The present day preoccupation all over the World for keeping natural areas, free of pollution and with non disturbed wildlife, resulted in the creation in Peru of different National Parks, Reserves and Historic Santuaries that involve strictly preserved and protected territories reaching approximately 5'833,648 Has. (58336 Km²; 22524 mile²) representing about 4.54% of the national territory. Inside the Inka region are the Machupicchu National Historic Sanctuary and the Manu National Park that all together involve 1'913,792 Has. (19137 Km²; 7389 mile²) that represent 11% of the regional territory.
The Manu National Park was established on may 29, 1973, by means of Law 0644-73-AG, with the aim of preserving its natural and cultural patrimony for the benefit of present and future generations. That same aim determined the recognition by UNESCO of the Manu Biosphere Reserve that today expands over a territory of 1'881,200 Has. (18812 Km²; 7263 mile²) in the provinces of Paucartambo in Qosqo and Manu in Madre de Dios; from all this protected territory 81.5% belongs to the Core Zone which is strictly preserved in a natural state, 13.5% to the Experimental or Buffer Zone that is set aside for controlled research and tourism, and 5% to the Cultural Zone where there are human settlements.
Day 1: Cusco - Cloud Forest - Chontachaka
Early in the morning We will go pick them up from your hotel. Leaving the city of Cusco in one of our specialized overland vehicles. We will cross interesting Andean valleys and picturesque peasant communities. and our first visit will be to the Pre-Inca ò "Chullpas" Dinamarca Tombs. After a short Explanation and a time to take photos, we continue to Paucartambo typical colonial town of great importance at that time and still retains its colonial style.
After a guided tour of its typical streets knowing a little of their culture and traditional festivities continue our journey and ascend to the Acjanacu at 3,850 masl Home of the National Park Manu From here we descend through the cloud forest, and have activities hikes. Where our mission is to find the National Ave Del Peru. The cock of the rock (rupicola peruviana). We will have the opportunity to see the ritual mating dance. which have a striking plumage of very intense orange-red, and also this area is very rich in species such as the spectacled bear, orchids, bromeliads, ferns, etc. etc. And after some short hikes continue in our bus to get to our hostel .where spend our first night comfortably installed.
Day 2: Chontachaka - Atalaya - Boca Manu
After breakfast, we continue our journey through approx 1 hour more. To the port of Atalaya. It is here where we board our boat, this trip takes approx. 4 6 hours to sail for Rio Alto Madre de Dios, with destination to Boca Manu. During our voyage gives us the opportunity to observe birds such as skimmers, herons and several species of kingfishers, swallows and flycatchers. Also in the route we will have the opportunity to visit one or two native communities to learn a little more about Them. And finally arrive at Boca Manu. A typical small town, where we can freshen up buying some drinks Frias. This is where we will spend our second night in our typical hostel.
Day 3: Boca Manu - Limonal - Matsiguenka Lodge - Cocha Otorongo
On our boat we go to the parrot clay lick, a clay wall of the river where different species of parrots like the blue headed parrot white eye, among others, go every morning to extract and lick clay pieces. Upon completion of this activity, we will stop at the Limonal, which present the necessary documents for the control of entry to the reserve. Continue travel by Manu River upstream, leaving all traces of civilization toward the heart of the reserve for about 4 hours until our hostel which has Grooming shared services such as showers and toilets. This is where we spend the next 2 nights. During this journey you will see countless species of birds, alligators, turtles and mammals often sunning on the beaches or feeding in the surrounding trees. This tour shows the immensity of our jungle. After lunch we spent our time walking and visit the Cocha Otorongo. where there is an observation tower strategically located 15 meters from where we have the opportunity to appreciate the scenery of the surrounding primary forest. And from this place is where you can see some alligators and giant otters in families ò lonely. Then at night we will have evening activities, go in search of insects or other animals wildlife in this pristine jungle .
Day 4: Matsiguenka Lodge / Cocha Otorongo / Cocha Salvador
At dawn we'll probably wake howler monkey declaring its territory to others. Before breakfast we will walk morning because the temperature at this time makes it common to find animals for food. then return to the camp where our staff is waiting to offer a refreshing breakfast. After a short break we will explore some trails near our camp.
In the afternoon we will go to explore another lagoon and cross a primary forest with greater diversity of species explore the Cocha Salvador using the catamaran, and from this catamaran you can see some wildlife species such as the Giant Otter (Pteronura brasiliensis) a species are endangered, important inhabitant that can be seen fishing, playing or swimming, and just as the Black Caiman (Melanosuchus niger), the Hoatzin (Ophisthocomus hoatzin), the Spider Monkey (Ateles paniscus), etc. and flora of their surroundings; then back to our hostel we can find some other species of monkeys. At night and with the help of our flashlights we will walk along the banks of the river and we can see some alligators out in search of their prey.
Day 5: Cocha Otorongo - Boca Manu
This day we will wake up early again for walks around the lodge. and then pack up our things and board our boat to take us slowly downstream by the Manu River to Boca Manu, a small town located at the confluence of the Manu and Alto Madre de Dios rivers. From this point, the river takes the name of Mother of God, becoming the hydrographic axis of the Madre de Dios Region, Once arrivado to our youth hostel in the afternoon we will settle, and finally at night there is the possibility of making a short night walk to search for some toads and tree frogs and a host of colorful insects. Overnight at the lodge.
Day 6: Boca Manu - Hostel
After our breakfast Enerjisante will cross the river Alto Madre de Dios always observing the enormous diversity of avifauna. And close at noon arrive at The Hot Springs, where we enjoy a break and relaxing bath in these medicinal waters. Then continue to our lodge. Where we spend the last night in this wonderful Amazon jungle
Day 7:Hostel / Atalaya / Cloud Forest / Cusco
Unfortunately this day Waking up very early and after our last breakfast in the jungle continue the trip by river to the port of Atalaya. Where we will catch our bus back to Cusco Turning again by the mysterious cloud forest where we can find some last activities and can also do some short walks. Arriving in Cusco at about 18:00 where we will stop at your hotel.
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