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Manu National Park Tour for 8 days

This is our most popular tour to the Reserve Zone of Manu National Park by bus in and out. This tour includes the following activities: night walks, jungle exploration, Bird watching, walking in the cloud forest of Manu Park, a visit to the Lek of the Peruvian National Bird, caiman searching, turtle searching along Manu River, giant otter searching, and catamaran and boat sailing. The Park is one of the most protected areas on the earth making it a rich area in wildlife. Species you will find include: 3 species of caimans, 15 species of monkeys, 7 species of Macaws, giant otters, capybaras (the largest rodent in the world) 2 species of wild pigs or peccaries, toucans, tanagers, flycatchers, quetzals, trogons, parrots, parakeets, and Jaguars (Jaguars can be observed very often in the area along Manu river).

In this tour you will have the change to visit a small Macaw Clay Lick where 2 species of large Macaws are seeing. In addition, we will also visit a Tapir Clay Lick as well as Bird gardens.


Tour available all year round.


Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Cusco - Pona Lodge


The first day of our adventure into the Jungle of Manu, we will pick you up around 5:00 AM from your hotels in Cusco, using the service of our private transport. The first part of our excursion will take us through the majestic 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 the folkloric capital of the district of Cusco. In the face of modern times, this small colonial pueblo has managed to hold on to its rich tradition for centuries upon centuries. 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 on 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 others 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 Pona Lodge, where we will arrive at approx. 5:00 p.m

Day 2: Pona Lodge – Tapir Clay Lick

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 Dios river whit its relatively clean waters, before lunch we will stop at Manu Hot Springs where we will relax. In the afternoon we will arrive to our lodge and from there we will head towards the Tapir Clay lick where we will spend the night in the middle of the jungle

Day 3: Tapir Clay Lick – Reserved Zone – Casa Matsiguenka

This morning from clear waters of Alto Madre de Dios River we will enter the clay laden waters of the Manu River. With a brief stop at the park ranger station at Limonal to present our permits we travel for about five hours up the Manu. Beaches, especially in the dry season, are loaded with nesting birds and feeding Herons, Egrets, Orinoco Geese, Terns and Skimmers to name a few. Some beaches will host sunning White and Black Caimans (South American relatives of the Alligators) 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 sunning Jaguar - the world’s third largest cat. In 1999 one in three of our trips saw Jaguar in Manu. We will see some 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 our Safari Camp near the lake of Cocha Salvador. We'll 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 piers and a 20 meter observation tower in the rainforest canopy overlooking the lake are available for observing wildlife. We will also be on the lookout for a large family of Giant Otters that inhabit this lake. Before or after dinner an optional excursion 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 Caiman and if we are lucky we may encounter an Olingo Kinkajou or even an Ocelot on the trails. Certainly the night-time noise of tree frogs and insects in the forest is an experience not to be forgotten. Night at Casa Matshiguenka lodge, there are flush toilets and shower facilities.

Day 4: Reserved Zone Of Manu National Park all day - Casa Matsiguenka

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 exploring Salvador Oxbow Lake and the surrounding area aboard our catamaran, from which will be able to observe the mega diversity attracted by this oxbow lake, including Black Caiman, White Caiman, a family of Giant Otters and waterfowl.

Day 5: Macaw Clay Lick - Reserved Zone Of Manu National Park all day  - Casa Matsiguenka

In the area we will have the chance to visit a small macaw clay lick where large Macaws are observed. Red and green macaws as well as Scarlet Macaws are regular visitors of this Clay Lick.

Day 6: Reserved Zone Of Manu National Park – Tapir Lodge

Early in the morning we will have another chance to go for a nature walk or one more visit to the oxbow lake and hear choirs of birds defining their territory in song. As the sun rises, the eastern sky changes to a pale yellow and we will be able to see falcons or other predatory birds patiently searching for prey from the treetops. After lunch we will board our boat again and head downstream towards Boca Manu and from there we will start our journey up river towards our lodge where we will spend the night.

Day 7: Tapir Lodge – Pona Lodge

Today, after breakfast we will sail Alto Madre de Dios up river to the port of Atalaya, the place from where we started our trip by boat, after reach it we will drive to Bamboo lodge where we are going to spend our last night in the jungle of Manu National Park.

Day 8: Pona Lodge – Cusco

GOOD BYE TO MANU!! On the day of our return, we will have an early morning departure from the Pilcopata Lodge in the direction of Paucartambo, which was the entrance point that led us into the jungle in the first place. At this time we will pass through the beautiful Sacred Valley on the way, arriving in Cusco around 3.00pm.z


  • Tour guide in English and Spanish with spotting scope

  • Transportation (bus and boat)

  • Cook

  • Three meals a day

  • Mineral water

  • All Nights in Lodge, a night in a blind might be
    included in the tour

  • Fresh fruit

  • Snacks

  • Rain Poncho

  • Rubber boots

  • Entrance fee to the Oxbow Lakes

  • Entrance fee to Manu National Park

  • Entrance fee to all the private Natural Reserves

  • First aid kit

NOT Included

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Av. El Sol 627A Oficina 305, Cusco-Peru

Celphone/Whatsapp: +1 955 724 993

Mon - Fry

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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