DAY 01: CUSCO-BAMBOO LODGE
We leave early from Cusco to Manu National Park, begin our tour through the Andes by private bus, where we will see the pre -Inca cemetery called Ninamarca and after we are heading to picturesque village of Paucartambo where we are able to have our quick tour to main square to know about their history and then we will heading to Manu National Park entrance located at 3500 m.a.s.l. (11482ft).
From this place we will drop to mysterious cloud forest covered of green mountains; today we have the possibility of see some animals such as : Common-Woolly Monkey, Brown-Capuchin Monkey, Tayra, Spectacled Bear (uncommon),...etc. Amazing colorful birds such as: Golden-Headed Quetzal, Masked Trogon, Mountain-Hooded Tanager, Dusky-Green Oropendola; cloud forest is also habitat of Cock of the Rock beautiful colorful bird considered national bird of Peru, which we will have the chance to see on the route.
We take the chance to make a fascinating walk along the road looking for more wildlife and after that we continue our trip another hour more until Bamboo lodge 830 m.a.s.l (2723ft)
DAY 02:BAMBOO LODGE-HUMMINBIRD LODGE
At daybreak we continue by bus to tropical lowlands. Passing through small towns until Atalaya 650m.asl (1640ft) here we will change our car for a motorized boat to navigate the Madre de Dios River (high and low River part) Five hours approx.
In route we stop to visit a small lake to nice landscape not far from the river bank twenty-five minutes walking where you can see close to hoatzin beautiful bird descendants from first pre-historic feathered bird called Archaeopteryx. In this little lake also we have the chance to sail on traditional raft made from balsa tree used by natives in this jungle.
After this stop we will continue our travel downriver from the boat we will see disappear mountains of the high jungle and get into low land, habitat of lot wildlife and see colorful birds crossing the river such as: Oropendolas, Vultures, Macaws, egrets, herons, ..Etc.
DAY 03: HUMMINGBIRD LODGE- MANU RESERVED ZONE
Today early we'll sail through by the narrow Manu river , where we will make our first stop at the ranger station to check in before get into the restricted area in Manu National Park browsing this narrow river area we will have the great chance to see animals from our motorized boat such as: Black-Spider Monkey, Red-Howler Monkey, Common-Squirrel Monkeys, terrestrial animals like: Jaguar considered the largest cat in the Amazon jungle, Tayra, Capybaras, brazilian Tapir (rare during the day), Black Caiman, White or Spectacled Caiman, and a large variety of birds on the banks; Black Skimmer, Horned Screamer, Capped Heron, Cocoi Heron, Pied Lapwing, Wood Stork... etc..
After settling into the lodge we are leaving to jungle to walk all the afternoon to see wildlife in the jungle and vegetation composed for huge trees like: Cedar tree, Mahogany tree, Ceiba tree, and the process of small forms of lives such as: Crickets, Spiders, Army Ants, and butterflies that only inhabit under forests and understanding how the trophic chain works what is very important for the planet.
DAY 04: MANU RESERVED ZONE
Today we are starting our activity early with a walk to explore Salvador Lake; here we have the chance to see giant otters from the catamaran. In this lake inhabiting a family of these Fascinating animals that are now endangered; after this nice experience we start a hike by a proper trail the rest of the morning in order to find more animals and monkeys.
We spend the afternoon in order to make walking in the proper trails and enjoy primary forest with huge trees and lots of wildlife and amazing sounds in this wonderful Peruvian jungle.
DAY 05: MANU RESERVED ZONE – MAQUISAPAYOC LODGE
At the first sun rays we head to our next lodge, we will sail on motorized boat by the Manu downriver until to take Madre de Dios River.
Before leaving from reserved zone of Manu we will have some sightings of animals, birds, reptiles more on the banks of the river until to get the ranger station where we will stop to make our check out; we can continue our journey this time for a wider river to get our final destination.
This afternoon we will hike an hour approx. for get to clay lick of mammals place where we wait some hours to largest animal of the Amazon jungle "the Amazonian tapir" after this we are going back to lodge.
DAY 06: MAQUISAPAYOC LODGE-MACAW CLAY LICK – PUERTO MALDONADO
Today we take the boat to Clay lick of Blanquillo forty-five minutes downstream, in this place we will witness of colorful fascinating and surprising show where larger macaws in the Amazon jungle of Peru gather to lick clay and socialize, and some of them able to get couple and living forever because they are monogamous.
From the river bank we will walk a fifteen minute to hidden house from which we'll observe these first parrots they have come around the clay wall to get the minerals necessary for digestion we can see: Mealy Parrots, Blue- headed Parrot, Yellow-crowned parrots, Orange-cheeked parrots; they easily exceed two hundred members; while we are watching this show, we can take our delicious breakfast that will be possible by our expert cook there.
After these green visitors the next ones on the clay wall will be the large macaws in the Peruvian Amazonian jungle; Red and green macaws often more than a hundred we can see them close.
After this activity we continued our journey by motorized boat the home stretch to Boca Colorado and from there we will take local our transportation about one hour where we will cross Inambari river by boat anew and after we are continuing in our car to the city of Puerto Maldonado.
Arrival early evening.
CONSIDERATIONS OF TOUR:
Difficulty: easy to moderate
Climate: - The unpredictable weather may force us to change our itinerary; the program could be subject to changes at any time
Route: we are making the tour by dusty and narrow road (cloud forest) motorized boat (Madre de Dios river, paved runway).
Jungle lodges are basic but comfortable, some lodges have electricity from a solar panel and provide energy to charge our batteries from a generator, and the rooms are two beds with mosquito net (depending on the area) with hygienic services shared in some lodges.
THINGS YOU SHOULD HAVE:
Torch for nocturnal walking
Poncho / rain jacket
Camera and extra batteries
Recommend carrying a binocular for better enjoyment of nature (8 x 42)
All accommodations system
All meals (some are picnic)
Drinking-water at any time
Admission to reserved area
Expert Peruvian bilingual guide
The entire transport system
First aid kid
Admission to macaws clay lick
We recommend each passenger to tip ten soles per day (about five dollars) according to your personal satisfaction because in our culture is gratefully received it.