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We leave Cusco at 6:00am in a private bus, crossing many valleys and communities. Mid-morning we visit the graves of pre-Inca Ninamarca known as Ch’ullpas, then head to the historic village in the Andes, Paucartambo where we have breakfast. We will take a walk through the village and continue our journey up the mountain to climb to 3,852m. Acjanacu this is the starting point of Manu National Park as we continue through the lowland rain forest full of beautiful Orchids, Ferns and primitive Heliconias. We bus down and then walk 30 minutes to see the famous national bird of Peru, Rupicola Peruviana, or Cock of the Rock in its mating ritual. We may also have the opportunity to see the birds Trogons, Quetzals, Tanagers and many more. In the evening we arrive at Pilcopata where we spend the night in a shelter.
After a delicious breakfast we bus to the port of Atalaya where we transfer to our boat to sail on the River, Alto Madre de Dios. On the way we see a great variety of birds such as Herons, Kingfisher and always there is the presence of Vultures of which the most spectacular is the Condor of the jungle. At noon we arrive at our hostel in Yanayaco for lunch. Then we will have a rest in the hammocks, preparing for an evening walk on the trails. The neo-tropical jungle is like a scientific laboratory; 25% of pharmaceuticals get their medicines from the species here, however less than 1% of all of the species have been analyzed. We will learn a bit of the medicinal plants that grow in the forest and of the animals (monkeys, birds, some mammals, amphibians and insects) that live among them. After the walk we will be returning to the lodge for dinner and again prepare for a 50 minute night walk to Collpa, where we see Tapirs, the largest mammal in South America eating salty clay. We finish the night by heading back to the lodge to relax.
We get up very early to continue the trip in a boat sailing through the Madre de Dios River to Boca Manu and then arrive to where we will have breakfast. Then we go to the biosphere reserve of Manu. Riding the river to Andalusia, we see much of the forest and the life dwelling within it. We explore families of Capybara, White Caiman, Black Caiman, Turtles, and we continue to expand our list of birds that we have encountered. Most of the views we will have of the Jaguar, Puma and Ocelot occur in this stretch of the trip because they leave the forest to come to the river.
Arriving at Lago Salvador, “Savior Lake”, we unboard our boat and walk to the lodge Matsiguenka. Here we will learn from the traditions and customs of the natives who have lived for generations in harmony with the wild world of Mother Nature. We will spend the night here.
After breakfast we will explore this area full of biodiversity. Cocha Salvador is the largest lake in Manu. The atmosphere here is stable and very dynamic with the river and the forest, so the flora and fauna that are found around the lakes prefer this established environment. We will take a ride on a Catamaran where you can enjoy the animals that contribute to this beautiful land such as the "Giant Otter", which is still in danger of extinction, but efforts are being made to help this species and others. Otorongo is a 26 meter tower of which you can see the lake and have a spectacular view of the surrounding vegetation and if we are lucky we can again see some alligators and giant otters. Then back to the lodge for a typical Peruvian dinner at the hostel and spend the second night in Matsiguenka.
This morning we will bid farewell to the residents to begin our return to Boca Manu, a small village located at the confluence of the rivers Manu and Alto Madre de Dios. We stop here briefly for fuel and continue our journey towards Tambo Blanquillo, which where we observe a Macaw Clay Lick. We rest in the afternoon at the lodge, have dinner and stay overnight.
To continue our journey, after breakfast we leave and go towards Blanquillo Tambo Colorado to have the opportunity to observe a second Macaws Collpa with the brilliant colors and sound. After the spectacular show we head to Colorado where we spend the night in our camp.
We continue our trip after breakfast and on our way, there will always be new things to see and we can observe nature at its best. Reaching Puerto Maze, the bus will be waiting for us and we head to Puerto Maldonado where we arrive at the hostel that accommodates us for the evening. We will all have free time to visit the town, have dinner and rest overnight.
After breakfast we visit the city of Puerto Maldonado and some museums, then bidding a farewell to the villagers and our team of workers as we return to the city of Cusco (Or Lima depending on our prearranged travel plans).