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- Accommodation in single twin share room
- All meals included
- Excess baggage charge
- Observation and participation in allowed activities
- Professionally guided tour
- Transport to & from hotel
- Unlimited bottled water
- Services not specifically stated in the itinerary
- Tips to guide and driver
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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 Lowland 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 himidity at most.
Dont 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!
Transport to Manu
Manu rainforest has a regular access by overland transport from Cusco city, we use comfortable vehicules, minivans , SUV 4×4 drives, the regular 4 days into the manu rainforest we embark from the atalaya port and we travel downstream somewhat 2 hours to reach the machuhuasy lagoon and the parrots clay lick by maskoitania at elevations below 500 meters above sea level.
Views along the road.
this journey offers an incredible views of cascades and waterfalls and landscapes , the cloud forest its densely surrounded by ephypites , orchids, bromelias, lichens and others , the evidence of plants diversity its great at this elevations, these are the qualities that have earned Manu its fabled reputation as the jewel in the crown of the rainforest park in Peru viewing experiences and for those whose choose to take the land route into spectrum on contrasting natural environments and wildlife.
Activities 4 days Tour to Manu Park.
Caves at Guadalupe Lodge.
Wild Watch Peru is the only tour operator that offers visit to our exclusive caves/ canyons at Guadalupe Lodge, these caves are located about 10 minutes’ walk from Lodge , this canyon its natural formation that was originated by creek erosion over time, the water has cut the mountain off and originating an enviromment that holds some interesting species that has evolved in the darkness like many species of bats and the known whip spiders or tailless whip scorpions and walking at night time with some luck: dwarf caimans and the only species of aquatic opossum of the Neotropical,(water opossum) , if fact its highly recommended to do this activity unless you are not afraid of being close to these creatures and necessary to wear water boots due water level of the creek
The wildlife in the Cloud Forest.
In general the wildlife of the Manu National Park is one most diverse in the world however most of the park is inaccessible to visitors or takes long journey it demands a significant number of days, but is the ultimate trip for those who wish to be modern-days explorers, for those with a spirit of exploration and keen interest in the most dramatic biological transect in the world, our 4 days optimizes in time to reach the remoteness of the park.
The regular 4 days trip offers a great chances to observe monkeys at least 4 especies, even while driving along the cloud forest the large wooly monkeys are seen frequently and colorful birds; Quetzal, Mountain Toucans and the The Unmistakable Cock of the Rock, these bright colored birds are seen at certain spots where usually our guides and drivers knows.
The Boat Trip – Full Day
The trip includes a day of boat navigation along the Alto Madre de Dios river, passing by ever green landscapes adorned by colorful trees while blooming and flowering seen on the slopes of the mountains are the last extentions of the Andes knows at foothill.
Our regular 4 days trips is includes oner day of exploring the rainforest by motor boat from the Atalaya River Port, this is type of embarkation its large canoe alike its roofed to prevent any sudden rain or the sunshine even just floating on the fast flowing cascades of the Alto Madre de Dios river its a joy of this trip , the chances are also good to observe, aquatic birds along the shores of the river and the bizarre capibaras.
Exploring the Machuhuasy Oxbow Lake.
“Oxbow Lake its an envirommental term that refers to crescent-shaped lake lying alongside a winding river” The machuhuasy its a small oxbow lake was created over time as erosion and deposits of soil change the alto Madre de Dios river’s course this habitats attracts a large number of aquatic birds and shores birds in the Amazon rainforest such as: egrets, hoatzin, herons , kingfishers , rails , crakes , horned screammers, caciques, oropendolas and caymans and capibaras, not Giant River Otters have been reported in the area.
The lake sits on elevation below 500 meters aprox so this makes the first navegable an unique lake that is regularly visited by tourist whose travel for short period of time into the Manu Cultural Zone.
To visit the lake tourist have to sign in a visitor book as mandatory and covers the 10.00 Peruvian Soles or $ 3.00 (only Peru’s currency is accepted) after payment tourist and guides 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 to prevent sunshine its advisable to take a wide hat or cap) this rafts are moved by long stick that your guide are familiar to use.
We believe there is not other place in Manu that we know and probably in the entire amazon rainforest where the unmistakable and bizarre “Hoatzin” can be seen at large flocks and being that tolerant for tourist observation , In fact while guiding we have seen several times how tourist have taken clear and bright pictures of them just with cellphones, big cameras appears not much needed if you want to decent pictures of hoatzins and horned screamers, flycatchers, oropendolas while exploring this beautiful lake in Manu.
How we get the Machuhuasy lagoon?
We offer this tourist attraction in regular 3 days or 4 days tour package to Manu Jungle we arrange a private motor boat transportation so we embark our long canoe type boat from Atalaya port and after 40 minutes downstream journey and navigating some rapids so lifejackets are provided by our boat staff upon arrival to the port .
After this relaxed boat journey we get to the trailhead of the lake, the trail takes by a riverine forest, this is the type forest densely populated by mid sizes trees , bushes, grass this vegetation is associated to grows on the old river banks, the most abundant species or plants are bamboo, cecropias, heliconias, fig trees, generium sagitatum and others.
Recommendations while visiting
The trail its quite muddy during the wet seasson also known as high water period which begins in November to May however we provide rubber boots to our clients, we have all sizes available so wearing them its quite recommeded even in the dry season since the forest interior its still wet and slippery for a regular shoes.
Optional activities in our 4 days Trip in Manu Jungle
Wildlife Rescued Centre ” Dos Loritos”
Local project managed by cesar’s family, this is small project that offers to observe even to touch rainforest animals that are realeased in his property, most of the enimals you encounter there were rescued and donated to the project from people from the nearby villages.
the wildlife that welcomes to our regular tourist are monkeys , peccaries , macaws even 2 toes sloths haging in the nearby bushes , these animals get use to humans and they quite tolerable for interactions, we recommend to keep distance to some of them or just let them to walk by.
For admittance only donations are accepted so the suggested amount is 10 Perus soles per person, they dont charge a fixed rate.
Hotspring by Atalaya
Optional to visit and refesh in hotpring that emerges our some warm water , entrances fees cost !0.00 peru soles per person , toilets and tables for lunch are available.
White Water River rafting along the Alto Madre de Dios III Class
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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
More about Manu National Park
More about this tour
A magnificent wildlife and unique experience to admire the Manu National Park through diverse ecosystems with breathtaking views of the cloud forest and the Andes mountain range.
The evolution of landscapes from mountains to forest enable nature’s enthusiasts to capture stunning views over the cloud forest, oxbow lakes or to visit caves inhabited by bats and spiders. Do not stop staring at the clay walls to get chances to meet some parrots clay lick.
Our Guadalupe lodge is carefully designed for your tranquility. Its location is ideal to observe some blue and gold macaws at close range. Our local guide will do his best to interpret and share his knowledges about the diversity of the fauna and flora of the rainforest.
Provided at the lodge
|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.|