Manu National Park – Reserve Zone – Pto. Maldonado 8 Days

Manu National Park – Reserve Zone – Manu Expeditions


Important notes:

  1. Bearing in mind the uncontrollable forces of nature, the program could be subject to changes at any time without warning.
  2. Manu, is a rainforest that has remained intact due to its hidden location. This means that the program involves many bus and boat trips. However, it also means that you are in a part of the Amazon rainforest that has no comparison with intact flora and fauna.

In this excursion we travel through the mountains and then enter the cloud forest, where we make some excursions to observe various species of birds, orchids and perhaps monkeys.
After spending the night in our private lodge (Mirador), the next day we continue for 4 hours by boat to the Manu Rainforest Lodge deep in the jungle, visiting the hot springs on the way.
Later in the evening we take a night walk to observe spiders (tarantulas), insects, frogs and snakes. The next day we also explore the jungle, and then spend the night in a tree house, next to a clay lick to observe tapirs, deer and other animals.
Then on the fourth day we go by boat to the Reserve Zone (Casa Matsiguenka Lodge). The next day we similarly explore the intact jungle, visiting lakes such as Cocha Salvador and Cocha Otorongo.
Then we have the opportunity to see jaguars, giant otters, many species of monkeys, birds such as parrots and an incredible variety of plants such as giant trees, palms and medicinal plants.
The next day we continue for 7 hours by boat to Cocha Camungo and make camp at the Blanquillo lodge. On the seventh day we visit the famous macaw clay lick, then go by boat and car to Pto. Finally on the last day we return to Cusco by plane or bus.


First we leave Cusco by private bus, continuing with a stop to visit the pre-Inca funeral towers of Ninamarca. Then we drive through the mountains, to reach the typical folkloric village of Paucartambo.
Here we will take a short walk around the village before continuing to Tres Cruces, the entrance to the Manu Cultural Zone and the cloud forest.
Continuing to San Pedro where we will walk for about an hour to observe the national bird of Peru, the Cock of the Rock, monkeys and orchids. We will arrive at our private lodge in the evening where we will spend the night.


After breakfast we continue by private bus to Atalaya. Immediately on the way we stop to observe a coca plantation and a point of view where you can get a good view of the jungle and the river. Similarly we follow to Atalaya then we go by motorized boat to Aguas Calientes, where you can bathe in the natural hot springs.
In the same way during the boat trip we will see many kinds of animals, for example birds, and a beautiful landscape. In the afternoon we will arrive at R.E.GREENLANDS ROBLES where we will have a short rest.
Finally in the afternoon we will do a night walk in the jungle to look for spiders, insects and snakes. We return to Manu Rainforest Lodge for dinner and overnight in our beautiful and comfortable lodge.


This day we will explore the jungle on our vast trail system, carrying a small day pack including lunch. On the way we will see many different kinds of animals such as monkeys, collared peccaries, birds such as eagles, parrots and toucans and medicinal plants and giant trees.
In the evening we walk to the mammals clay lick where we prepare our beds (protected by mosquito nets) in the tree house and wait to see wild pigs and tapirs feeding on the mineral salts. We stay there the whole night taking shifts to watch for nocturnal animals.


Continuing with the tour we leave the lodge very early and continue our trip downstream (Alto Madre de Dios River) to enter the reserve area on the Manu River. Our first stop there is the national park guard post (Puesto de Vigilancia Limonal). Halfway to Casa Matchiguenka Lodge we take a first short walk in the Reserve Zone.
Along the boat trip we will observe many different kinds of animals such as capybaras, peccaries, monkeys, many birds and alligators, maybe even a jaguar. At the end of the afternoon we arrive at Casa Matchiguenka Lodge where we spend the night. (Optional night walk there).
Casa Matchiguenka Lodge is owned and run by two indigenous communities of the tribe Matchiguenka. This lodge has a rustic design with 12 double rooms and provides mosquito nets.
Surrounding the lodge are private trails, where Matchiguenka act as local guides. They also have an interpretation house where they produce and sell craftwork.


Also in the morning we visited Cocha Salvador. From a catamaran we observe animals such as herons and spider monkeys and enjoy seeing the giant otters despite being almost extinct as a result of fishing.
After lunch we start our excursion through the virgin jungle following the lake Cocha Otorongo, where there is an observation tower of 20 meters high. From this tower we will have another opportunity to see the fauna such as giant otters and black caimans. During the rest of the day we will explore the jungle, looking for more species of monkeys.
The guide will also explain to us about the lifestyle in the jungle, the flora and fauna, the medicinal plants and the food of the jungle. We could also find a group of peccaries. Finally in the afternoon we can enjoy the beautiful sunset and then return to Casa Matchiguenka Lodge, to spend the night here.


We leave the Casa Matchiguenka Lodge very early to have another opportunity to see a jaguar on our way out of the Reserve Zone. We might also see tapirs, turtles and caimans.
After a short stop in Boca Manu a visit to the native community of Barraca is optional. Then we continue our boat trip to Blanquillo where we visit the Camungo Lake with yet another chance to see giant otters and capybaras. This night we sleep in tents on a platform.


Today we will get up very early, to see the birds, for example, the parrots and macaws at the clay lick. And after that, we’ll take our motorized boat downstream to Boca Colorado. Later we will go by bus to Puerto Maldonado and spend the night in a local lodge. And finally our end of the tour.


After breakfast we travel back to Cusco: you can choose to go by public bus (8h, included) or plane (45min, not included), also depending on the time of year. Arrival time in Cusco depends on the itinerary of the airline/bus.

Tour includes – Reserve Zone – Manu National Park –  (8 Days):

  • Private transportation except Pto. Maldonado-Cusco (bus and boat)
  • All necessary equipment (mattress, rubber boots, rain poncho, duffel bag, tables, chairs, tents)
  • Professional bilingual local guide
  • Mineral water
  • First aid kit
  • 3 meals per day
  • Cook
  • Snacks (biscuits, candy, fresh fruit, juice)
  • Entrance to the natural hot springs
  • Entrance to Reserve Ecological Bonanza
  • Entrance to Manu Rainforest Lodge
  • Entrance to the Manu National Park
  • Entrance to Casa Matchiguenka Lodge
  • Entrance to Isla de los Valles Lake
  • One night in Pto. Maldonado
  • And much more…

You will need to bring – Manu National Park – Reserve Zone (8 Days):

  • Light sleeping bag
  • Repellent with a minimum of 25 % DEET
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • Camera with extra batteries (optional)
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Sun lotion
  • Pocket money
  • Some money for staff tips (generally expected at the tour, although not essential).
  • Daypack
  • Water bottle
  • Sun hat
  • Hiking sandals
  • Toilet paper
  • Dark clothes
  • Towel

Optional: Flight Pto. Maldonado – Cusco

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