Your Travel wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the park of Manú in the Amazonian jungle, in the department of Madre de Dios. This biosphere reserve, one of the richest in the world, classified by Unesco as a natural human patrimony. This trek is a unique opportunity to walk in the high-jungle and going down the river Madre de Dios by boat… Observing the fauna by day as by night, meeting the people who live on these lands in their traditional way, in total harmony with nature for centuries, counting tales from the jungle around the campfire. This trip is truly a journey into a unique environment that can be experienced in only a few places on earth.
DAY 1: CUSCO – RAINFOREST LODGEOn the first day of our adventure into the Jungle of Manu, we pick you up at your hotel in Cusco around 6am, using our private transport. The first part of our excursion takes us through the majestic Andean mountains. There is a quick visit of the town of Huancarani on our way to Paucartambo, where we visit the funeral towers of Ninamarca, a cemetery of the Lupacas pre–Inca Culture. We continue to Paucartambo, well-known for its folklore and its colonial-style town. Around midday we arrive at the entrance of Manu National Park, where we access one of the most protected natural areas in South America. We go further in our private transport down a dirt road and on through the thick fog, from which this section takes it name ‘Cloud Forest’. We arrive at the home of the exotic Peruvian National Bird, the “Cock of the Rocks”, famous for the ‘communal dances of the bright coloured rainforest birds. It is a kind of social gathering that seems reminiscent of a large courtship. For sure you will enjoy this amazing spectacle, completed by an impressive array of sounds and colours that can only be found in the jungle. For our first night, we stay at Rainbow Lodge.
DAY 2: RAINFOREST LODGE – BONANZA ECOLOGICAL RESERVEVery early at 6:30am, we leave in the direction of Port Atalaya. On the way we stop a few times to visit small local farmers producing many varieties of jungle fruits, even the famous Coca plant. Later, we go on the first boat cruise of our journey: a river excursion on the Madre de Dios, one of the tributaries of the mighty Amazon River. During our day we have the chance to see many types of colourful birds such as parrots, oropendolas, vultures and others species. We stop at the Natural Hot spring. Hopefully, we will see some jungle mammals as monkeys or the famous capybaras. In the afternoon, we arrive at our next sleeping destination, the Bonanza Lodge. We hope to arrive around 3:00 pm. We go on a walk during the night, which is the best time to see many anthropoids, tarantulas, scorpions and snakes. This is of course optional.
DAY 3: BONANZA ECOLOGICAL RESERVE – CASA MATSIGUENKAAfter breakfast it is time to say ‘Good-bye’ to the almost clear waters of the Madre de Dios River; and to continue our tour towards the clay laden waters of the Manu River. We drive for about five hours up the Manu River. The beaches, especially in the dry season (March–December), are loaded with nesting birds and feeding herons, egrets, orinoco geese, terns and skimmers. Some beaches will host sunning white and black caimans and breeding side-necked turtles. Hundreds of sand-colored nightjars roost during the day on logs and beaches and there might be the chance of encountering a Jaguar. On this day we will also catch side of some species of primates, possibly Red Howler Monkeys or the smaller Squirrel Monkeys. After having lunch on the riverbank we head to Casa Matsiguenka. We'll have the afternoon to explore some of the trails through the pristine rainforest of this area.
Before or after dinner, an optional excursion into the forest at night is available with your guide, searching for some nocturnal creatures. We spend the night at the Casa Matsiguenka: a rustic native owned lodge run by the Matsiguenka’s themselves.
DAY 4: CASA MATSIGUENKA – COCHA SALVADORAfter breakfast we spend the morning at the lake of Cocha Salvador. Some of the time will be spend canoeing on the lake to be close to the animal life in the water. We may encounter an Agami Heron or a Sungrebe, and Brown Cappuchin Monkeys are usually feeding on fruits nearby. The rest of the day will be spent walking the trails in the area in search of some of the 13 species of monkeys found in the forest here. Your guide will explain some of the basics of rainforest ecosystems and show you a few medicinal plants of the area used by local, indigenous groups. We may cross paths with a group of Peccaries - a species of wild boar found here. During the afternoon we enjoy the sunset. We spend another night at the Casa Matsiguenka
DAY 5: CASA MATSIGUENKA – COCHA OTORONGOToday we have to walk (very slowly) for about 4-5 hours from our camp through the forest to Cocha Otorongo. We may encounter troops of monkeys. This is a particularly good trail for Woolly and Black Spider Monkeys. We'll pay special attention to the plant life on this hike and we listen for the rustle of vegetation or the soft sound of fruits falling to the rainforest floor that may betray the presence of animals or large birds. A visit to Lake Cocha Otorongo is planned, where observation piers and a 20m/65f observation tower in the rainforest canopy overlooking the lake are available for observing wildlife. We will also look out for a large family of Giant Otters that inhabits this lake.
DAY 6: CASA MATSIGUENKA – BONANZA ECOLOGICAL RESERVELeaving the lodge we'll head up the Madre de Dios River for three hours to the comfortable Bonanza Lodge-Wildlife Center. This strategically located lodge facility is jointly owned and run by Amazon Wildlife Peru, a local conservation group. It is used as a base for scientific bird-watching research in the area and as a center for visitors wanting to explore the rainforest. We should arrive in time for lunch and a shower and get to meet whichever researchers are onsite.
The afternoon is set aside to relax or, if you want, to explore a trail through the untouched forest to a lookout point on a cliff over the river to watch roosting flights of parrots and macaws during sunset. Those who wish can participate in a night-walk with the guide in search of nocturnal animals. We spend this night at Bonanza Lodge.
DAY 7: BONANZA ECOLOGICAL RESERVE – CUSCOWe leave Bonanza Lodge early in the morning to go to Port Atalaya. From here we take our transport directly to Cusco passing through the Cloud Forest. You will be back at your hotel in Cusco around 5/6pm.
- Private bus and boat
- Rubber boots and rain poncho and a waterproof bag
- Accommodations and Lodges
- Bilingual native guide from the jungle
- Mineral water
- First aid kit
- 3 meals per day including a vegetarian option
- Professional cook
- Entrance to Manu National Park
- Entrance to Salvador Lake
- Entrance to Otorongo Lake
- Extra drinks
What you need to take
- Repellent with a minimum of 40% deet
- Good Binoculars
- Camera with extra batteries
- Flashlight with extra batteries
- Sun lotion
- Pocket money
- Day pack
- Water bottle
- Sun hat
- Swimming suit
- Toilet paper
- Small Towel
- Dark colour clothes The vaccinations are recommended if you want to enter the Manu Park.
Our TeamOur people set us apart.
Our team is composed of some of the most responsible, efficient, and knowledgeable professionals, experts in their area, that will make unforgettable experiences in the routes of Cusco.
OUR OFFICE STAFFOur office is in Cusco, Tupac Amaru urbanization,D-2, San Sabastian.
Please feel at home when you visit us. Our office staff will be willing to provide you with all information and help you may need. We are the following:
General Management and Administration:
- Edwin chara chilo
- Jhon Junior Laurente C.
OUR GUIDES:CUSCO EXPLORER relies on an extensive network of highly trained guides and expert ambassadors as a premise to guarantee excellence in our services. We are fully conscious that an excellent guide is key to making your trip a memorable experience, which is why we are extremely demanding when recruiting and regularly training our guides.
Our team is composed of whom we consider to be the best guides in the region, all officially licensed and holding Tourism Degrees. The superiority of our team is backed both by excellent tourist reports, which are available at our office in Cusco and some online on this website, as well as by their expertise earned from several years of experience in leading a wide array of different guests and profiles.
Knowledge, leadership, enthusiasm, availability and help, communication skills, language proficiency, empathy and interpersonal skills, friendliness and sense of humor, punctuality and an excellent treatment to our team of chefs, porters and wranglers are a must. Our guests evaluate their guide after each service and your constructive critiques help us to keep improving constantly. We have guides fluent in English and Spanish, but also in other languages, the most commonly requested being French, Italian and German. We will always consider the language as an integral part of the quality of the guided service, so when the language is beyond the scope of our guides, we can offer a translator.
Our team is also composed of specialized guides: bird watching, spiritualism, flora & fauna, archaeology, history, architecture, anthropology. These guides are not just available for specialized trips but have also been trained to run our treks and traditional programs, adding a wonderful value to their general knowledge and explanations.
Finally, more than 80% of our guides have now already been internationally trained in Advanced First Aid & Rescue, making this one of our most significant advantages of our guided services. Our team is regularly updated through seminars and courses in their respective fields.
OUR COOKS:In all of our trekking trips, the chef ensures high-quality meals on time, and manages the team of porters.
An adequate diet both in its quality and quantity is essential in high-energy trips such as the adventure programs we run. CUSCO EXPLORER has already become renowned for its outstanding menus and food quality. The secret lies in the careful selection of our team of chefs, whose top-quality restaurant background, creativity and passion for their jobs provide an unequalled touch to all of our meals. We do not have set menus since we wish to give our chefs the chance to create, innovate and surprise our clients through delicious dishes in every trip.
Additionally, the chef manages the team of porters and/or wranglers. Every person has a role in the team and is very aware of the team’s responsibility, and only excellent logistics will allow for an outstanding travel.
OUR PORTERS AND HORSEMEN.Porters and horsemen are an essential element in any trekking organization.
The porters carry all the collective equipment; some depart early before the group to make sure we get a good location at the campsite and to have everything ready and set up by the time you get to the lunch spot or campsite. Porters carry up to 20kg of load according to the Inca Trail regulation, which we fully respect by giving them a maximum of just 18kg each. In all treks other than the Inca Trail, wranglers are in charge of the horses or mules that carry the equipment.
Our porters are not numbers; they are our friends. We provide our team with excellent meals along the route, convenient accommodation, equipment, life and medical insurance and, most importantly, with one high wage.
our people are happy, enthusiastic, extremely helpful and simply exceptional. They are proud of working for us and of their absolutely outstanding working performance. And we are also very proud of having them with us.
The Horsemen are an essential element in any agency dedicated to hiking.
Our Horsemen are in charge of the horses or mules that carry camping equipment. Our carriers are trained in relief and rescue in high mountain. Our wranglers have sufficient knowledge of safe zones and camping places, they are precisely the people who installed the camps in safe areas for your comfort. If your concerns are the mules feel sure they are well treated, since charge between 20 to 15 kg. And are very well fed with forage in the camps.