Double Occupancy: $698 per person

Single Occupancy: $907 per person

Duration: 4 Days

Minimum No. of Travelers: 1

Difficulty: Easy

Season: April-October

The Manu Cultural Journey takes you to the cloud forest of the eastern slopes of the Andes (Manu road), and to the upper lowland forest (around 1640’ – 1800’) of Manu.

The Lodge is in the tropical rainforest of the Manu Biosphere Reserve, near the village of Atalaya. It is located in the transition zone between the Andes foothills and the tropical lowland rainforest, right on the banks of the Alto Madre de Dios River.

The property comprises more than 860 acres of primary forest and the altitude range is between 1640’ to 3454’. This range in altitude explains the high diversity of habitats and wildlife.

DAY 1: Cusco Cloud Forest Bamboo Lodge

Starting early from Cusco, we begin our 8-9 hour ascent up to the high mountain area at 4000 m (13,000 ft.) by private minibus. We stop in Ninamarca to see the pre-Inca cemetery, and in the colonial village of Paucartambo. Then, we descend the eastern slopes of the Andes through cloud forest. Here, we are surrounded by lush vegetation (ferns, orchids, bromeliads etc.). We also enjoy spectacular views of the Andes, and can see wildlife such as our national bird: the bright red Cock of the Rocks (Rupicola peruviana). Walking along the road, we can spot brilliantly coloured tanagers, quetzals, trogons, toucan, hummingbirds, as well as hawks. We may also be able to see our first monkeys, such as Woolly Monkeys. In the late afternoon we arrive at Bamboo Lodge (3000 ft.) where we spend the night (double rooms & private bathroom). After dinner your guide briefs you on the activities of the following day

Overnight at lodge, double or single room with private bathroom Meals provided: Lunch and Dinner

DAY 2: Bamboo Lodge to Amazonia Lodge

After an early breakfast we continue on in our minibus. We pass the village of Pilcopata, and cross the river of the same name to get to the small port of Atalaya (600 m). On the way, we stop for some walks to observe birds and to visit a local orchid garden. Before reaching Atalaya we enjoy a great view of the river basin from a lookout point. At the port, we embark on a half hour journey down the Alto Madre de Dios River in a 15-meter motorized canoe. We have the opportunity to see wildlife along the rocky banks of the river, such as Fasciated Tiger Herons, Purplish Jays, Skimmers and some of the monkey species that live in Manu. In the afternoon we walk on the trails near the lodge and visit Machuwasi Lake on the opposite side of the river. We use a wooden raft to explore the lake and observe the birdlife. In the evening we have the option to either go caiman spotting at the river or on a night walk. We spend the night at Amazonia Lodge (double rooms), set in 750 acres of primary forest and famous for its rich birdlife.

Overnight at lodge, double or single room with private bathroom Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 3: Exploring nearby Amazonia Lodge

At dawn we travel downriver by boat to the parrot clay lick. This is a special place where parrots, parakeets and small macaws, including the Chestnut-Fronted Macaw and the rare Blue-headed Macaw, come to eat minerals which help them with digestion. After the natural show, we walk on the trails of Amazonia to see more animals. You have the option to climb our 75’ observation tower for a spectacular view over the Alto Madre de Dios River. Another trail takes us to a huge Ceiba Tree. Later, we have the option to either go fishing or take a bath in a creek near the lodge. Optional night walk to see insects, frogs, snakes etc.

Overnight at lodge, double or single room with private bathroom Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

DAY 4: Amazonia Lodge to Cusco

After breakfast we take the boat back to Atalaya. Here, our bus is waiting to take us through the cloud forest and over the Andes back to Cusco. We can stop whenever we spot animals. We have lunch on the way and arrive around 6 PM, then transfer you to your hotel.

Overnight in the lodge, double or single room with private bathroom Meals provided: Breakfast, and Lunch

The meals we provide while your Amazon Expedition to Tambopata are shown below:

DAYS 1 2 3 4
Breakfast X X X
Boxed Lunch / Lunch X X X X
Dinner X X X
  • Professional, English speaking naturalist guide with binocular & spotting scope
  • Transport by private bus and private boat
  • Entrance fees to Cock of the Rock observatory & Machuwasi Lake
  • Cook for all meals (vegetarian on request) with drinking water
  • Lodge accommodation
  • First Aid Kit, extractor (for venom)
  • Rubber boots
  • Hotel in Cusco
  • Binoculars
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Medical or Life Insurance
  • Other Expenses
  • Any other expense due to delays because of natural causes, landslides, political strikes, etc.
  • A 60 litre Duffel sac (20 lbs max weight)
  • Small daypack
  • Walking shoes or boots
  • Rain jacket & pants
  • Gloves & wool hat
  • Long sleeved shirts (cotton/breathable fabric, not too thin)
  • Sun hat/Sunglasses/Sunscreen
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Personal items & medication
  • Torch, binoculars
  • Personal documents (Passport Mandatory to present at control gates)

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