4 days, $470

Tour to the Amazon jungle. Manu National Park, 4 days

Begins at: 05.30 am
Duration: 4 days/3 nights
Start point: Cusco
Itinerary:  Cusco - Huacarani - Ninamarka - Paucartambo - Ajanaco - Pilcopata - Bonanza - Arpy - Atalaya -Madre de Dios - Cusco

Important Note: The day of start may vary depending on the weather conditions. 

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Tour from Cusco to the Amazon jungle. Manu National Park, 4 days


Day 01:

We leave Cusco early in the morning in one of our vehicles. Approximately mid-morning we visit the interesting tombs of Ninamarca, commonly known as “Chullpas”. We continue to Paucartambo, a picturesque Spanish colonial town, and then to the Acjanacu pass, which marks the beginning of the Cultural Zone of Manu Biosphere Reserve.

Here, a thick cloak of clouds provides perpetual humidity and makes an ideal habitat for epiphytic plants such as bromeliads. This varied and fascinating world is home of the Cock of the Rock, Spectacled Bear, Orchids, Tree Ferns (one of the oldest living plants), mosses and lichens. This cloud forest exists between 2,000 and 3,500 m.a.s.l. and at least 50% of the plant species found here are endemic to this region. We have lunch on the way with a spectacular view, then we continue overnight in our “Orquídeas de San Pedro Lodge”. 

Tour from Cusco to the Amazon jungle. Manu National Park, 4 days

Day 02:

Today we wake up very early to observe the Cock of the Rock (Rupicola peruviana), Peru’s national bird from a platform. The male birds are a vibrant reddish orange, and as many as several dozen come together for an exhibition of a mating ritual dance in a place called Lek. The males display their crest, showing off and posturing for the females.

The females, fewer in number, watch to select the most suitable males. After breakfast we continue in our vehicle down the narrow road between waterfalls and canyons toward the town of Pilcopata (*1) and then to Atalaya Port where we have lunch, here we board our covered, outboard motor boat and head down the Alto Madre de Dios River for approximately 40 minutes toward our private reserve of “Erika” a comfortable / rustic lodge owned also by Manu Adventures where we will hike through the interesting trail system that this transitional area between high and low jungle offers. Overnight at the lodge.

Tour from Cusco to the Amazon jungle. Manu National Park, 4 days

*1 Free Option: Here in Pilcopata town we will make the final settings for a 1½ hour river rafting (class I and II) trip down the Koshñipata River where we will have the opportunity for a dip and of course enjoy the spectacular view of the Koñeq Canyon.

*2 New!!! Option: We walk through the trail that leads us to the observation platform located 15 feet above the mammal clay lick itself where we wait for the lumbering peccaries to arrive, we observe and photograph them in action. Important: The observation depends on luck on availability and weather conditions.

Tour from Cusco to the Amazon jungle. Manu National Park, 4 days

Day 03: 

Erika Lodge is located in a transition zone between high and low jungle (500 m.a.s.l. to 1,150 m.a.s.l), After the breakfast you guide explains the different habitats, altitude range and the high diversity of wildlife found around this lodge, so immediately after breakfast, we will start walking near the riverbanks, during the hike our guide will talk about insects, medicinal plants, trees, reptiles, mammals, etc.

We will have lunch then we board our boat, and after five minutes, we will walk for another 30 minutes approximately though a very nice trail to observe and talk about the interesting flora fond such as sensitive plants, heliconias, fruit plantations, etc. until we arrive to Machuwasi Lake where with the help of a telescope we can observe great egrets, tucanets, carpenters, Keskadees, cardinals, etc. Short night walk to observe American bullfrogs, horned frogs, tree frogs and an incredible variety of insects. 

*3 Free Option: Canopy Zip Down: At Erika Lodge, our guests traverse from tree to tree and platform to platform using pulleys on horizontal traverse cables zip lines), as they sail through the treetops of the tropical rainforest canopy, and over the trails far below. Expert guides assist you in this exciting journey through the different layers of the rain forests and explain what’s going on around you from the time you leave the ground, until you rappel back down to the forest floor.

Tour from Cusco to the Amazon jungle. Manu National Park, 4 days

Day 04: 

This day we will get up very early to board our boat again for only five minutes down river to our Parrot clay Lick called “Collpa” on the riverbanks, where many species of parrots such as the blue headed parrot, white-eyed parakeet, feed for mineral and salt supplements to their diet of seeds and fruits. We return to Erika lodge have breakfast immediately we board our boat  to Atalaya Port where the bus will drive us back to Cusco city, We have lunch on the way, arriving late in the evening.

Tour from Cusco to the Amazon jungle. Manu National Park, 4 days


  • In order to meet with group and guide, receive last recommendations and answer questions; briefing one day prior to departure at 7:00pm. At the agency.
  • Manu National Park is not endemic area about Malaria neither Yellow fever you can bring a good insect repellent but if you decide to put the yellow fever vaccination for prevention you can do it 10 days before start your trip to the jungle.

Things you should bring along on a trip to Manu:

  • Binoculars, Camera.
  • Warm clothing (in case of a cold front), long sleeve shirts and long pants (cotton)  
  • 100% waterproof rain gear (long poncho or rain wear)  
  • Insect repellant (at least 50% Deet), sunscreen lotion  
  • Hiking shoes and sandals  
  • Flashlight, enough batteries (alkaline) and bulbs  
  • Wide brim hat (for sunny days), sun glasses.  
  • Towel for all the tour.  
  • Swimming suit, personal medicines and/or supplies (liquid for contact lenses, for example).  
  • Day pack, and one back pack or duffel bag of luggage per person  
  • One bottle of water for the first day, plastic bags.

Tour from Cusco to the Amazon jungle. Manu National Park, 4 days

What's included

Price includes:

  • Transportation
  • Boat transportation (covered motor boats)
  • Specialized and bilingual guides
  • 01 night in Orquideas de San Pedro lodge
  • 02 nights in Erika Lodge
  • Entrance ticket to Machuwasi lake
  • Entrance ticket to Bonanza reserved zone
  • Rafting
  • Canopy tour
  • Meals (vegetarian option is available)
  • First aid Kit
  • Paperwork and payment for Park permits
  • Radio communication equipment in all lodges and campsites
  • As additional service we offer safety box for values and storage for luggage in Cusco’s main office. 

Not included:

  • Sodas, alcoholic drinks, mineral water for the first day
  • First breakfast
  • Last dinner
  • Tips
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