ABOUT THE ATTRACTIONS IN THE CULTURAL ZONE
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.
ABOUT THE LODGE
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.
WE RECOMMEND YOU TO
- 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.
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).
- 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.
- Sun glasses.
- Plastic bags.
- 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 REQUERIMENTS
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).
HIGH SEASON: MAY - DECEMBER
LOW SEASON: JANUARY - MARCH
Cusco city: 3,360 m.a.s.l.
Manu: 365 m.a.s.l.
Restaurants During Your Trip
International, vegetarian and local food restaurants.
All meals will be provided by the lodge.
... more about Cusco restaurants.