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Manu Adventures strive to make sure that your expedition is a memorable experience, while, at the same time, ensuring the conservation of the fragile eco-systems you will encounter. For 19 years they dedicated their efforts to the sustainable development and management of tourism in the southeastern jungles and mountains of Peru, with emphasis on Manu National Park. They invite you to share with them the intimacy of this natural paradise.
On the first night, you will be accommodated at San Pedro de Orquideas Lodge, while on the second and third nights the accommodation will be at Erika Lodge.
Orquídeas de San Pedro Lodge is located in the cultural zone of Manu National Reserve, in the middle of the Cloud Forest, at 1700 m.a.sl. (5100 feet).
Rustic, yet comfortable, the lodge can host groups of up to 36 people in double rooms with comfortable beds, linens, and mosquito nets. The 36 people limit was set expressively to curb the lodge’s environmental impact on the area.
They have a screened dining room and kitchen, shared bathrooms with hot water, and hammocks overlooking the surrounding rain forest. Electricity is provided at night by a generator.
San Pedro boasts a five-kilometer trail system around the lodge. Visitors are encouraged to use the trails whenever they can, always under the supervision of the experienced guides.
Erika Lodge is located near the Alto Madre de Dios River and is flanked by the Piñi Piñi River and a set of mountains located in the transition zone between high and low jungle, encompassing different habitats. This altitude range explains the high diversity of wildlife found around this area.
The lodge has 90 hectares of forest declared private reserve in 1992. Erika Lodge opened its doors in 1970, becoming the first tourist shelter in Peru. It has been used in the past by expeditions in search of the “Paititi” (the lost golden city of the Inkas), the Petroglyphs of Pusharo, and the Pyramids of Paratoari.
Rustic, yet still comfortable, Erika can house groups of up to 40 guests at a time in double bedrooms which include linens and mosquito netting. The dining room and kitchen also have mosquito netting, and the shared bathrooms have running hot water. Electricity is supplied at night by a generator.
At Erika Lodge, the guests can traverse from tree to tree and platform to platform using pulleys on horizontal traverse cable zip lines, as they sail through the treetops of the tropical rain forest canopy and over the trails far below.
Expert guides assist you in this exciting journey through the different layers of the rain forest and explain what’s going on around you from the time you leave the ground until you rappel back down to the forest floor.
Erika boasts a 15-kilometer surrounding trail system that connects the lodge and the forest. Visitors can use the trail whenever they wish, as long as they are accompanied by a guide. The forest and river on the way to Erika Lodge are home to many species of plants and animals, some of them endangered. The forest is also a source of seeds and trees for reforestation projects.
Walk through a trail leading to a 15-foot high observation platform overlooking the Mammal Clay Lick. You will wait for the lumbering peccaries to arrive and photograph them in action. Note: Observing mammals on this spot depends on luck, staff availability, and weather conditions.
Five minutes by boat from Erika Lodge, you arrive at Parrot´s Clay Lick where you can observe some parrot species from the river bank, like the blue-headed parrot, white eyed parakeets, yellow crowned, and others, as they go every morning to supplement their diet with minerals and salt from the clay lick.
Note: Manu National Park is not an endemic area for malaria or yellow fever, but Manu Adventures recommend using insect repellent. River water is not recommended for human consumption. Purified water will be provided at the lodges. They have daily radio communication available with their Cusco office.
You leave Cusco early in the morning in one of the vehicles. You will pass through interesting valleys and picturesque communities. You will stop in Paucartambo, a beautiful colonial town. Here, you will visit a very interesting museum.
You will have a packed lunch en-route. You continue to the cloud forest, an area rich with endemic species like the spectacled bear, the Cock of The Rock, a variety of orchids, bromeliads, ferns, etc. Take in the beautiful nature as you make your way to San Pedro de Orquideas Lodge where you will spend your first night in comfortable accommodations.
Very early in the morning, you will go in search of the Cock of the Rock, the national bird of Peru, which has a very unique courtship dance. After breakfast, you will continue to the small town of Pilcopata, then to the port of Atalaya which is located on the shores of the Madre de Dios River (700 m.a.s.l.). Here, you will take a boat to the private reserve of Erika.
From the boat, you will be able to see a rich diversity of bird species such as herons, vultures, cormorants, etc. You will walk along the interesting trails that are in the transition zone between high and low jungle, and your guide will point out and explain the interesting diversity of wildlife that surrounds you. You will have the chance for a night walk to catch a glimpse of insects and amphibians. You will overnight at Erika Lodge.
During the morning walk, the guide will point out and explain the interesting variety of wildlife around you. You board your boat to cross the river and follow a trail for 30 minutes, observing the interesting flora such as the sensitive plants, heliconias, fruit, etc.
You walk until you reach Machuwasi Lake where you paddle raft to observe the birds, like the primitive hoatzin, alligators, monkeys, and, with luch, capybaras. You will have a night walk around the lodge to catch a glimpse of a variety of insects and amphibians.
Very early in the morning, you board your boat and make your way to Collpa, a clay wall by the river where a variety of parrots such as the blue-headed parrot, the white-eyed parakeet, possibly the Maracana macaw, and others come every morning to substitute their diet with minerals and salts.
After this activity, you return to Erika for breakfast. After breakfast, you pack up and take your boat back to Atalaya Port where your vehicle will be waiting to take you back to Cusco. You have lunch en-route and arrive in Cusco in the early evening.
Note: The security of the passengers is Manu Adventures' first priority. Their staff and equipment ensure safety, making it possible to enjoy a natural and adventurous trip, along with comfort, in a tropical jungle setting.
Manu National Park, located in southeastern Peru, is one of the largest parks in South America. The area of the park encompasses parts of the Andean department of Cusco and the jungle department of Madre de Dios. Manu protects over two million hectares (four and a half million acres) of territory rich in flora and fauna species in a variety of habitats including high Andes, cloud forests, and lowland tropical rain forests.
UNESCO officially recognizes this natural paradise as a world heritage site. In 1977, they designated Manu as a World Biosphere Reserve because it contains the best existing example of biodiversity in protected areas of rain forest, as well as endemic areas of cloud forest.
Humans have altered the majority of forests in the world. Fortunately, Manu has remained intact and untouched by civilization. Thus, you can observe a variety of animals in their natural habitats, including giant otters (Pteronura brasiliensis), black caimans (Melanosuchus Niger), jaguars (Panthera onca), spectacled bears (Tremarctos ornatus), tapirs (Tapirus terrestris), ocelots (Felis pardalis), 13 species of primates, and an estimated one thousand species of birds including seven species of macaws.
Manu also contains 10% of the world’s vascular plant species, including several species of figs and palms, as well as countless species of medicinal plants that scientists are currently researching. A single hectare of forest in Manu can have up to 220 species of trees, while a hectare of temperate forest in Europe or North America may only have 20 tree species. Manu National Park may be the most biologically diverse and protected park on the planet.
During your stay, you will be provided with all meals according to the itinerary. Vegetarian options are also available.
Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport
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