We will depart from Cusco very early in the morning in one of our vehicles. We will traverse interesting valleys between the Andes Mountains and picturesque countryside communities. We will visit pre-Inca tombs from the Lupaca culture and later will stop in Paucartambo, a beautiful colonial town, and visit the town’s interesting museum. Along the way, we will eat lunch in the cloud forest. We will continue our descent through the cloud forest, a zone rich in endemic species, such as the Spectacled Bear and the Cock of the Rock, the Peruvian national bird that performs a unique courting ritual. We can also see orchids, bromelias, ferns, etc. We will continue to observe the spectacular nature along our journey until we arrive at our lodge, Pilcopata Inn, where we will spend our first night.
We will eat breakfast very early and then take a walk, during which we will be able to observe the fauna of the forest, such as monkeys and birds. Then, we will visit a coca plantation and a wildlife rescue center. Following this, we will travel to Port Atalaya, situated along the banks of the Alto Madre de Dios River at 500 m.a.s.l.. There we will begin our descent in boat to observe the enormous diversity of bird species, such as herons, vultures, cormorants, etc. until we arrive at Amazon Manu Lodge. There, we will bathe in the river and eat lunch. In the afternoon, we will visit a swamp where we can observe birds such as toucans, woodpeckers, macaws, etc. In the evening, before dinner, we will go to observe the eyes of caimans, which stand out in the night. We will spend the night in the lodge.
Very early in the morning, we will board our boat and head to the macaw clay lick, a wall along the riverbank where different species of parrots, such as the blue-headed parrot, white-eyed parakeet, chestnut-fronted macaw, among others, gather every morning. Here they eat the clay, which is rich in minerals and helps them digest and remove toxins from their bodies. After, we will return to our lodge for a delicious breakfast. Following breakfast, we will take a hike through the forest for 2.5-3 hours. We will return to the lodge to eat lunch and then rest in the lodge or bathe in the river. After lunch, you will also have the option to go zip-lining. In the afternoon, we will visit Lake Machuwasi, where we will explore in balsa rafts to observe birds, such as the pre-historic hoatzin and, with luck, other animals such as monkeys and capybaras. We will then take a night walk through the forest to look for insects and amphibians. After the night walk, we will eat dinner and spend the night at Amazon Manu Lodge. *Free optional activity – zip line: Our guests at the Amazon Manu Lodge have the chance to appreciate a unique and impressive view of the jungle as they fly through the jungle canopy between platforms built high in the trees. All equipment used is high-quality and secure. After gliding at high speed through the treetops of the amazing Amazon Jungle, you will then rappel 20 meters back to the ground.
After a delicious breakfast, we can enjoy observing the hummingbirds around the lodge, and then we will board our boat back to Port Atalaya where our bus will await us to bring us back to Cusco. We will eat lunch along the route back to Cusco, and we will arrive around 5:30– 6:30 pm.
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