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Manu Rainforest Tours from Cusco

The five-day Manu Rainforest Tours from Cusco is one of our signature tours. This tour takes you deep into the cultural zone of Manu Peru. Accompanied by a local English-speaking tour guide you will discover some of the best of what Manu National Park has to offer. 

Manu Peru is the biggest rainforest in the world. It is spread in 1,532,806 hectares. It has different tiers of cloud forest and lowland rainforest that raises from 150 meters above sea level to 4200 meters above sea level. 

Manu Jungle is divided into three zones, cultural zone, core zone, and Manu biosphere reserve (reserved zone). Access to the core zone is restricted to scientists and researchers.

A tourists sees the Amazon's river while sitting on a sailing boat.

Manu Cultural Zone is home to over 32 native indigenous communities. They are untouched by modernity. In fact, they still rely on medicinal plants found in the tropical forest to cure any sickness. 

Tours to Manu National Park are popular among travelers in Cusco. It is closer to Cusco which allows them to simply jump off on a jungle trip after visiting Machu Picchu. Manu Peru is also home to different flora and fauna, most of which are distinct to the region. 

Why Peru Amazon Trips?

Peru Amazon Trips 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.

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Departure & Return Location

Cusco Hotel Transfer

Departure Time

05:30 AM

Our Services Include

  • Ground transportation
  • River transport
  • 1 night at the Pilcopata Inn
  • 2 nights at Amazon Manu Lodge
  • 3 meals
  • Bilingual professional guide
  • Equipment such as binoculars, telescope, first aid kit

Not Included

  • Breakfast the first day
  • Dinner on the last day
  • Extras, such as souvenirs
  • Beverages such as soft drinks or alcoholic beverages

Suggested Packing List

  • Personal medications
  • Toiletries
  • Sneakers
  • Sandals
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Hat, sunglasses, sunscreen
  • Insect repellent (40% DEET or higher recommended)
  • Raincoat
  • Long sleeve shirts
  • Cotton pants
  • Swimwear
  • Warm clothing (mornings and nights on the river can be cold)
  • Binoculars
  • Camera
  • Backpack and day pack
Manu Peru Itinerary
Manu Rainforest Tours

Day 1Cusco (3,300 m.a.s.l.) - Cloud Forest (1,700 m.a.s.l.) - Pilcopata Inn (600 m.a.s.l.)

Embarking from Cusco at the crack of dawn in our vehicles, we’ll traverse captivating valleys amid the Andes and charming rural communities. Exploring pre-Inca Ninamarca tombs precedes a stop in Paucartambo, a colonial gem, for a visit to the captivating town museum.

Paucartambo's bridge remains since the colonial times.

Our journey includes a lunch stop in the cloud forest. Descending further through this biodiverse area, we’ll encounter endemic species like the spectacled bear and the charismatic cock of the rock, Peru’s national bird known for its unique courtship ritual. Orchids, bromeliads, ferns, and other flora adorn our path.

The spectacle of nature continues until we reach our first-night abode, the Pilcopata Inn.

Day 2Pilcopata - Manu Lodge (450 m.a.s.l.)

After an early breakfast, we’ll embark on a wildlife observation stroll to encounter monkeys and birds in the forest. Following this, we’ll visit a coca plantation and a wildlife rescue center.

The small town of Kosñipata or Pilcopata portrays the typical picturesque small town in the Amazon's highlands.

Our journey then takes us to Puerto Atalaya, situated alongside the Alto Madre de Dios River at an elevation of 500 meters. Descending by boat, we’ll marvel at the diverse bird species like herons, vultures, and cormorants until reaching the Amazon Manu Lodge.

A capuchin monkey, commonly found roaming on trees' branches throughout Manu's Park.
A capuchin monkey, commonly found roaming on trees’ branches throughout Manu’s Park.

There, we’ll enjoy a river bath, have lunch, and in the afternoon, explore a swamp to observe toucans, woodpeckers, and macaws. Before dinner, we’ll venture out to spot the nocturnal glow of alligator eyes. The night will be spent at the hostel.

Day 3Manu Lodge (450 m.a.s.l.)

In the early morning, we’ll embark on our boat, heading to the macaw clay lick—a riverbank wall where various parrot species, including the blue-headed parrot, white-eyed parakeet, and Chestnut Front macaw, gather daily.

Feeding on the clay, rich in minerals, aids digestion and toxin elimination.

Returning to the lodge, a delectable breakfast awaits. Subsequently, a 2 to 3-hour forest walk ensues.

A couple of macaws feed from the soil in one of the collpas.
A couple of macaws feed from the soil in one of the collpas.

After lunch at the cabin, guests can rest or enjoy a swim in the river. In the afternoon, we explore Machuwasi lake on rafts, spotting birds like the prehistoric hoatzin and, if lucky, other animals like monkeys and capybaras. A night walk follows, seeking insects and amphibians before resting back at the lodge.

A group of explorers go through the canopy bridges while they tour the rainforest.

Free optional activity – zip line: Guests at the Lodge can experience a breathtaking jungle view while soaring through the canopy between elevated platforms. All equipment is high-quality and safe. After a thrilling journey through the treetops, rappel down 25 meters to the ground.

Day 4Manu Lodge – Shyntuya Hot Springs

Rising early, we savor breakfast before boarding our boat to cruise along the Alto Madre de Dios River for approximately two hours. During this journey, observe capybaras along the riverbanks and spot alligators.

Shintuya's waterfalls will be our destiny for the fourth day in the Amazon.

Eventually, we reach the Shyntuya community, a mere 5 minutes away, to indulge in the healthful hot springs. A 30-minute walk leads to a captivating waterfall cascading into a sizable natural pool.

A poisonous frog found in the Manu National Park during the night.
A poisonous frog found in the Manu National Park during

Returning to our hostel, we take a rest before embarking on another night walk, concluding our eventful day.

Day 5Manu Lodge - Cusco

Following breakfast, we’ll relax in the hot springs of Atalaya before boarding our boat to return to Puerto Atalaya. Our waiting car will take us back to Cusco, with lunch scheduled during the return journey, expecting to arrive around 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Our final destinatio will be Cusco, which we expect to reach by night.

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Layla A

Solo Traveller

My Manu Rainforest Tour with Peru Amazon Trips was an absolute delight! The service was exceptional, and the experience felt so natural and immersive. Exploring the rainforest was a dream come true, and the wildlife encounters were unforgettable. Highly recommend for a solo adventurer seeking an authentic and enriching journey!

September 23, 2021

Wyatt A

Family Traveller

As a family, our Manu Rainforest Tour with Peru Amazon Trips was a once-in-a-lifetime adventure! The service provided was exceptional, and the entire experience felt so natural and family-friendly.

Peru Amazon Trips’ team went above and beyond to ensure that every member of our family had a fantastic time. The guides were not only knowledgeable but also patient and engaging with the kids, making the rainforest exploration educational and fun.

Encountering the diverse wildlife and exploring the pristine rainforest together was an unforgettable bonding experience. We were in awe of the beauty and richness of this natural wonder.

If you’re looking for an incredible and family-oriented rainforest adventure, Peru Amazon Trips is the way to go. We can’t thank them enough for creating such cherished memories for our family. Highly recommended

July 18, 2021

Daniel P

Solo Traveller

Our Manu Rainforest Tour with Peru Amazon Trips was absolutely fantastic! The service felt so genuine and seamless, providing us with a truly immersive experience in the breathtaking Manu Rainforest of Peru. The journey from Cusco was well-organized, and the guides were knowledgeable and passionate about the rainforest’s ecology.

Peru Amazon Trips’ team took care of every detail, ensuring our comfort and safety throughout the trip. The natural beauty and wildlife encounters left us in awe at every turn.

If you’re looking for an authentic and unforgettable rainforest adventure, Peru Amazon Trips is the way to go. Highly recommended for a truly magical and nature-filled experience!

April 28, 2021

Caleb P

Solo Traveller

Our Manu Rainforest Tour with Peru Amazon Trips was an absolute highlight of my trip to Peru! The service provided was exceptional, and the experience felt so natural and immersive. Exploring the pristine rainforest and encountering its incredible biodiversity was a dream come true.

Peru Amazon Trips’ team was knowledgeable and passionate, making the journey educational and fascinating. From the moment we entered the rainforest, I felt a deep connection to nature and its wonders.

The sights and sounds of the rainforest were truly mesmerizing, and the personalized service made the experience even more special.

If you’re seeking an authentic and off-the-beaten-path adventure, Peru Amazon Trips is the perfect choice. This tour opened my eyes to the beauty and importance of preserving our natural world. Highly recommended for an unforgettable rainforest experience!

April 28, 2021

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