Macaw Clay Lick in Blanquillo Reserve
Manu National Park - Peru

DETAILED PROGRAM

DAY 1: Cusco - Rainforest Lodge .-We leave from Cusco by private bus, first stopping to visit the pre-Inca burial towers of Ninamarca. We then drive through the mountains, to get to the typical folkloric town of Paucartambo. Here we take a short walk around the town before carrying on to Tres Cruces, the entrance to the Cultural Zone of Manu and the cloud forest. From there we continue to San Pedro where will walk for around one hour to  visit  a complex courtship behavior, performing impressive lek displays  of Cock of the Rock national bird of Peru (Rupicola peruviana), monkeys and orchids. We arrive at our private Rainforest Lodge in the evening where we will stay for the night​

DAY 2: Rainforest Lodge – Bonanza Ecological Reserve  (Mammals Clay Lick).- After breakfast we continue by private bus to Atalaya. On the way we stop to observe a coca plantation and at a view point where you can get a good overview of the jungle and the river. From Atalaya we leave by motorized boat to Aguas Calientes, where you can bath in the natural hot springs. During the boat trip we will see many different kinds of animals, especially birds, and a beautiful landscape. In the afternoon we arrive to R. E. Bonanza. From there we walk about one hour to our comouflaged house besides a mammals clay lick. We spend the night there to watch out for tapirs and deer.​

DAY 3: Bonanza Ecological Reserve – Casa Matsiguenka Lodge (Biosphere Reserve).- We leave the lodge very early and continue our journey downriver (Alto Madre de Dios River) to go into the Reserve Zone on the Manu River. Our first stop there is a national park control point (Puesto de Vigilancia Limonal). Halfway to Casa Matchiguenka lodge we do a first short walk in the Reserve Zone. Along the boat trip we will observe many different kinds of animals such as capybara, peccaries, monkeys, lots of birds and caimans, maybe even a jaguar. Late in the afternoon we arrive at Casa Matchiguenka Lodge where we spend the night. (Optional night walk there.)

Casa Matsiguenka, a rustic native owned lodge run by the Matsiguenkas themselves, with its own exclusive trail system. There will be modern facilities available; there are toilets and reasonably warm showers, screened twin rooms, with comfortable beds and mosquito nets. 

DAY 4: Casa Matsiguenka Lodge – Cocha Salvador.- After breakfast we'll spend the morning at the lake of Cocha Salvador. Some of the time will be spent travelling down the lake on a floating platform observing ox-bow lake animal life from the water. We plan to ride down the lake on a floating platform observing the animal life from the water. We may encounter an agami heron or a sungrebe, and there are brown Cappuchin monkeys who are usually feeding on fruits nearby and therefore are relatively easy to sight. Specially constructed piers that jut out into the lake enable us to look for a family of giant otters that live here in the world’s largest freshwater carnivores. These Otters are only found in Manu, and each animal consumes between 4 and 5 kilos of fish per day. So with that in mind it’s most likely that they can be seen eating large fish on logs at the lakeside. The rest of the day will be spent following the trails in the area in search of some of the 13 species of monkey found in the forest here. Your guide will explain to you some of the basics of rainforest ecosystems and point out some of the medicinal plants of the area used by local, indigenous groups. We may be fortunate enough to cross paths with a group of peccaries a species of wild boar found here at late afternoon enjoy the sun sets. We will spend the night at the Casa Matsiguenka. 

DAY 5: Casa Matsiguenka Lodge – Cocha Otorongo.-We will have a gentle stroll from camp for around 4 to 5 hours through the forest to Cocha Otorongo. We may be lucky enough encounter groups of monkeys. This is a particularly good trail for woolly and black spider monkeys. We'll pay special attention to the plant life on this walk and take it slowly listening for the rustle of vegetation or the soft sound of fruits falling to the rainforest floor that may betray the presence of animals or large birds. A visit to the lake of Cocha Otorongo is planned, where observation piers and a 20 meter observation tower in the rainforest canopy overlooking the lake are available for observing wildlife. We will also be on the lookout for a large family of giant otters that inhabit this lake. We will spend the night at Casa Matsiguenka. 

Day 6: Casa Matsiguenka Lodge – Pakitza – Blanquillo Reserve.- Bright and early in the morning, we will head off to visit the Pakitza ranger station, which is known as one of the first biological stations created for the scientific studies conducted in Manu, The Boat trip up river to Pakitza might bring some surprises, then we will take you in and around its amazingly complex trail system as more and more of the forest's natural beauty is revealed for us behind every turn we make. Maybe we will even have a chance to see a group of Tamarin monkeys, which are the smallest monkeys in the whole world. We advise that you be aware of your surroundings, because they could sneak up right behind you later on. In the afternoon we will visit another system of trails with a completely different set of characteristics than the first, our guide will explain to you why and show us native plants from the area that can be used as traditional medicines. We'll be met at the river by our cook with a picnic lunch and then embark on our motorized boat for a 6 hours trip down river to Tambo Blanquillo for the night. The river trip may hold surprises and we'll be attentive for any wildlife on the beaches like the Jaguar, one of the highlights the Jungle has to offer. We will spend the night at Tambo Blanquillo lodge. 

DAY 7: Blanquillo Reserve – Puerto Maldonado.- Very early in the morning, we will go by boat to the Macaw Clay Lick, a special place where flocks of parakeets, parrots and macaws come every day to eat the nutritious lick, located at the wall of the river. We will stay here at a camouflaged hideout house: it is a bird lover’s paradise, where you will see and hear many of them, however this activity is very much weather dependant. After this we take our motorized boat downriver to Boca Colorado. From there we go on by bus to Puerto Maldonado and spend the night in a local lodge. 

DAY 8: Puerto Maldonado – Cusco or Lima.- After breakfast; we will transfer to bus station to return, the duration of the trip in local bus are 8 hours to  Cusco (local bus is included in the program). Arrival time in Cusco depends on the itinerary of the bus.

If you want, you could take flight to Cusco (45 minutes) or to Lima (2 hours); the flight is not included in the price of the program. Flight to Lima where you can connect at the same airport for International flight. Most groups will take the flight from Puerto Maldonado to Lima connecting from there to international flights.

NoteActivities start at early morning and finish late afternoon, the best times for seeing wildlife.

 

  • Tour Includes:

  • Private Transportation (bus and boat)

  • All necessary equipment (chair, Mosquito nets, tables, mattress, rubber boots, rain poncho)

  • We lend you a duffle bag for your personal belongings on tour

  • Professional bilingual local guide (well-equipped  with guiding gear)

  • Mineral water

  • First aid  including Antivenomous for snake bites

  • 3 meals per day; included vegetarian, vegan, pescatarian options

  • Midmorning daily snacks (biscuits, candy, fresh fruit, juice)

  • Professional Cook

  • Entrance to Cock of the Rock (Lek)

  • Entrance to Rainforest Lodge (private Lodge)

  • Entrance to the hot springs

  • Entrance to Observation Tower

  • Entrance to Casa Matsiguenka Lodge

  • Entrance to Blanquillo Lodge

  • Entrance to Pto. Maldonado Lodge.

  • Entrance to Macaw Clay Lick

  • Entrance to Camouflage House (Mammals Clay Lick)

  • Entrance to Bonanza Ecological Reserve Lodge

  • Entrance fee to Manu National Park

  • And much more.

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  • What you need to take: VERY IMPORTANT

  • Light sleeping bag or light blanket

  • Repellent with a minimum of 25% DEET

  • Camera with spare batteries for many days

  • Powerful long-range flashlights with extra batteries.

  • Macro lenses. 10 - 65mm

  • Long Distance Lens 150mm - 400mm or 600mm

  • Lens extensión of 1.4x or 2x

  • Waterproof case, bags to protect your electronics and valuables

  • Sun lotion

  • Pocket money

  • Day pack

  • Wáter bottle

  • Battery charger for your electronic devices

  • Sandals (try to bring strap)

  • Extra toilette paper

  • General Dark clothing. (camouflage to see the wildlife) long sleeves shirts and t-shirts, long pants, lightweight, shorts, short sleeves t-shirts, waterproof jackets Sun hat, bath linen clothes, small towel, Thick long socks, trekking shoes.

  • All your personal hygiene needs

  • A bit of money for staff tips (Usually expected on the tour)

  • Not included the last dinner

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duracion: 
8 Days / 7 Nights
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