Manu Tours



Manu Tours - Tours in Puerto Maldonado

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Manu Tours - Tours in Puerto Maldonado

DESCRIPTION OF THE TOUR

The Cultural Zone is one of the three zones from Manu National Park which covers high mountains, cloud forest and low jungle. In this area there are small villages, setlers and native comunities working in productive activieties such as agriculture and lumber at a low scale, since this activities are controled by the Ministery of Agriculture and Park

ITINERARY
Day 01 : Manu Cultural Zone
We leave Cusco early in the morning, visit the interesting pre-Inca tombs of Ninamarca, the colonial town of Paucartambo, and then down to the Cloud Forest. Here, a thick cloak of clouds provides perpetual humidity and makes an ideal habitat for epiphytic plants such as bromeliads. This varied and fascinating world is home of the Cock of the Rock, the Spectacled Bear, Orchids, Tree Ferns (one of the oldest living plants), mosses and lichens. At least 50% of the plant species found here are endemic to this region. Overnight in our open air lodge "San Pedro".
Day 02 : Manu Cultural Zone
We observe the ritual mating dance of the Cock of the Rock (Rupicola peruviana), Peru's national bird, from the platform ( "lek"). After breakfast we continue in our overland transport *1 down the narrow road between waterfalls and canyons toward Pilcopata town *2. After 30 minutes bus ride we will arrive to the Port of Atalaya, board our covered motorized boat and head down the Alto Madre de Dios River for approximately 30 minutes toward our private reserve "Erika Lodge" where we will spend the next two nights. Short walk around the lodge.

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Day 03 : Manu Cultural Zone
The great diversity of wildlife around the lodge is due to the wide altitude range of this beautiful site. Immediately after breakfast, we start walking and our guide will explain us about insects, medicinal plants, trees, reptiles, mammals, etc. Before returning for lunch we can have the chance to swim in the clear water of natural pools of a stream close to the lodge. Early in the afternoon we will have a short boat ride to visit a small lake near the Alto Madre de Dios River. Here we will have the chance to see the Hoatzin, a primitive bird, black caimans, many species of birds, insects, etc. This will be our last night in this wonderful Amazon jungle. Overnight in the lodge.

Day 04 : Manu Cultural Zone
Early wake up to board our boat. After five minutes ride, we will arrive to a small "Collpa", which is a wall of clay in the riverbanks where many species of parrots feed for mineral and salt supplements to their diet of seeds and fruits. After this colourful and noisy show we continue by boat to Atalaya Port and then the bus back to Cusco arriving late in the afternoon. End of services.

INCLUDED:

  • All transfers.
  • Tours as described.
  • All meals.
  • Private guiding and assistance.
  • All camping equipment.

DOES NOT INCLUDED:

  • Alcoholic beverages.
  • Extras.
  • Tips or taxes.
  • Insurance and airline tickets (where applicable).

YOU MUST TO BRING:

  • A backpack with a change of clothes for the whole period of the trek.
  •  Rain gear (jacket and pants if available) or rain poncho.
  •  Strong footwear, waterproof trekking boots recommended.
  • Warm clothes, including jacket, fleeces. Thermal clothing is also recommended, especially for sleeping.
  • Sleeping bag (it can be hired at our agency for US$ 5.00 / day).
  •  Mattress: will be provided by the agency but is to be carried by you.
  •  Flashlight and batteries.
  • Camera, films and batteries (batteries consume more quickly under cold conditions).
  • Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain and cold.
  • Sun block.
  •  After-sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body.
  •  Insect repellent – minimum recommended 20% DEET – no malaria risk has been reported.
  •  Handkerchiefs.
  •  Toilet paper.
  •  Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc. Please beware that we do provide a daily morning snack and our meal service is very complete and well supplied. This recommendation applies for all clients being used to a specific snack, as it may happen that it is not included in our selection.
  •  Non-disposable canteen (Nalgene type) and water for the first morning. Optionally: water sterilizing tablets in case you pick up water from streams or rivers along the route. Otherwise, we provide filtered boiled water, which is safe to drink and has not reported any health problem so far.
  •  Swimsuit (if you intend to go to the hot springs in Aguas Calientes).
  •  Cash in soles and/or US$ (no ATM machines in Aguas Calientes).
Optional: walking sticks or poles (rubber covers required in order not to damage the Inca Trail).

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