2014 Short Itineraries: 4-Day/3-Night
DAY 01:06:00 departure of our vehicle from our Cusco office. Our destination is Manu Nature Tour's 1,300 Ha. Private Reserve in the cloud forest near the southeastern boundary of Manu Park, nested between the grasslands and the lowlands of the Upper Madre de Dios River. We travel south-east through small Andean villages while we observe cameloid shepherds and native peasants in their colorful attires. We travel at leisure making several stops along the way, including many photo opportunities and the colonial town of Paucartambo, the gateway to the rainforest since pre-Inka times.
Arrival to the Acjanaco Andean pass, located at the southern-most tip of the Manu Park in the grasslands overlooking the Amazon Basin. We will offer you the chance to get in touch with this very special kind of habitat by trekking down different sections of the road through a moss and lichen-carpeted kingdom, a perfect occasion to learn about the natural history on the eastern slopes of the Andes. We might have the opportunity to spot many species of ferns, lichens, bromeliads and orchids, (i.e. Odontoglossum, Epidendrum, Pachyphyllum, Stelis, Scaphyglotis) We may also have a chance to spot several species of raptors (Black-and- Chestnut Eagle, Mountain Caracara, Black-chested Buzzard Eagle and Puna Hawk).
Mountain Biking: For those with the energy and a sense of adventure we will offer the choice to use a sturdy mountain bike with front suspension to descend effortlessly on the most scenic and beautiful part of the single-lane dirt road into the heart of the cloud forests. For your security, and since this is not a competition but a chance to enjoy nature, you will have to ride behind our transport. We provide bike helmets and gloves.
We reach our Manu Cloud Forest Lodge to have a relaxing evening by the lodge's veranda. The sound of the Union Creek will put us into a pleasant sleep.
Note:The above is an optional activity and must be paid and reserved in advance.
DAY 02.The lush and misty cloud forest is perhaps the most fragile and threatened type of rainforest. This forest which starts from 11,000 feet, and continue down to about 5,000 feet of elevation, cover the eastern slopes of the Andes, before yielding to the vast lowland forest of the Amazon. This is a kingdom of moss, lichens, ferns, and orchids.
Early excursion to a nearby platform and blind strategically located to see a "lek" where the brightly red-colored Cocks-of-the Rock perform a daily display for the females. Afterwards we return to our lodge for a hearty breakfast.
Later in the morning, we will have the opportunity to explore the Mirador Trail, and the beautiful scenery of the Cloud Forest. This is another good chance to try our luck and see Woolly Monkeys, Emerald Toucanet, Torrent Duck, Golden-headed Quetzal, Gray-breasted Mountain Toucan, Amazonian Umbrella Bird, Blue-banded Toucanet, Fruit-eating Tanagers, Red-crested Cotinga, Banded-tail Fruit-eater, tyrant flycatchers and the Blue-crowned Mot-Mot.
Our journey continues by ground transport to the mid-elevation forest and to witness how the last Andean foothills yield to the vast Amazon basin. We will reach the Amazon river port of Atalaya at about noon. Upon arrival we will have a chance to experience a short dugout canoe ride down the fast-flowing upper Madre de Dios in order to spend the rest of the afternoon walking mid-elevation rainforest trails in the company of our guide. This type of habitat is very special as several upland and lowland species of birds mingle at this elevation. For example we may have the chance to see the Military Macaw, an endangered species of parrot that lives only at this elevation.
This unique habitat is the beginning of the lowlands rainforest and you may enjoy an extraordinary vista of the Amazon Basin surrounded with several small hills as well as the Andean Range, a paradise for birdwatchers and nature lovers who have had the opportunity to spot exotic species of birds like the Mask-Crimson, Blue-gray and Paradise Tanagers, the Blue Crowned Trogon, Blue headed Parrot, the Blue-headed Macaw, the Bluish fronted Jacamar, the Festive and Rufous-Crested Coquette and many other species of hummingbirds.
We will return to the Manu Cloud Forest Lodge in the late afternoon.
Optional White-water rafting on the Qosnipata River: visitors of all ages can enjoy a short, soft, white-water in the beautiful setting of the tropical rainforest.
Must be reserved in advance. We need a minimum of three-four participants to run it.
DAY 03.Early this morning we offer you another chance to explore the Manu Cloud Forest Lodge. This is another good chance to try our luck and see Woolly Monkeys, Emerald Toucanet, Torrent Duck, Golden-headed Quetzal, Gray-breasted Mountain Toucan, Amazonian Umbrella Bird, Blue-banded Toucanet, Fruit-eating Tanagers, Red-crested Cotinga, Banded-tail Fruit-eater, tyrant flycatchers and the Blue-crowned Mot-Mot.
Overnight: Manu Cloud Forest Lodge.
DAY 04.This morning we offer you an additional hiking excursion walking through dense and exuberant cloud forest and crossing rushing streams, which originate in the mountain peaks high above the forest. Surrounded by massive rocks, hanging vines and bromeliads, we may enjoy a refreshing dip in these crystal-clear waters
Before noon we start our journey back to Cusco. END
Inclusions:Round trip ground transportation from Cusco, English-speaking guide services, all meals, accommodations at the Manu Cloud Forest Lodge and excursions according to itinerary.
Not included:post-tour hotel transfers in Cusco or Lima, laundry, beverages , alcoholic and/or non-alcoholic, items of a personal nature and tips.
Important Note:The sequence of the itinerary is subject to change due to weather conditions.
- A 50 % per person deposit is required to guarantee the reservation.
- The remaining balance must be paid one 30 days before the date of departure.
- 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.
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