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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.
During your stay, you will spend two nights at Erika Lodge, two nights at a Boca Manu lodge, and another two nights at a safari campsite.
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 continue to the cloud forest, an area rich in endemic species like the spectacled bear, the Cock of The Rock, and a variety of orchids, bromeliads, ferns, etc.
You continue to the town of Pilcopata, then to Atalaya Port which is situated on the shores of the Madre de Dios River at 700 m.s.n.m. From Atalaya, you will continue your journey by boat to the private reserve of Erika. On the way, you will be able to see a large diversity of bird species such as herons, vultures, and cormorants.
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.
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 supplement their diet with minerals and salts.
After this activity, you return to Erika for breakfast, pack up, and board the boat again. You will head down the Alto Madre de Dios River to one of the hot springs of Aguas Calientes which are surrounded by the magnificent jungle. After relaxing in the water and a refreshing cold lunch, you will continue to the town of Boca Manu.
During this part of your journey, you will see birds like skimmers, herons, several species of kingfishers, swallows, and flycatchers.
At dawn, you will make a brief stop at Limonal Ranger Station where you will register in the Visitor’s Book which controls entry into the reserve. You continue on the Manu River towards the heart of the reserve for about four hours to Salvador Lake, leaving all traces of civilization behind.
You will spend the next two nights at a safari camp. During this trip, you can often see a variety of bird species like macaws, herons, pink rosettes, and, with a little luck, capybaras, caimans, river turtles, monkeys, and, hopefully, some felines often sunning on the beaches or feeding in surrounding trees. In the afternoon, you will spend your time walking through the pristine forest in search of wildlife.
You will most likely be woken up early by the howler monkeys declaring their territory. Before breakfast, you will take a morning walk as the temperature at this time is more pleasant and it makes it a bit easier to find animals who are in search of food. You will explore Salvador Lake by catamarán and try to see the giant otter, a species in danger of extinction.
They can be seen fishing, playing, or swimming. You will be looking for the black cayman, the hoatzin, and the interesting surrounding flora. You will visit Otorongo Lake and the 15 meters high observation tower which will enable you to fully appreciate the landscape of the surrounding primary forest, and you are more likely to see the family of otters who reside there.
There may be a possibility to go for a short night walk to look for American bullfrogs, horned frogs, tree frogs, and a host of colorful insects.
You will wake up early again to take a walk around the campsite and Salvador Lake. You will be amazed by the gigantic ceibas, colorful butterflies, and curious squirrels, capuchins, and wooly monkeys. After breakfast, you will pack up, board your boat, and head down Manu River. You will keep your eyes open for peccaries (hogs), caymans, turtles, and birds. You will arrive at Boca Manu at dusk. Overnight will be at a lodge in Boca Manu.
Today you cross the Alto Madre de Dios River, against the current, taking in the beautiful scenery of the Amazon jungle and the huge diversity of bird species. Late in the afternoon, you will arrive at the private reserve of Erika where you can rest comfortably and spend your last night, surrounded by the magic of the jungle.
You get up very early and travel up the river to Atalaya Port where the bus will be waiting to take you back to Cusco, arriving early in the evening.
Important note: In order to meet your guide and the rest of your group, receive last minute recommendations, and ask any questions you may have, one day before departure, at 7:00 p.m., Manu Adventures will have a meeting at their office. Manu National Park is not an endemic area for malaria or yellow fever.
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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