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Join Peruvian Mountains EIRL in a wonderful jungle expedition in Peru! The professional and experienced team will take you on an expedition of a lifetime where you can immerse in the majestic beauty of the jungle. In this tour, you will explore Manu National Park, one of the most biodiverse areas on earth. This is a perfect opportunity to witness endemic Amazonian wildlife in their natural habitat and enjoy an amazing venture by trekking and boating. Complemented by visits to various wonderful attractions, this wildlife tour is filled with excitement and unforgettable experience. Pack your bags and answer the call of Amazon jungle!
During the wildlife tour, you will stay in Amazon Rainforest Lodge on your first night, in Bonanza Lodge on your second night, in a camouflaged house on your third night, a camp near Condeja River on your fourth night, and in tents in Muyuna parrot clay lick.
Amazon Rainforest Lodge is a tourist hostel located on the right bank of the Rio Momon, 45 minutes from the city of Iquitos by speedboat. It has 30 comfortable bungalows with private bathroom, direct TV, and intercoms connected with the various facilities of the lodge to request any service in the bungalow. The restaurant is the wider environment where typical delicious food is served. It has a game room, hammock room, waiting room, swimming pool, outdoor Jacuzzi, and a veranda with a panoramic view. Enjoy the splendid natural beauty of the Peruvian jungle in Amazon Rainforest Lodge!
The adventure begins in the exciting jungle of Manu; Peruvian Mountains EIRL will pick you up around 05:00 at your hotels in Cusco in their private transport. The first part of the excursion will take you through the majestic Andean mountains. Afterward, you will briefly visit the town of Huancarani, which contains the funeral towers of Ninamarca and the cemetery of the Lupacas, part of the precious pre-Inca culture. You will then travel to Paucartambo, a small traditional town, which is known for its folklore.
At midday, you will arrive at the entrance of Manu National Park and enter into one of the most protected natural areas in the entire South America. You will continue in your transport down a small road and on through the thick fog from which this section of the forest takes its name in Quechua. Eventually, you will come to the home of the exotic Peruvian national bird, the "Cock of the Rocks". You will be amazed by the spectacle, complete with an impressive array of sounds that can only be found in the jungle. On your first night, you will stay at Amazon Rainforest Lodge.
Very early at 06:30, you will depart for Atalaya port. On the way, you will make a few stops to visit the small local's farmers who are known to be producers of many varieties of jungle fruits including the famous coca plant. Later, you will begin the boating part of your journey in a river excursion on the Madre de Dios River, a part of the famous Amazon River. During the day, you will have the chance to witness many types of colorful birds such as parrots, oropendolas, vultures, and other species. You will make a stop at the natural hot springs and hopefully get to see some jungle animals such as monkeys or the famous capybaras (jungle rodents that are as much as 2.5 feet long).
After that, you will start trekking through the jungle to witness the true grace of the Amazon, hear the natural sounds of the birds, and get visuals of the wildlife such as anteaters, peccaries, and many different types of trees and medicinal plants. Towards the late afternoon, you will arrive at your next destination Bonanza Lodge, where you will spend the night, arriving approximately at 15:00. Here, there will be showers and other facilities available. You will do some bird watching and then have a night walk in the dark, which is the best time to see creatures like tarantulas, scorpions, and snakes.
Very early in the morning, you will go on a trek through the jungle to view the best the Amazon has to offer, the amazing sounds of the birds, and the kind of experience that only the jungle can offer. You will explore the jungle and have ample opportunity to see all sorts of wildlife like monkeys, anteaters, peccaries, and many different varieties of trees and medicinal plants.
In the afternoon, you will arrive at your camouflaged house in the middle of the jungle, where you will spend the night in a comfortable location covered by mosquito nets. This camouflaged house is strategically located near to the mammals' clay lick where you will have the opportunity to see tapirs and peccaries during the night time. The guide will give you all the information you need and retell the most famous stories about the rainforest.
You will continue to explore the vast Amazon jungle through the nucleo zone of Manu National Park. Having many opportunities to see wildlife such as 13 species of monkeys, colorful butterflies, and other creatures that make the Amazon so spectacular, this will be an action-packed day for you. You will do several hours of trekking and then finally arrive at the clear water Condeja River where you will camp out. This meandering river offers possibilities to see the rare and threatened giant otters. Entering deep into the jungle, it will give you many opportunities to see wildlife and really make your jungle experience as exciting and complete as possible.
Your guide from the jungle will be a professional who will tell you about the jungle lifestyles and give you information about some of the less obvious wonders the jungle contains, like medicinal plants, jungle fauna, and food. There will be a night of camping, accompanied by a nice warm bonfire.
After eating your breakfast, you will return back to Bonanza Lodge. Along the way, you will have a chance to see a rich biodiversity of birds, monkeys, and exotic plants. You will have time to shower and have lunch. Afterward, you will travel by boat for three hours upstream, arriving at Muyuna parrot clay lick, where you will spend your last night having a delicious barbecue and roaring bonfire. Your night will be spent camping in tents with mattresses provided for your comfort. There is also an optional night walk.
The sixth day will be your final day and you will depart early in the morning to the parrot clay lick where you can see many parrot and parakeets eating minerals. After that, you will continue traveling upstream to Atalaya port where your private bus will be waiting for you and take you back to the magical city of Cusco, arriving at approximately 19:30.
Manu National Park was established in 1973 and in recognition of its uniqueness was designated a ''World Heritage Site” ten years later. Manu is internationally acclaimed as one of the most biodiverse areas on earth. Approximately half the area of Switzerland, the Manu Biosphere is a complete ecosystem with protected watershed embracing Andean montage cloud forest, tropical lowland forest, and the Alto Madre de Dios and Manu river drainage systems.
The biosphere itself is subdivided into a national park and two adjacent zones, one for tourism and the other for cultural subsistence. It is home to over 1000 species of birds, 15,000 species of plants, over 200 species of mammals, and untold numbers of insects. Within its heart of the jungle remain indigenous peoples as yet untouched by our civilization.
Macaw Clay Lick Manu retains healthy populations of jaguar, tapir, anteater, black caiman, giant otter, and among the 13 species of monkey, the unique pigmy marmoset, the smallest monkey in the world, and the nocturnal night monkey have been found. Because of Manu's low human population and there is the continual use of traditional hunting techniques, the animals in the park show little fear of man and are more readily approachable than in many other rainforest locations. Manu, therefore, offers unparalleled opportunities to sight animals.
Wildlife aside, however, the journey into the park itself is spectacular and not to be missed. Access to Manu is normally by road. The two day trip from Cusco to the entrance of the Manu Reserved Zone carries you over the Andes mountains to an elevation of 4,000 meters, past pre-Inca ruins and down through the cloud forest on the eastern side of the Andes, and finally into lush, lowland rainforest. Roads remain largely unpaved and wind their way precariously past cascading waterfalls, deep gorges, and precipices. Manu is truly a complete experience that any tourist will remember for their whole life
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