Leaving Cusco early in the morning, we begin an 10-hour journey over the Andes by bus, stopping in Ninamarca pre-Inca tombs. After an explanation we continuing to beautiful colonial village of Paucartambo where our guide will give us all the information about this place. Continuing, we climb to Acjanaco the bigining point and the highpoint of the Manu Biosphere at about 4000 m before descending to the cloud forest. In these mysterious surroundings which has a huge variety of flora and fauna, making it an ideal home for epiphytic, orchids and bromeliads. By the afternoon we take a hike to the lek of the incredible cock-of-the-rock, to see the ‘performance’ of the males right under our eyes. Also by the way we can see trogons, quetzal, toucans, monkeys and on a lucky day the only Spectacle Bear of South America We spend our first night in the rustic lodge.
At day break we continue by bus to tropical lowland rainforest. Here at the small village Atalaya at 600 m, we change into a motorized canoe to navigate down the turbulent Alto Madre de Dios River. For the next two nights we stay at the same lodge. In the afternoon we are going to have our first hike will be until Mountain Range. From there we visit the Higher trails where we have an amazing view point. On the way we can find some big monkey and the lowland tropical rainforest meet and provides the visitor with a chance to see a good selection of birds and plants from bóth zones as well as endemics to the area. Also at night, we explore the forest by torchlight looking for insects, snakes, spiders, frogs and the uniquely nocturnal night-monkey or ‘douricouli’. We spend the night in our Lodge.
Early in the morning the boat takes you to a nearby clay lick for parrots and the rare blue-headed macaw. Their spectacle is both impressive to see and to hear! In this place we are going to have our breakfast with a spectacular view of the lick. After we will continue to explore into the jungle to find some medicinal plants and some other animals activities. Then we returned our lodge for our lunch. In the Afternoon we are going to visit of one of the very view lakes on the Alto Madre de Dios River, where we can go around on small traditional rafts. At night we make some short walk . Overnight in lodge.
After a last morning and last breakfast in the jungle, the boat takes continuing further up to Atalaya. From here we turn back up the cloud forest and the Andes by car. We travel by car to Cusco, where we arrive in the late afternoon.
**NOTE: The order of the activities mentioned in this program may change according to weather conditions. In the Jungle the climate is highly unpredictable, especially during rainy season, and weather conditions may affect the program as the animals as well are affected in their daily activities by the rain. Don’t hesitate to talk with your guide about it to maybe change the order of the activities or find alternative things to do in case of extremely bad weather! And remember, we have no responsibilities on climate and on the amount of animals that you will see: enjoy the jungle and good luck