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The Manu National Park is situated in Southeastern Peru where it covers 1.9 Million hectares. Around 6500 Quechua and 2000 Amazonian peoples are living inside the Reserve. The Manu National Park is concerned by 3 major biogeographically provinces (the Puna, the Yungas and the Amazonian provinces). It ranges from 200 to 4020 m a.s.1. Combined with topographic, soil and climate conditions; The Manu National Park is characterised by a very high level of diversity (Natural World Heritage Site). Some of the wildlife species are endangered.
Cusco Hotel Transfer
This tour is aimed for travelers without much time that desire to have an experience in the cultural area of Manu National Park.
The cultural zone is one of the three zones of the Manu National Park, which includes high mountains, cloud forests and the actual rain forest. In this zone you can still find a few small, original communities who sustain themselves with agriculture and small forestry. Farming and lumbering is closely controlled by the Ministry of Agriculture and the Authorities of the Manu National Park (SERNANP).
The cultural zone encompasses the cloud forest of the mountains, which offers a pristine natural environment for abundantly, wild growing plants. More than 8.000 species of flora, 400 species of birds and 10 different mammals have been registered in the cloud forests of Manu. The zone offers a trip to the lagoon of Machuwasi which can be crossed on rafts made of balsa wood from a local tree, which the ancient inhabitants already used to drive up the Madre de Dios river. You can also enjoy a stroll through the forest of giant Ceiba trees and appreciate parrots.
We will leave Cusco in our mini-van, ascending to the folkloric town of Paucartambo. On the way we will visit the pre Incan funeral towers of Ninamarca. Then we will drive through the impressive cloud forest full of plants and beautiful orchids, here we will take our first hike and we would have the chance to see the country’s national bird- Andean cock-of-the-rock (Rupicola Peruvana), monkeys and many different species of birds. In the evening we will arrive at the Bambu lodge, where you will be accommodated in a typical ensuite room.
In the morning after breakfast, we will board a bus to the port of Atalaya, where will travel by a motor boat to Soga de oro Lodge, up the Madre de Dios river (40 minutes ). You can swim in the river. In our journey you will see stunning landscapes. You will also enjoy a warm climate of the tropical rain forest. In the afternoon we will walk around and explore the jungle for few hours and try to spot caimans (Caiman Crocodiles), birds and medicinal plants. We will then head back to our lodge, where we will spend the night.
On this day, we will walk around in the morning and see giant trees, medicinal plants, orchids and some big mammals like tapirs. We will cross the river in the afternoon and walk for about 30 minutes to the Lake Machuwasi where we will spot the largest rodent in the world -Capybara (Hidrochaeris), caymans and birds. At night we will walk into the lush forest to spot some typical frogs, toads, insects, bats and snakes. We will spend the night in a typical lodge where you will be accommodated in an ensuite room.
After breakfast, we will pack our belongings and would board the mini-van back to Cusco.
The vast knowledge shared by our guide about the jungle’s ecosystem and wildlife added a whole new level of fascination to the experience. We were led deep into the untamed wilderness, encountering breathtaking flora and fauna along the way.