Our three days of Manu Jungle tours from Cusco offers the best of the Peruvian Amazon Rainforest in a short time. Manu is home to over 6500 Quechua speaking communities and over 2000 Amazonian tribes.
Manu National Park is massive. It dominates a vast region of the largest rainforest in the world – Amazon Rainforest. Manu is spread in 1,532,806 hectares. The lush tropical jungle rises from 150 metres above the sea level to 4200 metres.
Manu is primarily divided into three zones – Manu Core Zone, Manu biosphere reserve or Manu Reserved Zone and cultural zone. Access to Manu Core Zone is restricted to the researchers and scientists. Wherein the reserved zone dominates a major part of Manu national park and is popular among travellers.
On this three days Manu Jungle Trip, you will witness the rich biodiversity of the Peruvian Amazon. Manu is home to different species of birds, mammals and lots of wildlife. Around 30 native communities call Manu their home. They are untouched by modernity and maintain their traditions and customs.
In 1987, UNESCO declared Manu as a world heritage site.
Cusco Hotel Transfer
We will be picking you up from your hotel in Cusco at 0600 AM. In our private transport, we will be driving you along the South Valley of Cusco, from the Andes to Amazon. As the journey is a bit longer, we will have a couple of stops.
Our first stop will be in Ninamarca. It is home to ancient Pre Inca funeral towers. Our guide will give you a guided tour of the site. We will then drive to Paucartambo.
It is a folkloric colonial town. There is an ancient white washed church in the centre of the town. People here dress in colourful traditional attire and continue to speak the native language – Quechua.
From here we will drive to a view point in Tres Cruces. From the view point, you will get a panoramic view of the Amazon basin.
We will then start driving down the hill to Manu National park. Our trip in Manu begins with a short hike on an interesting trail. We will be spotting the Peruvian National Bird – Andean Cock of the rock. The zone is also home to different species of monkeys.
After touring the cloud forest, we will drive you to our lodge. We will be accommodating you in an ensuite room. Later in the evening, our chef will serve a delicious local meal for dinner.
We will be serving you a typical Amazonian breakfast. We will then embark on a journey along the tropical farms to Atalaya boat pier. Here we will be boarding the motor boat for a ride on Madre de Dios river to Soga De Oro lodge that nestles amidst the Amazon Rainforest.
On the boat ride, you will be able to spot different animals and birds on the shores of the river. This includes giant river otters, caimans, jaguars and more.
After checking in , we will hike on the most interesting trail that runs next to the lodge. The three hours guided tour with our local expert will give you a closer insight to the flora and fauna in Manu.
We will return to the lodge for lunch. Our chef will be preparing an authentic Amazonian meal.
After lunch, we will visit the Palotoa river. You can take a drip in the clear and fresh waters of the river. From here, we will be taking the traditional wooden balsa raft to spot different animals and birds on the shores of the river.
After dinner, we will go on a short night tour to spot caimans.
An unmissable sight on your tour to Manu National Park. Early in the morning, we will be riding to see Macaws Clay Lick.
Hundreds of Macaws and Parrots fly here in the morning to eat the clay. The clay here contains distinct salt that helps them to flush out toxins from their body. This is one of the best things to see on your trip in Peru.
After this, we will return to the lodge where breakfast will be served. We will then check out and take the boat back to Atalaya port. Here we will meet our driver and embark on a journey back to Cusco.
Almost 2 million km of protected rainforest = one of the most amazing experiences you’ll ever have. So many animals! (Which are protected instead of being hunted for food / trophies / pets, like in other places such as Iquitos among others…)
Be prepared for a long trip (8 hours by car and boat to the first lodge, then a couple of hours by boat to the next lodge in our case), but that includes several stops along the way to eat but also to look for wildlife – we started seeing quite a few animals after about 4 hours, so it’s definitely not all wasted time!
We chose the 3 day trip with Encuentros Peru Adventure, and it was simply an unforgettable, amazing experience. 4 of us in the group, plus our excellent cook Richard and our guide Axle who was simply great – very dedicated, always making sure we got the best chances of seeing wildlife and very respectful of the environment – clearly loves his job.