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Tour to Manu - Cloud Forest

Tour Summary

Manu, located in the Southeastern part of Peru, is one of the largest Parks in South Manu Tours, Manu Cultural Program, Peru Tours America. The area of the Park encompasses parts of the Andean Department of Cusco and the Jungle Department of Madre de Dios. Manu protects over 2 million hectares (4.5 million acres) of territory rich in Flora and Fauna species in a variety of habitats including high Andes, Cloudforests, and Lowland Tropical Rainforests. The Manu National Park is the most biologically diverse protected Park on the planet.

This natural paradise, in 1977, was officially recognized and designated by the UNESCO as a World Biosphere Reserve because it contains the best existing example of biodiversity in a protected area of Rainforest, as well as endemic areas of Cloudforest.

Although the majority of forests in the world have been altered by humans, fortunately, Manu has remained intact and untouched by civilization, giving us the opportunity to observe a variety of animals in their natural habitats, including: Giant River Otters (Ptenorura brasiliensis), Black Caiman (Melanosuchus niger), the majestic Jaguar (Panthera onca), the strange Spectacled Bear (Tremarctos ornatus), the Tapir (Tapirus terrestris), the Ocelot (Felis pardalis), 13 species of primates, and an estimated one thousand species of birds including seven Macaws (Ara spp).

Manu also contains 10% of the world´s vascular plant species, including several species of figs and palms, as well as countless species of medicinal plants that scientists are currently listed. The Manu National Park may be the most biological diverse and protected park on the planet. Do not miss this opportunity, visit and enjoy virgin habitats in the Mountains, Cloudforests, and Lowland Tropical Rainforests.


Tour Details
Duration: 4 days / 3 nights Manu Tours, Manu Cultural Program, Peru Tours
Price: From US$ 590 per Person
Starting point: Cusco (Departure by bus)
Ending point: Cusco (Return by bus)
Tour Type: Cultural, birdwatching, ecological, wildlife viewing, hiking and entomology
Departure : Every day

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 / Manu
We leave Cusco early in the morning in our specialized overland vehicles. On the way, we visit the interesting Pre- Inca tombs of Ninamarca, commonly known as “Chullpas” and Paucartambo, a picturesque Spanish Ninamarca ruins, Manu Tours, Peru Tourscolonial town, and then to the Acjanacu pass, which marks the beginning of the Cultural Zone of Manu Biosphere Reserve.

Here, a thick cloak of clouds provides perpetual humidity and makes an ideal habitat for epiphytic plants such as bromeliads. This varied and fascinating world is home of the Cock of the Rock, Spectacled Bear, Orchids, Tree Ferns (one of the oldest living plants), mosses and lichens. This cloud forest exists between 2000 and 3500 meters above sea level and at least 50% of the plant species found here are endemic to this region. Overnight at “San Pedro” Lodge.

Meals Included: Lunch, snack and dinner

DAY 02: Manu: Cloud Forest
Today we wake up very early to observe comfortably installed on an observation platform the Cock-of-the-Rock (Rupicola peruviana), Peru's national bird. The male birds are a vibrant reddish orange and about 5:00am. as many as several dozen come together for an exhibition of a ritual mating dance in a so called "Lek". Port of Atalaya, Manu Tours, Peru ToursThe males display their crest, showing off and posturing for the females. The females, fewer in number, watch to select the most suitable males.

After breakfast we continue by bike down the narrow road between waterfalls and canyons toward the Town of Pilcopata to the Port of Atalaya where we will board our covered outboard motor boat and head down the Upper Madre de Dios River for approximately 30 minutes toward our Private Reserve of "Erika Lodge" where we will spend the next two nights. Short walk around the Lodge.

Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch, snack and dinner

DAY 03: Manu: Walk Trhought the jungle
Breakfast. Erika Lodge is located in a transition zone between High and Low jungle (600 m.a.s.l. to 1,150 m.a.s.l, 1,200 to 3,450 feet) encompassing different habitats. This altitude range explains the high diversity of wildlife found around this Lodge, so immediately after breakfast, we will start walking near the riverbanks, during the hike our guide will talk about insects, medicinal plants, trees, reptiles, mammals, etc.

Early afternoon we will start a short ride by boat to visit a small lake near to the Upper Madre de Dios River; here we are going to have the chance to see the Hoatzin, a primitive bird, Spectacle Caiman, many species of birds, insects, etc. Short night walk. This will be our last night in the wonderful Amazon jungle. Overnight in the Lodge.

Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch, snack and dinner

DAY 04: Manu / Cusco
After breakfast, we will walk for approximately 30 minutes observing and learning about the sensitive mimosa plants, heliconias, fruit plantations, etc. Later we will continue in the boat towards Puerto Atalaya, from where we will return to the city of Cusco in bus, arriving at night.

Meals Included: Breakfast and lunch

End of our services

Tour Inclusions

  • 1 Night`s accommodations at San Pedro Open Air Lodge
  • 2 Nights accommodations at Erika Lodge
  • All ground (Overland buses and 4WD vehicles) and river transportation (covered motor boats)
  • All applicable taxes
  • Bilingual guided tours
  • Specialised bilingual guides (english / spanish)
  • All meals (vegetarian meals as optional)
  • Paperwork and payment for Park Permits
  • Radio communication equipment in the Lodges
  • Satellite telephone for emergencies

  • International and Domestic flights (Lima / Cusco / Lima: US$ 294 aprox.)
  • Airport taxes ($30.25 for international flights and $6.05 for domestic flights)
  • Baggage excess
  • Alcoholic drinks, soda or bottled mineral water
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips
  • International or National personal telephone calls
  • Additional nights for bad weather o flight cancellation
  • Snacks
Note 1: As an additional service we offer a safe for valuables and luggage storage in our Cusco Main office.

Note 2: Due to the ever-changing nature of the Peruvian jungle, day-by-day activities may vary due to local conditions.

Useful Information

The Cultural Zone is one of the three areas of the Manu Biosphere Reserve and is a transition zone between the Andes and the Jungle. There are Montains, a Cloudforest and a part of the Jungle. In this area it is possible to see small hamlets, settlers and Native Communities who dedicate their time to productive activities like agriculture or pruning but in a smaller scale, thanks to the control of the Ministry of Agriculture and the Park authorities. The purpose of this controlled area is to protect the Reserved Zone. That is why it is also called "Transition Zone" or "Multi-use Zone".

For a deeper experience in the jungle we recommend you to make an excursion into the Reserved Zone of Manu.

We recommend the tour in the Cultural Zone for those who have few time (4 days) and who want to visit the Peruvian jungle and take advantage of the nice landscapes and the various ecosystems. You will also have the opportunity to practice Adventure Sports like Mountain biking, Rafting (level I - II) and Canopying. On the other hand, the Wildlife in the Cultural Zone is less impressive than in the Reserved Zone. The main wildlife in the cultural area consists of minor mammals and birds.

The Cusco office is equipped with Radio Communication. Communication on the journey is by radio and we are in constant communication with the four Radio Bases in the Jungle. Emergency service is always close by, following each step of the group's trip to supply us with our essential needs.

One of the main reasons why our tour operator is considered a Jungle Specialist is because of our emphasis on safety. We provide our own transportation, both boats for the river and specialized overland vehicles for the road.

Guides are a very important part of your trip because they help you understand all about the rainforest, the interrelations between the plants and animals and the importance of conserving this natural ecosystem. There are biologists, anthropologists and rainforest specialists amongst the staff.
All the guides speak Spanish and English and some may speak German, Italian or French. Our cook and his assistant will provide you with a well-balanced and tasty meal plan during your trip, including vegetarian menus if required. Drinking water will be provided whenever you need it throughout the trip.

- Use boots during long walks.
- Drink a lot of liquid during your stays in the forest.
- Keep a kit of dry clothes in your room.

- 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).
- Plenty of 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 the inner forest.

Due to limited space in the canoes only a medium sized handbag or rucksack for the river trip is allowed. Excess baggage can be left in the Cusco office deposit.

Yellow fever inoculation is recommended for travel to Peruvian Jungle. Get your vaccine at least 10 days before your arrival. You must bring your yellow fever inoculation certificate with you to prove to the airport officials in Puerto Maldonado that you are vaccinated.

The Manu area has both a dry and a wet season with some sudden cold weather fronts throughout the year. The bulk of the Biosphere Reserve lies within the watershed of the 250 km long Manu River, one of the many small rivers that flow out of the Andes and unite to form the mighty Amazon River. Most of the low land sections of the park (at 400mts above sea level) receive about two meters of rain annually, which is twice as much as New York City. Most of this rain falls from October or November through April or May.
The dry months of the year are from June to September. Daytime high temperatures in the lowland sections range from 32ºC to 35 (81-90 F), while night time low temperature average 20-26ºC (68-79 F). In any month of the year, however, unexpected Cold Fronts from the South can bring one or two days of heavy rain with daytime high temperatures of 13-18ºC (55.65 F) and night-time low temperatures of 10ºC (50 F).


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

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

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