Newest Manu Adventurer (EA 50)
This itinerary to Manu offers the complete lowland rain forest experience. The lodge is famous for its abundant and varied wildlife, with its own Tapir clay lick, a nearby macaw and parrot clay lick, two nearby oxbow lakes and two tall canopy viewing towers among its impressive highlights.
- Fixed Departures on Thursdays
- Manu National Park and Manu Wildlife Center
- Cusco – Puerto Maldonado – Cusco by commercial airplane
- Available from April to October
- Day 1: Flight from Lima or Cusco to Puerto Maldonado-Colorado - Manu Wildlife Center
- After our arrival by the commercial flight to the airport in Puerto Maldonado, the service begin with a reception followed with a transfer service by van to Santa Rosa Village, we will get there in about two-hours and half journey, we will cross the Inambari river for a 15 minutes boat trip to Puerto Carlos, here we will start our overland journey to Boca Colorado for 45 minutes by car, followed by four hours and half motorized boat journey ride upstream the Madre de Dios river in between we plan on a delicious boxed lunch at the beginning of the boat journey to Manu Wildlife Center. We have an excellent chance of encountering some of the 12 species of monkeys, including the Spider Monkey and Emperor Tamarind, which inhabit the surrounding forest. After dinner there will be an enchanting night walk along the trails, in search of the nocturnal birds and animals of the rainforest. (Box Lunch, D)
- Day 2: Manu Wildlife Center to Manu National Park (Manu Wildlife Tented Camp)
- Another early start (inevitable on wildlife expeditions), after a delicious breakfast is followed by boat journey in the motorized canoe trip up the Madre de Dios River. We make a short visit to the village of Boca Manu, riverside capital of the remote and sparsely populated Peruvian province of Fitzcarrald. The main activity here is building dugout boats for travelers on the river, and we see how these sturdy craft are made. Logging is prohibited here, so the resourceful villagers work entirely with lumber brought downriver by floodwaters. Now we turn northward up the chocolate-brown waters of the Manu River into the lake-rich lower Manu National Park. The pristine quality of the forest is instantly apparent, with abundant birdlife and no signs of outside development. We check into the park at Limonal ranger station and then proceed upstream, as our boat driver steers skillfully through shallows and driftwood snags. Orinoco Geese and Horned Screamers strut on the beaches, Capped and White-necked Herons patrol the shoreline, and countless sunbathing turtles dive off their log perches as we approach. After some six hours on the river we reach Inka Natura’s Manu Tented Camp, a simple but comfortable low-impact lodge nestled almost invisibly in the forest. Time permitting, we will take a short walk before dinner to stretch our legs and enjoy our first encounter with virgin rainforest. (B, Box Lunch, D).
- Day 3: Manu National Park (Manu Wildlife Tented Camp: Cocha Salvador & Cocha Otorongo
- Today we visit two lakes near our camp. Park authorities determine the time of our visit to Cocha (Lake) Salvador; depending on this schedule, we will visit Cocha Otorongo earlier or later in the day. Our trail to Cocha Otorongo begins some 30 minutes downstream from the camp. This brief river journey to the trailhead can always offer the chance of a thrilling wildlife sighting. Perhaps we will spot a family of capybaras, the world’s largest rodent, or if we are very lucky, a solitary jaguar might stalk slowly off an open beach into the forest, flicking its tail in annoyance at our intrusion. On the short trail to the lake we may spy one or more of the park’s 13 monkey species leaping through the canopy high above. Also we will visit oxbow lakes, formed when the river changed course, leaving a landlocked channel behind. The lakes are abundant in fish and wildlife, and provide optimum habitat for caimans and the Giant Otter (Pteronura brasiliensis), one of the Amazon’s most endangered mammal species. We have a good chance of sighting the resident Giant Otter family.Cocha Salvador is the largest of the area’s lakes, at 3.5 Km, or some two miles long. It is also home to a family of Giant Otters. We cruise the lake on a floating catamaran platform, which offers superb new perspectives of lake and forest. The lakeside trees are often alive with monkeys; Scarlet, Chestnut-fronted and Blue-and-gold macaws beat a path overhead; a variety of herons and egrets scout the water’s edge; and the reptilian eyes and snouts of caimans, motionless as logs, may be spied beneath the branches. (B, L, D)
- Day 4: Manu National Park (Manu Wildlife Tented Camp to Manu Wildlife Center
- We set off downriver at dawn. At this hour chances of wildlife encounters are excellent. After reaching the turbulent union of the Alto Madre de Dios and Manu Rivers and then the village of Boca Manu, we travel ninety more minutes downstream to arrive at Manu Wildlife Center. After a delicious lunch, we walk through the forest for some minutes, where we find the Macaw Lick Project. The hide provided with individual chairs and a convenient place for cameras and binoculars is our ringside seat for what is usually a spectacular show. In groups of twos and threes the scarlet Macaws come flapping in, landing in the treetops as they eye the main stage below. The drama plays out in first in tentative and then bolder approaches to the lick, until finally nearly all the macaws form a colorful and noisy spectacle on the bare banks, squabbling as they scrape clay from the hard surface. Later, we continue to explore and discover the rainforest, its lore and plant life, on the network of trails surrounding the lodge, arriving in the late afternoon at our 34m/112ft Canopy Tower. On its platform we witness the frantic rush-hour activity of twilight in the rainforest canopy, before night closes in. Then we set off along the “collpa trail”, which will take us to the lodge’s famous Tapir Clay lick. Here at the most active tapir lick known in all the Amazon, our research has identified from 8-12 individual 600-pound Tapirs who come to this lick to eat clay from under the tree roots around the edge. This unlikely snack absorbs and neutralizes toxins in the vegetarian diet of the Tapir, the largest land animal of Latin America. This Tapir Experience is unique and exciting because these normally very shy creatures are visible up close. Most people feel that the wait is well worth it in order to have such a high probability of observing the rare and elusive Tapir in its rainforest home. (B, L, D)
- Day 5: Manu Wildlife Center – Colorado – Cusco or Lima
- We leave our lodge very early on the two hours and half return boat trip downstream to the Colorado Village, the breakfast will be served on the boat while we enjoy the early morning wildlife activity as we go, of course this is a perfect time to take advantage of valuable early morning wildlife activity along the river, in additions this journey allows us to see several lowland native settlements and gold miners digging and panning gold along the banks of the Madre de Dios River. We will stop in the far-west type gold-mining town of Colorado to start our overland journey to Puerto Carlos for 45 minutes, then we will cross the Inambari River for 15 minutes boat trip to Santa Rosa, finally a van or bus will drive us in approximately two-hours and half to the airport in Puerto Maldonado City, here we fly by a commercial airplane to Cusco or Lima. (B)
- Boat transportation from Puerto Maldonado to Manu
- Visit the Manu National park to see lots of wildlife like the giant otters
- At Manu Wildlife Center and it´s macaw clay lick, the tapir lick, the canopy platform, and the trails to enjoy the rainforest
- Overnight at Manu Wildlife Tented camp (2 nights), full board as show on itinerary
- Park entrance fees
- An English-speaking guide
- Boat transportation
- Personal expenses
- Domestic flights tickets to/from Puerto Maldonado
- Please note that all macaw and parrot licks in southern Peru are less active in May, June and early July than in other months.
- Reduced rates available for bookings of 5 or more people.