The Manu Biosphere Reserve is one of the most pristine areas of rainforest in the Amazon and consists of the entire drainage basin of the Manu River. There are very few human settlements in the park, and there is no hunting or fishing. Tourism is strictly controlled and visitors are only allowed into the park if accompanied by a registered guide and with a registered tour operator. Tours must be organised in advance, and all of the agencies have offices in Cusco. It is also possible to organise tours from Lima or abroad, although all operators work with one of the ten official operators allowed into the park. It is possible to visit the Manu area without entering the reserved zone, and much good wildlife can still be seen. However, there is less control on human activity in the area outside the park.
The Manu Biosphere Park consists of two zones: the Manu National Park, which can only be entered by professional biologists with a special permit; and the Manu Reserved Zone, which can be entered by tourists, but only with an organised tour. There are buffer zones around the park, often referred to as the Cultural Zone, although this is no official protection for this area. The Manu National Park covers 1,532,860 hectares, and the Manu Reserved Zone another 260,000 hectares. Manu contains 13 different ecological zones ranging in altitude from 200m to 4,000m, meaning that it has an incredible variety of flora and fauna.
In 2000, almost 3,000 visitors entered the Manu reserved zone compared with 20,000 who visited the Puerto Maldonado area. Although there are no official limits of the number of visitors, the expense of visiting Manu means that numbers are self-limiting. Additionally, agencies are strictly controlled and are only allowed to visit certain parts of the reserved zone, and even then only allowed in for three days at a time.
Tours to the Manu reserved zone are expensive, ranging from about $500 for the cheapest, taking the bus in and out, to almost $2,000 when staying in one of the lodges. The reason for this is that the transport costs are expensive due to the distances involved.. However, it is sometimes possible to get discounts on official prices. If an agency has a tour leaving in a day or two and still has spaces, it may be willing to offer a discount to try and fill a place. It can be worth shopping around the see if this is the case.
DAY 1: CUSCO – CLOUD FOREST-BAMBU LODGE.
We leave from Cusco in our comfortable bus, ascending to the folkloric town of Paucartambo. On the way we visit the Pre Incas funeral towers of Ninamarca. Then we drive through the impressive cloud forest full of plants and beautiful orchids, here we take our first hike and we have the chance to observe the Peru´s national bird-Cock of the Rocks (Rupicola Peruviana), monkeys and many differents species of birds. With luck the only South American bear-the Spectacled Bear (Tremarctos Ornatus). In the evening we arrive to Bambu lodge, we sleep in a typical lodge. Showers, toilets and private room.
DAY 2: PILCOPATA – SOGA DE ORO LODGE .
In the morning after a delicious breakfast, the bus transfers the group to the port of Atalaya, where the adventure begin by motorized boat, to Soga de oro Lodge the Alto Madre de Dios river (40 minutes ), you can swim in the Rivers . In our journey you will appreciate amazing landscapes, enjoy also warm climate of the rain forest. In the afternoon we have a walk exploring the jungle for few hours in order to see caimans (Caiman Crocodylus), birds and medicinal plants, (we sleep in a lodge).
DAY 3: SOGA DE ORO– AGUAS CALIENTES- SOGA DE ORO
This day, we continue exploring the magical rain forest, looking for monkeys and some other mammals, after lunch we take the boat in order to go to the Natural Hotsprings and we will visit a nice water fall too, we can enjoy beautiful sunsets on this trip also. Beside the river we can observe the largest rodent in the world-capybara (Hidrochaeris). We have a night walk to observe frogs, toads, insects, bats and snakes, we sleep in a typical lodge. Showers,Toilets and private rooms,ç
DAY 4: SOGA DE ORO-BAMBU LODGE.
Early morning we take the boat for 20 minutes, down the stream to the parrots lick, we are going to observe the green parrots, blue headed parrot (Pionus Menstrus), mealy parrot (Amazona farinosa), chestnut-fronted macaw (Ara severa) and some others, returning to the campsite, after breakfast we walk to, a very nice lake (machuasi), to appreciate the prehistoric bird-hoatzin (opisthocomus Hoatzin), after lunch we continue hiking. finally we take the van towards Bambu Lodge , Showers and toilets private
DAY 5: BAMBU LODGE – CUSCO
The sun rise is going to wake us up in the morning, and we will start to say good bye to the Amazon, then we pack every thing and after breakfast. Our van will be waiting to ride us back to the city of Cusco.
Includes / Not Includes
- Private bus and motorized boat.
- Rubber boots.
- Specialized bilingual guide.
- Mineral water during the trip.
- First-aid kit.
- 3 meals per day and snacks.
- Excellent cook service.
WHAT WE ADVISED YOU TO BRING:
- Mosquito repellent (40% DEET .).
- Camera and flashlight with extra batteries.
- Sun block.
- Hat or cap.
- Extra money to buy beverage and souvenirs.
- Daypack and rain gear (poncho).
- Water bottle or canteen.
- Sandals, swimming suit and towels.
- Shirt long sleeve and long pants.
Price & availability
We can leave any day of the week, as long as permits are available. Please remember, permits are only needed for your start date.
Fixed Departure Dates (March 2018 through January 2019):
Note: If you are 02 we can open a New group and Leave any day you suit.
MARCH 2017: 17th (2pp), 21st (2pp) ,29th (3pp)
APRIIL 2017: 1st (2pp) 9th(2pp) ,21th(2pp),25th (2pp) ,29th (2pp)
MAY 2017: 3rd (2pp) ,5th (3pp) ,9th (2pp) ,13th (3pp) ,17th (2pp),21st(2pp),25th (2pp),
JUNE 2017: 2nd (2pp) ,5th (2pp) ,13th (2pp) ,17th (2pp) ,25th (2pp) ,28th (2pp)
JULY 2017: 1st (3pp) ,2nd (2pp). 4th (2pp) ,9th (2pp) , ,13th (2pp) ,17th (2pp), 21st 2pp) ,25th (2pp)
AUGUST 2017: ,5th (2pp). 7th (2pp) , ,12th (2pp) ,15th (2pp) ,18th (2pp), 23rd ( 2pp) ,27th (2pp)
SEPTEMBER 2017: 3rd (2pp) ,10th (2pp) ,12th (2pp) ,13th (2pp) ,17th (2pp), 21st 2pp) ,26th ,28th (2pp)
OCTOBER 2017: 1st (3pp) ,2nd (2pp). 4th (2pp) ,9th (2pp) ,12th (2pp) ,13th (2pp) ,17th (2pp) ,25th (2pp) ,29th (2pp)
NOVEMBER 2017: 2nd (3pp) ,4th (2pp). 5th (2pp) ,12th (2pp) ,14th (2pp) ,16th (2pp) ,18th (2pp), 21st 2pp) ,25th (2pp) ,29th (2pp),
DECEMBER 2017: 1st (3pp) ,3nd (2pp). 4th (2pp) ,11th (2pp) ,12th (2pp) ,15th (2pp) ,16th (2pp), 21st 2pp) ,22th (2pp) ,25th (2pp) 27th (2pp)
welcomed to join and book one of these fixed departure groups
Private Tours are based on Group Size:
Two trekkers: 650 USD$
Three trekkers: 630 USD$
Four trekkers: 600 USD$
Five – Six trekkers to more: 580 USD$