Peru: Manu Reserved Zone Tours

Manu Expeditions Rainforest and Wildlife Tours in Peru

06 Days/05 Nights   April to December   Moderate

MANU NATIONAL PARK RESERVE CENTER: The Manu Biosphere Reserve is one of the most pristine areas of wildlife in the Peruvian Amazon, which in the Manu River in the park. Activities such as hunting and fishing are not performed. The Reserve is very strictly controlled and visitors are only allowed to visit with tickets and guides with their professional card, especially with its operator agency of the Manu National Reserve. All of your time in the park will be with your guide, from your departure from the city of Cusco until your return to the city of Cusco. Tours to Manu National Park must be organized in advance in order to avoid any problems with your departure for the Manu tour.

LOCATION EXTENSION AND ZONES OF MANU NATIONAL PARK: Manu National Park is located in the southern part of Peru in the departments of Madre de Dios and Cusco Province of Manu and Paucartambo. Territories of the districts of Fitzcarralt of the province of Manu and district of Challabamba and Qosñipata of the province of Paucartambo comprise all the the Manu River Basin and the left bank of the Madre Madre River; the area of the park lies 65% in the department of Madre de Dios and 35% in the department of Cusco.

THE MANU NATIONAL PARK HAS THREE ZONES: The Core or Natural Zone, which makes up the intangible area that covers an area of 1,532,806 hectares, is the indigenous territory where the land is used according to tradition, without any restrictions for native groups, where tourists and any other foreigners are prohibited to enter without authorization from the headquarters of Manu National Park.

The Transitional or Cultural Zone of Manu National Park covers an area of 91,394 hectares where the colonists and some indigenous communities of Machiguengas are found, forming a buffer zone in the core of the Manu National Park, where there are no restrictions on economic activities, as can be seen in our maps. The three areas that make up the Manu National Reserve contains 13 different ecological zones ranging in altitude from 200m to 4,000m, meaning that it has an incredible variety of flora and fauna.

Excursions to Manu National Park are expensive as (Manu Biosphere Reserve) (Manu Cultural Zone) However, it is sometimes possible to get discounts on official prices. If an agency has a fixed departure for a day or two and if it still has spaces, it may be willing to offer our departure date are fixed for this 2017 (if you have a date available for the tour to the Manu we need a deposit of 50 %, minimum of 2 people, maximum 10) You can make your reservation with our company Manu Jungle Trips.

International companies operate in the Manu Reservation with their own transportation, such as land transport and river transport, and they have their own land and shelter that leave no income to the communities and indigenous peoples who for years and centuries kept this reserve in its natural habitat. Today just some agencies try to work along with them, giving work income for their families and generating work for the local population inside and outside the Manu National Park Reserve. The Reserved Zone consists of an area of 257,000 hectares designated for tourism and researchers with a rational treatment of resources.

Travel Program


Day 1: Cusco – Amazon Lodge
Day 2: Amazon Lodge – Manu Reserved Zone “CASA MATCHIGENGA LODGE”
Day 3: Manu Reserved Zone “Casa Matchigenga Lodge”
Day 4: Manu Reserved Zone “Casa Matchigenga Lodge” – Manu Wildlife Lodge
Day 5: Manu Wildlife Lodge – Amazon Lodge
Day 6: Amazon Lodge – Cusco

Detailed Program

Detailed Program

Day 1: Cusco – Amazon Lodge
We will pick you up around 6:00am from your hotels in Cusco, using the service of our private transport. The first part of our excursion will take us though the majestic Andean mountains, where we will take a quick opportunity to visit a really nice pleasant lake by the name of Huacarpay, a high Andean lagoon that boasts heaps 0f flora and fauna typical of the Andean mountains.

Afterwards, we will visit the town of Huancarani which contains the funeral towers of Ninamarca a cemetery of the lupaca Pre – Inca Culture, which we will visit briefly on our way to Paucartambo, which is known as folkloric capital of the district of Cusco.

In the face of modern times, this small colonial village has managed to hold on to its rich tradition for centuries upon.

At mid-day we will arrive at the entrance of Manu National Park and access to one of the most protected natural areas in South America. We will continue on in our private transport down a dirt road and through the thick fog from which this section of the forest takes it name.

Eventually we will arrive at the home of the exotic Peruvian National Bird, the “Cock of the Rock” where it is known to gather with Manu National Park Explorerothers of its kind for some sort of social gathering that seems reminiscent of a large courtship.

You will find that this is quite an amazing spectacle complete with an impressive array of sounds and colours that can only be found in the jungle. For our first night, we will stay in the beautiful Pilcopata Lodge where we will arrive at approx.5:00p.m.

Day 2: Amazon Lodge – Manu Reserved Zone “CASA MATCHIGENGA LODGE”
After eating our breakfast we continue the tour by bus going through the high forest arriving to Atalaya which is found next to Madre de Dios River (700 meters over the sea ) we will pass by Alto Madre de Rios River whit its its relatively clean waters to enter the clay laden waters of the Manu River.

With a brief stop at the park ranger station at liminal to present our permits we travel for avout five hours up the Manu .Beaches ,specialty in the dry season, are located with nesting birds and feeding herons, egrets Orinoco geese , terms and skimmers to name a few .

Some beaches will host sunning white and black caimans (south American relatives of the alligator) and breeding side-necked turtles . Hundreds of sand-colored nightjars roost during the day on logs and beaches and there is a chance of encountering a summing jaguar – the word this largest cat. In 1999 one of three of our trips saw jaguar in Manu.

We will osme species of primate on this river trip .possibly Red Howler Monkeys or the smaller squirrel monkeys. After having lunch by the river we arrive at safari camp near the lake of cocha Salvador .we will have the afternoon to explore some of the trails through the pristine rainforest in the area.

A visit to the lake of Cocha Otorongo is planned, where observation tower in the rainforest canopy overlooking the lake are available for observing wildlife.

We will also be on lookout for a large family of Giant Otters that inhabit this lake. Before or after dinner an optional into the forest at night is available with your guide in search of nocturnal creatures.

The lakes are full of eye shine of the large black Manu National Park ExplorerCaiman and if we are lucky we may encounter an Olingo Kinkajou or even an Ocelot on the trail.

Certainly the night- time noise of tree frogs and insects in the forest is an experience not to be forgotten. Night at Cocha Salvador. The camp is really not a map. There are flush toilets and shower facilities and large walk-in tents on raised wooden platforms with cots for sleeping.

Day 3: Manu Reserved Zone “Casa Matchigenga Lodge”
Today we will start with a long walk of some three or four hours, from the banks of Manu River to Otorongo Lake, here we will climb a 15m high observation tower, from where birds such as the exuberantly feathered and primitive Shansho(Hoatzin) can be seen, as well as monkeys feeding on fruits and several species of flowers and brightly-colored butterflies.

We will then return to our camp by canoe to enjoy a delicious lunch. The afternoon will be dedicated to expiring Salvador Oxbow Lake and the surrounding area aboard our catamaran, from which will be able to observe the mega diversity attracted by this oxbow, including Black Caiman, White Caiman, a family of Giant Otters and waterfowl. Return to the lodge in the evening.

Day 4: Manu Reserved Zone “Casa Matchigenga Lodge” – Manu Wildlife Lodge
We leave the Casa Matchiguenka Lodge very early to have another opportunity to see a jaguar on our way out of the Manu Reserved Zone. We might also see tapirs, turtles and caimans.

After a short stop in Boca Manu a visit to the native community of Diamante is optional. We continue upriver (Alto Madre de Dios River) to Manu Wildlife Lodge

In the evening we walk to the mammals clay lick where we prepare our beds (protected by mosquito nets) in the tree house and wait to see wild pigs and tapirs feeding on the mineral salts. We stay there the whole night taking shifts to watch for nocturnal animals.

Day 5: Manu Wildlife Lodge – Amazon Lodge
In the morning we walk back to Manu Wildlife Lodge exploring this part of the jungle. Again we might see many different kinds of animals, birds, medicinal plants and the giant trees.

After breakfast we continue our adventure by boat traveling upriver for several hours to Atalaya, where our private bus will be waiting for us to bring us to Amazon Lodge for the night. There we will build a fire, relax and have some drinks and a BBQ.

Day 6: Amazon Lodge – Cusco
After breakfast we return by bus to Cusco via the cloud forest and Paucartambo. We will arrive in Cusco in the early afternoon.

Important notes:
Bearing in mind the uncontrollable forces of nature, the program could be subject to changes at any time without warning. Manu is a rainforest that has remained intact because of it hidden location. This means the program involves much traveling by bus and boat. However, it also means you are in a part of the Amazon rainforest that has no comparison, with an untouched flora and fauna!

Included meals: B=breakfast; L=lunch; D=dinner

What’s included

What's included

Services included in the prices:
  • Private transportation (bus and boat)
  • All necessary equipment (mattress, rubber boots, rain poncho, duffel bag, tables, chairs)
  • Professional bilingual local guide.
  • Mineral water.
  • First aid kit.
  • 3 meals per day.
  • Cook.
  • Snacks (biscuits, candy, fresh fruit, juice)
  • Entrance to the natural hot springs.
  • Entrance to Reserve Ecological Bonanza.
  • Entrance to Rainforest Lodge.
  • Entrance to the Manu National Park.
  • Entrance to Casa Matchiguenka Lodge.
  • And much more…

Not Included:
  • Light sleeping bag.
  • Repellent with a minimum of 25 % DEET.
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • Camera with extra batteries (optional)
  • Flashlight with extra batteries.
  • Sun lotion.
  • Pocket money.
  • Some money for staff tips (generally expected at the tour, although not essential).
  • Daypack.
  • Water bottle.
  • Sun hat.
  • Hiking sandals.
  • Toilet paper.
  • Dark clothes and Towel.

Prices & Dates

Tour Information:

Season: April to December
Difficulty: Moderate

Dates & Prices:

More information about dates and prices upon request.


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