Guadalupe Lodge in Manu Biosphere Reserve
What can I see and do around Guadalupe Lodge? Is there any proper rainforest jungle Lodge in Manu? What about mosquitos and other annoying insects?.
Falling asleep and waking up to the sound of the river, the trees and the animals living in the yard felt so magical! I can assure you, this place is a real remedy for sleep problems. If you feel like having a lazy day, you can just sit back and relax, read or play some board games on the dining terrace, or you can take a walk along the river. Yes, you can also swim in it without getting attacked by piranhas (they live further away, in warmer parts of the rainforest), or catch some fish for dinner. But be warned that you will enjoy delicious Peruvian meals and tropical snacks provided by your hosts all the time.
A family- and eco-friendly lodge in the Peruvian Jungle
By the way, food: you do not have to worry about being flooded by hungry mosquitos. Insects mostly found me when I walked deeper into the forest without putting enough repellent on myself. In the lodge, I felt totally safe and comfortable.
Another reason I respect the work of Wild Watch Peru is that they are doing their best to conserve the environment by renewable energy sources like using water conservation methods and other sustainability-focused initiatives.
The Journey to the Manu Rainforest
While driving in the cloud forest you get to see: waterfalls, cascades, tropical birds, butterflies, small reptiles, woolly monkeys and many more iconic tropical species are awaiting, enough to see on a trip from Cusco to the Manu Rainforest where travel time is around 7 hours.
If you are one of the adventure-seekers, you will be in your element whilst taking a night walk searching for nocturnal animals. No, there are no anacondas around, only harmless snakes, spiders and scorpions.
Our Guide told me he can recognize 1000 different birds species, from which 300 live in the Guadalupe Nature Reserve. Wow. If you are lucky enough, you can even spot some macaws in the garden when they are munching on the unripe fruits of Moriches palms. (These fruits are edible for humans as well, but you’d better go for the ripe ones.)
If you want a memorable experience, let yourself be guided by experts who will lead you deeper into the forest to find out the hiding places of certain species. It might be harder to see them in the rainy season when they have more access to their favorite foods further from the lodge, but that is just one more reason to set out on a proper hiking tour.
Traveling during the rainy season to the Manu Rainforest
“Wet rain,” I remember when I first heard this phrase from a Welsh friend of mine. It sounded quite weird. Is there any dry rain? Where? I want to see and feel it! Okay, joking apart, let’s go back to the rainforest. The Amazon basin receives 4 meters of rain a year on average.
I found all the answers, and not only theoretically, as I had a chance to spend a few days at Guadalupe Lodge in the middle of February. I was not only drinking in the sight of mind-blowing landscapes but was also enjoying how the temperature was changing with the altitude during the drive whilst we were descending from 3600 to 560 meters.
In a typical year, that adds up to 200 rainy days, which means that there will be days of heavy rain even in the dry season.
One thing I can guarantee: you will not regret going to visit the close rainforest in Cusco with Wild Watch Peru.