Manu Nature Paradise

Code: MNP 76
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One of the most complete programs offered in Manu National Park, our Manu Nature Paradise adventure takes you to many of Peru’s jewels. You will begin by visiting highlands and valleys on your way to the colonial town of Paucartambo, then continue to the cloud forest where you will see Peru’s national bird, the cock-of-the-rock, in its daily ritual.

Then travel by boat on the Alto Madre de Dios to Boca Manu before continuing to the heart of Manu National Park. Throughout your experience you will be met by the Amazon basin’s amazing array of flora and fauna in natural lake, river and forest settings. Truly, an unmatched experience.

Specialized bilingual guide
Accommodations (6 nights)
Private transportation
All meals indicated on the itinerary: B= breakfast, L= lunch, D= dinner (soup, main dish and dessert), BL= box lunch
No additional charge for vegetarian diets
Drinking water from Cusco
Basic first-aid kit
Specialized 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 per guide or driver)
Alcohol drinks or sodas in the lodges
1 photocopy of passport
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
01 Person5,589
02 People3,328
03 People2,995
04 People – 07 People2,516
08 People – 10 People1,816
Price per Person


Day 1: Cusco – Paradise Lodge (bus & hikes)

Starting early from Cusco, you will travel through Andean landscapes of unmatched beauty: deep valleys, highlands and rural communities where you will enjoy highland birds such as the mountain caracara, Puna ibis and Andean flicker, as well as the pre-Inca Lupacas burial towers, before arriving at the picturesque colonial town of Paucartambo, which has been the gateway to the Manu forests since pre-Hispanic times. Here you wll visit the church with its image of the Virgin of Carmen, and see the historic Carlos V bridge. Once you pass through Acjanaco Pass (3,850 meters/12,630 feet), the official entrance to Manu National Park, the road descends through the important, sparsely-vegetated Andean grassland ecosystem, before reaching the cloud forest in the afternoon. This area is a wealth of flora and fauna: it is the habitat of cock-of-the-rock, crested and golden quetzal, blue-crowned motmot, gray breasted mountain toucan, butterflies, ferns and orchids. To name just a few! After this big day you will spend your first night enjoying the comforts of Paradise Lodge (1,470 meters/4,821 feet).

  • Driving distance: 181.6 km/113 miles (6 to 8 hours, including 3-hour hike)
  • Included: lunch & dinner


Day 2: Paradise Lodge – Atalaya – Boca Manu (bus & boat)

After your first night in the cloud forest, you will enjoy a pre-breakfast walk to watch the cock-of-the-rock perform its daily ritual, in which a group of males put on a show to attract females. Then you will return to the lodge for a hearty breakfast before continuing the trip to Pillcopata. Our private bus will take you to the port of Atalaya (650 meters), where you will board a motorized canoe to navigate approximately 5 hours down the turbulent and exciting Alto Madre de Dios River to Boca Manu. As night falls you will stay in a basic lodge, or camp next to the lodge depending on availability.

  • Included: breakfast, lunch & dinner


Day 3: Boca Manu – Reserve Zone (boat)

Today your journey continues along the Manu River as far as the CAMP, inside the Reserve Zone. Passing Limonal ranger station, you will register before entering the Reserve Zone. Along the way enjoy birds such as toucans, macaws and parrots, and mammals such as capybara, tapirs, peccaries and many varieties of turtles, caiman and, with luck, an impressive, lone jaguar. In mid-afternoon you will arrive at the camp near Salvador Oxbow Lake, where you will spend two nights camping on comfortable platforms.

  • Included: breakfast, lunch & dinner


Day 4: Cocha Salvador – Cocha Otorongo

Our day begins early with a walk of 3 to 4 hours, traveling from the Manu River banks to Otorongo Lake, where you will climb a 15 meter high observation tower. From this vantage point you will enjoy birds such as the exuberantly feathered and primitive shansho (hoatzin), as well as monkeys feeding on fruits. Flowers and butterflies add breathtaking color to the scene. Return to camp via canoe for a delicious lunch. The afternoon will be dedicated to exploring Salvador Oxbow Lake and the surrounding area aboard our private catamaran, from which you will marvel at the mega diversity attracted by this lake: black caiman, white caiman, waterfowl and a family of giant otters are among the inhabitants that call this area home. In the evening you will return to the camp.

  • Included: breakfast, lunch & dinner


Day 5: Salvador Lake – Boca Manu – Blanquillo

Rising early will provide you with another opportunity to enjoy a nature walk or one more visit to the lake. You will also hear the choirs of birds defining their territory in song. As the sun rises, the eastern sky changes to pale yellow and exposes falcons and other predatory birds patiently searching for prey from the treetops. After these morning delights, board the boat and head downstream toward Boca Manu. After visiting the local village, continue via the Madre de Dios River to Blanquillo Lodge, near the macaw clay lick.

  • Included: breakfast, lunch & dinner


Day 6: Blanquillo (boat, hikes)

Before breakfast, a 15-minute boat ride and 20-minute walk through the forest take you to a position just 30 meters/90 feet from the collpa: a rich deposit of natural minerals and clay in the riverbank, and a daily stop for countless species of birds. From this vantage point, in a blind constructed from a catamaran camouflaged with palm leaves, you will observe the daily routine. The first to arrive are several species of parrots, followed soon after by macaws in a colorful and impressive show as they feed on the mineral-rich clay. After this unforgettable spectacle you will return to the lodge for a well-deserved breakfast. The rest of the day will be devoted to exploring Lake Blanco: caiman, turtles and many other species are native to this ecosystem. You may walk the game trails in the afternoon. After dark you will have the opportunity to take a night walk around the lake and, time permitting, take a canoe ride to observe caiman close up.

  • Included: breakfast, lunch & dinner


Day 7: Boca Manu – Colorado – Cusco (boat & bus)

Early in the morning you will have another chance for a short nature walk. You will then board our boat and ride for two hours to a small town of miners of Colorado; here we can observe the way how the illegal mining activities damask the environment and the eco – system of the rain forest. After a short stop we take our local transportation for about one hour to Puerto Carlos where we board our a local boat for a short river crossing before meet whit our transportation and continue driving through the new paved trans – Oceanic road to Cusco. In the way we observe a dramatic changes of the vegetation, from he rain forest to Puna vegetation, whit spectacular views of the Ausangate Mountain (6.380 mt /20,926 ft). A large numbers of llamas and Alpacas near de typical Andean villages or shapers houses before arrive to our hotel in Cusco will be part of this scenary.

  • Included: breakfast, lunch & dinner


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