- Tour Plan
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- Accommodation on double bed room
- Activities Listed in the Program
- All meals included (vegetarian, vegan mentioned in advance)
- Duffel Bags for Travelling Light
- Entrance Fees to the Guadalupe Ecological Reserve
- Free Storage Room in Cusco
- Nights at Guadalupe Lodge
- Professionally Local Guide
- Rubber Boots
- Snacks (fresh fruits, cookies, chocolate)
- Unlimited Purified Water
- Alcoholic Drinks
- First day breakfast
- Tips to the Staff
- Wildlife Rescued Centre Ticket
Manu 4 days -Taste of the Amazon Rainforest from Cusco.
Our Manu 4 days tour start in Cusco with a land journey through high Andes and down from elfin forests to the lowlands, stretching from 12,000-foot-high montane grasslands and elfin forests down through mid-elevation cloud forests to extensive Rainforest with evidence of footprints of large ground mammals such as: Tapirs, Jaguars, peccaries and capibaras at elevations below of 1700 ft or 500 meter.
A completely transect all the way from the high Andes to the Amazonian rainforest passing by different habitats, elevations, the cloud forest its enveloped by mist and clouds and humidity at most.
Don’t wait much and book our Manu 4 days tour that will take you off the beaten path and on the trail of one of the richest wildlife reserves with spectacular views of waterfalls, caves, majestic rain-forests, and deliciously authentic Peruvian cuisine. The lodging at Guadalupe Lodge gets you to immerse in the wilderness!
Transportation Involves in 4 Days Tour
Overland Transportation from Cusco
Manu rainforest has regular access by overland transportation from Cusco city for our guided tours we use comfortable vehicles such, the Mercedez Sprinter minivan for larger groups that exceed 3 participants. The Toyota Fortuner SUV 4×4 will be arranged for couples or small groups of 3 participants.
This Journey offers incredible views of cascades and waterfalls and landscapes. The cloud forests its densely surrounded by epiphytes, orchids, bromeliads, lichens, and others, the evidence of plant diversity its great at these elevations.
We embark from the Atalaya Port & Town and we travel downstream somewhat 2 hours to reach the vicinity of Machuwasy Lagoon at elevations below 500 meters above sea level.
Activities 4 days Tour to Manu Rainforest
Caves at Guadalupe Lodge.
We offer exclusive excursions to the caves/canyons at Guadalupe Lodge. The caves are only 10 minutes’ walk from Lodge. The canyon its natural formation that was originated by creek erosion, it has cut the mountain and originated an environment that harbors species that were evolved in the darkness: bats, tailless whip scorpions. A walk during the night time would be productive to look for the: dwarf caimans and the Water Opossum which is the only species of aquatic opossum of the Neotropical. This is an optional activity due to some travelers may be afraid of being close to these creatures and its advisable to wear water boots.
The Wildlife in the Cloud Forest.
These bright-colored birds are seen at certain spots where usually our guides and drivers know very well.
The Boat Trip – Full Day
Our Tour includes a day of boat navigation along the Alto Madre de Dios river. A view of evergreen rainforest adorned by colorful trees while blooming on the slopes of the mountains or foothill forest.
The Boat trip begins from the Atalaya River Port. A motorized canoe alike embarkation (12 meters long and 2 meters wide with a roof to prevent any sudden rain or sunshine).
These types of boats are likely the most ideal for fast-flowing rivers, even just floating along the cascades its a joy of this trip. The chances are also good to observe aquatic birds along the shores and the strange-looking capibaras.
Exploring the Machuwasy Oxbow Lake.
We arrange private transportation to the lake’s trailhead. Trails go along riverine forest densely populated by fig trees, bamboo, cecropias, heliconias. The squirrel and Dusky Titi monkeys can be seen while exploring trails.
Machuwasy is a small oxbow lake that attracts a large number of Amazonian birds such as egrets, hoatzin, herons, kingfishers, rails, crakes, horned screamers, caciques, oropendolas, caymans, and capibaras. Not Giant River Otters have been reported in the area.
The lake sits on elevation around 500 meters approx so this makes the first oxbow lake along the Manu route and probably the most visited by tourist whose travel into the Manu Cultural Zone.
To visit the lake tourist have to sign in a visitor’s book and covers the 10.00 Peruvian Soles or $ 3.00 (this amount is covered by the operator). After payment, you will have the right to choose one the rafts (trunks of balsa wood tree tied in line and has some narrow benches to sit, no roof on top it’s advisable to take a wide hat or cap). The rafts are moved by a long stick.
We believe there is no other place in Manu where the unmistakable and bizarre “Hoatzin” can be seen that at large flocks. They are quite tolerant of observation at close range. You easily get clear and bright pictures of them just with cellphones camera, big cameras appears not much needed while exploring this beautiful lagoon in Manu.
The access trail can be muddy during the wet season or high water period which begins from November to May. We provide rubber boots to our clients, we have all sizes available so wearing them it quite recommended even in the dry season since the forest interior it’s still wet and slippery for regular shoes.
Walks to explore different types of forest will be offered by your guide on certain days (according to your itinerary, physical conditions and weather alike). The walks take mostly during the morning time and afternoon both are the peak of wildlife activity in the rainforest. Guides will recommend the most suitable wear and accessories prior to activities and depending on the trails conditions. The walks usually the last couple of hours can set up between mealtimes.
Optional activities in our 4 days Trip in Manu Jungle
Wildlife Rescued Centre ” Dos Loritos”
The project is managed by a local family that offers to observe animals released at their property. Most of the animals you encounter over here were rescued and donated by People of the nearby villages.
The pet wildlife that welcomes you are: monkeys, peccaries, macaws even 2 toes sloths hanging in the nearby bushes. They quite tolerable for interactions however we recommend to keep distance or just ignore them.
For admittance, only donations are accepted so the suggested amount is 10 Peru soles per person. They don’t charge a fixed rate.
Hotspring by Atalaya
Optional to visit and refresh in hot spring that emerges our some warm water, entrance fees cost 10.00 Peru soles per person, toilets and tables for lunch are available. The trails network is also interesting to explore the flooded forest.
White Water River rafting along the Alto Madre de Dios III Class
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River Tubing at Guadalupe Lodge
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We have some bikes at the Guadalupe Lodge to explore the road.
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- Day 4
Cusco - Guadalupe Lodge
Early departure from Cusco in the morning. The beginning of the Manu Road passes through numerous dry inner-mountain valleys and picturesque villages. This gives you a quick overview of locals’ lifestyles and colourful clothes. A brief call at Ninamarca will give you the possibility to explore the pre-Incas tombs within this well archaeological site. The road includes various stops, so you can enjoy seeing the surrounding landscapes varying from high-mountains to humid forests. Next stop will occur in the village of Paucartambo which features beautiful arched colonial bridge. From Paucartambo the altitude will keep on increasing and the setting gradually gets enveloped by a cloudy mist. The road leads you to Acjanaco pass consisting in the main gateway to Manu National Park.
Once across Acjanaco Pass (3550 m / 11.647 ft) the environment dramatically changes from dry to wet valleys. Do not miss the splendid view when looking down toward the lowlands! The lush and misty cloud forest surrounded by massive rocks and waterfalls is perhaps the most fragile and threatened type of rainforest. In such environment filled with lichens and moss-carpeted soil, spotting birds will be the main target. You will get the chance to stare at a large variety of birds ranging from the Peruvian national bird, the brightly red Andean Cock-of-the-Rock displays to tanagers, toucans or quetzals. The path will head down to the Guadalupe lodge (560 m./1837 ft). Overnight in the lodge.
Guadalupe Lodge - Trails Exploration
In the morning, you we will explore the foothill forest and palm forest is also an ideal spot to observe blue and yellow macaws as well as other interesting parrots and the capuchin Monkeys.
You will head back to the lodge where a delightful breakfast awaits you full of fresh tropical fruits. From then, you will be guided through the garden and will learn about the different medicinal and traditional plants such as coca leaf, cacao, bamboo water, annatto, etc. As this time of the day, put on your swimsuits and enjoy a dip in the Guadalupe river.
This crystalline and unpolluted current flows downstream from the core of the park. In the afternoon, depending on the group’s wishes, there is a possibility of discovering a fascinating canyon and its caves which house some rare species of bats, spiders and scorpions. Ultimately, a walk within the bamboo forest will enable you to spot some monkeys. The day is ending with the observation of caimans resting along the river’s shores
Guadalupe Lodge - River Boat - Lagoon Exploration
Enjoy waking up and taking breakfast with the singing of Amazonian birds. You will be transferred to the Atalaya port where you can appreciate the view of myriads of colorful birds and a rich wildlife and drives goes along tropical plantations of papayas, bananas, chocolate and Coca Leaves.
At Atalaya river’s deck, embark in a motor boat and navigate down this crystalline river of Madre de Dios. After an hour, you will reach Machuhuassy Oxbow lake, consisting in wetlands of lush vegetation hosting a large variety of birds (hoatzins, horned screamer, hawk, herons) and animals (monkeys and capybaras). This place is only reachable by boat followed by a 2-kms walk. While you are having the tour, our local cook will prepare a traditional lunch that you will enjoy when returning on the Madre de Dios river. In the mid-afternoon, you will ramble through the primary forest searching for some families of monkeys, peccaries as well as giant kapok trees. In the meantime, you will be provided with some explanations about medicinal plants, reptiles as well as mammals.
We will visit the Small Macaw Clay lick along the river bank while returning to the lodge and optional you will enter a Wild-Animals Rescue Centre run by a local family in Manu. Dinner and Overnight at Guadalupe
Guadalupe Lodge - Cusco
Your morning walks along the palm forest to look for the blue and yellow Macaws and enjoy a tasty breakfast and get ready to pack as you will soon start hit the road again to Cusco.
The way back will give more opportunities to glimpse some more animals and discover the wildlife of the cloud forest and having impressing views of the exuberant cloud forest with waterfall, cascades. The arrival in Cusco should be around 5pm
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|Experience has taught us that Wellies are by far the most appropriate footwear for your time in the Jungle. You'll hopefully have noticed we asked for your shoes size on the application form; this is so we can buy you some new ones in Cusco ready for your departure so you don't have to lug them with you. However, please be aware that is difficult to get Wellington boots over European size 43 so if that's you please ensure you bring some with you.|
|Flip flops||Useful for use in the bathrooms and for walking around the lodges.|
shirts and a light sweatshirt
|You should bring a mix of short and long sleeved to protect your arms from mosquito bites|
|Underwear||Cotton is recommended rather than nylon.|
|Socks||These should be long and made from breathable wool to ensure optimum comfort inside your boots.|
at Least 40 % DEET
|Trousers & shorts||It’s important to be wearing long bottoms for protection from bugs and sun. We recommend full cut khaki bottoms or khaki type pants that can be zipped into shorts. Lighter|
|Even in the dry season the rain can be heavy so it's good to come prepared!|
|Flashlights||For night activities such as night walks , Caiman Search and for using when the power from the lodges runs off.|