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Trekking - Inca Trail to Machupicchu 10D/9N
Trekking - Cordillera Blanca: Santa Cruz - Llanganuco 15D/14N
Trekking - Choquequirao 12D/11N
Jungle Adventure - Manu National Park 12d/11n
Cuzco Multiactivity - Bike - Hike - Raft 12D/11N
Peru Multiactivity – Bike – Kayak – Ride – Raft – Hike 17d/16n

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Casa Osambela - Lima - Promperu

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Koricancha - Cusco - Promperu

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Cloud Forest - Enigma / Silvia Rico

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Cock of the Rocks - Promperu / Walter Wust

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Jaguar Promperu / Terra Incognita

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Sunset - Enigma / Silvia Rico

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Blanquillo Macaw Clay Lick - Enigma / Silvia Rico

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Machupicchu - Enigma / Silvia Rico

Jungle Adventure - Manu National Park, Tapirs and Macaw Clay Licks 12 days / 11 nights (ACMITJ12)
Lima - Cusco – Machu Picchu - Manu National Park – Puerto Maldonado - Lima

Manu - the very word has become synonymous with the best rain forest in the world. The protected areas of the great Manu wilderness have become world famous because of their unspoiled rain forest and amazing wildlife. Manu protects more species of animals and plants than any other park on Earth.

The Manu National Park contains 1,000 species of birds, or one out of every nine on Earth, and 200 more than the U.S. and Canada combined. Approximately 550 bird species occur within a few square miles of lowland forest. A visit to the spectacular lowland forest of Manu will allow to see the world's best rain forest wildlife, including the world's most approachable, photographable macaw clay lick.

Also featured are the biggest clay lick of South America's largest land animal -the 600-pound (250 kilos) Lowland Tapir, playful Giant Otters, Jaguars, and ten species of monkeys, including the amazing mustachioed Emperor Tamarin.

Explore the complete transect from the highland to the jungle lowlands in this 12-day itinerary, including the Cock-of-the-Rock in the cloud forest, the Manu Oxbow lakes featuring Giant River Otters, Manu’s only accessible macaw clay lick, the Tapir lick, a canopy platform and trail system for more wildlife observation, as well as a stay in Manu Wildlife Center, considered by Conde Nast Traveler magazine as one of the best rainforest lodges in South America. The program also includes the visit of Lima, Cusco and Machu picchu as we explore the country’s history, its stunning geography and scenery, and the impressive Inca and colonial legacy.

ITINERARY

Day 1 Arrival Lima

eet upon your arrival and transfer to your selected hotel.

Day 2 Lima - Cusco

Transfer to the airport to take the flight to Cusco city. Meet at the airport and transfer to your hotel. Rest of the morning free to wander around the charming colonial streets of Cusco and maybe shop for souvenirs or the beautiful alpaca textiles found in several shops around the city. In the afternoon, we visit the legendary Koricancha, the most important temple devoted to worshiping the Sun deity and whose walls were once plated with sheets of gold. We continue to the Plaza de Armas or main square to visit the Cathedral, and end our tour in San Blas, the bohemian quarter of the city, home to the workshops and stores of the most renowned artisans in Cuzco, including Mendivil and Merida.
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Day 3 Cusco - Sacred Valley

Today we explore the Sacred Valley of the Incas, with visits to Pisaq archaeological site and its colorful market. Lunch at Casa Hacienda Orihuela, a private residence with an impressive collection of Inca and colonial art and artifacts, where the Lambarri-Orihuela family will be our hosts. In the afternoon, we visit Ollantaytambo, a still-thriving Inca village set below an ancient Inca fortress and temple with stunning views over the valley that makes us feel as if we have stepped back into the 15th century. Later, we are accommodated at our chosen hotel in the Sacred Valley.
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Day 4 Sacred Valley - Machu Picchu

This morning we board the Vistadome train to Machu Picchu, the "Lost City of the Incas”. We spend the rest of the morning visiting the Sacred Inca citadel, exploring its main temples and hidden corners. We enjoy a delicious buffet lunch at the famous Machupicchu Sanctuary Lodge Hotel, in its unequaled location at the entrance of the Inca Citadel ruins. In the afternoon, bus downhill to Aguas Calientes for overnight.
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Day 5 Machu Picchu - Cusco

Morning at leisure. You have a second opportunity to visit Machu Picchu and climb Huayna Picchu (or Machu Picchu Mountain) by your own where one can experience spectacular views of all of Machu Picchu, the valleys and mountains that surround it. (Entrance fee and guide not included this day) (Note that the entrance fees are subject to availability, limited spaces). Alternatively, we also suggest to stay in Aguas Calientes and visit the local handicraft market before we return to Cusco in the evening on the Vistadome train.
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Day 6 Cusco - Manu Cloud forest

Our overland journey begins at 3,400m/11,150 ft, with an early departure from the highland city of Cusco. Today’s destination is the lush cloud forest region where the Andes fall away to the Amazon basin. This is a day of scenic drama and striking contrasts. We first visit a mountain wetland habitat teeming with migrant and local waterfowl, before crossing two mountain ranges between the Cusco valley and the Paucartambo valley, to a maximum altitude of 3,900m/12,790ft. Finally, we follow a sinuous ribbon of highway on its plunge through an extraordinary world of forested cliffs, waterfalls and gorges. We take leisurely stops to see mountain villages, a hilltop necropolis of chullpas (pre-Inca burial chambers), and the abrupt ridge top of Ajanaco, which marks the final high point where the Andes begin their swoop into the Amazon basin. In clear weather, we will see a breathtaking panorama of cloud forest and mountain giving way to the lowland rainforest plains far below us. After a lunch near here we descend through the startling and rapid environmental transformations characteristic of the tropical Andes, passing from grassland and stunted trees through elfin forest, until we wind through a lush and magical world of overhanging trees, giant ferns, monster begonias, countless orchids and bromeliads, and a diverse and teeming birdlife.

We make frequent spontaneous stops, perhaps spotting a brilliantly feathered quetzal, a trogon, or the wild turkey-like Guan. We reach the comfortable Cock-of-the-Rock Lodge in the late afternoon, the best hour to visit the nearby viewing platform for the display ground, or “lek”; we have a chance to see Peru’s dazzling national bird, the Cock-of-the-Rock (Rupicola peruvianus).
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Day 7 Manu Cloud forest – Romero Lodge (Manu National Park)

Rising early, we could scout for birds, and perhaps Brown Capuchin or Woolly monkeys along the nearby road. On the other hand, we can take a secluded nature walk on a short trail loop to the river and back. After breakfast, we continue our drive, as mountains give way to low rolling hills and farmland. At Patria, we visit a plantation of coca grown legitimately for the Peruvian coca leaf market. At midday, we reach Atalaya, a tiny port where the Piñipiñi River meets the Alto Madre de Dios. Now the lowland rainforest part of our journey begins. Rivers are the highways of the rainforest, and henceforth we will travel in large, comfortable dugout canoes shaded by canopy roofs and driven by powerful outboard motors. As we follow the river’s broad, rushing course past the last foothills of the Andes, our ever-changing route offers sightings of new birds -- terns, cormorants, White-winged Swallows, and flocks of nighthawks flushed from their daytime lairs by the sound of our engine. Splashes of brilliant yellow, pink and red foliage dot the forest-clad slopes around us, and the breeze is laden with the heady perfumes of the tropical forest. We turn northward up the chocolate-brown waters of the Manu River into the lake-rich lower Manu National Park. The pristine quality of the forest is instantly apparent, with abundant birdlife and no signs of outside development. We check into the park at Limonal ranger station and then proceed upstream to our overnight at Romero Lodge; a new array of forest sounds awaits our ears. As nightfalls the whistling call-and-response of tinamous gives way to the loud shrill of cicadas.
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Day 8 Romero Lodge – Manu Park Wildlife Center (Manu National Park)

In the morning, we continue our trip to the Manu Tented Camp, as our boat driver steers skillfully through shallows and driftwood snags. Orinoco Geese and Horned Screamers strut on the beaches, Capped and White-necked Herons patrol the shoreline, and countless sunbathing turtles dive off their log perches as we approach. After some four hours on the river we reach the Manu Park Wildlife Center, a simple but comfortable low-impact lodge nestled almost invisibly in the forest.

Time permitting, we will take a short walk before dinner to stretch our legs and enjoy our first encounter with virgin rainforest.
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Day 9 Manu Park Wildlife Center

Visit Cocha Salvador and take a canoe or catamaran outing on the lake to look for the famous endangered Giant Otters and observe some birds and monkeys searching for food. The rest of the day we will explore other trails through different forest types, with excellent chances to observe monkeys.
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Day 10 Manu Park Wildlife Center- Manu Wildlife Center

We set off downriver at dawn. At this hour, chances of wildlife encounters are excellent. We return to the Limonal park station, to file our wildlife report before leaving the park. After reaching the turbulent union of the Alto Madre de Dios and Manu Rivers, we will be near the village of Boca Manu. After ninety more minutes downstream we arrive at Manu Wildlife Center -- the exciting final stop of our journey -- in time for lunch. After an early afternoon rest, we set off along the “collpa trail”, which will take us to the lodge’s famous Tapir Clay Lick. Here at the most active tapir lick known in the entire Amazon, our research has identified from 8-12 individual 600-pound Tapirs who come to this lick to eat clay from under the tree roots around the edge. This unlikely snack absorbs and neutralizes toxins in the vegetarian diet of the Tapir, the largest land animal of Latin America. The lick features a roomy, elevated observation platform 5m/17ft above the forest floor. The platform is equipped with freshly made up mattresses with pillows. Each mattress is covered by a roomy mosquito net. The 10-m-long, elevated walkway to the platform is covered with sound-absorbing padding to prevent our footsteps from making noise. This Tapir Experience is unique and exciting because these normally very shy creatures are visible up close, and flash photography is not just permitted, but encouraged.

The hard part for modern city dwellers is to remain still and silent anywhere from 30 minutes to two or more hours. Many prefer to nap until the first Tapir arrives, at which point your guide gently awakens you to watch the Tapir 10-20m/33-66ft) away below the platform. Most people feel that the wait is well worth it in order to have such a high probability of observing the rare and elusive Tapir in its rainforest home.
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Day 11 Manu Wildlife Center

Another early start (inevitable on wildlife expeditions), after a delicious breakfast, we walk through the forest for some minutes, where we find the Macaw Lick project. The hide provided with individual chairs and a convenient place for cameras and binoculars to a distance of 15 meters. In groups of two and three, the scarlet Macaws come flapping in, landing in the treetops as they eye the main stage below. After this, we continue walking and exploring on the network of trails surrounding the lodge then we return to the lodge for lunch.

Later, we continue to explore and discover the rainforest, its lore and plant life, on the network of trails surrounding the lodge, arriving in the late afternoon at our 34m/112ft Canopy Tower. On its platform, we witness the frantic rush-hour activity of twilight in the rainforest canopy, before night closes in. This evening, from the late afternoon until after Dinner, we offer an opportunity to search for caiman and other nocturnal life along the riverbank by boat, if the level of river allows it.
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Please note that:
The clay lick activity reaches its best from August to October and decreases during the months of May and June.

Day 12 Manu Wildlife Center – Puerto Maldonado – Lima

We leave our lodge very early on the two-hour and a half-return boat trip downstream to the Colorado Village. Depending upon the time, we must be in Puerto Maldonado. The breakfast will be served at the lodge or on the boat; of course this is a perfect time to take advantage of valuable early morning wildlife activity along the river, in additions this journey allows us to see several lowland native settlements and gold miners digging and panning gold along the banks of the Madre de Dios River. We will stop in the far-west type gold-mining town of Colorado to start our overland journey to Puerto Carlos for 45 minutes. Then you will cross the Inambari River for 10 minutes’ boat trip to Santa Rosa, finally a van or bus will drive us in approximately two-hours and a half to the airport in Puerto Maldonado City, to take the flight back to Lima. Continuation of your journey home or connection with another extension.
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Highlights

 
  • Exploring one of the world’s top jungle destinations, Manu National Park
  • Monumental remains of the Inca empire and the Spanish colony in Cusco and Machu Picchu
  • Lunch at a private Hacienda in the Sacred Valley, housing an impressive collection of arts and artifacts
 

Recommended for

 
  • Active travelers wanting an Amazon jungle experience in one of the top destinations worldwide. Nature lovers. Highly recommended for flora and fauna watchers.
 

Difficulty degree of this program

 

Low to Moderate

 

Rates 2020

 

This customized tour is available from (*):

  • US$ 3875.00 per person - Private Service (**)
     
  • Single Supplement: US$ 965
     
  • Estimated cost of air fare: US$ 600.00 per person (***) are subject to change unless ticketed

(*) Price based on a party of four, double accommodation, 3* hotels

(**) The jungle portion of this program is operated according to group fixed departure dates, no private tours being available

(***) This price is subject to change without prior notice by airline companies. We strongly suggest that you make your booking in advance so that the quoted price can be guaranteed

 

Please check Our Hotel Selection in the Travel Services section of this website for a detailed description of our recommended hotels.

However, since the price per person depends on various factors (date of your visit to Peru, number of people in your party, hotel category requested, type of service preferred, among others), please contact us or go to the Booking Online section of this website for a detailed program design and pricing of your tour. A travel consultant will contact you within a maximum of two working days.

 

Departure Dates

 

This program departs on Tuesdays only, as group fixed departures to the jungle portion of this trip are on Thursdays. However, the rest of the program can be adapted to your request, according to your time availability.

 

What Is Included

 
  • All transfers
  • Entrance fees to all sites visited
  • Vistadome train tickets Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes – Cusco / Sacred Valley (*)
  • English / Spanish speaking guide
  • All guided excursions described in the itinerary
  • Accommodation based on double occupancy with private bath in the selected hotel category. Please contact us for further details or check our Hotel Selection in our Travel Services section of this website.
  • All specified meals. Vegetarian option is available with no extra charge.
  • Flight reconfirmation

(*) Should there be no train tickets available in the direct route Aguas Calientes – Cusco, a train ticket Aguas Calientes – Sacred Valley with an additional private transportation from the Sacred Valley to your hotel in Cusco will be provided

Manu Trip

  • Bus transportation
  • River transportation
  • Airfare from Boca Manu to Cusco in small aircraft. Baggage allowance of 10 kg per person
  • Transfers from Cusco airport to hotel
  • Accommodation based on double occupancy in private bungalows with private bathrooms in Cock-of-the-Rock Lodge and Manu Wildlife Center
  • Accommodation at Boca Manu Lodge and Manu Wildlife Tented Camps with sharing facilities
  • All meals and snacks
  • Purified drinking water and juices
  • Guided excursions according to the itinerary with English / Spanish speaking bilingual naturalist guide
  • Entrance fee to Manu National Park
  • Visits to macaw and tapir clay licks, oxbow lake, canopy platforms and trail hikes
 

What Is Not Included

 
  • International air tickets
  • Domestic air tickets
  • Excess baggage charges. If you have more than the 10 kilograms permitted then the excess will be charged to you directly in Cusco. The cost for the extra kilo is US $ 3.00, space permitting
  • Additional nights during the trip due to flight cancellations
  • Extra services (transportation) and nights at Manu Wildlife Center or alternative lodges in case of flights cancellations
  • Personal expenses and tips. Passengers should bring some cash
  • Alcoholic beverages or bottled water
  • Snacks
  • Insurance of any kind
  • Laundry
  • Phone calls, radio calls or messages
  • Other items of personal nature
  • Tips
  • Extra expenses originated in itinerary changes or others due to force majeure or other circumstances beyond ENIGMA’s control
 

What we recommend that you bring

 
  • Clothing: long trousers, shorts (Machupicchu visit), long and short-sleeved T-shirts or shirts, cotton socks, warm clothes for Cusco, especially at night.
  • Rain gear or poncho (you can buy a basic one in Cusco), especially if visiting in the months November to April
  • Comfortable footwear, trekking boots recommended
  • Camera, films (ASA 50, 100 and 200 recommended)
  • Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, cold and rain
  • Sun block (high factor)
  • Sunglasses
  • After-sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body
  • Insect repellent - minimum recommended 20% DEET - no malaria risk has been reported
  • Personal toiletries and medications
  • Non-disposable canteen (Nalgene type) or water bottle to carry water on outings
  • Cash in soles and/or US$ for extras (souvenirs, beverages, etc)
  • Original passport and passport photocopies

Jungle portion

  • Two pairs of long trousers
  • Long-sleeved cotton shirts
  • T-shirts
  • A pair of shorts
  • Absorbent cotton socks
  • Rain gear or poncho 100% waterproof (please test before you leave home)
  • Rubber boots for the rainy season (November to April)
  • A pair of sneakers or hiking boots (with good gripping soles)
  • Sandals for around the lodge (Teva type, flip flops or similar)
  • A large bright flashlight and batteries
  • Camera, films (ASA 50, 100 and 200 recommended) - electricity available for recharging
  • Good binoculars
  • Hat or cap to protect you from the sun that will not come-off in windy boat-rides
  • Sun block (high factor) for skin and lips
  • Sunglasses
  • After-sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body
  • Insect repellent - minimum recommended 20% DEET - no malaria risk has been reported
  • Personal toiletries and medications
  • Non-disposable canteen (Nalgene type) or water bottle to carry water on outings
  • Cash in US$ or Euros for extras (souvenirs, beverages, etc)
  • Original passport
  • Yellow fever vaccination certificate
 

Optional Services

 
  • International flights from/to your country and domestic flights. Please contact us to check our fares.
  • Tour escort: a highly qualified official tourist guide can accompany you from your arrival in Lima until your departure at the end of the program. Please contact us for further details and prices.
  • Travel insurance covering your stay in Peru from US$15.00 per person. Please contact us for further information.
 

Program Alternative

 
  1. To introduce a day of strong physical activity and challenge in your itinerary, we may suggest you substitute the day in which you travel by train to Aguas Calientes / Machupicchu, for a 13-km (8 mile) walk along the stunning Inca Trail, visiting the archaeological site of Wiñaywayna, arriving in Machupicchu through the impressive Sun Gate and then visiting the Inca citadel on the next day of your trip. Please click here for further information.
  2. A luxury train service to Machupicchu is available, operated by Peru Rail, a company member of Orient Express. Please click here for further information.
 

Booking Online

 

If you would like to make a reservation for this program, please go directly to the Booking Online section of this website.

 

Other Useful Information

 

The weather in Manu

This area has a dry and a wet season with some sudden cold weather fronts throughout the year.

The bulk of the Biosphere Reserve lies within the watershed of the 250 km long Manu River, one of the many small rivers that flow out of the Andes and unite to form the mighty Amazon River.

Most of the lowland sections of the park (at 400 mts above sea level) receive about two meters of rain annually, which is only twice as much as New York City. Most of this rain falls from October or November through April or May. The dry months of the year are from June to September.

Daytime high temperature average in the lowland sections is 35°C (90°F), while night time low temperature average is 25ºC (79° F).

In any month of the year, however, unexpected Cold Fronts from the South can bring one or two days of heavy rain with daytime high temperatures of 18ºC (65° F) and night-time low temperatures of 10ºC (50° F).

Health / Vaccinations

Although no yellow fever cases have been reported in Peru for the past years, the Peruvian government nevertheless recommends a yellow fever vaccination for trips to the rainforest. This vaccination is requested for visits to most rainforest areas around the world. The vaccination, which is valid for 10 years, is only effective starting 10 days after it is administered - if you choose to be vaccinated, please keep this in mind and bring your certificate.

A prophylaxis against malaria is also recommended.

Manu Wildlife Center is equipped with a basic first aid kit which also includes anti-venom.

Communications

Manu Wildlife Center is equipped with a short-wave radio and is in contact with Cusco every morning and evening.

Evacuation - Manu National Park

Should an accident occur and evacuation is required, the injured party can be flown from Boca Manu airstrip to Cusco during daylight hours. The village of Boca Manu also has a small first aid post.

In Case of Flight Cancellation

  1. If the flight back to Cusco is cancelled owing to bad weather, then the guest loses the first night in Manu Wildlife Center. No refund can be given and the guest is responsible for the costs of the additional night and expenses in Cusco.
  2. If the plane is cancelled whilst the guests are waiting to return to Cusco, arrangements must be made with their guide for accommodation. Guests must pay for any additional costs incurred during this extra night. If the guests decide to return to the lodge for an additional night (SPACE PERMITTING), and return to Cusco the following day, the guests must pay an additional US$ 75.00 for the extra night and boat transportation (US$200.00 irrespective of the number of passengers).
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