The Manu National Park, a World Heritage Site, is one of the areas with the greatest biodiversity on the planet. It is located in the departments of Cusco (province of Paucartambo, district of Kosñipata) and Madre de Dios (province of Manu, districts of Fitzcarrald and Manu), covering the whole of the Manu River basin. Located in the south of Peru, in the eastern sector of the Andes mountain range and western edge of the Amazon basin, it is the only park in Latin America that includes the entire range of environments from tropical lowland to frigid lands, above 4,000 masl. The Park was created on May 29, 1973, has an area of 1,716,295.22 hectares and is one of the best destinations for nature tourism. In the lower basin of the Manu River, the exuberance of the Amazon plain stands out. There are up to five recommended areas for tourist visits, with a high diversity of flora and fauna: Salvador, Otorongo, Juárez, Pakitza and Limonal. All navigable circuits in the lakes or oxbow lakes, where you can see the river wolves and the black lizard. One of the main attractions of the Park are the famous called "collpas", habitat of flocks of guacayamos, as well as other species of fauna, that come in search of food. The park is home to some 221 species of mammals, such as the otorongo, black tiger, sachavaca, sajino, deer, ronsoco, black maquisapa, among others. As for birds, the harpy eagle, jabiru, pink spatula, jungle goose and cock of the rocks stand out. Inside the park there is a metal tower 18 meters high and a raised path with a platform that facilitates the best bird watching and the immensity of the forest from the treetops.The Manu has one of the most renowned research centers for the Amazon: the biological station of Cocha Cashu, as well as an interpretation center in the surveillance post of Limonal. Much of the park is indigenous territory. Here live 30 peasant communities that maintain the Quechua language as their mother tongue and several native Amazonian populations such as the Matsiguenka, Amahuaca, Yine, Amarakaeri, Huashipaire and Nahua peoples. Take the adventure with us, prepare your package and explore this amazing Peruvian Jungle Tour!
Day 01: Cusco to Boca Manu
Day 02: Otorongo - Salvador - Otorongo
Day 03: Otorongo - Boca Manu
Departure from the city of Cusco very early in the morning in one of our private vehicles. We will cross interesting inter-Andean valleys and picturesque rural communities visiting the Pre-Inca Tombs "Chullpas" of Ninamarca. At noon we will pass through Paucartambo, a typical colonial town of great importance at that time and that still retains its colonial style. Continuing the journey we will ascend to the Acjanacu pass at 3,850 meters above sea level. From here we start the descent passing through the Cloud Forest, an area very rich in endemic species such as the Spectacled Bear, Cock of rocks, orchids, bromeliads, ferns, etc. Lunch on the route observing the nature and then continue until we reach Boca Manu where we will spend our first night comfortably installed
The group visits today the beauty Cocha Salvador which is 30 minutes away from Cocha Otorongo. We visit the lake to paddle silently on a catamaran that gives us the chance to observe the wolves of the river again and a variety of strange birds such as the sultana (Porphyrula martinica) or the agami heron (Agamia agami). Later we walked in the main trails with the guide to learn the operation and secrets of the tropical forest. In the afternoon we return to our camp in Cocha Otorongo. Night in camp on platforms with roof. Showers and toilets available. Optional night walk.
Today we will wake up with the impressive howling of the cotomonos, unfortunately we have to start our return to Boca Manu. At the end of this daily activity, we will have the opportunity to see funny monkeys , then we will take the private bus that will take us to the city of Cusco, we have lunch on the way to this at night. END OF OUR SERVICES.
For the wide variety of ecosystems it protects, the Manu Tour allows us to appreciate up to 2,000 species of flora, from high Andean grasslands and queñuales, to more than 4,000 meters above sea level, to the immense forests of the Amazonian plain, where forest species grow almost disappeared by extractive activity like the cedar, the mahogany and the screw. In the intermediate floors, between 2,800 and 1,600 meters above sea level, the misty forest offers us all the charm of giant orchids, ferns and begonias and below to the edge of 800 meters above sea level, the subtropical forest full of plants and trees opens up of importance for pharmacology and human nutrition.
The fauna of Manu is one of the best studied in the world. There they develop a thousand species of birds, five of felines, thirteen of primates, and about a hundred of bats, in addition to an indeterminate number of fish and insects. It is the home of the Andean bear (Tremarctos ornatus), the taruca (Hippocamelus antinensis), the black lizard (Melanosuchus niger) and the river wolf (Pteronura brasilensis), all of them in danger of extinction, but with a considerable number within the park.
The Manu National Park hosts a large number of wildlife species. It has registered about 160 species of mammals, more than 1,000 species of birds (mostly residents), about 140 species of amphibians, 50 species of snakes, 40 of lizards, 6 of turtles, 3 of alligators and 210 of fish . Among the large mammals are the otorongo (Panthera onca), the black tiger (Felis yagouaroundi), the sachavaca (Tapirus terrestris), the huangana (Tayassu pecari), the sajino (Tayassu tajacu), the deer (Mazama americana), the deer ash (Odocoileus virginianus), the river wolf (Pteronura brasiliensis), the ronsoco (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris), the monkey boar (Alouatta seniculus), the black maquisapa (Ateles paniscus), woolly monkey (Lagothrix lagotricha), the white machin monkey ( Cebus albifrons) and the black machin monkey (Cebus apella).
On the other hand, the number of insects in the Manu National Park is very high. It is estimated that there are about 30 million species. At the same time, more than 1,300 species of butterflies, 136 of dragonflies, at least 300 of ants (more than 40 species were found in a single tree) and more than 650 of beetles have been recorded.
As regards the flora of the Manu National Park, the number of plant species is very high. The various registers indicate that there are at least 162 families, 1,191 genera and 4,385 species identified. In a single hectare, up to 250 varieties of trees were found. The forests of aguajales are one of the most outstanding ecosystems, where the palms of aguaje (Mauritia flexuosa) and huasaí (Euterpe precatoria) are the dominant ones. They develop over areas that are almost permanently flooded, especially on the right bank of the Manu River.
Manu Tours has one of the most renowned research centers for the tropics: the biological station of Cocha Cashu. Likewise, in the lower basin of the Manu River there are five camping areas, three lookouts or breakwaters, three shelters for cession of use, a metal tower 18 m high in Otorongo lake and a raised path with platform in the Limonal sector. In addition, you can visit the Interpretation Center located at the "El Limonal" surveillance post.