Explore a unique biosphere reserve on these 7-Day Manu Jungle Trips. You’ll have the time of your life observing exotic wildlife in unparalleled scenery!
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On these Manu Jungle Trips, embark on an unforgettable journey to one of the most biologically diverse and pristine rainforests in South America. There, you can find 1,000 bird species, 13 monkey species, 1,200 butterfly species, and 15,000 types of plants with flowers. See if you can spot the many endangered species that call the park home such as giant river otter, tapir, black caiman, giant anteater, and jaguar. Observing wildlife there is a unique experience because many of the animals are not afraid of humans. Come join us for an incredible camping trip in a gorgeous rainforest!
Duration: 7 days / 6 nights
Start and end location: Cusco
Day 1 – Take a Private Bus from Cusco and Observe Birds in the Cloud Forest
To start off your Manu Jungle Trips, you will take a private bus from Cusco and head over the Andes. On the way, you will stop for coffee in the lovely colonial town of Paucartambo. Back in the bus, you will drive to the highest point of the Manu Biosphere, at an altitude of 12,550 feet (3,800 meters). Then, you will go down into the cloud forest.
Drink in the magical surroundings as you walk into the jungle. There, you can see the famous cock-of-the-rock bird. Every day, males perform courtship displays to impress females. At night, you will stay in the camping huts of Posada San Pedro (5,300 feet/1,600 meters). (L/D)
Day 2 – Travel to Atalaya and Take a Motorized Canoe to Boca Manu
At dawn, your Manu Jungle Trips continue as you take the bus to the tropical lowland jungle. You will finish the bus trip at the small town of Atalaya (2,150 feet/650 meters). There, you will embark on a trip down the rushing Upper Madre de Dios River by motorized canoe to Boca Manu. At night, you will camp by the river. (B/L/D)
Day 3-4 – Navigate Manu River and Spot Wildlife on Lake Salvador and Lake Otorongo
In the morning, you will go back to the Manu River. From a lookout point, you can see river birds, caimans enjoying the sun, and huge aquatic guinea pigs called capybaras. In the afternoon, you will arrive to your campsite within Manu National Park. This campsite is the base for days 3 and 4.
Over the next two days of your Manu Jungle Trips, you will get to hike through untouched rainforest and navigate the beautiful Lake Salvador by catamaran. There, you can see diverse species of colorful birds, monkeys, and perhaps a group of giant otters. After a five hour hike through the rainforest, you will arrive to Lake Otorongo. There, you will be able to go up in a 20-meter observation platform next to the lake for breathtaking views. At night, you can explore the jungle with flashlights or search for caimans on the lake by the light of the moon. (B/L/D)
Day 5 – Take the Madre de Dios River to Blanquillo and Camp on the Beach
After walking for one last time in the jungle around Lake Salvador, you will go back to the Manu River. You will travel from Boca Manu to the Madre de Dios River to Blanquillo. By the end of the day, you will be close to the macaw clay lick. You will camp for the night on a beach. (B/L/D)
Day 6 – Marvel at the Colorful Birds of the Macaw Lick and Visit Lake Kamungo
As the sun comes up, you will go to the macaw lick. You will be astounded to see hundreds of colorful parrots, parakeets, and macaws eating the clay that is essential to their diet. In the afternoon, you will get to see Lake Kamungo, a gorgeous oxbow lake of Manu. At night, you will rest comfortably in the Tambo Blanquillo Jungle Lodge. (B/L/D)
Day 7 – Appreciate Beautiful Landscapes as You Return to Cusco
After a filling breakfast, you will go down the river to the Colorado mining village. From there, you will take local transportation to the Inambari River. After crossing the river on a ferry, a private vehicle will take you back to Cusco.
Today has a lot of traveling, but time will fly as you admire how the scenery changes from lush cloud forest to snow-covered peaks, including Ausangate Mountain (20,905 feet/6,372 meters). When you get to Cusco in the late evening, you will be dropped off at your hotel.
After you book your experience, you will receive a confirmation email from us confirming that your payment went through. You will then be connected directly to the tour operator, in case you have any further questions. We are also happy to answer any questions about the tour, or travel in general in your country of destination.