- Tour Plan
- Additional Info
- Similar Tours
- Accommodation on double bed room
- Activities Listed in the Program
- All meals included (vegetarian, vegan mentioned in advance)
- Best available Lodges in the area
- Duffel Bags for Travelling Light
- Entrance tickets to Manu National Park (Reserved Zone)
- Free Storage Room in Cusco
- Illustrated map of Manu National Park
- Professionally Local Guide
- Rubber Boots
- Snacks (fresh fruits, cookies, chocolate)
- Unlimited Purified Water
- Alcoholic Drinks
- First day breakfast
- Nights on Single Supplement
- Tips to the Staff
Rainforest Tours in Peru
A Rainforest Tours in Peru is an incredible experience specially if you are looking for a genuine Jungle experience. The real highlight it’s the wildlife so you get astonished by hundreds of species of birds, reptiles, fish, monkeys, sloths, giant river otters, caymans and wildcats are part of the rainforest inhabitants.
Each species expertly identified by one specialized guide that also allows for safe comfortable travel deep into the Manu National Park which is one of the 3 major Rainforest destinations next to Tambopata and Iquitos in Peru.
Tours from the Andes to Lowland Rainforest
The Manu National Park lies at the southeastern of Peru. A fascinating tour from the Andes down into the heart of the Amazon rainforest. The Journey passes through a wide range of habitats, the Andes, grassland, elfin forest, cloud forest, foothill forest, swampy forest and finally the lowland Rainforest. Enjoy spectacular views, wildlife diversity, and magnificent scenery. No other rainforest park in Peru protects so many species of birds, so many plants and animals and a variety of ecosystems.
The first night you spend in the base of the cloud forest, at 600 m. Guadalupe Lodge where temperatures are about 18 degrees Celsius (64 F). In Manu’s lowland rainforest the temperature at night is normally around 24 degrees Celsius (75F) and during the day about 30 degrees Celsius (86F).
However, cold winds from Patagonia may reach the Manu rainforest and the temperature may lower to about 10 degrees Celsius (50F). These “friajes” are more common during the southern hemisphere’s wintertime (between April and the end of August)
Our Tours offers the best available lodges along the Manu Rainforest.
- Guadalupe Lodge
Located on the lush foothill forest over 580 m / 1, 902 ft on elevation. The lodge looks out over the magical palm forest with colorful blue and yellow macaws flying over and thousands of oropendolas. The area around the lodge is populated by bamboo forest, the lodge offers private toilets and showers with hot water. Lights and electricity 24 hours from solar panels and free WIFI. There is nice view of the garden and the surroundings of the dining room
- El Dorado Lodge
The Lodge offers rooms with private bathrooms, mosquito netting, and electricity from solar panels. The Lodge facilities include access to the parrot’s clay licks and mammals clay lick. You are surrounded by lowland rainforest access to the trail system for those want to explore further.
- Casa Matsiguenka
What we like about this Lodge is the beautiful environment and simply and lovely rooms setting with peace and quiet in a remote setting like the other camps inside Manu National Park. The lodge is set right in the rainforest on the bank of the Manu River. The wildlife spotting is really good. Each bungalow has two beds with mosquito netting, bathroom facilities are shared in a separate building, electricity is provided by solar panels. Meals will be taken in a separate building with a kitchen and a small dining room. The Matsiguenka Native People are running this lodge which makes it different from the other lodge management.
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- Day 2
- Day 3
- Day 4
- Day 5
- Day 6
- Day 7
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 - El Dorado Lodge
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 colourful birds and a rich wildlife. At Atalaya river’s deck, embark in a motor boat and navigate down this crystalline river of Madre de Dios.
After 3 hours, you will reach the El Dorado Lodge , this boat jouerney will be exciting to look for some aquatic wildlife; capibaras , birds and caimans basking long the river bank. In the mid-afternoon, you will ramble through the primary forest searching for some families of monkeys, peccaries, in the meantime, you will be provided with some explanations about medicinal plants, reptiles as well as mammals. Eventually the motor boat will return you back at the Lodge.
El Dorado Lodge - Casa Matsiguenka
On this morning we will have chances to visit to the Macaw Clay Lick, which located in the vicinity of the Lodge. Later we continue our trip by motor boat towards the confluence with the Manu river we enter the wild Manu National Park a brief stop at Limonal Park Ranger Station for check in, the exciting trip begins with full of sightings experiences, every river bend will bring us a view of unspoiled beauty.
We travel up river we’ll search diligently for any signs of Jaguar, still only a slim chance but this river is perhaps the best location to find this magnificent mammal, just a few curves up the river the environment will change, there will be orders of magnitude more to look at, from hundred if not thousands of swallows and butterflies, every single sandbar being occupied by something interesting, we will keep a close watch for wildcats.
In the mid- afternoon, we arrive at our rustic lodge which it´s set aside a short distance from the Rio Manu in the heart of Manu National Park and for our following nights at this peaceful place. Overnight, Casa Matsiguenka Lodge.
We will have the better part of two days to enjoy the Manu´s Wilderness, On this mornign you will explore the Salvador oxbow lake famous for its population of Giant Otters who usually breeds there , they can be seen at different times of the day, these gregarious and playful carnivorous spend good deal of their time fishing or playing by any side of the lake or just taking a sunbath on their favorite dead logs.
We’ll have access to a floating catamaran (two large canoes connected by wooden planks) with chairs set up for bird and wildlife viewing (which makes paddling around the lake easy and comfortable. Apart from looking for the giant river otters, we’ll have the chance for many of the lake edge species, including the fabulous Hoatzin, Agami and herons, interesting raptors, colorful macaws oropendolas and caciques, just floating around the lake will be one of the joys of the trip
While exploring the forest you wil ll also search for more species of monkeys such as white fronted capuchin, pygmy marmoset. Apart from the lake, the forest around Salvador Lake and the lodge is some of the best Amazonian rainforest we have seen, and a nice network of trails allows us to leisurely stroll on flat trails the rest of the day. (Please notice that the time to visit the Salvador lagoon on this day its subject of availability)
Casa Matsiguenka - El Dorado
This morning we’ll board our boat and begin the journey down the Rio Manu back to the Rio Madre de Dios, returning to boat trip will be again very exciting with lots of bird activity on the many sandbars as well as side necked turtles sunning on the logs. This will be again another opportunity for catching a glimpse of the magnificent of great wildlife.
After about four hours we will reach Boca Manu for brief stop and to refuel our boat and exploring the lower portion of the Madre de Dios, we get settled for lunch time and likely with enough time to walk around the trails, Overnight at El Dorado Lodge.
El Dorado - Guadalupe Lodge
On this morning we head for a 10 min walk we will reach the Macaw Clay Lick, where we can observe several parrots such as; Mealy Parrots, Blue Headed Parrots, Yellow Crowned Parrots and the Orange Cheeked Parrots as well as the Cobalt Winged Parakeets and many chestnut fronted macaws will congrate to gather and lick some minerals from the old river banks, Initially they will perch on the trees around and later flying down to the exposed cliff.
We will boat up the fast flowing braided and clear water upper Madre de Dios in the morning as we start our five hours back journey to Atalaya. This is the last chance to spot capybaras, the world’s largest rodent. Keep a close watch for raptors such as kites, vultures or eagles. We will eventually depart Manu´s area for our trip further up the upper Madre de Dios River and our re-introduction into civilization; after one hour of overland transportation we reach the Guadalupe Ecological Reserve and have time for some night-walks around. We will have diner and spend the overnight at Guadalupe Lodge.
Guadalupe Lodge - Cusco
Guided 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 return trip will give us more opportunities to take glimpses of animals , birds along the Cloud forest with impressing views of the exuberant vegetation’s and majestic mountains that we approach while ascending to the Andean mountain range, 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.|