 8 days
Manu National Park 8 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.
At sun-up, we will take a boat ride to the big macaw clay lick in Blanquillo to a “look-out” area where we will have an excellent view to observe flocks of colorful macaws/parrots (Ara chloroprene, Ara Macao), congregating to eat clay, which is important for their digestion. Utilizing the telescope at the Lookout, we’ll have a closer look at the magnificent colors of the birds.
After breakfast, you’ll explore some of the hiking paths in “Blanquillo”. During your hike, you’ll be able to observe more species of monkeys and birds. After lunch, we visit “Camungo Oxbow Lake”: here we take a wooden catamaran (boat with twin parallel hulls) to observe Large River Otters and different types of birds.
Nearby the lake, we will have the opportunity to hike about to a Lookout Tower to get a great observation point of toucans and other parrots. In the afternoon, we return upstream to return to “Maquisapayoj”.
After a short break at the lodge, we’ll hike for about an hour and 45 minutes to one of the rainforests at the Mammal Salt Lick Reserve.
In order to get the best chance to observe animals – like the “tapir” – we will spend the night on an elevated platform (with floor mats and mosquito nets). Your guide will help you to spot “tapir”. If you prefer you can stay in double rooms at the lodge we can provide basic accommodations.
At sunrise, we return to the lodge to enjoy breakfast. Following that, we will travel downriver to visit ´Cocha Blanco` (White Lagoon). After a short hike, you’ll reach the Oxbow Lake.
You’ll board the catamaran (boat) to see the different wildlife including families of Giant River Otters.
We will have enough time to enjoy the beautiful lake and to observe the monkeys, caimans (alligators), and birds in their natural habitat. Later, you’ll return to “Maquisapayoj” for another opportunity to take a different path to see different species of monkeys like; Emperor and Saddle backed Tamarin monkeys, Monk Saki monkey, and birds such as Pavonine Quetzal, Hoatzin, and Manakins.
We can also visit the salt lick in the afternoon to look for monkeys, and guans (a species of deer). You’ll have the choice to spend another night on the tapir platform or at Maquisapayoj Lodge.
If you are a bird lover and want the opportunity to see more animals, we can go for an early morning hike, at first light, and then have breakfast. Following breakfast, we will have to explore other paths to see the “Black Spider” and “Red Howler Monkeys”, White, Brown, Black Capuchin, and other birds. The tour guide also enlightens you about the medicinal plants in the surrounding area.
In the afternoon, we travel upriver for about 2 and a half hours to “Hummingbird Lodge”. On our hike, we will stop in Boca Manu, or Fitzcarrald, the main town of Manu.
Here we can meet different indigenous groups and their way of making traditional boats. Later, we continue our hike towards Hummingbird Lodge. You’ll have a break and if you desire you can go on a night walk. This is a great place to look at different species of birds, especially hummingbirds.
Depending upon the season we make take more time to get to our lodge due to the river level. (Especially during May through August).
We board our motorboat early to travel upriver making our way back to Cusco. Of course, during our boat ride back, we’ll have the chance to see more animals like; capybara, turtles, or caimans.
If time allows, we can make a stop at Aguas Calientes (Hot Springs) to have a swim or we can visit Machuwasi Lagoon, to look for some more wild animals. In the afternoon, we will arrive at “Soga de Oro Lodge”, where we’ll spend the night (double beds & private bathroom). You can also explore the night.
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).
Entrance tickets: For the Manu National Park Tour, it is important to carry your passport and entrance tickets. In addition, it is very important to have an original and valid passport.
Weather in Manu National National Park: The weather conditions are very variable in Manu National Park. The climate is generally rainy and rainfall varies with altitude. In the south (the highest) is recorded between 1,500 and 2,000 mm per year. In the center of the sector, it increases from 3,000 to 3,500 mm.
The highest record in the northwest reaches more than 8000 mm. In the dry season, from May to September, precipitation decreases, and temperature decreases.
The thermal regime is also very variable, since the Amazonian area is warm, with an average temperature of 25.6 ° C, and the Andean region is cold with an average annual temperature of 8 ° C.
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!).
Manu National Park is located in southeastern Peru, it is one of the largest ecological reserves in South America. It is located between the departments of Cusco and Madre de Dios. The Manu rainforest protects more than 2 million hectares (4.5 million acres).
The flora and fauna in this part of the country are extremely varied and around 800 species of birds have been recorded, as well as more than 200 mammals and 100 unique plant species.
Our specialists consider that the best time to visit is during the dry season, between June and October. A visit to the Manu National Park protected area requires time, resources, and the willingness to face difficult travel conditions in some cases.
Manu National Park also contains 10% of the world’s plant species, including several species of figs and palms, as well as countless species of medicinal plants that scientists are currently cataloging.
A single hectare of forest in the Manu rainforest can have up to 220 species of trees, while a hectare of temperate forest in Europe or North America may only have 20 species of trees. This makes it one of the most biologically diverse parks on the planet.