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Exploration to the heart of the Manu National Park

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  • 6 Days, 5 NightsStarting point: your hotel in Cusco
  • Group Size: 2 - 6
  • From April to November Book at least 72h in advance
  • Sustainability Score: 40

This program offers us an excellent opportunity to enjoy and discover one of the most biodiverse regions in the world. the Manu National Park. It is located in the southeast of Peru, extending from 300 meters above sea level 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 biodiversity that can be found in Manu National Park biodiversity is incredible. More than 20,000 types of plants, 1,200 types of butterflies, 1,000 species of birds and 200 species of mammals call this forest their home. The Jaguar is undoubtedly the most mysterious of all animals living here. The Manu National Park is also the territory of various ancestral peoples, all of them having their own language, customs and traditions. These peoples and their unique way of living have survived to our times. 

Please note: all programs in the jungle may have slight variations, depending on the reports of our experienced guides and weather conditions. By operating in this way, we try to maximize the observation of wildlife and enhance your experience. 

If you want to experience Manu, but feel like 6 days might be a bit long for you, we offer other tours in Manu that are a day shorter. Have a look at all of our Amazon Jungle Tours, where you will find not only these shorter versions, but also tours in Iquitos and Tambopata

Did you notice that this tour has one of the highest Sustainability Scores of all? Click here to see all tours that have a Score of 30 or more

Day by Day

Day 1Cusco – Paucartambo – Shintuya Native Community

At the scheduled time (06:30) we will pick you up from your hotel in Cusco and head to the picturesque colonial town of Paucartambo (which at the time of the Incas, was a strategic commercial point between the valley of Kosñipata or Antisuyo and the capital of Tahuantinsuyo, Cusco).

From there, we will ascend to the Acjanaco pass, which is the entrance to the Manu National Park. We continue our journey until we reach the port of Atalaya. Here, we will change transport, continuing our way on a motorized boat that will take us through the River Alto Madre de Dios until we reach the Harákmbut community of Shintuya. The Matsiguenka community is adjacent to the Manu National Park. This is where we will spend today´s night (Aguas Calientes Lodge CN Shintuya).

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

Activities: Visit chullpas of Ninamarka, Thermal water pools

Day 2Shintuya Community – Limonal ranger station – Casa Matsiguenka

Early in the morning, after a delicious breakfast, we say goodbye to our new friends from the community and sail towards the reserve zone of Manu. We will soon arrive at the Limonal Ranger Station, where we will register our entrance.

We continue our trip and after approximately 5 hours of traveling and enjoying the fauna of the Manu Park, we will reach the Casa Matsiguenka Lodge. If time allows, we will go on a little tour to have our first contact with the virgin jungle of Manu Park before dinner.

Day 3Casa Matsiguenka – Cocha Salvador

On the next day, we will visit Lake Salvador. The lakes (or Cochas) are assembly points of some of the Amazonian fauna. For example, a family of giant river otters (Pteronura brasiliensis, an endangered species) dwells here.

Later, we will explore some 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, we will explore the jungle, searching for night creat using our flashlights. Our lodge for this night is the Casa Matsiguenka Lodge again.

Please note: the authorities of the Manu National Park establish the schedule for our visit to the Cochas. Depending on this schedule, we will visit them earlier or later during that day.

Day 4Casa Matsiguenka – Cocha Otorongo

After breakfast, we will visit the Lake/Cocha Otorongo, one of the largest Oxbow lakes in Manu. Here, we will go up a 20 meters high observation tower, offering us a panoramic view of the lake.

Then we will go on a walk through the primary forest, where we will have the opportunity to observe a great variety of flora and fauna. The ‘woolly’ monkey (Lagothrix lagotricha) lives in this part of the jungle. After lunch, we will go out again to explore the forest through the trail system of the Park.

At night we offer you to take a boat ride in search of caimans and other wildlife by the river bank. Please be aware that this activity can be done only if the level of the river allows it. Then, we will head back to our lodge (Casa Matsiguenka) to get some good night sleep.

Day 5Casa Matsiguenka – Shipetiari Native Community

Early in the morning, we embark on a boat to head towards the Native Community of Shipetiari. We will reach the community in the afternoon. Here, we will participate in a campfire and a traditional dinner with yuca, bananas and other local products. Feel free to share experiences with the Matsiguenkas. Your lodge for this night is Pankotsi Lodge. 

Activities: Craft Workshop, Lodge trails system.

Day 6Shipetiari Community – Cusco

On our last day, we will have breakfast and then get back on the boat to make our way to the port. Here, we will continue by road to return to the city of Cusco. During the journey, we will stop several times to continue enjoying the region and you’ll be getting back to your hotel in Cuzco around 7 pm .

What makes this experience RESPONSible?

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

Within our organization, we employ local guides from native communities such as the Shipetiari and the Shintuya, that are trained by the SERNANP (national service for natural protected areas). We also carry out a reforestation program to recover the forest, and we encourage more areas to do the same, with the aim of creating microbiological corridors. You will also get to plant your own tree in Manu!

Part of your money paid for this tour will also go to donations for the communities, which they use to buy school material for the children.

 

Respect towards wildlife – our tips

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

  • Observe wildlife quietly from a distance so they are not scared or forced to flee. Considerate travelers observe wildlife from afar and give it ample space.
  • Avoid the use of torches and camera flash while taking pictures.
  • Store food securely and keep garbage and food scraps away from animals to avoid that they acquire bad habits.
  • Never feed wildlife. Help keep wildlife WILD.
  • Make sure the colors of your clothing and gear blend in with the environment

 

Read here how the Sustainability Score was elaborated

Details

Price Includes

  • Transfers as indicated in the itinerary.
  • Private TransportationLand and river transport allows you to carry 10 to 15 kilos of luggage per person.
  • Entrance fee to Manu National Park (Reserved Zone)
  • Daily activities and excursions.
  • Accommodation
  • All meals except for first breakfast and last dinner
  • First aid kit
  • Naturalist Bilingual Rainforest Wildlife Guides (English,Spanish)
  • Snacks (fresh fruits, cookies, chocolate)
  • Boiled water to fill up your reusable bottle
  • 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?

The accommodation is very basic in Manu, so please don’t expect luxury. But they are comfortable enough for our clients for a few days and they are hosted by native communities. You will get a real jungle experience here, which in fact is highly interesting. 

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?

ou book through our platform you will get a private excursion only for you and the other people you book with. But if you prefer to share costs and experiences with like-minded people, we will be glad to try to put you in a group with other travelers. 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!

Reviews
Travel Designer
Rosbert 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 nature. 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 deep connection with the jungle, which we outsiders would like to have.
When you understand how important it is to take care of and conserve nature, you want to share this feeling and what better way to do it than by doing tourism. What motivates me is to share what you have lived and know about the rainforest.
Since 2012, I am with RESPONSible Travel Peru because they live and feel that tourism is a way by which we can make development while conserving and sharing with visitors. I like to be part of this tribe called RESPONS.

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