This Amazon trip is through the Manu Biosphere Reserve which concentrates most of the animal licks like the biggest Blanquillo Macaw lick and the famous Tapir lick on Maquisapayoj area, also 5 lakes where we see the giant river Otters; in one of them is possible to fish piranhas. On this tour you have less time travelling on the boat and gives you more options for animal watching and explore on the trails.
Day 1: Cusco To Bambu Lodge
5:00 am We are leaving in a private bus stopping in interesting places like Ninamarcas Chullpas, these are pre-Inca cemetery. The trip will be around 11 hours approximately; the highest pass on this road is 4000 msl. On this day, we travel over the Andes and over the famous cloud forest where we observe the display of the male Andean Cock of the Rocks also call Peru’s national bird, after lunch we explore slowly looking for woolly monkey, brown capuchin, quetzals, toucans which inhabit the cloud forest. Later, in the afternoon we arrive to Asuncion village. We will spend the night in Bambu lodge with double rooms. Optional night walk.
Day 2: Bambu Lodge To Hummingbird Lodge In Boca Manu
After an early breakfast, we continue our trip by bus to Atalaya on the way we will stop to see the place of the Orchids. From Atalaya we take our motorize boat towards Boca Manu, in the way we will see interesting birds like herons, vultures macaws and many flycatchers along the banks of the alto Madre de Dios River. The night is spent at the Hummingbird Lodge. Optional night walk (to see Tarantulas, insects, frogs, snakes etc.)
Day 3: Hummingbird Lodge To Maquisapayoj
After breakfast, we continue with our boat trip for approximately 2 hours. During the boat ride, we have the best options to see the famous Jaguar, Capybaras, Caimans sleeping on the beach, Herons fishing at the edge of the Madre de Dios River, Macaws, Toucans, Vultures, Eagles and other species of birds which will show up along our trip. We spend the night at the Maquisapayoj lodge with private bathroom and hot shower. Optional night walk.
Day 4: Maquisapayoj Macaw And Tapir Lick
4:40 am we go to the macaw clay lick, the trip is 40 minutes by boat and 15 minutes walking to the especial observation platform. 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 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.
Day 5: Blanco And Camungo Lake
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 visit Camungo Lake 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.
Day 6: Maquisapayoj Trails
On this day, we explore the trails of the lodge, we look for black spider monkey, monk Saki, emperor and saddle backed Tamarin, also with a very good explanation about the medicinal plants and trees which are used for lumber. Again we can have another last option for the tapir in case we did not have luck.
Day 7: Maquisapayoj To Cusco Or Puerto Maldonado Cusco Or Lima
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 around 19:00 hours and leave you at your hotel. For the people who wants to fly, from Puerto Carlos we take them by another car two and half hours to Puerto Maldonado airport and take the last flight arriving to Cusco Around 15:00 hours transfer and dinner by your own.
- Professional naturalist guide with telescope.
- Birding guide on request.
- Private boat and bus transport.
- Return flight ticket if you have pay for that program.
- Entrance fees to Macaw clay lick,Tapir lick, Blanco & Camungo lakes
- Cook & food (vegetarian on request) and drinking water.
- Camping equipment and Lodging.
- First Aid Kit, extractor (for poison)
- Bite Away for mosquito bites
- Antidote for snake bite
- Radio communication.
- Rubber boots
- Alcoholic drinks, sodas, etc.
- Airport tax aprox 6 USD.
Things You Should Bring For This Trip:
- Mosquito repellent
- Long sleeved shirts
- Cotton socks
- Hiking shoes
- Sandals or light shoes to change
- Rain gear (rain poncho is ok)
- Sweater ( in case we have coldfront)
- Long pants
- Binoculars very important the best ones are (Leica, Zeiss, Swarovski, Nikon, Bushnell) 8×20, 8×32, 10×25, 10×40, 10×42
- Camera and extra batteries
- Camera charger
- Dry bag back pack.
- Personal things like toothbrush, etc
- Hat (or handkerchief)
- Sun blocker, sun glasses
- Flashlight LED Lenser H7 – 200 Lumens – Head torch
- Water bottle ( min. 1 l)
- Day pack
- Original passport
- Money (Soles) for soft drinks, handicrafts and tips
- Bite away very important for travelling in Peru.
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