Manu Biosphere and Maquisapayoj is a very rich/ biodiverse but fragile ecosystem. Being home of several endangered species, e.g. Macaw Clay Licks, Giant Otter, Harpy Eagle, Giant Anteater, Ocelot and Wooly Monkey, ecologically sustainable tourism in Manu is imperative and a low tourism flow is favourable. Visitors should be informed about rainforest conservation and favourable tourism activities have to be controlled (e.g. don´t get too close to the animals). Ecotourism also is an important economic activity for the inhabitants of the rainforest that permits its use without distroying the rainforest resources, Manu Wildlife Center, Manu National Park UNESCO”.
Manu National Park – (Peru Hike Adventures) All visitors are requested to get acquainted with the conservation of the Manu National Park. Certain rules of conduct apply, you may, for example, not approach wild animals, you may not throw away any garbage, you may not use soap or shampoo which will contaminate rivers and lakes (we recommend the use of biodegradable soaps).
We take a trip of 9 hours in a private bus (with stops) from Cusco, ascending the Perhuayani High Pass 4725 m (15583 feet). After a short stop on the high pass, to see the spectacular mountains, we descend the eastern slopes of the Andes through cloud forest with lush vegetation (ferns, orchids, bromeliads etc.) to the lowland rainforest on the Inambari River. In the afternoon we arrive to Mazuco, gold mining village (500m), we spend the night in a lodge (double rooms). Optional night walk.
After an early breakfast, we go by car half an hour to the port of the Inambari River, it takes us 10 minutes to cross the river and take another car for one hour from Puerto Carlos to Colorado village. Here the boat is waiting for us and will take us 5 hours up the Madre de Dios River to Maquisapayoj / Blanquillo Lodge. Today we enjoy the changing landscape and have the opportunity to see wildlife along the rocky banks of the river, such as Cocoi Herons, Purplish Jays, Skimmers, Vultures, caimans and some of the 13 species of monkeys that live in Manu. Early afternoon, we arrive to Manu Maquisapayoj Lodge (place of the Black Spider Monkey and Tapir). The night is spent in double rooms with private bath in Blanquillo. Optional night walk (to see insects, frogs, snakes etc.).
4:00 am. We go to the macaw clay Lick, the trip is 40 minutes by boat and 15 minutes walk to the special observation hideaway. We have our breakfast at the hideout. The activity begins around 5:30 am with the small parrots and later the big macaws. The Parrots eat the clay which has minerals that helps the stomach digestion that is the reason why hundreds of parrots parakeets and macaws come to this particular place. After lunch, we walk through primary rain forest for 1.40 hours to the Tapir lick; here there is an especial observation platform to see the Tapir (Tapirus terrestris). The tapirs are usually active at night for this reason we have mosquito nets with mattress and blankets to spend the night.
Very early, we visit Blanco lake, here we look for the family of the Giant river otters that uses very often this lake, also this is an interesting place to observe the prehistoric bird called hoatzin, snail kite, brown throated three toed sloth, red howler monkey, squirrel monkey, white fronted capuchin, brown capuchin and other species that inhabit this lake. After lunch, we will climb on the 42 meters tower, this is a very good place to observe the marvelous toucans. We go on the catamaran and have another chance for the Giant River Otters. Return to the lodge and have another option for the tapir in case we did not have luck the night before.
Early in the morning, we start with our return trip to Cusco, first by boat to Colorado village and then by car to Puerto Carlos, after crossing the Inambari River, we take our private bus to Cusco. We will be arriving to Cusco late in the afternoon. Dinner by your own.
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All information meetings are held in your hotel at 6:00 p.m., one night before the tour begins. If you cannot attend, you must coordinate another time at the (Peru Hike) offices. These meetings last approximately 30 to 45 minutes and there you will be given a small duffel bag, in which you’ll put all the belongings you intend to bring on the trek that won’t be in your day pack.
ou’ll receive a canvas case or duffel bag during your briefing. The porters will take them on the way and will deliver them to you when you get to each camp. They measure 66 cm / 2 ft. Long x 36 cm / 1 ft. Wide.
A maximum of 5 kg is allowed for each duffel bag that includes the weight of your sleeping bag, mat, clothes and other personal items.
The trek has to be paid for in full by at least 7.30 pm two days before departure. For example, if your tour departs on a Wednesday, then you must come to our office before 7.30 pm on Monday.
It would be much appreciated if you pay the trek balance in cash US dollars or local currency. You can withdraw some money from several ATMs along Avenida Sol (either in US dollars or local Peruvian Soles). You can pay by credit card or PAYPAL online, but you will have to pay an 8% service charge, charged by VISA and PAYPAL. We do not accept bank checks or payment of the balance by traveler’s checks.
Of course! During the travel, your main luggage can be stored at our office(you can organize briefing day or by email) or at your hotel, both free of charge.
Any equipment that you are not going to need on the trek can be stored safely in your hotel. Nearly every hotel will provide this service. Don’t leave items of value with your bags, put them in the hotel safe and obtain an itemized receipt (In the unlikely case of theft many insurance companies require that you have a copy of the receipt itemizing all the items). Best put items such as credit cards inside a sealed, signed envelope for extra peace of mind.
Peru Hike Company can pick you up from your hotel, as long as it’s in the Historic Center of Cusco. The pickup time will be coordinated with your guide in the briefing. The pickup time may vary between 30 and 45 minutes due to traffic. Cusco is a very old city, therefore, it has many narrow cobbled streets. Some hotels and Airbnbs may be located on streets without access to cars or on long, steep slopes, making it difficult to transport luggage. We strongly recommend that you book accommodation with good access.
Group tours are made up of different types of people. Physical conditions and ages can vary. By agreeing to be part of a group tour, you also accept that some people may be faster or slower than you. Therefore, each person can go at their own pace on the route. It may be the case that a group wishes to modify the tour; however, it will be the guide who decides, after consulting with all the participants, if said modifications can be made.
Strikes and demonstrations are usually frequent in Peru and this may interrupt some of our tours. Roads can be blocked and train tracks can be taken over. However, we will try to keep your excursion as planned, even if it means leaving the night before the scheduled date. Under these circumstances, tours may also be cancelled. In case of changes or cancellations, all situations will be coordinated with you by our operations department. Your safety is our highest priority and our decisions will be made to protect it.
You’re responsible for your objects during the tour. Please pay attention to where you leave your things and remember to take everything once you leave our trucks, tents, or restaurants.
After researching a lot on internet and in this forum, we decided to make our trip to the Amazon jungle and we decided on the reserved area of the Manu Biosphere. We made a trip of 6 days 5 nights and we used the services of Local Trekekrs Peru, and let me tell you that it was a very good decision, especially when you don’t know where to start then with a message you meet Alberto the manager who helped us choose between the positive and the negative of each tour in the Peruvian Amazon and thanks to his advice we had an incredible adventure. everything was very well organized from start to finish, our guide ronald, very experienced and knowledgeable about the manu jungle, very passionate in his explanations when we looked at a bird, reptile or mammal. With him we learned a lot about the different ecosystems that the Manu Park has. Timoteo our cook and the rest of the staff, They were very helpful, the meals varied, abundant, fresh, tasty and very well balanced. We couldn’t have asked for a better cook than Timoteo, bravo Timoteo. Manu reserved zone is undoubtedly a place that anyone who wants to make an authentic and real trip within the Amazon jungle should visit, do not expect many luxuries, the lodges are rustic but very clean and the logistics and operation were excellent even more than we expected. So if you are looking for a reliable and especially local company to visit Manu, you have to try the services of Local Trekkers Peru. They will make it worth every penny paid.