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 by private bus, first stopping to visit the pre Inca burial towers of Ninamarca. We then drive through the mountains, to get to the typical and folkloric town of Paucartambo. Here we will take a short walk around town before carrying on to Tres Cruces, the highest point and entrance to Manu National Park. From here we will continue into the Cloud Forest and at San Pedro we will walk for around 1 hour to observe the National bird of Peru, the Cock of the Rock, and many different kinds of monkeys, plants and flowers. We arrive to Pilcopata in the evening where we will sleep at Bambu local lodge.
DAY 2 BAMBU LODGE – DORADO ECOLOGICAL LODGE.
After breakfast we will continue by private bus to Atalaya. On the way we will stop to observe a Coco plantation, we will also stop at a view point where you can get a good overview of the jungle and river. From Atalaya we leave by motorized boat to Aguas Calientes, where you can bath in the nature hot springs. From there we will continue by boat to Yanayacu Lodge. We will arrive mid-afternoon. In the late afternoon we will walk in the jungle and fish in the river,then we will visit the mammlas clay lick for couple hours,where we might see a tapir and other nocturnals mammals returning to the Lodge for dinner. in the way back we will look for spiders and snakes. We will stay in our confort Lodge.
DAY 3 DORADO LODGE – CASA MATCHIGUENCA LODGE
After breakfast we continue our journey river down (Alto madre de Dios) to the native community of DIAMANTE and learning about their life and costum.Following the program we go to Boca ManuVillage to have some cold drinks, relax and then we go into the Manu Biosphere Reserve by Manu river. Our first stop in the Control (Puesto de vigilancia Limonal) and them we contunuo our trip by boat to Casa Matchiguenca Lodge,but in the way we will aprecite many different kind of animals such as Capybara,peccaries monkeys brilliant birds and the adult Black ,white Caiman, or even a pair of Jaguar.Late afternoon we arrive at Casa Machiguenga Lodge, which includes the same amenities while still rustic, cozy and intimate in its surroundings of the Jungle of Manu. Exclusively managed by indigenous Matchiguenka, original caretakers of the Manu wilderness.( Optional Night Walk)
DAY 4 CASA MACHIGUENCA LODGE
This day we will explore the jungle most of the day, on the way we will appreciate many different kinds of animals; such as tapir, collared peccaries, monkeys, coati; birds such as eagles, parrots, toucans, medicinal plants, flowers, and the giant trees of the jungle. We will have our lunch in the jungle, and follow that we go to visit to beautifull lake ; Salvador Lake And Otorongo Lake where we will be travelling in Catamaran and enjoy watching the wild population of the amazin lake such as White,Black Caiman,and the famous Giant Otterwith. We will return to Casa Matchiguenca Lodge and spend the night here.
DAY 5 CASA MATCHIGUENCA LODGE- DORADO LODGE
We leave after Breaskfast the Casa Machigenga Lodge to continue our adventure traveling river down to Boca Manu On the way if we are very luck we might see famous Jaguar along the beaches. , and we will stop at Diamante antive community, we are going to appreciate their culture and life style if you are interested in handicrafts and meeting the local people, crafts can be purchased from the people at Diamante community,also we will visit In the afternoon a Lake where we go to a tapir clay lick, towards Doardo Lodge.In the evening we will build a bonfire, relax and have some drinks and a BBQ. We will spend the night here.
DAY 6 DORADO LODGE — CUSCO
We will get up early to take our motorized boat river up to Atalaya where our private bus will waiting for us to take us back to Cusco via the cloud forest and Paucartambo. We will arrive back in Cusco in the late afternoon.
Includes / Not Includes
- Private bus and boat
- Rubber boots and rain poncho
- All camping equipment
- Qualified naturalist jungle guide speaking English and Spanish
- Mineral water
- First aid kid
- 3 meals per day
- Entrance to the Natural hot springs
- Entrance to yanayacu reserved zone
- Entrance to Cocha Salvador and Cocha Otorongo
- Entrance fees to Manu Biosphere Reserve
- Entrance to Isla de los valles lake and much more
You will need to bring:
- Sleeping bag
- Repellent with a minimum of 40 % deet
- Camera with extra batteries
- Flashlight with extra batteries
- Sun lotion
- Pocket money
- Water bottle
- Sun hat
- Toilet paper
- Dark clothes.
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.
APRIIL 2017: ,23th(2pp),24th (2pp) ,29th (2pp)
MAY 2017: 1st (2pp) ,5th (3pp) ,9th (2pp) ,14th (3pp) ,17th (2pp),21st(2pp),25th (2pp),
JUNE 2017: 2nd (2pp) 4th(2pp) ,5th (2pp) ,9th (2pp) ,13th (2pp) ,17th (2pp) ,21st(2pp) ,25th (2pp) ,28th (2pp)
JULY 2017: 1st (3pp) ,3rd (2pp). 4th (2pp) ,7th (2pp) ,12th (2pp) ,13th (2pp) ,17th (2pp), 21st 2pp) ,25th (2pp) ,29th (2pp)
AUGUST 2017: 3th (2pp) ,6th (2pp). 7th (2pp) ,10th (2pp) ,12th (2pp) ,16th (2pp) ,18th (2pp), 23rd ( 2pp) ,27th (2pp) ,30th (2pp)
SEPTEMBER 2017: 1st (3pp) ,3rd (2pp). 4th (2pp) ,8th (2pp) ,12th (2pp) ,13th (2pp) ,17th (2pp), 21st 2pp) ,26th (2pp) ,28th (2pp)
OCTOBER 2017: 1st (3pp) ,2nd (2pp). 4th (2pp) ,9th (2pp) ,12th (2pp) ,13th (2pp) ,17th (2pp), 20st 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) ,30th (2pp),
DECEMBER 2017: 2nd(2pp) ,3rd . 4th (2pp) ,11th (2pp) ,12th (2pp) ,15th (2pp) ,16th (2pp), 19th (2pp) ,25th (2pp)
welcomed to join and book one of these fixed departure groups
Private Tours are based on Group Size:
Two trekkers: 1200 USD$
Three trekkers: 1150 USD$
Four trekkers: 1100 USD$
Five – Six trekkers to more: 1050 USD$