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TOUR: MANU NATIONAL PARK
MACAW CLAY LICK

Tour to Cusco - Cloud Forest - Boca Manu - Cocha Salvador - Manu Wildlife -
Macaw Clay Lick - Cusco
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DUE TO WEATHER CONDITIONS THERE ARE NO DEPARTURES FROM DECEMBER 1ST. 2008 TO MARCH 31ST 2009.

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Tour Details
Duration: 7 days / 6 nights Parque Nacional del Manu, Cock of the Rock Lodge, Tours en Manu, Tours en Perú
Price: From US$ 1 395 per Person
Starting point: Cusco (Departure by bus)
Ending point: Cusco (Return on a small airplane)
Activities : Birdwatching, ecological, cultural, wildlife viewing and hiking
Fixed Departures: Every Thursdays in the Mornings

Tour Description

All our programmes can be tailor made according to your requirements, whether regarding the length of your tour, any special interests or specific activities, flight reservations, optional destinations or tours.

DAY 01: Cusco / Cloud Forest
Early morning Ninamarca ruins - Manu Tour - Peru Toursdeparture in our vehicles towards the Cloud Forest of the Manu National Park. On the way we will pass through typical Andean villages where it will be possible to see some pre Inca ruins. We will make a stop over in the Village of Ajanaco for a delicious lunch and then we will continue on towards the Lodge. During the trip we can appreciate the different ecological floors from the high Andes downwards to the Cloud Forest, where it is possible to find a great variety of plants and wild life. Overnight in the Cock of the Rock Lodge.

Meals: Lunch and Dinner

DAY 02: Cloud Forest / Boca Manu River Mouth Port
We will wake up very early in the morning and go to a place, where, from a platform hide we will be able to appreciate a magnificent natural show, the lek of the most typical of Peruvian birds the so called “Gallito de las Rocas" or Cock of the Rock ( Rupícola Peruviana), a mating dance carried out by the males to impress the females, and where his fantastic and colourful feathers stands out, like some kind of a bird from paradise. Afterwards we will explore the surrounding forest trails, with the possibility to appreciate many varieties of birds and monkey species and, if we are lucky, a Spectacled Bear. We will continue in our vehicles for about two and a half hours until we reach the Town of Atalaya where we will board the boat that will take us down stream the Upper Alto Madre de Dios River until we reach the River Mouth Port of Boca Manu where we will stay overnight in a rustic Lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

DAY 03: Boca Manu River Mouth Port / Manu National Park
Salvador lake - Manu  Tour - Peru ToursWe will get up very early in the morning to explore the surroundings. After that we will board our out board engine powered canoes and navigate the Manu River during approximately five hours until we reach the Wild Life Tented Camp located close to the El Salvador Lake. We will make a stop over at the Park Guard Station in order to register our entrance to this important Reserved Area. On the way we will be able to observe a great variety of birds, capybaras, caiman and if we are lucky a jaguar. After settling into our rooms, we will make a wild life walk along the trails and look for frogs and insects.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

DAY 04: Cocha Salvador Oxbow Lake
Madre de Dios river - Manu Tour - Peru ToursToday we will spend the day on the Oxbow Lake of Cocha Salvador where we will board a canoe or catamaran to observe a great number of bird species and also the playful and charismatic giant river otters, a species in danger of extinction. After that we will walk along the trails going through different types of forest to observe the many species of monkeys that live in the Manu.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

DAY 05: Manu Wildlife Center
Early in the morning we will board our boats to go towards the Manu Wildlife Center Lodge. Once there we will explore the Community of Boca Manu River Mouth Port where many people work in the timber trade by collecting the drift wood that comes floating down the river. Tapir - Manu Tour - Peru ToursIn the afternoon, after lunch, we will explore some of the over thirty kilometres of trails that can be found around the lodge and where it will be possible to sight some of the 12 species of monkeys that exist in the area. After dinner, we will visit the famous Collpa de Tapires or Tapir Clay Lick a walk of approximately an hour along the trails. During the walk we will hear the night sounds of frogs and insects, particularly active by night. At the Tapir Clay Lick we will find a platform especially built to be able to observe these curious animals, after the jaguar, the largest land mammals of South America, which visit the Collpa Clay Lick to be able to find some of the minerals that are scarce elsewhere in their normal environment.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

DAY 06: Collpa de Guacamayos - Macaw Clay Lick
Today we will get up before dawn to visit the only and largest Macaw and Parrot Collpa Clay Lick in the area of Manu. We will conceal ourselves in an especially built so called blind from where we will be able to observe and take pictures of the literally hundreds of macaws, both small ones as well as the larger species including the Red and Greens that come down to feed off the Collpa Clay Lick.
During the months of May, June July the activity at the Collpa Clay Lick slows down to peak in the months of August and September. In the afternoon, after lunch, we will visit one of the two lakes that exist in the area, where we will find a great diversity of species of birds, including the locally so called Shansho or Hoatzin, a primitive and almost pre historic bird. We will also have a chance to observe the Giant River Otters (Pteronura brasilensis) the largest otter in the world with almost two metres of length, including the tail. After dinner there will be a second opportunity to pay a visit to the Tapir Collpa Clay Lick.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

DAY 07: Manu Wildlife Center / Boca Manu River Mouth / Cusco
After breakfast we will navigate on the Manu River until we arrive to the Boca Manu Aerodrome to board the small aircraft that will fly us back to Cusco. Upon arrival you will be transferred to your hotel.

Meals: Breakfast


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Tour Inclusions

INCLUDED:
  • One night’s accommodations in the Cock of the Rock Lodge
  • One night’s accommodations in the Boca Manu Lodge
  • Two nights’ accommodations in the Manu Wildlife Tented Camp.
  • Two nights’ accommodations in the Manu Wildlife Center
  • Land Transport in Overland Vehicles or Four Wheel Drives, River Transport in our own Fleet of Out Board Engine Powered and Roofed Canoes
  • Small Aircraft Flight from Boca Manu to Cusco
  • All applicable taxes
  • Entrance Permits to the Parque Nacional del Manu National Park
  • Bilingual Guides Spanish / English
  • All Meals with Vegetarian Options (Please Indicate when Booking)
Note: Due to the constant changes in the nature of the Peruvian Rain Forest, some of the daily programmed activities may change depending on local weather and other conditions.


NOT INCLUDED:
  • International and Domestic Flights (Except Boca Manu to Cusco mentioned above)
  • Airport Taxes (US $30.25 for International Flights and US$6.05 for Domestic Flights)
  • Excess Luggage
  • Alcoholic Drinks, Sodas or Bottled Mineral Waters.
  • Personal Expenditures
  • Tips
  • Personal National or International Phone Calls
  • Airport Tax Cusco - Boca Manu - Cusco US$ 18.00
  • Local Tax in Cusco $ 5.00


Useful Information

ABOUT THE LODGE
The Cock-of-the-Rock Lodge, located at 5000-feet elevation in the Kosñipata Valley, 165 kilometres by road from Cusco, and situated within the 10 000 acre Cloud Forest Reserve of the Conservation Group Selva Sur, has 14 double-occupancy rooms, hot showers, flush toilets and a rustic dining room, shared bathrooms(03) are located 15 meters from the rooms.

And just a 7-minute walk from the Lodge is the world's largest, most accessible and tamest known group of displaying Andean Cocks-of-the-Rock at a local Lek.

In just 8 hours by bus from Cusco it is possible to relax in the rustic comfort of the Cock-of-the-Rock Lodge, from which you can explore the valley and the narrow, switchback road that the world's leading bird tour company has called "the best road in the world".

ORIENTATION
Peru is located on the central west coast of South America. Its neighboring countries are: Ecuador and Colombia to the N; Chile to the S; Brazil and Bolivia to the E; and the Pacific Ocean to the W. It is the third largest country in South America, with a surface area of 1 285 215,6 km2 (larger than France, Spain, and Germany combined) distributed approximately in the following manner: 12% coastal territory, 28% Andean highlands and 60% Amazon jungle. Its capital, Lima, is located in the coastal area, where the country's greatest economic activities take place.

TIME ZONE
Peruvian time is five hours past Greenwich Mean Time and is similar to Eastern Standard Time in the United States (except when the U.S. goes on daylight savings time from April to October). In reference to other cities, when it is noon in Peru, it is:

Santiago de Chile and Caracas 13:00
Rio de Janeiro 14:00
New York 12:00
Madrid 18:00
Londres 17:00
Tokyo 03:00


TEMPERATURE
Being such a geographically diverse country within the tropical belt, the weather in Peru is determined both by altitude and season. However, it also means that there is almost invariably sunshine somewhere in Peru ! Below is a summary of the weather conditions you can expect to find in each different region of the country at different times of the year.

Coast (Ica, Chiclayo, Lima, Piura, Trujillo, Tumbes)
Northern region: warm year-round with highs of up to 35°C in the summer.
Central and southern regions: two well-defined seasons, winter between April and October, and summer between November and March.

Highlands (Ancash, Arequipa, Ayacucho, Cajamarca, Cusco, Puno)
This region has two seasons, dry season between April and rainy season between November and March.

Rainforest (Iquitos, Madre de Dios, Manu)
High rainforest (over 2,300 feet asl): has a temperate, subtropical climate with abundant rainfall.

WE RECOMMEND YOU TO
- Use boots the whole time during the walks.
- Drink a lot of liquid during your stay in the forest.
- Keep a kit of dry clothes in your room.

WHAT TO BRING
- Warm clothing in case of a cold front (Sweaters and a jacket).
- 100% Waterproof rain wear (long poncho).
- Long sleeved shirts and long pants (cotton).
- Enough insect repellent.
- Sunscreen lotion, wide brim hat (for sunny days).
- One or two pairs of sneakers.
- One pair of lightweight ankle height boots and sandals.
- Flashlight, enough batteries (alkaline) and bulbs.
- Binoculars.
- Sun glasses.
- Plastic bags.
- Towel.
- Swimwear.
- Personal medicines and/or supplies (liquid for contact lenses, for example).
- Day pack, and one back pack or duffel bag of luggage per person.
- Camera and film ASA 200 and 400 for inside the forest.

WEATHER
Climate can be described in general as warm and humid, with temperatures that generally fluctuate between 16º and 33º centigrade. But from June until September some days with temperatures as low as 7º C can be expected.

Rainy season: November to April.
Dry season: May to September.

During the rainy months of November through April, always be prepared for heavy rain that can continue for hours or days. Around 80% of the annual average 2000 mm rainfall occurs during these months.

ALTITUDE
Cusco City: 3,360 m.a.s.l.
Manu: 365 m.a.s.l.

WATER
Tap water in most of Peru is potable, but the chemical content varies from place to place. To avoid problems, we recommend you to always drink bottled water.

VISAS
All travellers should contact the nearest Peruvian consulate in order to ascertain what visa rules apply, since these may change without previous notice.
For more information clic here:
Type of visa to enter Peru

AIRPORT

Hand luggage regulations

a) All liquids must be carried in containers whose capacity can not exceed of 100 ml (or its equivalent in other volumetric units, such as liquid ounces for instance). No liquids will be allowed in containers of more capacity than the said 100 ml, even if the container is not completely full.

b) The containers must be placed in reclosable plastic bags with a maximum capacity of 1 liter. The containers must fit effortlessly in the transparent plastic bag, which must be perfectly sealed.

c) The plastic bag must be presented at the inspection post for its visual examination. Only one plastic bag per passenger can be allowed.

d) Exceptions must be made in case of medications, milk and baby food, as well as in case of passengers who require a special diet. There must be the appropriate means in place to verify the nature of these liquids.

Likewise, exceptions must be made regarding liquids purchased in the duty free shops at the airport or on board an aircraft, provided that these liquids are packed in a sealed plastic container foolproof against undue manipulations, and that a satisfactory proof (receipt) is produced showing that the article was acquired at the airport’s duty free shops, or aboard an aircraft on the traveling day(s) for passengers leaving an airport or being there on transit.

LANGUAGE
The official languages of Peru are Spanish, spoken by 73% of the population, and Quechua spoken by 24% of Peruvians. English is widely spoken in hotels and shops.

CURRENCY
Peru's official currency is the Nuevo sol ; its symbol is S/. The denominations in circulation are bills of 10, 20, 50, 100 and 200 nuevos soles; coins of 1, 2, and 5 nuevos soles; and coins of 5, 10, 20 and 50 céntimos of a nuevo sol. US$ are widely accepted.
At the moment, US$ 1.00 is worth around 3.50 Nuevos Soles.

TIPPING
Whilst tipping is a personal matter, we are happy to give some guidelines:
Most restaurants add a 10% tip. The total tip should be about 15%.
Doorkeepers should be tipped 1 US$ per bag. Taxi drivers do not expect a tip.

Full-day excursion : US$6.00 per person
Half-day excursion : US$3.00 per person

PHOTOGRAPHY
If you are taking photographs of local people, always ask their permission beforehand. Your guide can assist you in this. Do not take photographs of military installations or airports. Film is readily available in all tourist areas. It is advisable to carry your camera in a dust-proof bag. Photography or camera fees are applicable at most sights and museums; your guide can give you details of the latest charges.

ELECTRICITY
Power voltage in Peru is 220 Volts AC, 60 Hz. Most modern electrical appliances do not need adapters since they will accept both 110 as well as 220 AC voltages. Please make sure to check the voltage options of those artefacts you intend to take with you during your trip, such as hair dryers, battery chargers, notebooks and lap tops, video cameras, etc. Most of these do not usually need a special adapter, but it is important that you make sure of that before leaving your country of origin in order not to have to buy special 110 V / 220 V AC adapters, which, however, can be found in the local market here in Peru.

HEALTH
Vaccinations
Full details of the latest health requirements should be obtained from an authorized medical source, such as your doctor. There are no mandatory health requirements for Peru.
Because you are visiting Andean areas, don't forget to take precautions to avoid altitude sickness. Be sure to try hot tea or infusion of coca leaves on your arrival in the altitude; during your first day move slowly and eat lightly.

PERUVIAN GASTRONOMY
Peruvian cuisine is highly varied and spicy. Some of our typical dishes are: "cebiche" (raw fish marinated in lemon juice), "aji de gallina" (de-boned chicken cooked in a milk and aji sauce), and "anticuchos" (shish kebabs of beef heart and meat), apart from the typical dishes from each region.
Be sure to try "Pisco Sour", Peru's typical mixed drink prepared with pisco, lemon, egg white and sugar.

Restaurants During Your Trip
In Cusco: International, vegetarian and local food restaurants.
In Manu: All meals will be provided by the lodge.

... more about Cusco restaurants

DRESS CODE
Dress in general is very casual unless you want to eat in one of the more expensive restaurants in Lima for example, in which case a tie and/or jacket will be required and smarter ladies' wear. Due to the altitude, it is important to remember whatever the season, to take some warmer woollens for the nighttimes drop in temperature.

IMPORTANT: We reserve the right to make changes to the order of the trip, without prior notice, due to changes in climate conditions, river water levels, flight or bus arrival and departure times or any other reason relevant to the best development of the trip.

 
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