Day 2: Manu cloud forest – Manu Learning Center
Today we will make an early morning excursion into the cloud forest to observe the behavior of one of its main attractions, the cock-of-the-rock, which is Peru’s national bird. The males of the species perform an elaborate mating dance for the benefit of the females, and this provides us with a fascinating spectacle. After a nutritious breakfast at the lodge, we will continue by road, descending further into the cloud forest. During this journey we will be accompanied by the sights and sounds of the forest, including monkeys and some of the enormous variety of bird species found in these forests, which are also home to the spectacled bear and white-tailed deer. We will also visit a coca plantation, where you will be able to learn about the traditional uses of coca leaves and their medicinal properties. After a short stop at the village of Pillcopata, we will continue to the river port community of Atalaya. It is here that we will board our motorized canoe for the one-hour ride to the Manu Learning Center. This will be your first experience of a meandering Amazonian river, the Upper Madre de Dios, one of the southernmost tributaries of the great Amazon River. On arrival at the lodge, you will have time to settle in before lunch, and in the afternoon there will be a chance to explore the local trail system with your naturalist guide, before relaxing at the lodge with the sounds of the forest all around you. During your time as a guest at this beautiful lodge, you can learn from the resident guides and scientific researchers about the history of Manu and the challenges involved in conserving this beautiful and fragile ecosystem. Or you might choose to simply relax and let the world go by, as you sip a cool drink and contemplate the surrounding forest.
- Driving distance: 71.6 km / 44.8 miles (5 hours)
- Included: Breakfast, lunch & evening meal