The Manu National Park, considered one of the largest and richest natural reserves in the world, allows you to make intimate contact with nature in its most primitive and wild state.
The Manu National Park was created in 1973 to conserve representative samples of biological diversity from the tropical rainforest of southeastern Peru. Contribute to regional development through research, as well as the recognition and protection of cultural diversity and living of the indigenous peoples, located on the western edge of the Amazon basin, in the departments of Cusco and Madre de Dios, has an extension of 1'716,295.22 hectares.
Beginning in the historic city of Cusco, this program offers a range of activities that take you through colonial cities and jungle villages and the incredible biological diversity of the Amazon basin. You can also choose to adapt your experience according to your preferences. For adventurers, there is the possibility to participate in mountain biking or rafting activities, while you can enjoy walks in the forest.
Day 01: Cusco to Boca Manu
Day 02: Otorongo - Salvador - Otorongo
Day 03: Otorongo - Boca Manu
Here are just a few things you’ll want to keep in mind.
Pick up from the hotel to the airport, in the morning we will take the flight to Boca Manu. At noon we will stop in the village of Boca Manu and then continue the boat trip and one begins to realize why Manu is so famous for its wildlife.
On the banks of the river there are groups of turtles, white alligators or perhaps some ronsocos and much more. In the afternoon we arrived at our camp located in Cocha Otorongo, shortly after we organized a walk to visit the lake and the observation tower from where we have the opportunity to observe the wolves of the river.
At night, we return to our camp on platforms with roof and showers and toilets available.
Today we visit the Cocha Salvador which is 30 minutes away from Cocha Otorongo. We visit the lake to paddle silently on a catamaran that gives us the chance to observe the river wolves again and a variety of strange birds such as the sultana or the agami.
Later we walked on the main trails with the guide to appreciate the tropical forest. In the afternoon we return to our camp in Cocha Otorongo.
Today we woke up with the howling of some monkeys, but we have to get back to Boca Manu and fly back to Cusco. At airport the transfer will take you to your hotel.
Since the area is so close to the equator, the temperature does not very much throughout the year. The rainy season in the Peruvian Andes starts in about December. But the "dry" season does not mean that it does not rain then - it just means that it rains a little less often. It can rain at any time of the year, usually in the afternoon for a few hours.
Yes, we recommend to bring along a good mosquitoes repellent. In case you visit the rainforest during the month of December, January, February or March (rainy season), we strongly recommend a strong especial mosquito repellent. In addition we also recommend you to bring a couple of long sleeve t-shirts; they are very helpful in this case.
If you are just arriving from your country to Lima (sea level) and then to the highlands (Arequipa, Cusco, Huaraz, Cajamarca, Puno), we recommend you to take it easy, do not push yourself too much on the first hours. It is advisable to drink plenty of fluids such as water.
Travelling on the Peruvian coast, you may wear light clothing (shorts, T-shirts, sandals) during the day is warm, excepts mornings and nights. During our visit to the Andes we strongly recommend to bring proper warm clothing for the cold and rain (December to April). On the jungle, you will need light clothing.