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Exploration to the heart of the Manu National Park

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  • 6 Days, 5 Nights
  • Group Size: 2 - 6
  • From April to November

A program that offers us an excellent opportunity to enjoy and meet one of the regions of high diversity in the world, the Manu National Park located south-east of Perú, it extends from 300 m.a.s.l. at the confluence of the Manu River with the Alto Madre de Dios River, up to 3800 meters above sea level on the summit of the Apu Cañajuay mountain.

The Manu National Park is biodiverse, contains more than 20,000 types of plants, 1,200 of butterflies, 1,000 species of birds and 200 species of mammals which the Jaguar is undoubtedly the most mysterious. The Manu National Park is also the territory of various ancestral peoples, each with its own language, customs and traditions so unique that they have survived to our times.

Note: all programs in the jungle may have slight variations, depending on the reports of our experienced guides and weather conditions, in order to maximize the observation of wildlife.

Day by Day

Day 1Cusco – Paucartambo – Shintuya Native Community

At the scheduled time (06:30) we will pick you up from the hotel, and then head to the picturesque colonial town of Paucartambo (which in the time of the Incas, was a strategic commercial point between the valley of Kosñipata or Antisuyo and the capital of Tahuantinsuyo, Cusco.). We will ascend to the Acjanaco pass, which is the entrance to the Manu National Park. We continue the journey until we reach the port of Atalaya, where we change transport by a motorized boat that will take us through the waters of the Alto Madre de Dios river, until we reach the Harákmbut community of Shintuya. The Matsiguenka community is adjacent to the Manu National Park.

Later we will have the opportunity to explore the jungle, in search of fauna, surrounded by the most extravagant sounds that make this place mysterious.

Meals: Snack, box lunch, dinner
Activities: Visit chullpas of Ninamarka, Thermal water pools
Transportation: Private transport (Arrival time is between 5-6 pm)
Accommodation: Aguas Calientes Lodge CN Shintuya

Day 2Shintuya Community – Limonal ranger station – Casa Matsiguenka

After a delicious breakfast, early in the morning we say good-bye to our new friends and sail towards the reserve zone of Manu, we will soon arrive to the Limonal Ranger Station, where we will have to register our entrance. We continue our travel and after approximately 5 hours traveling enjoying the fauna of the Manu Park, we will reach the Casa Matsiguenka Lodge, if time allows, before dinner we will go on a little tour to have our first contact with the virgin jungle of Manu Park.


Meals: Breakfast, snack, lunch, dinner
Activities: Entrance tickets to Manu National Park, jungle night walk
Transportation: Private transfer by boat
Accommodation: Casa Matsiguenka Lodge

Day 3Casa Matsiguenka – Cocha Salvador

At the scheduled time we will visit the lake or Cocha Salvador, the Cochas or lakes are points of congregation of fauna in the Amazon, in this Cocha dwells a family of giant river otters (Pteronura brasiliensis), an endangered species. Later, we will explore the forest paths where we will have a great possibility to see one of the thirteen kinds of monkeys, many birds and butterflies. Once the night has fallen, using our flashlights, we will explore the jungle in search of night creatures.

NOTE: the authorities of the Manu National Park establish the schedule of our visitation to the Cochas depending on this schedule, we will visit the cochas earlier or later that day.


Meals: Breakfast, snack, lunch, dinner.
Activities: Visit Salvador Lake, Lodge trails system, jungle night walk.
Transportation: Private transfer by boat.
Accommodation: Casa Matsiguenka Lodge

Day 4Casa Matsiguenka – Cocha Otorongo

After breakfast, we will visit the lake or cocha Otorongo (it is one of the largest Oxbow lakes in Manu). In this place there is the observation tower of 20 meters high where we can enjoy the panoramic view of the lake. Then we will walk in the middle of the primary forest, where we will have the opportunity to observe a great variety of flora and fauna, the ‘woolly’ monkey lives in this sector (Lagothrix lagotricha). After lunch at the scheduled time we will go out to explore the forest through the trail system of the Park.
At night we can take a boat ride in search of cayman and other nightlife by the river bank (this activity can be done only if the level of the river allows it).


Meals: Breakfast, snack, lunch, dinner.
Activities: Visit Otorongo oxbow lake, lodge trails system, jungle night walk.
Transportation: Private boat.
Accommodation: Casa Matsiguenka Lodge.

Day 5Casa Matsiguenka – Shipetiari Native Community

Early in the morning we embark towards the Native Community of Shipetiari, we will reach the community in the afternoon.
In the evening we will participate in a campfire and a traditional dinner with yuca, bananas and other local products, we will spend time sharing experiences with the Matsiguenkas.


Meals : Breakfast – Snack – Lunch – Dinner.
Activities: Craft Workshop, Lodge trails system.
Transportation: Private boat.
Accommodation: Pankotsi Lodge.

Day 6Shipetiari Community – Cusco

After breakfast early in the morning we will embark and head towards the port, where our terrestrial transportation will wait for us to return to the city of Cusco, on the way we will stop sometimes to continue enjoying the region and you’ll be getting back to your Cusco hotel around 7pm .


Meals: Breakfast, box Lunch
Transportation: Private Transportation Manu to Cusco, Transfer to Hotel in Cusco

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What makes this experience RESPONSible?

We contribute to local development by generating jobs and strengthening the work of local tourism organizations.

Within our organization we have local guides from native communities such as Shipetiari and Shintuya. We have a reforestation program to recover the forest, and we encourage more areas to do the same, thus creating micro biological corridors.

The design of our programs avoid to the maximum the massive tourism that was developed in the zone, in this way we avoid the stress of the fauna and we diversify the tourist offer of the place.

Respect towards wildlife – our tips

Quick movements and loud noises are stressful to animals. Considerate travelers practice these safety methods:

  • Learn about wildlife through quiet observation.
  • Do not disturb wildlife or plants just for a “better look.”
  • Observe wildlife from a distance so they are not scared or forced to flee. Considerate travelers observe wildlife from afar, give animals an ample space.
  • Avoid use of flash while taking snaps.
  • Store food securely and keep garbage and food scraps away from animals so they will not acquire bad habits.
  • Never feed wildlife. Help keep wildlife wild.
  • Make sure the colors of clothing and gear blend with the environment.


Price Includes

  • Transfers as indicated in the itinerary.
  • Daily activities and excursions.
  • Accommodation
  • Private TransportationLand and river transport allows you to carry 10 to 15 kilos of luggage per person.
  • Private boat
  • First aid kit
  • Naturalist Bilingual Rainforest Wildlife Guides (English,Spanish)
  • Entrance fee to Manu National Park (Reserved Zone)
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary (vegetarian, vegan, pescatarian)
  • Snacks (fresh fruits, cookies, chocolate)
  • Purified Water
  • Rubber Boots
  • Biodegradable soaps.

Price Excludes

What to Bring

  • Long pants & sleaved cotton shirts(preferably in green or tan colours)
  • Sneakers (covered shoes) or other low heeled walking shoes
  • Swimwear & Sandals
  • Personal hygiene itemsInlcuding mosquito repellent and personal prescription medicine (if applicable).
  • Sunscreen, sunglasses, hat or cap
  • Rain coat or poncho
  • Flashlight or headlight
  • Travel documentsPassport, passport copy, Yellow fever certificate and extra money. All in plastic bags.
  • Daypack or small backpack
  • Suggested: Camera, Binoculars
  • Your own personal water containerTo be refilled at any time. This way we can reduce the usage of plastic.
  • Note:During meals in the dining room you can wear casual clothing and shoes or sandals. We provide rubber boots for walks in the rainforest.
  • For our excellent general packing tips, please read this article (click here) and leave well prepared!
Frequently Asked Questions

About the tour itself

What's the accommodation like in Manu?

We always speak about basic accomodation. Manu jungle lodges managed by native communities are simple but confortable enough, in case there is something fancier it will be always welcome but please do no expect luxury at all.

What language is spoken in Manu?

This is a great question, a tricky one by the way. Let’s say that when visiting Matsigenka communities you will hear Matsigenka (probably the most widespread language in the region), when visiting Harakmbut people you will hear Harakmbut and you might even notice the difference. And of course, if you stay in the highlands of Manu, like Paucartambo and Quero villages, Quechua is the mother tongue. An extra bit of information is that there are so many languages in the Amazon region in general, that it is a limitation when (the not frequent but likely to happen events of) getting in contact with voluntary isolated tribes that speak nothing like we know.

What kind of weather should we expect during this route?

In the way to Manu you must be prepared for cold temperatures experienced in the mountain pass. Later on hot and humid conditions are more or less the rule, but again, rainy days can lower the temperatures quite a lot, or extraordinary events called “friaje” or Antartic winds could ruin your plans of sweating the hell out of you.

Find more info about climates in Peru in our blog “Best Time to Travel to Peru“. 

Which vaccines are recommended for the jungle?

Visit a travel doctor who can give you professional advice on what vaccinations may be necessary. If you go into the Amazon jungle, a yellow fever injection is obligatory and malaria recommended as well as a shot for the common flu might be requested by the local authorities.

Is this a private excursion or will I share the experience with other travelers?

It can be as private as you want, and if you are booking through our platform you will get prices for a private excursion accoding to your group size. But if you prefer to share costs and experiences with like-minded people, we will be glad to try to fit you with others. For this, please get in contact with our Travel Designers directly.

How can I see the prices for this tour for my amount of travellers?

If you want to see the price for your situation, please select an amount of travelers (number of adults, children, etc) on the right side of the website (or the bottom on the mobile version). You will then see that total price for your party right above it. For some tours, the price will change according to the amount of people. 

General questions

For questions about booking a tour, prices, preparation for your trip, health and safety or other themes, please check our Frequently Asked Questions page. If you can’t find your question & answer, email us and we’ll add it!

Travel Designer
11Rosbert is an expert on the Manu destination | Responsible Travel Peru

Rosbert Challco

I was born in Cusco and from a very young age I was taken to the jungle of Manu, where I learned to connect with and respect the nature that gives us so much, without asking anything in return. On some occasions accompanying my father on his trips to the native communities, I learned how the villagers live in harmony with the forest, they do not realize it, but they have a connection with the jungle, which we outsiders would like to have. The forest speaks.