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Manu Reserved Zone 6D / 5N

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Duration

6D/5N

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Tour Type

Specific Tour

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Group Size

12 people

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Languages

Español, Ingles

Overview

Manu Reserved Zone, On this trip to the Manu National Park , we will travel in a minivan with comfortable seats and then we will travel by motorized boat, this tour is guaranteed to see the biodiVersity that exists in the Amazon , since, we will visit the heart of the jungle ( Manu biosphere reserve) in this tour we offer activities such as: bird watching jaguar search nocturnal walks , jungle treks, survival classes, visit to the lagoons, After an 6 days trip we will return to Cusco by the same route as we went to the Manu National Park. In 1977 Manu Peru Jungle recognised by UNESCO as a natural heritage site. Seasons From November to April the climate is characterised by frequent rainfall. Between May and July "cold snaps" occur and can last as long as a month. The period between August and September is very dry whilst some rain falls in October. Therefore some people consider that the best time to visit is during the dry season, between June and October. A visit to the Manu Park Protected area requies time, resources and a willingness to face difficult travelling conditions in some case.

Tour Manu Reserved Zone 6D / 5N

One of the most popular attractions for visitors is the colpa of macaws and mammals found at Blanquillo, Maquisapajoq, rio blanco and Manu Wildlife Centre. These sites are 2 hours away by motor boat from the mouth of river Manu, outside the Manu National Park.
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    Activities: Trekking Adventure
    Difficulty Levels: 3 of 5
    Maximum Altitude: 4200 masl. / 13779 ft.
    Accommodation: 3 Days Lodge
    Departures Day: Daily Departures
    Starts: Pick up at your accommodation in Cusco around 4:30 AM
    Ends: Drop-off at your accommodation in Cusco around 6:45 PM

Itinerary

Day 1 – Cusco – Paradise Lodge:
On the first day of our adventure into the Jungle of Manu, we will pick you up at around 05:00 a.m from your hotel in Cusco, using Private transport. The first part of our excursion will take us through the majestic Andean mountains. We will visit the funeral towers of Ninamarca, a cemetery of the Lupacas Pre-Inca Culture, which we will visit briefly on our way to Paucartambo, which is known as the folkloric and Colonial town. At mid-day, we will arrive at the entrance of Manu National Park and access to one of the most protected natural areas in South America. We will continue on in our private transport down a dust road and on through the thick fog from which this section of the forest takes its name from Cloud Forest. Eventually, we will arrive at the home of the exotic Peruvian National Bird, the “Cock of the Rocks”, where it is known to gather with others of its kind for some sort of social gathering that seems reminiscent of a large courtship. You will find that this is quite an amazing spectacle complete with an impressive array of sounds and colours that can only be found in the jungle. For our first night, we will stay “Paradise Lodge”.

Shuttle to Paradise Lodge Kilometer 182: 5½ hour by bus from Cusco.
Walking Distance: 12km. / 7.5mile.
Trekking Time: 2½ to 3 hour approximately.
Climate: Moderate
Acomodation: Paradise Lodge.
Meals: Lunch, Dinner.
Maximum Altitude: 3850 masl. / 12630 ft.
Minimum Altitude: 1470 masl. / 48211 ft.
Day 2: Paradise Lodge – Boca Manu – Hummingbird Lodge.
Very early at 7:00 a.m., we will leave in the direction of Atalaya Port; on the way, we will make a few stops to visit the small local farmers who are known to be producers of many varieties of jungle fruits even the famous Coca plant. Later, we will begin the boating portion of our journey in a river excursion on the “Madre de Dios River”, one of the tributaries of the mighty Amazon River. During our day, we will have the chance to witness many types of colourful birds such as parrots, oropendolas, vultures and others species. We will have stop at the Natural Hot spring. Hopefully, we will make some sightings of some jungle mammals such as monkeys or the famous capybaras (jungle rodents that are as much as 2.5 ft long, Towards the late afternoon, we will arrive to our next sleeping destination “hummingbird Lodge” arriving approximately at 05:00 p.m. Here, there will be showers and other services available. We will have a night-walk in the dark, best time to see many insects, tarantulas, scorpions and snakes.

bus, hikes & boat: 71 km / 44.8 miles
bus, hikes & boat time: 4½ to 5 hour approximately.
Climate: hot in the day and warm in the night.
Acomodation: Lodge.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Maximum Altitude: 1270 masl. / 46211 ft.
Minimum Altitude: 1470 masl. / 48211 ft.
Day 3: Hummingbird Lodge – Casa Matsiguenka.
We will leave from Boca Manu Lodge, leaving the relatively clean waters of the “Madre de Dios River” behind; we’ll enter to the Clay Laden Waters of the Manu River. With a brief stop at the Park ranger station at Limonal to present our permits, we will travel for about five hours up the Manu. Beaches, especially in the dry season, are loaded with nesting birds and feeding Herons, Egrets, Orinoco Geese, Terns and Skimmers to the names but a few. Some beaches will host sunning White and Black Caimans, and breeding side-of necked turtles. Hundreds of Sand-coloured Nightjars roost during the day on logs and beaches and there is a chance of encountering a sunning Jaguar – the world’s third largest cat. We will see some species of primate on this river trip, possibly Red Howler Monkeys or the smaller Squirrel Monkeys. After having lunched by the river, we will arrive at “Casa Matsiguenka Lodge” near the Lake of Cocha Salvador. We’ll have the afternoon to explore some of the trails through the pristine rainforest in the area. A visit to the Lake of Cocha Otorongo is planned, where observation piers and a 20 meter-observation tower in the rainforest canopy overlooking the lake are available for observing wildlife. We will also be on the lookout for a large family of Giant Otters that inhabit this lake. Before or after dinner, an optional excursion into the forest at night is available with your guide in search of nocturnal creatures. The lakes are full of eye-shine of the large Black Caiman and if we are lucky we may encounter an Olingo Kinkajou or even an Ocelot on the trails. Certainly the night time noise of tree frogs and insects in the forest is an experience not to be forgotten. Night at “Casa Matsiguenka”, a rustic native owned lodge, managed by the Matiguenka themselves, with their own exclusive trail system. There are flush toilet and ambient temperature shower facilities and screened twin rooms, with comfortable beds and mosquito nets.

Driving & Hiking distance: 192 km / 120 miles
Driving & Hiking time: 6 hour approximately.
Climate: hot in the day and warm in the night.
Acomodation: Lodge.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Maximum Altitude: 1270 masl. / 46211 ft.
Minimum Altitude: 1470 masl. / 48211 ft.
Day 4: Casa Matsiguenka – Cocha Salvador.
After breakfast, we’ll spend the morning at the lake of Cocha Salvador. Some of the time will be spent canoeing in the Lake on a floating platform observing ox-bow lake animal life from the water. We may encounter an Agami Heron or a Sungrebe and Brown Cappuchin Monkeys are usually feeding on fruits nearby. Specially constructed stones that jut out into the lake enable us to look for a family of Giant Otters that live here. These, the world’s largest freshwater carnivores, remain common only in Manu, having been hunted to extinction throughout most of their former range. Each animal consumes between 4 and 5 kilos of fish daily and often they can be seen eating large fish on logs at the lakeside. The rest of the day will be spent walking along the trails in the area in search of some of the 13 species of Monkeys found in the forest here. Your guide will explain some of the basics of rainforest ecosystems and point out some of the medicinal plants of the area used by local, indigenous groups. We may cross paths with a group of Peccaries – a species of wild boar found here. A late afternoon enjoy the sun sets. Night at “Casa Matsiguenka”.

Shuttle to: Cusco Kilometer 182 5½ hour by bus from Paradise Lodge.
Walking Distance: 12km. / 7.5mile.
Distance Travelled: 6 Km. / 3.7 mile
Maximum Altitude: 3850 masl. / 12630 ft.
Minimum Altitude: 1470 masl. / 48211 ft.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.
Maximum Altitude: 2429 masl / 7972 ft.
Minimum Altitude: 2040 masl / 6692 ft.
Day 5: Casa Matsiguenka – Palotoa Ecological Reserve.
This day, we will leave “Casa Matsiguenka” and we will continue our trip around 4 hours down to the river of Boca Manu. The river trip may hold surprises and we’ll be attentive for any wildlife on the beaches. Leaving Boca Manu, we’ll head up to the “Madre de Dios River” for five hours to the comfortable Palotoa amazon lodge. This is strategically located lodge facility is jointly owned and run by Palotoa amazon travel a local conservation group and do a base for scientific birdwatchers research in the area and a center for visitors want to explore the rainforest. We should arrive in time for dinner, Those who wish can participate in a night walk with your guide in search of nocturnal animals. Night at “Palotoa Amazon Lodge”.
Day 6: Palotoa Ecological Reserve – Cusco.
We will leave Palotoa Lodge early in the morning to arrive to the Port of Atalaya from here; we will take the van directly to Cusco passing through Cloud Forest and the Andes, arriving to Cusco at 07:30 p.m

What is Included?

  • Private boat and bus
  • Rubber boots and rain poncho
  • All accommodations and Lodges
  • Professional bilingual guide from the jungle.
  • Mineral water every time.
  • First-Aid Kit
  • 3 meals per day, it includes vegetarian food option and snack
  • Professional Chef
  • Entrance to the Hot Spring
  • Entrance to “Palotoa Ecological Reserve”
  • Entrance Fee to “Manu National Park.

Not Included:

  • (*) Entrance fees to Manu National Park ($75 USD)
  • Domestic flight tickets and airport taxes
  • Personal items and medicines(e.g., gear, clothing, laundry, telephone calls)

Tour's Location

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Tour Map Manu Reserved Zone 6D / 5N

FAQs

Where is the Manu national Park located?
Located in the southeast of Peru, in the provinces of Paucartambo in Cusco and Manu in Madre de Dios.
It has an area of ​​1’717’295.22 hectares.
How to get to Manu National Park Peru?
Manu is at 130 kilometers from Cusco city traveling by road, which interacts as a gateway to the Manu National Park . You can also get to Puerto Maldonado by land from Cusco or by air through Lima. From there you can ride the mother river of God by boat. and you can get to the manu reserve. but it is more far and expensive.
Manu National Park when to visit?
The best time to visit teh Peruvian Jungle is between April and November, during the dry season. The rainy season is from February to March, when access by road becomes more difficult and when the paths in the forest can be flooded.
What is the difference between the cultural zone and the reserved zone?
The Manu National Park is divided into three parts: cultural zone or buffer zone, reserved zone or core zone and the intangible zone. The cultural zone and the reserved zone are for tourist use. The intangible zone is used exclusively for scientific studies and with special permits. More details see section Manu.
Can I have vegetarian meals, vegan, special meals?
We offer standard meals as well as a vegetarian meal option. Just let us know if you want vegetarian meals when you book your trek.

Vegetarian meals have no red meat, chicken or fish. We will assume that eggs and dairy are OK. We don't cater specifically for vegans as it can get too complicated for our cooks (remember they are cooking in a tent). Most of our main meals in the evening are served as a buffet service so you can always leave what you don't like. If there is a particular food that you don't like (i.e. tomatoes, onions, mushrooms etc) we will ask the cook to do his best to leave them out of the dish but we cannot guarantee this. We can also cater for lactose-intolerant and gluten free diets (mild reactions only, no life threatening allergies accepted- see below). We reserve the right not to accept a trek booking based upon dietary requirements, this may be because we already have several people already booked requiring special meals and don't want to make life too difficult for our cooks. Thanks for you understanding in this matter.

Meal options:
Standard (no dietary requirements, eats everything),
Vegetarian,
No red meat (chicken & fish ok)
No fish (red meat and chicken ok)
Lactose-free (mild reactions only)
Gluten free (mild reactions only)

Unfortunately we don't offer a combination of the above i.e. we don't accept vegetarian AND Gluten-free for example.
I have a food allergy, can this be catered for?
We have plenty of clients who have allergies to nuts, wheat, etc. Please give us details of your allergy at the time of booking. Please indicate the nature of the reaction and what type of medicines you have to take in an emergency. Clients with an allergy must be accompanied by a friend on the trek who is aware of your allergy and the location of any required medicines. We do not accept clients with very severe or life-threatening allergies. Due to the nature of the remote geographical location of the trail and the lack of suitable nearby medical facilities Peru Treks will not accept any responsibility, either directly or indirectly, for any problems due to your special medical/dietary requirements. We suggest that you to check with your doctor before booking the trek.
I have asthma / diabetes / another medical condition. Can I still do the trek?
You must disclose at the time of booking any medical condition that could affect your ability to do the Inca Trail trek. Peru Treks reserves the right not to accept a trek booking if we feel that a medical condition may put your life or the lives of any of our trekking staff or other clients at risk on the trek. People with heart conditions, knee problems, severe asthma or pregnant should not participate in the trek. People with mild asthma / diabetes will have to consult their doctors and follow their doctor's advice. They will also be required to be accompanied by a trekking companion on the trek at all times who will trek at their sides and be familiar with any medicines required in case of an emergency. Peru Treks reserved the right to cancel the trek booking of a client if the client has not fully disclosed at the time of making a booking a medical condition that may pose a risk to the health of the client and/or other trekkers. No refunds will be given in this instance.

Due to the nature of the remote geographical location of the trail and the lack of suitable nearby medical facilities along the trail Peru Treks will not accept any responsibility, either directly or indirectly, for any problems due to your special dietary requirements / medical condition. Clients proceed at their own risk. We suggest that you check with your doctor before booking the trek.
Do I need to be in good physical condition to travel?
It is not a requirement, but one must be able to walk a path of several kilometers to fully enjoy what Manu has to offer.
Do vaccines are needed for yellow fever, malaria and malaria?
In the Manu National Park there are no reports of cases of yellow fever, malaria and malaria however if you want to stay longer in tropical places it is better to consult with your doctor.
The length of the trip
Due to the time it takes to access Manu National Park, trips to this region are generally a minimum of 4 days, but extended trips of 15 days or more are not uncommon. Tambopata on the other hand is more commercialized, and within easy access by air. Trips to this part of the jungle are usually 3 to 4 days at the most.
Do I need to bring walking boots?
Walking boots are recommended as they provide support to the ankle which reduces the risk of injury especially when trekking in the wet season (December - March). However it is important that your boots are comfortable and well worn-in and not brand new. Many people prefer to trek in tennis shoes but extra care should be taken since they do not support the ankle. We do not recommend trekking in sandals or using new boots or hiring boots prior to the trek. Make sure the shoes are sturdy enough for the duration of the trek and will not fall apart.
Group Sizes
The trips to the Manu National Park are in small groups, we travel with a minimum of 4 people and a maximum of 10 people, usually we travel with small groups, of visitors as birdwatchers. naturalists, biodiversity enthusiasts, etc. In the Tambopata National Reserve, we travel with regular groups, with a minimum of 2 people and a maximum of 12 visitors looking for this integral biodiversity and jungle adventure experience.
How much wildlife you can expect to see?
Your best chance of seeing a variety of wildlife is as part of a group led tour, with a professional guide. Excursions to oxbow lakes, macaw clay licks, night time hikes, canopy towers and nocturnal river rides offer the best chance of spotting the most common animals including: monkey´s, red and green macaws, giant otters, black caiman, hoatzin, tamarin and capibara.
So for wildlife spotting which is better, Manu National Park vs Tambopata? Experts generally agree that due to its remoteness, slightly increased bio-diversity and microclimates, Manu is probably the better region to visit. However, both regions have their pros and cons, and both regions are some of the best in the world.

So to answer the question which is better, Manu National Park vs Tambopata Jungle? It really depends on what you are looking to achieve from your visit. If you are looking to experience the Amazon Jungle, with a reasonable level of adventure at an affordable price, Tambopata is for you. If you are looking to spend extended time in the jungle, you are prepared to pay a little more and like adventure then Manu should be your choice.
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