Tour Conditions

Deposits and Payments

A deposit per person, at the moment of booking is required to guarantee the reservation. The remaining balance must be paid 30-days before departure date.

Your reservation will be automatically wait-listed if no deposit is received.

Manu Nature Tours reserves the right to offer special rates for last minute sales.

For your convenience we have an account in the U.S. where you can wire funds to reserve and pay for our services. Bank fees for wires and transfers must be covered by clients.

In the U.S.:
Check or wire to Boris Gomez Luna. Manu Nature Tours. c/o Judy Berard. 620 Chestnut St. Suite 668. Philadelphia. PA 19106-3413. USA. Phone: 215-923-3641. Fax: 215-923-5535.

In Peru:
Banco de Credito del Peru – BCP. Agencia Cusco.
Manu Nature Tours E.IR.Ltda.
Account in U.S. dollars: 2850053211-1-81

You can also pay with a Visa or Master Card, by filling-out a form and then faxing or e-mailing it back to us. Our fees do not include credit card fees, thus please add 5% for Visa and 8% for Master Card.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations made ninety days or more prior to departure date are refundable less 25%. If cancellations are made sixty to eighty-nine days before departure the deposit is refundable less 50%. Clients canceling thirty to fifty-nine days prior to departure will forfeit all deposits. All payments are not refundable if the trip is canceled less than thirty days before departure date.

We strongly recommend insurance for baggage loss, accident, emergency air rescue and trip cancellations. Trip cancellation insurance will reimburse you for non-recoverable air or land expenses should you cancel your trip due to personal or family illness, as well as cover any emergency evacuation expenses if you become ill during the trip.

Pre-departure Information

Main Office: Av.Pardo 1046. Cusco-Peru
Phone Fax: +51 84 252721

Last up-date: January 2014

Dear trip member,
Manu Nature Tours is pleased to welcome you on this unique wildlife adventure. We have assembled the following information to help you better prepare for your encounter with the wildlife and ecosystem of the Amazonian rainforest.

Please read this information before beginning your trip.

The jungle is generally warm-humid year round. Traveling on the open river can be quite hot and the sun is very intense, so bring plenty of sun block. However, on occasion a cool wind will blow down from the Andes (called a "friaje") causing temperatures to drop dramatically (even to 48 F. degrees or 9 C. degrees at night). This is fairly rare, but your trip leader will have enough advance warning on the weather patterns from our staff in Manu to advise you also to bring an extra warm sweater (bought in Cusco) or jacket. 100% waterproof rain gear is always necessary. You can expect the weather in Cusco to be pleasant, in the 60's and 70's during the day, but cool at night.

Despite the trip's moderate rating, we do not want to downplay the rigors of the jungle. River travel by dugout canoe can be hot and camping sites rustic. Numerous factors such as high or low water level, weather, etc, can affect our itinerary. Participants should be able to swim. Otherwise they must inform us in order to take extra precautions. We have never had a boat mishap on the river, but it is better to be prepared. We always carry life vests for trips along the Upper Madre de Dios and Manu rivers. The optimal frame of mind includes a willingness to accept the unexpected not as an inconvenience but as a positive addition to the total experience. The jungle demands personal flexibility, a taste for adventure, and a sense of humor. We have enjoyed serving experienced travelers, hard core, and amateur birdwatchers and nature lovers since 1985.

::Medical Information
Note although no Peruvian authority will require a yellow-fever vaccination card, yellow fever inoculation is recommended by physicians for visitors traveling to any tropical area below 2,000 mts. Above sea level. Also tetanus, typhoid and gamma globulin shots are recommended. Leishmaniasis is a skin lesion caused by a protozoan transmitted by a certain kind of small biting fly. There is no vaccination against it. The disease is curable, but it is very easy to prevent it by wearing long sleeve shirts, pants, and a bit of repellent on exposed skin at all times. None of our clients has had it so far. There is no Malaria in the Manu National Park. Participants who may stay overnight in populated places in the forest should consider taking precautions against Malaria. A weekly oral dose of Mefloquine, beginning two weeks before departure, with an emergency carry-along dose of Fansidar is the current recommendation,although you should check with your physician.

::How do we communicate with the outside world?
We have short wave radio stations to coordinate our logistics: One in Cusco and additional radios in our lodges in Manu. Satellite phone booths are now available in most of the small towns along our tour routes. In the event of an emergency we can call a plane to the landing strip of Patrias, in the cloud forests of Manu or to Boca Manu, in the lowlands of Manu. If emergeny takes place during the daytime, we may be able to evacuate a person to Cusco by plane in about five hours, or alternatively to Lima in about 8 hours. Your should have insurance to cover for these emergencies.

::Some common Questions asked about manu:
Are there manu snakes in manu? Are you prepared to treat snake bites? Snakes are rarely seen, and in almost 20 years of scientific work in trails and deep jungle, only one snake bite has been reported. Although several species of snakes are found in Manu, their population density is apparently very low compared with other regions of Central and South America. Several people have spent more than 1,000 days walking in the forest of Manu seeing only 4-5 venomous snakes during all that time. We and our guides share a snake bite protocol in case of emergency.

::Do we need to take our passport and money to manu?
Yes, you need to take your passport to Manu. Take enough money to pay for your night walk(s) at either of our two lodges, your canopy climbing at Manu Lodge, bar service tab, tips (We recommend $5.00 per person per day for the guide and $5 per person per day to be distributed among the staff. You can coordinate this distribution with your guide and the lodge administration). Make sure that you have a waterproof container of some sort for your passport and your money. Leave all other documents, air tickets and valuables or jewelry in a lock box at your hotel in Cusco or Lima. You may leave additional pieces of luggage with us at our offices in Cusco.

::How is the food in Manu?
We do not offer gourmet food. Beef, chicken, fresh vegetables and fruit are provided during the first days of the trip to Manu. We also supplement our diet with a supply of rice, potatoes, noodles, and beans. Our kitchen is supervised by our Cordon Bleu Chef, Henry Gómez who has designed each menu carefully for our trips to Manu.

::Is safe to drink the water in manu?
We take some bottled water for our trips to Manu. You may purchase additional bottled water at our lodges or at stops at nearby towns along the route. Water is boiled for the consumption of our guests. All silverware and dishware are thoroughly disinfected with iodine. Vegetables are also disinfected with iodine.

::How are the accommodations in manu cloud forest lodge?
The Manu Cloud Forest Lodge is idyllically located at 5,000 ft. above sea level, between cloud forest-covered slopes and adjacent to a narrow 400-foot-high waterfall. Rushing streams next to the site are two of the small water courses that descend from the mountains to the Qosñipata River. There are four two-story bungalows. Each bungalow is divided in two levels for two to three guests each in single-bed accommodations. Every level provides private toilet facilities, which include hot-water shower, wash stand and flushing toilet. The lodge rooms offer private verandas overlooking the pristine Union creek. Restaurant and bar for up to 60 people and a reading room.

::How are the accommodations in manu lodge?
Manu Lodge is constructed entirely of fine Spanish Cedar cut from logs beached on the Manu by annual floods. The lodge faces a natural oxbow lake almost two kilometers long and about 180 meters wide. The lodge is elevated on reinforced stilts and divided into two communicating blocks: A and B. Block A is divided into three levels: a spacious lower level with dining room/lounge for up to 44 people, bar, and meeting room, and a still smaller room features a studio and observation room. Block B contains ten double rooms spaced along a wide corridor/porch. The entire lodge, including both blocks, is screened and accessible from the outside only through three screened double rooms. We can accommodate up to 25 people in the lodge. There is also the option to house 5 guests more if group members agree to sleep in some triple rooms. The kitchen, cold-water showers and toilets are located away from the main building (within 20 meters) in clean, screened and comfortable outhouses.

::Is there electricity at the lodges?
Yes, both lodges have electricity. However, our small generators, due to a number of factors can fail or stop working at any moment, without the possibility of repairs for several days. The electricity output is about 220 volts. A stabilizer is strongly recommended if you will use our electricity output to recharge sensitive electronic equipment. Lights are turned on from 18:00 to 21:00, and briefly prior to early morning excursions.

::Life in the junle
As those of you who have studied the ecosystems of the world will already know, there is little "jungle" (derived from an Asian word for second growth vegetation) in the Amazon of Manu. The vast lowlands of the Amazon Basin are correctly termed "rainforest". Popular usage however, has retained the word jungle and we use it here interchangeably with rainforest. To the inexperienced, the jungle appears to be nothing but a wall of green along the river bank, with all the same trees. It is not so. As you look more closely and carefully, you will find an incredibly complex variety of life forms. It is important to bring a different attitude towards wildlife viewing in the rainforest than one would take on an African safari. There are no herds of thousands of antelopes trooping past your Land Rover. Animals in the rainforest rarely travel in groups of more than two or three individuals. They have an abundance of trees and bushes within which to hide, and many have superb camouflage colorings. To see the wildlife an excellent guide and tracker is necessary, along with patience for the quiet search, and the realization that luck will play its role. You can always count on seeing a large variety of birdlife, including brightly colored parrots, macaws, hoatzins and toucans, to name but a few. Groups have always spotted several monkey groups (usually spider, red howler or capuchin monkeys) and sightings of peccaries, caimans (South American crocodiles) and capybara are also fairly common. Several of our groups have seen Jaguar, Ocelot and Tapir, but these three are special, and luck plays a mayor part in spotting these shy, elusive animals. We may only see their tracks and know they are somewhere in the vicinity. There are mosquitoes and chiggers in the lowlands, but not in unbearable numbers, and they tend to go away soon after dusk. The sun sets very quickly here, close to the Equator, and the noise of cicadas advertising for mates, tree frogs, proclaiming their territory and owls on the prowl soon make us forget minor discomforts. There are almost no mosquitoes in the cool cloud forests of Manu.

Many clients are afraid to bring expensive equipment to Manu (e.g. 900 mm telephoto lens, or a 10x video camera); however you may have good chances to get excellent wildlife pictures. You won't regret it! just make sure to use a Pelican hard case or similar to protect your equipment. Wildlife is difficult to photograph in the jungle as most species are normally well camouflaged and/or are usually seen high above in the forest canopy. A telephoto lens is particularly recommended for this trip. For photography within the forest where light is subdued you will need a high speed camera, or a flash unit, a tripod or a combination of the above. On the river and along its banks however, the light is good. Keep in mind that professional jungle photographs such as those published in magazines usually require days of waiting in camouflaged blinds. If interested in wildlife photography, a 400 mm telephoto lens could be the minimum suggested. If on a stay of more than two weeks, you should pack your camera and lenses within an air tight container with a drying agent such as silica gel.

We strongly recommend insurance for baggage loss, accident, emergency air rescue and trip cancellations. Trip cancellation insurance will reimburse you for non-recoverable air or land expenses should you cancel your trip due to personal or family illness, as well as cover any emergency evacuation expenses if you become ill during the trip.

::Emergency contact
Should you wish to give family and friends an emergency contact number, please have them call our offices: +51-84-252721. They should be prepared with the name of the trip you are on, and its date of departure. As for short periods it may be difficult, expensive or even impossible to contact you (especially once you have left Cusco to travel to Manu itself), please be advised that this should only be used in cases of true emergency.

::Suggested traveler environmental guidelines
Leave only footprints and take away only memories and photographs. Do not take away "souvenirs" from historical sites and natural areas. Leave them for others to be enjoyed. Do not take feathers, seeds or souvenir fruits.

Respect the fragility of the environment and realize that unless all are willing to help in its preservation, unique and beautiful destinations will not be there for future generations.

To make your vacations more meaningful, take time beforehand to learn the customs, manners, and culture of the region being visited. While on a trip, learn more about the area; take time to talk with the people.
Try the native cuisine, support local skills and services. Be appreciative of the local culture.

Do not use products made from endangered species, such as ivory, tortoise shell, animal skin, and feathers.
Never litter. Leave tour surroundings cleaner than you found them.

Always follow designated trails.

Make an effort to know and support the various conservation oriented programs and organizations currently working to preserve the environment. Support the conservation of natural beauty throughout the world.

::Conditions and responsibility
Manu Nature Tours and/or their agents act only as agents for the passenger in regard to travel whether by car, boat or airplane and assume no liability for injury, damage, loss, accident, delay, or irregularity that may be caused either by reasons engaged in conveying the client or carrying out the arrangements of the tour. They can accept no responsibility for losses or additional expenses due to delay or changes in air or other services, sickness, weather, strike, war, quarantine, or other causes. All such expenses will have to be borne by the passenger as tour rates provide arrangements only for the time stated.

Manu Nature Tours strongly suggests to buy insurance to cover all the above, in addition to emergency evacuation, first aid, medical assistance, surgery, etc.

The right is reserved to accept or decline any person as a member of any tour.

Manu Nature Tours reserves the right to any unoccupied space on its buses, cars, boats and airplanes for its guides, staff and cargo.

No refund will be possible for any unused part of the tour. Baggage is at owner's risk entirely. The prices for the tours are based on tariffs and exchange rate in effect after January of every year, and are subject to adjustment in the event of any change therein.

::Tour inclusions
The fee includes all meals during the tour, guide services, park entrance fee, accommodations and services at Manu Lodge, Manu Cloud Forest Lodge or other hotels, lodges or camps, as specified on the travel itinerary, all ground and river transport during the tour.

::Not included in the fee
Our lowland tours to Manu end upon arrival at your hotel in Cusco.

Small-plane airfare/taxes from Boca Manu to Cusco. We will help you to contact the small-plane company to book and purchase your flight to and from Manu. However we are not responsible for delays and/or cancellations, nor for additional expensed which may result of small-plane operations.

The Peruvian Park service charges an entrance fee of $60 per person. This fee may be increased without any prior notice.

Excess baggage charges, alcoholic beverages or bottled water, snacks, personal insurance, laundry, phone calls or messages reconfirmation of flights from and to Lima, and /or items of personal nature.

For a small additional fee we can handle some of the above services, except small-plane reservations.

Packing List

Please limit your total jungle gear to the following essentials:
• Insect repellent
• Flashlight with spare bulb and batteries. (An additional flashlight is a better choice).
• A rain jacket (and pants for the rainy season) or poncho.
• Two loose long pants and two long-sleeved shirts.
• Quick-drying, tight-knitted combinations of cotton and polyester are preferred.
• T-shirts, as many as days you will spend in the trip.
• A pair of lightweight hiking boots.
• A pair of tennis shoes or sneakers.
• Rubber boots for trips during the wet season (December-April).
• A light sweater or sweatshirt.
• A wide brim hat for sun and rain (which can be secured to your head so that a strong wind does not blow it off).
• Underwear, socks.
• Sandals for use inside the lodge.
• A pair of shorts.

Use subdued colors in the jungle, as bright colors may scare wildlife. Tight-weave long-sleeved shirts and long pants are very important for protection from sun and insects.

Because it is dark under the forest canopy, larger binoculars are recommended for their light-gathering advantages. Ultra compact binoculars perform poorly in dim light and are not recommended despite their advantage in weight.

Suggested combinations are 8x40 and 10x40. 7x35 and 8x30 work fine too.

Your guides will not be able to share their binoculars with you.

Other items which you will find useful:
• Sunscreen
• A plastic water bottle (1 qt.).
• Toilet kit.
• Personal first-aid kit.
• Six large plastic bags or stuff sacks (to compartmentalize clothes, laundry, and wet items within your duffel).
• Pocket knife.
• Sunglasses.
• Alarm clock

:: Optional
• Camera gear
• Hand lens
• Reading material, journal.
• Tape recorder for recording jungle sounds.
• Drying agent or silica gel to pack inside your camera case.