Manu Biosphere Reserved Zone 7 Days
Manu Biosphere Reserved Zone 7 Days
Manu Biosphere Reserved Zone 7 Days–Ready to explore world’s most pristine place and the world’s heritage site by UNESCO? Manu Biosphere. Covering nearly a million hectares, Manu National Park & Biosphere Reserve is the second-largest protected area in the country and one of the largest in South America. and it’s one of the best places in South America to see a stunning variety of tropical wildlife. Progressive in its emphasis on preservation, Unesco declared Manu a Biosphere Reserve in 1977 and a World Natural Heritage Site in 1987.
Remote Manu, about as close as you’re likely to come to virgin rainforest anywhere. It’s incredibly varied habitats include Andes highlands, cloud forests, and lowland tropical rainforests. One hectare (2 1/2 acres) of forest in Manu could have 10 times the number of species of trees found in a hectare of temperate forest in Europe or North America, and Manu has the highest bird, mammal, and plant diversity of any park on the planet. The reserve is one of the world’s finest for birding (greater even than all of Costa Rica); other wildlife includes giant river otters, cocks-of-the-rock, and perhaps 15,000 animal species, as well as native Amerindian tribes that remain untouched by the modern world. The reserve zone contains the lower Manu River, the Río Alto Madre de Dios, and a number of beautiful oxbow lakes. About 1,000 bird species — about a quarter of all birds known in South America and 10% of all species in the world — and more than 200 species of mammals have been identified. Also found in the park are at least 13 endangered wildlife species, including black caimans, giant river otters, and ocelots. Botanists have claimed that Manu has a greater number of plant species than any other protected area on earth.
Enter the enchanting world of the Amazon rainforest as you listen to the dawn chorus of bird songs, hear the howls of monkeys in the high forest canopy, walk lush rainforest trails, explore by boat along vine-draped waterways, and learn about the ecosystem of a tropical rainforest from a knowledgeable local guide. Accommodations are at local Refugios mostly adjacent Peru’s Manu National Park. Amazonas, named after female warriors of Greek mythology, the Amazon is itself a place of nearly mythical status. What traveler hasn’t imagined a trip to the Amazon, not only to admire the towering trees and awesome river, but to enter, in a real sense, the very life spring of the planet, the source of so much of the air we breath, the water we drink and the weather we rely on? To be sure, expecting a Discovery Channel–like experience (Jaguars in every tree, spear-toting local natives around every bend) is a recipe for disappointment. In fact, the Amazon’s quintessential experiences are more sublime than superlative: canoeing through a flooded forest, dozing in a hammock on a boat chugging upriver, waking to the otherworldly cry of howler monkeys. On a river whose size is legendary, it’s actually the little things that make it special. Give it some.!
Duration: 7 days / 6 nights
Physical Rating: 2 – Easy, Light, Nothing too Challenging. Hotel nights and/or safari-style camping, hikes of two to four hours on some days. Other physical activities are sometimes included, such as optional sea, river, lake kayaking.
Service Level: Upgraded
Group Size: Small Private Group. Small group experience, Min 02 – Max 8, Avg 04.
WHAT YOU’LL DO
A perfect opportunity to immerse deeper and longer into the Amazon jungle, to explore it properly with more time to roam, and experience with no rush, therefore, discover its authentic wildlife, culture, food, etc, always led by our local naturalist guide, and there will be a lot of activities to do!. Thus, we’ll take a private transport to Pillcopata with many stop-offs on the way, the start point for a boat sailing on the river to immerse deeper into the jungle. Hiking between 1 to 3 hours every day with our naturalist local guide and sometimes by boat in an area rich in wildlife, Birds abound for birding so we’ll do it! and you’ll also search for river otters, caimans, monkeys, and beautifully colored butterflies.You’ll have a dawn boat trip that provides beautiful views of the sunrise over the river to look for wildlife en route, as this is when the birds and mammals are particularly active. You’ll have a night walking in the jungle searching nocturnal wildlife like tarantulas, caimans, etc, and feeling the authentic warmth of the Amazon. Some mornings you’ll wake up very early to go to Macaw’s clay lick, where you’ll spot the colorful macaws of the Amazon, along with other small parrots, and other birds, and the perfect time to take national geographic type photos. We’ll interact with local children engaging them in games, this will be a memorable experience for both you and the children of the local communities. And we’ll eat amazing food (breakfast, lunch, dinner, brunch time, tea time), all fresh, just made and local food of course.
WHAT YOU’LL SEE
You’ll discover and explore one of the most pristine places in the world, with its very well-preserved wildlife, and natural life. Birdwatching will be the main point in the whole trip, so you’ll spot a lot of birds and shoot them great pictures, starting in the cloud forest and reaching the rain forest. Here a list of some of them, cock of the rock, heron, ibis, turkey vulture, blue and yellow macaw, scarlet macaw, hawk, Crested oropendola, Velved– fronted grackle, flycatcher, parakeet, hummingbirds, and many other birds. While hiking in the jungle we’ll spot primates moving in different directions or just observing us. Primates like, Black-capped Squirrel Monkey, Pygmy Marmoset, Brown Capuchin, Saddle-Backed Tamarin, Dusky-Titi Monkey, Howler Monkey, Woolly Monkey, etc. We’ll experience other mammals like Giant Otter, Capybaras, Sloth, and if we are lucky we can even see Jaguar and Amazonian Tapir. In reptiles, Frogs, Caimans, Yellow-spotted River Turtle, Snakes, etc. And many insects, and butterflies. As well as beautiful orchids, Amazonian flowers, and giant trees.
A TYPICAL DAY
Start the day with the bird’s sound of the jungle, then to have a nutritious breakfast to make us ready for the exploration day. Walking in the lush jungle with our local Leader, and waiting for some birds or monkeys, and spotting macaws and other parrots at clay licks. Going by boat upstream and downstream spotting birds, caimans, capybaras, turtles, otters along the bank, and if we are lucky we can see jaguar resting atop the washed trunks by river. With soaking and swimming in the refreshing river. Lunch about mid-day at our lodge, and relaxing siesta on the hammocks. In the evening we’ll take a nice snack at the restaraunt of our lodge, followed by delicious dinner by 7:00 pm. The exploration still onwards even at night, with short walking in the jungle to look for some nocturnal life. All meals included.
– Round trip private transportation Cusco-Atalaya-Cusco.
– Rubber boots.
– First aid-kit.
– Meals: breakfast(6), lunch(7), dinner(6), and snacks with an option for vegetarians, gluten free, lactose free, etc.
– Entrance fee to the park.
– Tour Leader.
– Private boats.
What’s Not Included
– Extra expenditure during the trek, such as soda, alcoholic drinks, extra snacks.
– Last dinner on the 7th day.
– First breakfast on the 1st day.
– Travel Insurance.
– Travel and health insurance (bring copies with you please), we highly recommend to get an insurance of trip cancellation, interruption; an insurance to protect your travel investment, Included with your pre-departure package, bring your travel insurance to cover trip cancellation, interruption, baggage loss and delay, emergency medical evacuation insurance and emergency medical expense insurance. Any unexpected situations occurred during the journey and which are beyond our control, including changes in scheduling trains or flights, delays, strikes, cancellations, missed connections, etc. it should be covered by the passenger as a whole. Also, if you for physical reasons of health cannot continue the trek or walk, and will need emergency evacuation then all charges incurred such as transportation, hotel, ambulance, doctors, medication, hospitalization, etc. will be at passenger’s expense.
– International or internal airfare, transfers for independent arrival or departure, any meals not specified after each itinerary day in the Detailed Itinerary, airport departure taxes, optional tipping or gratuities to leaders or staff, additional hotel nights that may be necessitated by airline schedule changes or other factors, expenses such as medical immunizations (if any), travel insurance, or passports and visas, and other expenses of a personal nature (alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.).
We work in partnership with lodges that belong mostly to locals, lodges which are nestled in the cloud forest. with magnificent views of the endlessly varied green tones of the surrounding forest, and nearby to shimmering oxbow lakes, within the protected wilderness of Manu National Park.
Essentially, guests of our lodge enjoy their own, exclusive bungalow in the heart of the rainforest where they can relax among some of the most biodiverse surroundings on the planet, enjoy views of a beautiful garden backed by majestic primary rainforest, watch for monkeys and hundreds of exotic birds from the comfort of the bungalow, and enjoy private romantic dinners featuring delicious Peruvian cuisine.
There are fully screened double-occupancy, and matrimonial occupancy bungalows, with private tiled bathrooms, fans and hot water. Mosquito net, flush toilet. Birds observation towers. At some lodges, there is electricity available in the Lodge Bar for determined hours in the mornings and evenings, and at some lodges, this service is 24/7.
From USD 1850.00 Per Person.
Prices are quoted in US Dollars and all payments must be made in US Dollars.
To offer the lowest possible cost, our trips are tier priced according to the number of full-paying participants on the trip.
All costs are per person, based on double occupancy. If you wish to have a single room, you must pay the single supplement fee. If you are willing to share accommodations, we will match you with a roommate if one is available. If we cannot match you with a roommate, the “forced single supplement” is listed if applicable.
Trip Payment Schedule.
– At the time of reservation: 50% of total balance.
– 90 days prior to departure: Balance should be paid fully, or once upon your arrival in Cusco the other 50% of final balance must be paid fully.
Cancellation and Transfer Fee Schedule.
– Minimum fee (Manu Nationa Park 7 days permit fee): $ 200 per person
– 61-90 days prior to departure: 30% of trip cost
– 46-60 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost
– 45 days or less: 100% of trip cost.
A professional Crocotrail Travel Tour Leader with a deep knowledge of the destination and a focus on customer service makes all the difference. Our leaders are experts in Inca history, nature, birding, gastronomy, local language, etc, with a profound connection to Peru’s fascinating traditional culture. They take care of all the details so that you can savor the experiences of the trip. And just as important, they have a remarkable gift for sharing their extensive knowledge and favorite places. Our Tour Leaders have the warmth, endless energy, and that special “it” factor that transforms a trip into an unforgettable journey.
Make the most of Peru’s natural beauty with outdoor picnics on each adventure tour, and Discover the delights of Peruvian cuisine in each tour destinations and outdoor tours. So food is awesome!
You’ll be surprised and delighted at the variety and quality of our cuisine, a blend of freshly made Peruvian & Fusion dishes with vegetarian options. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served in our lodges. This is followed by a freshly prepared breakfast of eggs, pancakes, fruit salad, Quinua porridge, fresh juice, French toast, or oatmeal. As you start the day’s hike, we provide tasty trail snacks including fresh fruit and chocolate.
Lunches consist of a wide variety of dishes, depending on the day, including local delicacy dish, beef, chicken, fish, pasta salads, soup, casseroles, and other offerings, or surprises with appetizers and delicious desserts.
This trip is Level 2, Easy, Light, Nothing too Challenging. Most activity is between 1,640 and 8,200 feet. The maximum elevation we reach is 6,560 feet, and the highest lodge stay is 3,000 feet. Trails can be rugged, not the well-maintained trails you may be accustomed to in your country. For the most part, you can hike at your own speed. Our group will walk in group along the trail during the excursion for about one to three hours. And our group will go on a boat exploring upstream and downstream for two to four hours enjoying the rich wildlife along the river’s bank. On the trail and boat drive, you will just carry your own daypack for the items that you want with you on the excursion, such as a water bottle, camera, and a jacket. Our team of jungle explorers carries all your other gear from lodge to lodge.
– Travel insurance (and some copies).
– Repellent with a minimum of 30 % deet.
– Face tissue paper, toilet paper.
– Bathing suit.
– Camera charger and, extra batteries.
– Sun hat.
– Backpack to carry your things.
– Torch or headlamps
– Rain gear
– Water bottle, Canteen or Camelback container.
– Flip flops or sandals.
– Ear Plugs.
– Long sleeve T-shirts.
– Hiking trousers
– American dollars and Peruvian soles in cash.
– Anti-inflammatory tablets (e.g. Ibuprofen).
– Personal first-aid kit (should contain lip salve, Aspirin, Band Aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may take).
When to Go
The Manu national park can be explored all year except in late December and February, the rainiest months, when the road, trails are damaged and blocked by the rainfall, and the river increases in size so it becomes dangerous. The tours reopen in March and April when the rains lighten up and the mountains are still green. High season begins in May and extends through September, as these are the driest months. October through December are considered shoulder season when occasional rain is possible, but keep in mind that the Amazon of Peru is very humid, and the rain can happen occasionally like twice a week. Temperatures in this region range from the high 98s in the daytime to the low 68s at night, with some variation depending on the time of year you go, and the humidity ranges gets 99% to the low 70%.