4 days and 3 nights
This tour offers a trip into the complete Cultural Zone of Manu and the opportunity to become part of our reforestation project.
Day 01: Cusco - Cloud forest - Bamboo Lodge
Early in the morning, we start our 8-hour trip on a road that partly goes up to 4000 meters above sea level. On the way, we have a few stops, e.g. to see the pre-inka cemetery Ninamarca or to visit the famous folkloric village of Paucartambo (2900 m above sea level). Then we continue to “Acjanaco“, the park’s entrance. From here we go downhill through the cloud forest, where we can see a spectacular vegetation (orchids, ferns, bromeliads, begonias etc.). Maybe we have the chance to see the first mammals, like e.g. woolly monkeys or capuchin monkeys. Furthermore, we will visit the “Cock of the rock“ (rupícola peruviana), Peru’s national bird, to see it dancing its famous mating dance. On our further way we will see quetzals, tanagers, trogons, hummingbirds and other beautiful, colourful birds. We will take our breakfast, snacks and lunch on the road (included in the price). In the afternoon, we arrive at our Bamboo Lodge (700m above sea level), where we will have dinner and then spend the night in double rooms with private bath.
Day 02: Bamboo Lodge - Pillcomayu - Soga de Oro Lodge
Early in the morning, after a delicious breakfast, we start our way to Pillcomayu, a private area of primary forest that has been protected by our family for generations. Here we developed a system of so called “seed traps“. The caught seeds are later used to plant new trees and to support reforestation. This place is perfect to observe the wildlife of primary rainforest. Together with our guide we take some walks before we return to Bamboo Lodge to enjoy a characteristic lunch of the region.
After lunch we take our bus to Atalaya, wherefrom we use our motorized boat for about 20 minutes on the river “Madre de Dios“ to get to the Soga de Oro Lodge, where we will spend our second night. After arrival our guide takes us to discover the trails around the lodge to look for animals and plants. We have dinner in the Soga de Oro Lodge. After dark, we have the possibility to go for a night walk.
Day 03: Soga de oro Lodge - Parrot macaw clay lick - Machuwasi- Bamboo Lodge
Before sunrise we take our boat for about 20 minutes to visit the parrot macaw clay lick. Here we can watch these impressive birds eating the natural clay that contains the salts and minerals that are essential for their alimentation. We enjoy an healthy breakfast at this special place, where water and earth meet and create a unique biodiversity. Then we go to see one of the “giants of the amazon rainforest“, the famous ceiba pentandra, the biggest tree of the amazonia. Later we visit the little lake “Machuwasi“. This place is special because water and earth meet and create an extraordinary biodiversity. We can observe a lot of birds and maybe some mammals.
In the afternoon after lunch, we take our boat to go back to Atalaya wherefrom we travel back to our Bamboo Lodge by bus. Here we spend our third night. Optional night walk.
Day 04: Bamboo Lodge - Reforestation project - Cusco
We are aware of the great deforestation of the Amazon rainforest due to different factors like agriculture or illegal mining that destroy this wonderful ecosystem. Therefore, our biggest concern is the reforestation of the rainforest. After breakfast, you have the chance to become part of our reforestation project. You can plant a tree in our private recovery zone and so contribute to the recovery of our mother earth.
Then we start our way back to Cusco. On the way, our guide shows us some more of the flora and fauna. Lunch is provided on the way.
• professional, english speaking guide (with binoculars, telescope and knowledge about nature)
• private transport (bus and boat)
• professional cook and meals (vegetarian option), mineral water
• entry fee “Gallito de las rocas” (Cock of the rock) and entry fee parrot macaw clay lick
• overnight stays in lodges
• first-aid equpiment and snake venom extractor
• radio communication
• rubber boots
• alcoholic beverages, personal expenses
WHAT TO BRING?
• insect repellent
• rain coat or poncho
• sun hat
• longsleeved shirts and long pants
• sun screen and sunglasses
• bathing clothes (optional)
• towel and Handtuch and flip-flops/sandals
• day backpack (for walks and hikes)
• water bottle
• passport and confirmation of yellow fever vaccination
• money in Soles for beverages (water is provided, other beverages not) and eventually artesania/craftworks
• personal sanitary articles (toothbrush, shampoo etc.)
• good mood
• max. weight per person and piece of luggage: 15 kg.