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  • Group size: 2-10
  • Tour Type: Hiking / Adventure
  • Max. Elevation: 4000 m

Manu Peruvian Amazon Trip 8D/7N

$900

Manu Peruvian Amazon Trip 8D/7N

The Manu National Park is a protected natural space; located in the southeast of Peru. Partially located in the departments of Madre de Dios and Cusco; in the provinces of Paucartambo and Manu.

If Machu Picchu is the jewel in the crown of our country; in terms of Inca culture. Manu National Park is number one; in the category of jungle and wild nature. It is a magical place, isolated and one of the last bastions of this fragile ecosystem; that still remains practically intact.

The Manu Biosphere Reserve: is divided into several areas that should be understood so as not to lead to misunderstandings. These are the Manu National Park and the Manu Cultural Zone.

Manu National Park is the largest area with 100% protection and in turn it is also divided into two more zones.

The intangible zone: Is where the “uncontacted” tribes live in voluntary isolation; and where one of the world renowned biological stations, called: Cocha Cashu. As a tourist you are not allowed to access this area; since it is dedicated only to research and a special permit is required. It is located from the Pakitza checkpoint to the limits of the Manu river.

The reserved area or buffer zone: where tourism has access only through the 8 agencies that have special permission. It goes from the confluence of the Alto Madre de Dios and Manu rivers, called Boca Manu to the Pakitza checkpoint.

Manu cultural zone:, It is located on the right bank of the Alto Madre de Dios river; and some of its tributaries. Matsiguenka communities live here; and the level of protection is not as high as in the Manu National Park. Tourism is also allowed here; although, as its name suggests, it is based more on knowing the local cultures than on wildlife observation.

Highlights of our Manu Reserved Zone

*In order to provide you a fantastic wildlife experience. We located our lodges in the best spots; and where there are more chances to see big mammals and macaws.

*We have a partnership with the Blanquillo Private Reserve. Which is denominated by previous tourists; as the best area to observe mammals.

*We have very well educated guides who are passionate about their work and nature.

*All our food is served as buffet.

*Because we going to be in the Amazon jungle; we will surprise you with delicious typical dishes from this region.

* We include, telescope equipment; and books to facilitate the sighting of animals and birds.

*Be part of our social and environmental projects.

*We prepare food for our tourists and team with 100% organic vegetables purchased from local producers.

Trip overview of our Manu Reserved Zone

  • Trek Type: Connection with nature. Wildlife observation. Typical jungle food and walks in the jungle.
  • Good for: those in moderate shape or better
  • Difficulty: Moderate to difficult. You need to understand that it is not about comfort; but in exchange you get to leave everything behind and live an amazing experience in the Amazon jungle.
  • Consideration: There is not hot showers in most of the lodges; we’ll be in the jungle where temperatures are around 35 °C. And shower water is not cold. In the lodges electricity is only two to three hours; and it is usually at night. (basic accomodation but clean). Always keep in mind, that you are going to the jungle; and you will be in direct contact with many types of insects (thick presence of mosquitoes) and animals. The weather is hot and humid. The paths are usually muddy, due the humidity of the amazon forest; and to see animals we need a little bit of luck and to keep our eyes up. The short night walks; are done every day. because every night there is a great possibility; to see a different animal species.

In addition to all of the above, we have a unique itinerary of just 8 days; that will take you into the depths of the Manu National Park. Which is one of the most biodiverse places in the world; and least explored by tourists due to its remoteness. Keep in mind that there are many hours; where we will be sitting in the car or on the boat observing wildlife.

  • Season: April to Octuber

Day 1: Cusco – Paucartambo – San Fernando Lodge.

  • Activities: Two-hours hike; to observe wildlife. Horse ride in front of the sunset. Shower on a crystalline water river.
  • Lodge Altitude: 689 meters above sea level
  • Considered: 7-hour car drive, on a non paved track; with a lot of switchbacks.
  • Weather: Warm, humid and with mosquito.

INCAS PATH will pick you up at 5:00 am. from your accommodation; to drive you for 6 hours to our first lodge. Along the path we’ll stop at a pre-inca tomb perched on the top of a mountain. Also we’ll enjoy our delicious breakfast on that spot. Will drive through wonderful cloud forest landscapes; from 4000 meters, to 760 meters above sea level.
Upon arrival to our first lodge; we’ll take a refreshing shower in a crystalline water river. Let’s taste a yummy organic buffet lunch; to then rest for a bit. In the afternoon we’ll hike through a primary forest; to seek medicinal plants and birds such as: the cock of the rock, masked trogon, white heron, toucans and tanagers.
Then we head back to our lodge to horse ride; on a pretty pasture in front of a stunning sunset.
At night we’ll enjoy tea time while our guide tales amazing jungle stories. Let’s taste a delicious buffet dinner; to then do a short night walk to seek for frogs, spiders and snakes.

** The Manu Amazon Tour; starts to show us its beauty.

DAY 02: San Fernando – Alto Madre de Dios River – Boca Manu – Yine Lodge.

  • Activities: A lot of observation of wildlife; from a motor boat. Observation of monkeys in the forest. Short night walk around the jungle.
  • Lodge Altitude: 450 meters above sea level.
  • Considered: 5-hour motorized boat drive. Cold shower. Electricity. Box lunch.
  • Weather: Warm, humid and with mosquito.

We´ll wake you up at 5:00 am. with a refreshing fruit juice; once you get ready we delight a organic buffet breakfast. We´ll drive for one hour to the Atalaya port. From where we embarked on the Alto Madre de Dios River; for 5 hours to the native community of Boca Manu. Along the motorboat ride; your guide will point out many wildlife, so we’ll stop to observe them. On this stretch we can see: neotropical cormorants, tiger heron, white herons, skunk bird, kingfisher, harpy eagle, jabiru, roseate spoonbill, turtles; and monkeys jumping from tree to tree. Also we´ll delight a delicious packed lunch. We’ll arrive to our lodge around 14:00 pm. let’s take a shower and rest a bit; after a long motorboat day in the Manu Amazon Reserved Zone.
In the afternoon we do a one hour and a half hike around the forest; looking for the red howler and spider monkey.
In the evening we´ll enjoy our tea time and a delicious dinner.
Let´s do a short night walk to see; different types of spiders, frogs and snakes than the first night.

** Be ready to start being amazed by the Manu Amazon Reserved Zone wildlife.

Day 3: Yine – Safari Lodge – Salvador Oxbow Lake.

  • Activities: A lot of observation of fascinating jungle wildlife. We´ll paddle the Salvador lake; which is crowded of black caimans and giant otters. We spend a great time in front of a stunning sunset amog palm trees.
  • Lodge Altitude: 450 meters above sea level.
  • Considered: 5-hour motorized boat drive. Cold shower. No electricity. Box lunch.
  • Weather: Warm, humid and with mosquito.

Today we will be continue on the motor boat observing meticulously on the river bank the group of turtles, white and black caimans, Capybaras,tapir,pecaries, herons and if we are lucky the majectic jaguar resting on a log and observing its territory. Upon our arrival to the machiguenga lodge, we take a shower and enjoy our delicious buffet lunch prepared by our expert chef. Following in the afternoon we will hike next and around the Otorongo lake observing a family of giant river otter fishing catfish into the lake, also you tour leader will show and explain you the functions and secrets of the tropical rainforest. In the evening let’s enjoy our happy hour and dinner.

Day 4: Safari Lodge – Salvador and Otorongo Oxbow Lakes.

  • Activities: We’ll visit two incredible lakes; of the Manu Reserved Zone. We´ll be amazed by a wonderful sunset; on the amazonian plain.
  • Lodge Altitude: 450 meters above sea level.
  • Considered: A lot of walking around the forest; and paddling around the lake.
  • Weather: Warm, humid and with mosquito.

We’ll have an early breakfast; to then hike for one to the Salvador oxbow lake. This morning we’ll have enormous chances to see giant otters; on their daily fishing day. Also we see black caimans trying to catch capybaras, red deers or peccaries. Continuing with the Manu Amazon Tour; we’ll hike in the forest looking for 800 years old trees; among theses trees we have: the Kapok tree, the Brazilian chestnut tree, and the Mahogany. We’ll head back to our lodge for a rewarding lunch and to rest for a bit.
in the afternoon we hike to the Otorongo oxbow lake; where we´ll see hoatzins, peccaries and dozens of groups of monkeys; jumping from tree to tree. we´ll also walk to the summit of a wood tower; to be astonished by the beautiful sunset over the peruvian amazonian plain.
At night we´ll enjoy a rewarding organic buffet lunch; prepared with local ingredients.

** The Peruvian Amazon Tour; is incredible. We’ll do our best to you enjoy it in 100 %.

DAY 5: Safari Lodge – Blanquillo Lodge – Mammal Clay Lick.

  • Activities: Observation of mammals with nocturnal habits; from a hidden wood tower.
  • Lodge Altitude: 280 meters above sea level.
  • Considered: 7-hour on a motor boat. Cold shower and box lunch.
  • Weather: Warm, humid and with mosquito.

To start with a lot of energy, our trip in the Manu Reserved Zone; we will enjoy a delicious buffet breakfast. We’ll be driven in our motor boat, for five hours through the Manu river; then continue two more hours through the Alto Madre de Dios river, to our lodge in Maquinachayoc.
Along theses seven-hours ride; we’ll have incredible chances to see caimans and jaguars.

Upon arrival to our lodge; we will take a refreshing cold shower. To then we´ll walk for one hour to a mammal clay lick; to observe big mammals like: the red deer, porcupine, tapir, peccaries, giant anteater, armadillo and perhaps jaguars, ocelots and even pumas. All this will be observed from a hidden lookout tower.

** A fantastic day inside the Manu Amazon Reserved Zone; to be astonished by mammals with nocturnal habits on a clay lick.

DAY 6: Blanquillo Lodge – Macaw Clay Lick- Blanco Oxbow Lake – Observatory Tower.

  • Activities: A lot of animals and plants to observe; and learn about them.
  • Lodge Altitude: 200 meters above sea level.
  • Considered: A lot of walking around the forest; and paddling in the lake. Cold shower.
  • Weather: Warm, humid and with mosquito.

To start our Manu Jungle Trip; we’ll leave our lodge around 5 am. then we’ll hike for 45 minutes to a macaw clay lick. Here there is a huge tree with 45 seats that are located just 50 meters away; from the cliff of the clay lick. We will live a fantastic show; hundreds of red, blue, green and yellow macaws flying close to us. Also we´ll observe parrots and parroquetes; and also perhaps to their predators such as: the black hawk and jaguar.
Following, we come back to our lodge to enjoy our breakfast. Then we will walk for one hour to the Blanquillo oxbow lake; where will see a family of giant otters, black caimans and around 600 types of birds.
We´ll have a box lunch; while we paddle our wood catamaran.
In the afternoon we´ll come back to our lodge; so we can take a cold shower. Then we visit a 42 meter-high canopy tower; to delight an amazing sunset, observing the Madre de Dios river.

At night we will have a rewarding dinner; after a fabulous day observing macaws, giant otters and birds.

** Let me tell you that we have 70 % chances; to see all the mentioned animals in the Manu Amazon Jungle Trip.

Day 7: Blanquillo Lodge – Camungo Oxbow Lake.

  • Activities: A lot of animals and plants to observe; and learn about them.
  • Lodge Altitude: 200 meters above sea level.
  • Considered: A lot of walking around the forest; and paddling in the Camungo lake. Cold shower.
  • Weather: Warm, humid and with mosquito.

We will be awakened by the beautiful howler monkey. Let’s enjoy a delicious and varied organic breakfast. We hike for 45 minutes to the Camungo lake; along the way will see a lot of groups of monkeys jumping around us. Once we arrive to the lake; you will paddle all around it; seeking for jaguars, ocelots, black caimans and giant otters.
Also we´ll hike through the jungle; looking for interesting and medicinal plants. We head back to our lodge to have a delicious buffet lunch. Let’s take a shower and rest for a bit; to then hike half an hour to a 50-meter wooden tower. From here, we´ll see the stunning amazonian plain; and also different types or birds, flying and hunting close to us.

** One more time, the Peruvian Manu Amazon Trip; will left us astonished.

DAY 8: Blanquillo – Boca Colorado – Santa Rosa – Cusco.

After our delicious early breakfast; we’ll sail downstream for 3 hours to Boca Colorado. Here we will goodbye to the boatman and crew who accompanied us; during our visit to the Manu National Park. From here we will ride a private cab for one hour to Puerto Punkiri (why the taxi?). This is due our private van cannot enter to Boca Colorado.
Then we will cross the Inambari river in a local boat for 20 minutes to Puerto Carlos; here our private transport will be waiting for us. We’ll be driven back to Cusco for six hours; where we arrive around 18:00 pm.

** Our incredible itinerary will allow you to visit; the Manu National Park from corner to corner.

** Our Manu Peruvian Amazon Trip service, is door to door.

Important Note: If you would not like to travel many hours by bus to Cusco; we can take you for two and a half hours to the airport at Puerto Maldonado. Where we will arrive at 2:00 pm. and from where you can fly to Cusco or Lima (the flight tickets are not included).

Included on the Manu Peruvian Amazon Trip

Professional english speaker Guides: all our super tour guides grew up in Madre de Dios region; and studied tourism for five years at university. They are friendly, funny, charming, knowledgeable, professional and will care your safety; into the Manu Reserved Zone.

Permits: As soon as, we get your details and deposit; we will purchase your permits for the Manu Reserved Zone.

Briefing: The night before your trip; you will come to our office for your informative meeting. You will receive your duffle bag to you bring essential items for this Manu Peruvian Amazon Trip.

Lodge: This Manu Jungle Trip includes; seven nights in basic rustic lodges in Manu National Park. The lodge we book, will be listed on your invoice. Be aware, that there is not hot showers in the lodge; and electricity just works by generator for one hour at night. If you want charge any device.

Transportation: Incas Path will be providing all transportation for this Manu Peruvian Amazon Trip. You will be picked up from your hotel at 5 am. and brought to the peruvian amazon jungle. We also include all boat and car transportation that we will need; on this 8 day jungle trip.

Food: Our Manu Peruvian Amazon Trip; includes expert chefs who will cook delicious meals: that many previous tourist have loved. We honor all food restrictions, so be sure to add any that you have on your booking form; and let us know. Food is typically all served as buffet.

Water: From the first lunch to the end of our Manu Peruvian Amazon Trip; we include water. You must bring personal water bottles and or a camelback. We advise you, to bring a bottle or camelback of 1.5 liters; as being well hydrated, is the key to feeling great in the amazon jungle.

Extras: We profess that it is the attention to small details; that separates us from other travel agencies. Each tourist receives wellington boots.

First Aid: Every guide has got training in first aid; from a clinic and firemen. We elaborate mandatory training sessions; every February on the Manu National Park. Which every Incas Path tour guide must attend. Your tour leader is going to have always a first-aid kit; for basic medical problems.

Not Included on the Manu Peruvian Amazon Trip
Due to the remote location of the Manu National Park and the lodges; some ítems listed below are not included:

  • Daypack: We suggest you to use a daypack that not exceed 25L to carry: passport, water, sun hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, bug spray, rain jacket; and a warm jacket.
  • Binocular
  • Electricity
  • Hot Shower
  • Snacks
  • Flight tickets or bus tickets
  • Gratuities for our staff: Incas Path ensures all staff are fairly paid; and therefore gratuities are optional and at your own discretion.
  • Travel Insurance: Highly recommended for all tourist

We would love to tour this Manu Peruvian Amazon Trip with you and your loved ones; and take care of immortalizing your visit to the peruvian jungle. We can leave any day from April to October; as it is the dry season in the Manu National Park.

Group Price (2020):

  • $900 per person

Private Tour:
Private tours are available and priced by party size.

  • 2 Tourist: $980 per person
    3 Tourist: $925 per person
    4 Tourist: $870 per person
    5 Tourist: $815 per person
    6 Tourist: $760 per person
    7 Tourist: $705 per person
    8 or more Tourist: $650 per person

Please send everything to incaspath@hotmail.com

We suggest you to carry lightweight daypack; that the is key to feeling good during, the Manu Reserved Zone.
Essentials:

  • Original Passport.
  • Immigration Card (given on the plane as you enter Peru).
  • Bug spray; 100 DEET.
  • Good daypack (the smaller, the better)
  • Water storage: Water reservoir like Camelbaks are encouraged – but enough for at least 2-3 liters.
  • Comfortable hiking boots (lightweight with good soles)

** we provide wellington boots
For Your Duffel: we will carry up to 7 kg of your personal items.

  • 07 long-sleeved shirts: (at least for the days you will be in the excursion; avoid black colors: as they attract easily the flies and mosquitoes)
  • 06 tank top, for the nights; as there is not air conditioning but there is, mosquito nets in the beds.
  • 03 quick dry full-length pants.
  • 06 Socks: you should have comfortable hiking style socks; that are mid to long length.
  • Sunhat
  • Rain jacket and plastic poncho
  • Fleece
  • Rain jacket
  • Camera
  • Power bank
  • Headlamp
  • Binoculars
  • Swimming suit
  • Flip flops or sandals
  • Music (IPhone)
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Extra Money for Souvenirs, Drinks & Tips
  • Personal medication
  • Sunscreen
  • Face Wipes: the humidity will cause you to sweat
  • Deodorant, you will use more than normal; due to the sweat
  • ziplocs or resealable plastic storage bags
  • Anti-Itch Cream

Arriving to Cusco

The airport in Cusco at the present time is only for domestic flights; so all international travelers by plane must disembark in Lima and go through Customs. Even if your flight to Cusco is the same day by the same airline carrier. You must grab your bags in Lima; and then check them back in.
The best way to arrive to Cusco is by air; and there are several options in airlines. LATAM tends to be the most expensive, but has the most options and flights.
Expect delays or flight cancellations; due to the high altitude of the andes, it tends to be difficult to land, and any weather inconvenience will stop air traffic.
Bus travel is always available and while the trip can be long; especially from Lima. The buses company such as: Cruz del Sur or Oltursa; are very well maintained and comfortable. This option is strongly encouraged if coming from a city closer to Cusco, like: Arequipa or Puno.

Luggage Storage

Any extra luggage you have with you, can be left safely in Cusco at either your hotel; or with us, at the Incas Path deposit. We will grab the extra luggage from you the morning of your tour; and return once you are back in Cusco.
Make sure your suitcase have some kind of identification on them; so they are easy to locate.

Weather

Of course weather is unpredictable. Typically the dry season in the Manu National Park, is from April through October; but this does not stop rain, from falling in June or the sun from coming out in December. Just be prepared; no matter what month you are doing the Manu Amazon Trip; please make sure that you have rain gear, that includes a waterproof jacket, pants and plastic ponchos.

Travel Insurance

To protect your journey investment; we highly recommend the purchase of travel insurance. Acquiring travel insurance before you leave home; is strongly encouraged and very easy.

These are the most used vaccines to travel to the Jungle

In this post, we cite the vaccines to travel to the Peruvian jungle; according to the activity that the traveler will perform in these jungle areas. In addition, the information was consulted from important sources such as: the websites of the Ministry of Health of Peru; and also of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention of the United States. Keep informing yourself!
Although at the Jorge Chavez Airport you will not be asked about your vaccination status; in some countries they do require a vaccination certificate. Therefore it is better to be prevented and to inform yourself: in the authorized International Vaccination Center of your country; about what you should apply before traveling.
Remember, that vaccines avoid possible infectious problems during the trip; and also to keep your immunizations up to date.

What animal could infect you in the jungle?

Well, mosquitoes are the bearers of the fearsome diseases; causing deaths on the planet. We are talking about insect bites infected with: Malaria, Yellow Fever and even Dengue.
It is probably, the most dangerous animal in the Amazon rainforest; even more than piranhas, anacondas or fierce jaguars.
Without vaccination, even the bite of an infected mosquito; could ruin your vacation.

What do the authorities tell us about getting vaccinated?

According to the website of the Ministry of Health of Peru (MINSA). The risks of contracting Malaria, is latent in many areas of Peru. With the exception of the departments of: Arequipa, Moquegua, Puno, Tacna, Lima and in its surroundings; nor in the high tourist areas like: Cusco, Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca. Likewise, Puerto Maldonado and the Manu National Park and other endemic geographical areas of Peru; are mentioned as a risk zone.

If you travel to the Peruvian jungle, it is better to consult the doctor who keeps your health history; at least 4 weeks before, making the trip. So that the doctor explains you, about the type of vaccine that you should apply; and how long does it take to take effect on the body.

In the case of the Peruvian Ministry of Health; the Yellow Fever vaccine and Malaria prophylaxis: in risk areas is recommended.

On the other hand, on the website of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention of the United States (or CDC). It recommends to travelers that they will visit Peru; some important vaccines depending on particular cases.

For example, considering the type of tourism to be made; travel time or direct contact with animals or people: due to visits for study or scientific purposes.

THESE ARE THE VACCINES TO TRAVEL TO THE JUNGLE OF PERU

Under this order of ideas; these are the vaccines referred by the CDC:

  • Hepatitis A: Vaccination is recommended to all travelers to Peru.
  • Hepatitis B: Vaccination is recommended to all people traveling to Peru. Especially those who may have exposure to blood or body fluids: through the granting or receipt of medical care, drug injections, tattoos; or sexual contact with the local population.
  • Typhoid Fever: Vaccination is recommended to all visitors; to tropical areas of South America. Especially for those who remain in rural areas; where exposure could occur due, to the consumption of contaminated food or water.
  • Yellow Fever: The vaccine against this viral infection; is highly recommended for trips to the Amazon and the southern Amazon basin. The vaccination should be administered, at least 10 days before your arrival; and at 10-year intervals, if you decide to stay.
  • Rabies: Vaccination is only recommended for individuals; with a higher risk of exposure in the performance of their work. Which often develops for prolonged periods; in areas considered high risk for this disease.
    Let us mention, the case of veterinarians or wildlife researchers; whose occupation requires them to have direct contact with bats, dogs, stray cats, or other mammals.
  • Where to get vaccinated in Lima? The International Vaccination Center; is located in the city of Lima, Avenida del ejército, block 17: San Isidro district.