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Manu National Park Tours from Cusco

The Manu National Park tours from Cusco are one of the most preferred Manu Expeditions Peru. It is the best of the Manu National Park, the heart of the Peruvian Amazon Rainforest. 

Primarily because of its close proximity to Cusco which allows travelers to experience the largest rainforest in the world before or after their tour to Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu.

This four days 3 nights Amazon tour takes you deep into the cloud forest and lowland regions. Here you will be able to spot some distinct species of flora and fauna. Accompanied by our local English-speaking naturalist guide you will have an overview of the pristine areas of the Manu National Park. 

Manu National Park is massive, it is spread over 1,532,806 hectares. The national park is home to 32 native indigenous Quechua-speaking communities. These are uncontacted tribes. It is divided into three zones – Reserved Zone, Cultural Zone, and Core Zone. 

Manu Rainforest begins at 4100 meters above sea level (13450 feet) and descends to 350 meters (1150 feet). 

Access to the Manu biosphere reserve or the reserved zone is limited to the researchers. Most jungle tours to Manu National Park take place at the Cultural zone which is also home to the native communities. 

In 1977, Manu Tropical Forest was recognized as the world heritage site by UNESCO. 

Why Peru Amazon Trips?

Peru Amazon Trips World is a locally owned travel agency company based in Cusco. We believe in providing excellence, quality, and direct attention to our customers. From the beginning, we set out to be leaders, respecting principles and values, ethical, professional, and of total quality.

Departure & Return Location

Cusco Hotel Transfer

Departure Time

05:30 AM

Manu Expeditions Includes

  • Private transport from Cusco to the cultural zone of the Manu and back.
  • Professional guide who carries telescope and binoculars.
  • Professional cook
  • Food for 4 days – 3 x breakfast, 3 x lunch, 2 x dinner (vegetarian alternative available without additional charge).
  • Water for 4 days. Please bring an empty 1-2 liter bottle to be refilled
  • Admission fee to the LEK to see the Andean cock-of-the-rock
  • Entrance fee to the Manu National Park
  • Admission fee to the lagoon of Cocha Machuwasi
  • Entrance fee to the Ceiba- Forest of giant trees
  • Accommodation at the lodge (2 nights in a double or triple room, each room has a private bath and mosquito netting for every bed).
  • Rubber boots for the muddy paths in the jungle
  • First Aid Kit with venom extractor pump

Manu Expeditions Excludes

  • Additional beverages like soda or beer
  • Binoculars (we offer binoculars 8X42 for rent in our offices for a daily fee of 4 US $)

Recommended To Carry

  • Shirt long sleeve and long pants
  • Warm cloths (for misty morning on the river)
  • Mosquitos repellent.
  • Binocular.
  • Flashlight with extra batteries.
  • Sun lotion
  • Pocket money
  • Daypack
  • Water bottle
Itinerary

Day 1Cusco - Paradise Lodge

We will be picking you up from your hotel in Cusco early in the morning. Then in our private transport, we will be driving you through the South Valley of Cusco to Huancarani. It is a rustic town. Here we will be stopping for breakfast. 

From here, we will continue driving to Paucartambo. It is a folkloric town. Here we will be stopping and your guide will be introducing you to the culture and traditions. The town is quite historic. 

Ninamarca's Chullpas.
Ninamarca’s Chullpas.

From here, we will be entering the Amazon region. We will be driving to the top of the viewpoint of Tres Cruces. From here you will get a beautiful view of the Amazon basin. We will then descend to the cloud forest of Manu. 

Once in San Pedro, our guide will be giving you a tour of the jungle. Here you will be able to spot the Peruvian national bird, the Andean cock of the rock. 

Birdwatching is one of the main activities that one can engage in while touring Manu.

After the tour, we will be driving you to Paradise Lodge. Here we will be accommodating you in an ensuite room.

Day 2Paradise Lodge - Palotoa Ecological Reserve

After relishing a local breakfast, we will drive you to the Atalaya boat pier. On our way, we will be stopping to see some coca plantations. At Atalaya pier, we will be boarding the boat to get further deep into the Amazon rainforest. 

Capuccin monkeys are commonly found in Manu's National Park Tour.
Capuccin monkeys are commonly found in Manu’s National Park Tour.

We will be stopping at Aguas Calientes. It is home to hot springs. The boat ride on the Manu river offers stunning views of the Amazon Rainforest. You will be able to see distinct Manu wildlife on the shores of the river. 

A yellow and bllue macaw about to perch on a tree's branch.
A yellow and bllue macaw about to perch on a tree’s branch.

By noon, we will be reaching our eco-lodge in the heart of the Palotoa community. Our crew will be serving you lunch. Later in the evening, we will tour the jungle to spot some nocturnal creatures. 

Day 3Palotoa Ecological Reserve

We will begin the third day of the tour by hiking on a trail. As we will be leaving, our crew will be handing you over the boxed lunch. This trail offers an extensive insight into the life of birds, animals, and plant species distinct to the region. 

A caiman swimming in Manu's National Park.
A caiman swimming in Manu’s National Park.

You will get to see different kinds of animals including monkeys and collared peccaries. You will have some free time in the evening to take a dip in the fresh waters of the Madre de Dios river. 

After dinner, we will do a short night tour to spot the grand caimans.

Day 4Palotoa Ecological Reserve - Cusco

After relishing a typical Amazonian meal, we will be taking the boat back to Atalaya port.

Atalaya's port is the entrance to Manu's Park.
Atalaya’s port is the entrance to Manu’s Park.

Here our driver will be waiting to transfer you back to your hotel in Cusco.

FAQs

Q: What is the optimal period for exploring Manu National Park?
A: The prime window spans from May to October, offering dry conditions, enhanced wildlife sightings, and excellent bird-watching opportunities.

 

Q: How can I reach Manu National Park from Cusco?
A: Embark on a scenic journey by road and river, immersing yourself in diverse landscapes with breathtaking vistas.

 

Q: What wildlife varieties might I encounter in Manu National Park?
A: Anticipate diverse inhabitants, from vibrant macaws and playful monkeys to elusive jaguars and capybaras.

 

Q: Any health precautions advisable for this trip?
A: Seek guidance from your healthcare professional regarding necessary vaccinations, and prepare for the humid conditions of the Amazon.

 

Q: Which activities are included in the tour package?
A: Immerse yourself in a range of activities, from wildlife observation and forest strolls to river rafting, with the option for thrilling zip-lining.

 

Q: What lodging options are available within Manu National Park?
A: We provide a stay in a Eco-lodge for immersive stays in the heart of the lush rainforest.

 

Q: Is there connectivity for internet and phone services within the park?
A: Brace for limited connectivity, offering a unique opportunity for a digital detox amid the untamed beauty of nature.

 

Q: What essential items should I pack for this journey?
A: Pack essentials like lightweight clothing, effective insect repellent, quality binoculars, and a camera to capture the distinctive wildlife.

 

Q: Are there specific conservation guidelines for responsible tourism during the tour?
A: Adhere to park regulations, respect the natural environment, and actively contribute to sustainable tourism practices for a mindful and enriching experience.

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Deborah Fischer

Solo Traveller

Extremely well organised tour from Cusco. We saw a large number of birds as well as animals over our four day trip.
One of the highlights was a night in their camouflage house where you get to experience the jungle in a very unique way. This is right next to a clay lick that attracts a lot of wildlife. We saw Tapirs, porcupines a deer and a snake.
Every part of the trip ran like a clockwork from the staff in their office to the driver and the boat captian through to the lodge staff who made a great meal and to the guides who were extremely knowledgeable and helpful. Highl recimmended this tour for any one looking for a real Amazon Experience.

November 6, 2023

Sebrina Jean

Solo Traveller

Reasonably well organised tour.Food were great, rooms were clean with good mosquito netting. Staff and guides were fridnyl and helpful. Spotted Jaguars, tons of macaws, crocodiles and more. I felt the trip was worth it.

July 19, 2023

Vivian

Solo Traveller

We worth the time and money spent. The tour experience was second to none and Hilda and her crew were fantastic and exceptionally organised this tour to Amazon. Learnt and saw a lot of Animals, birds and plants. The guide was very nice with spotting animals and birds and was good at explaining too.

February 19, 2023

Kalyani

Family Traveller

By far this was the best trip we had in Peru. We visited the Amazon Jungle and had a first hand experience with locals there. The guide and the community shared many thought provoking facts and stories. We saw many animals and plants and trees. A good value for the money we paid

February 5, 2023

Necter Benjamin

Solo Traveller

I am very happy the way this was organised and the four days were just like i lived my dreams. The guides, the food and lodges everything were just amazing. The guides were very attentive and good at spotting aniumals and birds. I wish i had more time to explore more regions of Amazon with such informative guides, certainly will choose them if I am back in Peru.

January 22, 2023
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