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Manu Camping Tour (7 days)

Manu Camping Tour
Code : CP-S5
Duration : 7 days
Category : Rainforest
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While many visitors to Cusco come in search of Peru’s Andean culture and scenery, the city is also the gateway to the most biologically diverse tropical forests in South America. Manu National Park is internationally recognized as one of the most pristine rainforest environments on Earth. It is home to around 1000 species of birds, 13 species of monkeys, 1200 species of butterflies and at least 15,000 flowering plants. In addition, many endangered species such as the giant river otter, black caiman, tapir, giant anteater and jaguar also live within the borders of the park. The animals in this unspoiled wilderness have little instinctive fear of man, making wildlife observation here a unique experience.

 

ACTIVITIES: Camping, Nature viewing & Ecological interpretation


  • Overview
  • Itinerary
  • Included
  • Prices

Day 1: Cusco – Cloud Forest
Day 2: Cloud Forest – Atalaya – Manu River
Day 3-4: Manu River – Lake Salvador & Lake Otorongo
Day 5: Lake Salvador – Beach Tambo Blanquillo
Day 6: Macaw Lick
Day 7: Colorado - Cusco


INCLUDED SERVICES:   

Private transport Cusco-Atalaya, Colorado-Cusco, 6 nights’ camping (twin tents / lodge accommodation), visits mentioned in the itinerary, including transport, bilingual guide and respective entrance fees, full board during trip.


NOT INCLUDED:    

International/domestic flights, travel insurance, additional nights at lodge due to bad weather, extra services such as tips and soft drinks

 

SEASON: All year
DURATION: 7 days / 6 nights (Cusco-Cusco)
FITNESS LEVEL: Moderate
DEPARTURES: Upon request

           

Day 1: Cusco – Cloud Forest

Leaving Cusco by private bus we will head over the Andes, stopping en route for a coffee in the charming colonial village of Paucartambo. Continuing our journey, we will climb to the highest point of the Manu Biosphere, at about 3800 meters (12,550 feet), before descending into the cloud forest. In these mysterious surroundings we will walk into the forest to observe the incredible cock-of-the-rock, as the males perform their daily courtship display to attract females. We will spend our first night of the trip in the camping huts of Posada San Pedro (approximately 1600 meters / 5,300 feet).
(L/D)

Day 2: Cloud Forest – Atalaya – Manu River

At daybreak we will continue by bus towards the tropical lowland rainforest. At the small village of Atalaya (650 meters / 2,150 feet), we will board a motorized canoe and head down the turbulent Upper Madre de Dios River to Boca Manu. As night falls, we will make camp on one of the riverside beaches.
(B/L/D)

Day 3-4: Manu River – Lake Salvador & Lake Otorongo

On the morning of the third day we will return to the banks of the Manu River. From our vantage point we will have great views of riverside birds, sunbathing caimans, and the enormous aquatic guinea pig known as a capybara. We will reach our campsite deep in the heart of Manu National Park in the afternoon, and this will be our base for the next two days. During this time we will hike through virgin forest and explore one of the most beautiful lakes in the Manu basin, Lake Salvador, by catamaran. There will be a chance to see a wide variety of colorful birds, numerous species of monkeys and -with luck- a family of giant otters. A five hour hike through the forest will take us to Lake Otorongo, where there is a 20-meter observation platform overlooking the lake and providing us with stunning views. At night we will have the opportunity to explore the forest by torchlight or go caiman spotting by moonlight on the lake.
(B/L/D)

Day 5: Lake Salvador – Beach Tambo Blanquillo

After our last walk through the forest surrounding Lake Salvador, we will return to the Manu River. From Boca Manu we will continue on the Madre de Dios River to Blanquillo, near the macaw clay lick, where we will spend the night camping on a beach.
(B/L/D)

Day 6: Macaw Lick

At first light we will head to the macaw lick to watch the dazzling spectacle of hundreds of parakeets, parrots and macaws ingesting the clay essential to their diet. In the afternoon we will visit another of Manu’s beautiful oxbow lakes, Lake Kamungo, before spending a comfortable night at the Tambo Blanquillo jungle lodge.
(B/L/D)

Day 7: Boca Manu - Cusco

After a good breakfast, we will head downstream to the mining town of Colorado, from where we will travel in local transportation to the Inambari River, which we will cross by ferry. On the other side of the river, our private vehicle will be waiting to drive us back to Cusco.
This long day’s traveling will pass quickly as we observe the changing landscapes around us, with the scenery varying from dense cloud forest to the snow-covered peak of Mount Ausangate (6372 meters). We will arrive in Cusco in the late evening, and you will be transferred to your hotel.

 

Included Services

Private transport Cusco-Atalaya, Colorado-Cusco, 6 nights’ camping (twin tents / lodge accommodation), visits mentioned in the itinerary, including transport, bilingual guide and respective entrance fees, full board during trip.

Not Included

International/domestic flights, travel insurance, additional nights at lodge due to bad weather, extra services such as tips and soft drinks.

Trip Cost 2017 in US$ per participant:

GROUP SERVICE
1 Participant
2 Participant
3 Participant
4 Participant
Private Tour Up to request $4,707
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