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4 Day Wildlife Tour at Manu Wildlife Center in Puerto Maldonado, Madre de Dios Region
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Manu Wildlife Center Wildlife Tour Peru

Join this tour in Manu Wildlife Center to explore and discover the rainforest, its lore and plant life, on the network of trails surrounding the lodge. Witness the frantic rush‐hour activity of twilight in the rainforest canopy and set off along the “collpa trail”, which will take you to the lodge’s famous Tapir Clay lick. Be acquainted with the rainforest, exploring some of the 30 miles of forest trails that surround the lodge!

  • Group size: Minimum of 2 participants, maximum of 12
  • Main wildlife to be viewed: Monkeys, macaws, and tapirs
  • Starting point and ending point: Puerto Maldonado


  • Enchanting night walk
  • Daily rainforest exploration
  • Macaw and tapir observation experience
  • Search for nocturnal birds and animals of the rainforest
  • Hike to an oxbow lake and the wildlife trails
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Daily meals


4 activity days
Group size: 2-12 participants
Airport transfer included: Padre Aldamiz International Airport
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For this wildlife tour, you will be staying in Manu Wildlife Center.


Day 1: Puerto Maldonado‐Colorado ‐ Manu Wildlife Center

The service start with an early reception at the Puerto Maldonado International Airport (PEM) or bus station, then you will continue with a transfer service by van to Santa Rosa Village, you will get there in about two‐hour and a half journey, you will cross the Inambari river for a 15-minute boat trip to Puerto Carlos, here you will start your overland journey to Boca Colorado for 45 minutes by car, followed by four hours and a half motorized boat journey ride upstream the Madre de Dios river.

You arrive to Manu Wildlife Center for lunch. Later you make the first acquaintance with the rainforest, exploring some of the 30 miles of forest trails that surround the lodge. You have an excellent chance of encountering some of the 12 species of monkeys, including the Spider Monkey and Emperor Tamarin, which inhabit the surrounding forest. After dinner, there will be an enchanting night walk along the trails, in search of the nocturnal birds and animals of the rainforest. Lunch and dinner is provided today.

Day 2: Manu Wildlife Center: The Macaw Clay Lick Project, Canopy Tower, and Tapir Clay Lick

You will start early (inevitable on wildlife expeditions), after a delicious breakfast you walk through the forest for some minutes, where you find the Macaw Lick project. The hide provided with individual chairs and a convenient place for cameras and binoculars to a distance of 15 meters. In groups of two and three the scarlet macaws come flapping in, landing in the treetops as they eye the main stage below. After this, you continue walking and exploring on the network of trails surrounding the lodge then you return to the lodge for lunch.

Later, you continue to explore and discover the rainforest, its lore and plant life, on the network of trails surrounding the lodge, arriving in the late afternoon at the 34m/112ft. Canopy Tower. On its platform you witness the frantic rush‐ hour activity of twilight in the rainforest canopy, before night closes in. Then you set off along the “collpa trail”, which will take you to the lodge’s famous Tapir Clay lick. Here at the most active tapir lick known in the entire Amazon, the research has identified from 8 to 12 individual 600‐pound Tapirs who come to this lick to eat clay from under the tree roots around the edge. This unlikely snack absorbs and neutralizes toxins in the vegetarian diet of the Tapir, the largest land animal of Latin America.

The lick features a roomy, elevated observation platform 5m/17ft above the forest floor. The platform is equipped with freshly made up mattresses with pillows. Each mattress is covered by a roomy mosquito net. The 10‐meter long, elevated walkway to the platform is covered with sound‐absorbing padding to prevent you footsteps from making noise. This Tapir experience is unique and exciting because these normally very shy creatures are visible up close, and flash photography is not just permitted, but encouraged.

The hard part for modern city dwellers is to remain still and silent anywhere from 30 minutes to two or more hours. Many prefer to nap until the first Tapir arrives, at which point your guide gently awakens you to watch the Tapir 10‐20m/33‐66ft away below the platform. Most people feel that the wait is well worth it in order to have such a high probability of observing the rare and elusive Tapir in its rainforest home. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be provided.

Day 3: Manu Wildlife Center

Hike to an oxbow lake and the wildlife trails. You set off early for an old oxbow lake full of water lilies (Nuphar lutea) and sunken logs. As you circle the lake on the catamaran, you might encounter the resident Giant Otter family on a fishing expedition, or troops of monkeys crashing noisily through the trees. Wattled Jacanas step lightly on the lily pads, dainty Sun Grebes paddle across the water, supple‐necked Anhinga air‐dry their wide, black wings, and perhaps an Osprey scans for fish from a high branch.

Among the bushes near the waterline, Hoatzins, which look like rust‐colored, punk chickens, announce their presence with distinctive, bizarre wheezing and grunts. Woodpeckers, tanagers, macaws, toucans and parakeets all finally come swooping in to trees surrounding the lake. Many of them roost around the lake for the night. After lunch at the lodge, your guide is available to lead you on freewheeling expeditions in search of further wildlife encounters, or you may take one of the lodge’s many trails on private and personal excursions to commune with the spirits of the rainforest.

This evening, from the late afternoon until after dinner, they offer an opportunity to search for caiman and other nocturnal life along the riverbank by boat (if the level of river allows it). Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be provided.

Day 4: Departure Day - Manu Wildlife Center to Puerto Maldonado

You leave the lodge very early on the two hour and a half return boat trip downstream to the Colorado Village. Depending upon the time you must be in Puerto Maldonado, the breakfast will be served at the lodge or on the boat while you enjoying early morning wildlife activity as you go, of course this is a perfect time to take advantage of valuable early morning wildlife activity along the river, in additions this journey allows you to see several lowland native settlements and gold miners digging and panning gold along the banks of the Madre de Dios River.

You will stop in the far‐west type gold‐mining town of Colorado to start the overland journey to Puerto Carlos for 45 minutes, then you will cross the Inambari River for 15 minutes boat trip to Santa Rosa, finally a van or bus will drive you in approximately two hours to the airport in Puerto Maldonado City.



  • The program may vary slightly so as to maximize your wildlife sightings, depending on the reports of the researchers and experienced naturalist guides based at the lodge.
  • Eric Adventures strongly recommend read your pre‐departure information.


This tour will be held on Manu Wildlife Center. Located east of the Manu River on the north bank of the Madre de Dios River. It is reached by a 45‐minute flight from Cusco to Puerto Maldonado followed by a car and boat journey to reach the lodge and offers the Amazon’s finest short, in‐depth wildlife safari. The lodge is famous for its abundant and varied wildlife, with its own Tapir clay lick, a nearby macaw clay lick project, two nearby oxbow lakes, and two tall canopy viewing towers among its impressive highlights.


Meals during the trip will be provided beginning with lunch on day one and ending with breakfast on day four. Vegetarian options are available with a previous information to be sent to Eric Adventures.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • Daily activities as per itinerary
  • Reception, assistance, and transfer to and from the airport on the first day and last day
  • Overland and river transportation
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Meals during the trip

What's not included

  • Air tickets
  • Personal expenses such as beverages, telephone call, tip, etc.
  • Extras not mentioned in the itinerary

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Airport: Padre Aldamiz International Airport Airport transfer included: Padre Aldamiz International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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