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Peruvian Jungle Tour

Peruvian Jungle Tour

Do not miss the opportunity to know the Peruvian Amazon, live the experience of your life, full of adventures, where you will live with the flora and fauna of the area, walking and exploring breathtaking landscapes that you could never have imagined in Manu Peru.

Manu offers by far the greatest quantity and diversity of animals and plants in the world. No other destination in Peru or beyond can compare with Manu.

Nowhere else can you enjoy a superbly intact transect of tropical habitats from Andean grasslands and cloud forests down to foothill and lowland forests. Manu boasts the highest bird, mammal, and plant diversity of any park on Earth, including 9,700 bird species, 200 species of mammals, and 15,000 species of flowering plants. The most photogenic spectacles are frolicking Giant Otters, 1,000 parrots and macaws at a riverbank clay lick, dancing Cock of the Rock, habituated monkeys, and huge Lowland Tapirs at a forest clay lick. Enjoy one of the best jungle tours manu.

Quick Itinerary:

Day 01: Puerto Maldonado - Colorado - Manu Wildlife Center

Day 02: Explore the Jungle and see tapirs up close

Day 03: Appreciate wildlife on a boat tour

Day 04: Manu Wildlife Center - Puerto Maldonado

 

Many reasons to visit the Manu:

  • The Manu is one of the natural areas richest in biological diversity, because it encompasses diverse ecosystems, such as the puna, the cloud forest, the high forest and the Amazonian plain.
  • It is considered one of the 7 natural wonders of the planet and houses 20 thousand plant species, 1000 species of birds, 222 species of mammals and large numbers still to be defined of species of reptiles, amphibians, fish and insects that inhabit their diverse ecosystems.
  • In Manu it is possible to observe endangered species more frequently than in other protected natural areas, such as the giant river otter or giant otter and large black caimans. In addition, you have possibilities to spot hard-to-see species such as the jaguar and the tapir.
  • The route of the Manu, known worldwide as Manu Road, is considered by the birdwatchers within the Top 10 of the planet, due to its spectacular diversity of bird species as the road descends through its different ecosystems.
  • The Manu is inhabited by diverse ethnic groups that protect their forest. Some of them, like the Huachipaeris and the Matsiguenkas. They have programs to show the traveler the jungle through their eyes.
  • The Tres Cruces viewpoint, at the entrance to the Manu National Park, is a natural spectacle in which the sun reflects on the clouds as it leaves the east at dawn, giving the impression that it was a sunset on a immense ocean.

Amazon Jungle Peru Tours:

Day 1: Puerto Maldonado ‐ Colorado ‐ Manu Wildlife Center

Arriving to Puerto Maldonado, our transfer service will take you to Santa Rosa Village along a two-hour and a half journey. Then we will cross the Inambari river for 15 minutes boat trip to Carlos Port, here you will start your overland journey to Boca Colorado for 45 minutes by car, followed by four hours and a half motorized boat trip ride upstream the Madre de Dios river.

Finally, we arrive to Manu Wildlife Center for lunch. Later we start exploring some of the 30 miles of forest trails surrounded by the lodge. We could have an excellent chance of encountering some of the 12 species of monkeys, including the Spider Monkey and Emperor Tamarin, which inhabit the surrounding forest. After dinner there will be an enchanting night walk along the trails, in search of the nocturnal birds and animals of the rainforest.

Day 2: Explore the jungle and see tapirs up close

After a delicious breakfast we walk through the forest for some minutes, where we find the Macaw Lick project. Carry your cameras and binoculars to appreciate the scarlet Macaws, that come flapping in groups of two and three, landing in the treetops. After, we continue walking and exploring on the network of trails surrounding the lodge then we return for lunch.  

Later, we would appreciate the vegetation around the lodge. At the afternoon, we arrive to our Canopy Tower. On its platform we will have the opportunity to feel the adrenaline flying like a bird in the middle of beautiful jungle.

Then we set off along the “collpa trail”, which will take us to the famous Tapir Clay lick. Here we will recognize the most active tapir lick known in the entire Amazon, our research has identified from 8‐12 individual 600‐pound Tapirs who come to this lick to eat clay from under the tree roots. This material absorbs and neutralizes toxins in the vegetarian diet of the Tapir, the largest land animal of Latin America. This experience is unique and exciting because tapir are normally very shy creatures and no visible up close.

Day 3: Appreciate wildlife on a boat tour

We set off early for a lake full of water lilies and sunken logs. As we visit the lake, we might encounter the resident Giant Otter family on a fishing expedition, or troops of monkeys crashing noisily through the trees. The Wattled jacana step lightly on the lily, dainty Sungrebe paddle across the water, supple‐necked Anhinga air‐dry their wide, black wings, and perhaps an Osprey scans for fish from a high branch. Among the bushes near the waterline, Hoatzins, which look like rust‐colored chickens, announce their presence with distinctive, bizarre wheezing and grunts. Woodpeckers, tanagers, macaws, toucans and parakeets all finally come swooping in to trees surrounding the lake. After lunch at the lodge, we offer an opportunity to search for caiman and other nocturnal life along the riverbank by boat accompanied by our guide.

Day 4: : Manu Wildlife Center - Puerto Maldonado

We leave our lodge very early on the two hour and a half return boat trip downstream to the Colorado Village. We will enjoy the breakfast at the lodge or in the boat while you enjoy the wildlife activity around the river.

In addition, during the journey we will see several native settlements and gold miners digging along the banks of the Madre de Dios River. We will stop in the far-west type gold-mining town of Colorado to start our overland journey to Puerto Carlos for 45 minutes, then you will cross the Inambari River for 15 minutes boat trip to Santa Rosa, finally the bus will drive us to the airport in Puerto Maldonado City.

Included

  • Qualified and bilingual guide
  • Private Transport
  • Transportation by equiped private boat
  • Accommodations 3 nights in Lodges, beds with mosquitoes nets.
  • Full Board Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner vegetarian option by request)
  • Drinking water provided,
  • First Aid Kit

Not Included

  • Binocular
  • Money for extra soft drinks and beers.
  • Personal items and medicines (gear, clothing, laundry, telephone calls, etc.)
  • Optional tips for the staff, tour guide, chef
  • Accommodation

Important Information

  • We normally run this tour from March to December (summer). For January and February, please inquire for availability as it is the rainy season and trips will be scheduled only when it is safe.
  • The weather in the Andes can be very unpredictable and you should be prepared for bad weather. Peru is located in the southern hemisphere meaning the winter extends from June to August. In the summer months daytime temperatures can be hot & sunny, but the nights can be very cold. During winter it can be cold and rainy during the day and particularly cold at night.
  • The meeting point or pick up will be at your hotel in Cusco, our guide will explain you everything before the tour during the briefing.

Getting to Manu from Cusco

Manu is located 403 miles from the hot and isolated regional capital of Puerto Maldonado, which acts as a gateway to the reserve. You can get to Puerto Maldonado by land from Cusco, or by air through Lima. From there you can go through the Manu river by boat. It is advisable to arrive from Cusco in organized tour packages, as the entrance is not sold to individuals but to authorized agencies.

Packing List

  • Binoculars
  • Camera and films
  • Warm clothing, long sleeve shirts and long pants
  • Hat and sun glasses
  • Rain jacket
  • Insect repellent (at least 40% DEET)
  • Swimming suit
  • Personal medicines and/or supplies
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Hiking shoes and sandals
  • Flashlight
  • Towel for all the tour.

Doubts and Frequent Questions about Peruvian Jungle Tour

When is the best time to visit the Amazon in Peru?

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.

 

Are there mosquitos in the Rainforest?

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.

 

How can I prevent the altitude sickness?

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.

 

What kind of clothing should I bring to the Amazon?

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.


I must carry money exchange?

When you arrive in Perú it is best to do so with U.S. dollars. While most western currency can be exchanged for Peruvian Soles rather easily, any shop, restaurant, or business will take U.S. dollars as payment. This can not be said readily of all other western currency. Be prepared however to receive your change in Soles. It is a good idea not to use bills in excess of $10-$20.00 U.S., as you might find it difficult for the merchant to change anything larger

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