Andes to Amazon

Code: ATA 54
  • manu-national-park–collpa
  • manu-casa-en-la-selva
  • manu-sacha-vaca
  • Manu-Indigenous-Communities-gallo
  • manu-national-park-rio
  • manu-paradise-lodge-ave-cusco
  • manu-paradise-lodge-mono-cusco
  • manu-national-park-loros
  • manu-casa-de-campo
  • manu-paradise-lodge-mariposa-cusco
  • manu-paradise-lodge-compadre

This program will take you from Peru’s Andean region to its Amazon forests, through several fascinating ecosystems. Leaving the city of Cusco, we will pass Mount Ausangate, southern Peru’s highest mountain (6380 meters / 20920 feet), before leaving behind the highlands with their herds of llamas and alpacas, and descending into the Amazon basin.
In one of the world’s most biologically diverse protected areas, you will have the opportunity to observe giant otters, black caimans, hundreds of bird species, tapirs, several species of monkeys, mammals, butterflies, orchids and bromeliads.

Expert bilingual naturalist guide
Specialist birding guide on request
Private boat and bus transport
Entrance fees to macaw clay lick
Tapir lick, Blanco & Camungo lakes
All meals indicated on the itinerary
No additional charge is made for vegetarian diets
Drinking water from Cusco
First aid kit
Mosquito bite treatment (BiteAway)
Snake bite antidote
Radio communication
Specialist books are available during the trip
Personal items and medicines (gear, clothing, laundry service, telephone calls, etc.)
Tips to local staff (we recommend $8-10 per day of service for each guide or driver)
Alcoholic beverages
1 photocopy of passport
Small backpack
Hiking boots
Lightweight warm jacket
Rain gear (or waterproof poncho)
Long-sleeved cotton shirts
Hiking shorts
Hat / bandana
Sport sandals
Sunscreen and sunglasses
Insect repellent
Pocket knife
Digital camera and memory stick
Camera charger (220V)
Binoculars for wildlife viewing (8 or 10x magnification)
Ziplock bags and garbage bags for keeping clothes and other personal items dry during excursions
Book Birds of Peru (optional)
01 Person4,371
02 People2,587
03 People2,328
04 People – 07 People1,955
08 People – 10 People1,447
Price per Person


Day 1: Cusco – Pirhuayani Pass – Quincemil

After an early departure from Cusco, we will drive for nine hours along the Inter-Oceanic Highway, including several stops to enjoy the scenery and take photos. One of our stops will be at the Pirhuayani Pass (4725 meters / 15583 feet), from where there are fine views of the snow-capped peaks of the Vilcanota range, including Mount Ausangate (6380 meters / 20920 feet), as well as the high plains grazed by llamas and alpacas. From this pass we will begin our descent of the eastern slopes of the Andes, passing through cloud forest and entering the lowland rainforest at the Inambari River. We will arrive at Mazuco in the afternoon. At this gold mining village we will spend the night in a local lodge.

  • Included: Snacks, lunch and evening meal


Day 2: Quincemil to Tambo Blanquillo Or Similar (bus & boat)

Our first full day in the forest will begin with a typical local breakfast, after which we will be driven for half an hour to the Inambari River. The river crossing takes about 10 minutes, and another vehicle will be waiting for us on the other bank, from where it is a one hour drive to Boca Colorado mining village. A boat will be waiting to take us upstream along the Madre de Dios River as far as Tambo Blanquillo Lodge. Our day will be spent enjoying the forest and looking out for wildlife on the riverbanks. These forests are home to cocoi herons, purplish jays and many other birds, as well as caimans and many of the 13 species of monkeys that inhabit Manu National Park. We will arrive at Tambo Blanquillo Lodge in the early afternoon. After your evening meal you will be offered the chance to take a nocturnal walk in the forest around the lodge.

  • Included: Breakfast, lunch and evening meal
  • Boat ride: Four and a half hours


Day 3: Tambo Blanquillo – Macaw and Tapir Lick (boat)

In the early morning, before breakfast, we will take a 30-minute boat ride as far as the special observation post located just 30 meters (90 feet) from the clay lick, or “collpa”; a mineral-rich clay deposit on the riverbank. From our camouflaged blind we will be perfectly placed to observe them as several species of parrots and macaws arrive to feed on the minerals essential to their diet, creating for us a colorful and noisy spectacle that is an unforgettable experience. You will be served breakfast in the hide. After observing the activity at the lick, we will return to the lodge. After lunch, our day will continue with a boat ride to the Maquisapayoj Lodge. After our arrival, we will walk through the primary rainforest for about an hour and forty minutes to the tapir lick. An observation platform has been installed here, from where it is possible to see tapirs as they come in search of mineral deposits to feed on. This species is nocturnal and we will spend the night at the platform, which is fully equipped, before returning to our lodge the next day.

  • Included: Breakfast, lunch and evening meal
  • Boat ride: 3 hours


Day 4: Blanco and Camungo Lake (boat)

After a good breakfast, you will have the whole day to enjoy Lake Blanco. This oxbow lake habitat is home to several fascinating species. Here it is possible to see giant otters, caimans, turtles, the primitive hoatzin bird, snail kites, brown-throated three-toed sloths, red howler monkeys, squirrel monkeys, white-fronted capuchins and brown capuchins. In the afternoon we will visit Lake Camungo and climb up to our observation point in the canopy, 42 meters (137 feet) above the ground. This is the perfect place to look out for toucans. After plenty of time to observe local wildlife, we will go back to the lake for another chance to spot giant otters, before returning to the lodge or opting to spend another night spotting nocturnal tapirs.

  • Included: Breakfast, lunch and evening meal
  • Total boat ride: 3 hours


Day 5: Tambo Blanquillo – Macaw And Tapir Lick (boat)

We will board our boat in the early morning for the two-hour trip to the gold mining community of Boca Colorado. Here we will be able to observe for ourselves how these illegal mining activities affect the rainforest environment. From here it is a one-hour ride on local transport as far as Puerto Carlos, where we will board a local boat for the short river crossing. On the opposite bank, our transport will be waiting to take us along the Inter-Oceanic Highway to Cusco. During this journey we will experience the dramatic changes in scenery, as we leave the forests and climb up into the Andes, crossing high plains on our way to Cusco, where you will be transferred to your hotel.

  • Included: Breakfast, lunch and snacks
  • Boat ride: 5 hours


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