Optional Fun Activities
Mountain Biking

During the ground trip to the Manu Cloud Forest Lodge, Manu Nature Tours can provide visitors with a sturdy mountain bike for an effortless descent of the orchid-covered mountains on the eastern slopes of the Andes. The full descent takes four hours, although you can decide the length of the journey, and get back on the transport at any moment. Biking allows participants to "feel" the transition from the dry puna grasslands across the clouds to the lush and humid rainforests below.

This side trip offers an opportunity to stop at any moment to observe the magnificent landscapes, or to take photographs of richly colored trees, plants and flowers.

White-Water Rafting

The new lodge has also been used as a base to launch short, but exciting river-rafting trips along the several tributaries that form the Madre de Dios River. We have successfully explored the Qosñipata, the Queros and the Tono Rivers.

The Qosñipata offers a one-hour section of class-three rapids from the put in point to the town of Pilcopata. From this town the river heads towards the gorge of Qoñec, a one hour, beautiful scenic tour that ends in Atalaya as the cloud forests finally yield to the vast lowlands.

The Tono River is a narrower cloud forest river. Its pristine, unpolluted waters come out of the Manu Park core area. The Tono offers 3-4 hours of exciting and demanding class-4 rapids. This is a full day adventure in a world-class cloud forest river, that requires further exploration closer to its headwaters. The Queros River still needs exploration and only the lower basin, class-three rapids have been run.

Canopy Climbing

When at Manu Lodge, spending a few hours in a huge Ceiba pentandra tree offers a unique opportunity to see the rainforest from a different perspective. Visitors to a canopy platform in Manu Lodge seat down and relax and wait for birds and other animals to pass by air or into the huge tree. They admire the tree's massive trunk and limbs, many branches being two to three meters in circumference. Numerous plants and mosses decorate the tree, delicate white orchids bloom near our platform all season. Also surrounding the canopy, visitors enjoy colorful birds flitting around in the canopy around and above them.

For many persons the challenge of the climb up to the platform was something they have never thought themselves capable of doing (you can also be pulled-up, if you want to save your energy). Most commented that the climb itself, using specialized equipment to move up through the canopy, watching the massive trunk of the Ceiba pass slowly by and testing some of their own physical capacity, was an important part of their experience in the rainforest canopy. Good animal viewing was "icing on the cake" so to speak. The descent, abseiling onto the rope secured to a second safety line, was also a new experience for nearly everyone. The refrain "this is fun", was almost always heard after a person left the platform and realized they were truly controlling without difficulty their own descent.

As they left the platform, they had worn a look of trepidation, but this was replaced by a smile as they descent and then touched the ground, having successfully transferred themselves back to earth. Most all expressed new self confidence after overcoming their fear of getting down from nearly 100 feet up in the tree.