Manu Center 5days/4nights

MANU CENTER – TROPICAL ALPINE SHRUB/GRASSLAND – PARAMO: At altitudes above cloud and elfin forests, from Costa Rica south to Bolivia, a shrub land ecosystem occurs. This is named paramo. This ecosystem has a wet and cool climate, which throughout the year often sees nightly frosts. Large clumped grasses called tussock grasses with sharp, yellowish blades, along with a scattering of terrestrial bromeliads and ferns, are the dominant vegetation.Among a landscape of paramo, at elevations between 3,500 and 4,500 m (11,400 – 14,800 ft.) in the Andes, (which is normally above timberline), islands of gnarled trees confined to protected, rocky slopes can be seen. These groups of trees are dominated by the genus Polylepis, occurring in essentially pure stands at the higher elevations. Polylepis can also be found in lower-elevation cloud forests but normally mixed among other species. Polylepis is very drought resistant,with the largest trees reaching heights of about 18 m 59 ft this ecosystem type is considered threatened throughout much of its range in manu center

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BLANQUILLO CLAY LICK / HIDING PLACE – MANU CENTER 5 DAYS / 4 NIGHT:

Brings several families of parrots and macaws. In front of it there is a platform-observatory (The Hiding Place) can accommodate 100 visitors, to take pictures of the bird activity without the need for expensive lenses, under a protective roof and with sanitary facilities (urinary) live in manu center

  • Length: 5 Days/4 Nights Manu Center – Amazon Rainforest
  • Type of service: Private or Group
  • Location: Southern Peru, Madre de Dios Department, Manu National Park, Sandoval Lake Reserve – Reserve Tambopata Tours – Jungle Trips
  • Activities: Manu Center , Blanquillo – macaws clay-lick, Maquisapayoq – tapir´s clay-lick, Camungo Lake, Coha Blanco (Lake) – Amazon Rainforest – Manu Park
  • Altitude: 400 – 3,600 m.a.s.l.
  • Best time to visit: March – October
  • Departure: Every day
  • Minimum of participants: 4
  • Maximum of participants: 10
  • Price per person: USD

Quick Itinerary of the Manu Center 5 days / 4 nights:

Tour Day 1 Cusco – Urcos – Mazuco
Tour Day 2 Mazuco – Puerto Colorado – Manu – Maquisapayoj Lodge
Tour Day 3 Maquisapayoj Lodge – Blanquillo-Macaw’s Clay-Lick – Maquisapayoj-Tapir´s Clay-Lick
Tour Day 4 Maquisapayoj – Cocha Blanco (Lake) – Camungo Lake
Tour Day 5 Maquisapayoj Lodge – Puerto Colorado – Cusco

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Itinerary to Manu Center

TOURS DAY 1: CUSCO TO MANU CENTER – URCOS  MAZUCO

TOURS DAY 2: MANU CENTER TO MAZUCO – PUERTO COLORADO – ALBERGUE  MAQUISAPAYOJ

TOURS DAY 3: MAQUISAPAYOJ LODGE – MACAW´S CLAY-LICK BLANQUILLO – TAPIR´S CLAY-LICK  – MANU CENTER

TOURS DAY 4: MAQUISAPAYOJ – COCHA BLANCO (LAKE) – CAMUNGO LAKE  IN MANU CENTER

Itinerary Manu Center 5 Days / 4 Nights

TOURS DAY 1: CUSCO  TO MANU CENTER – URCOS  MAZUCO

A very long travel awaits us today, it means 11 hours! But no worries, we do stops in each interesting place on the way. First, we ascend by our private vehicle to the highest point of the tour – Pituhuaylla Pass at 4,750 m.a.s.l. to later continue via other high points of a savannah and a tropical rainforest. Then, we start descending through a cloud forest with its lush vegetation (e.g. ferns, bromeliads and orchids) to lowlands of the rainforest around Inambari River. In the afternoon, we reach the village of Mazuco (500 m.a.s.l.), also known as a gold mine. We pass the night there in a private twin room of a local hostel.
Optional: A night walk in Manu Center

TOURS DAY 2: MANU CENTER TO MAZUCO – PUERTO COLORADO – ALBERGUE  MAQUISAPAYOJ

After breakfast, we continue to a nearby port to sail across the Inambari River on boat (10 minutes) and afterwards, we get on again our private vehicle and continue riding for about an hour until we reach the main port at Puerto Colorado. Our motorboat awaits us there to sail up the Madre de Dios River for about 4 hours to take us to the Maquisapayoq Lodge, a place of a red-faced spider monkey habitat. On the route, we are given opportunity to see the wildlife of its rocky shores, for example, 13 monkey species, herons, purple magpies, vultures, caimans and crocodiles. In the afternoon, we reach the lodge and accommodate ourselves in private twin rooms with private bathrooms in Manu Center
Optional: A night walk to spot some rainforest insect, frogs, snakes and others.

TOURS DAY 3: MAQUISAPAYOJ LODGE – MACAW´S CLAY-LICK BLANQUILLO – TAPIR´S CLAY-LICK  -MANU CENTER

We wake up at 4 am to be able to go to the famous and splendid macaw’s clay-lick of Blanquillo. The travel takes 40 minutes on boat and 15 minutes by walk. We have breakfast there before our observation. The “show” starts at about 5:50 am with an arrival of smaller parrots and parakeets and finishes with an arrival of big macaws (Ara Chloroptera). All of them come to eat clay that helps them to digest and clean their bodies from toxins!! We return to the lodge for lunch. Later on, an exploration of a nearby route expects us to bring us to the stunning place of the Maquisapayoq tapir´s clay-lick! There, we spend the night observing tapirs and other mammals from an opposite hidden platform (with cushions and mosquito´s nets) placed just 3 metres far away from the clay-lick in Manu Center

Please note: you can also spend the night in a lodge close to the river (in twin rooms), if you prefer.

TOURS DAY 4: MAQUISAPAYOJ – COCHA BLANCO (LAKE) – CAMUNGO LAKE  IN MANU CENTER

Very early in the morning, we set out to explore Blanco Lake (Cocha Blanco) so we are given a chance to watch a giant river otter family when fishing! We can also spot a prehistoric bird hoatzin, sparrow hawk, snail, howler monkey, monkey capuchin with a white forehead, spider monkey, sloth and other typical animal species of the lake! For lunch, we return to the lodge to later continue to another excursion to the Camungo Lake! There, we first climb a 42 meter high observation tower to watch birds and take photos of lovely Amazonian scenery. Afterwards, we board a boat to observe typical inhabitants of the lake – river otters and a variety of birds! Later on, we return to the lodge to be served dinner and have a rest. Then, we are given another opportunity to go to observe tapirs in case; we did not have good luck the previous night in manu  Center

TOURS DAY 5:  MANU CENTER  TO MAQUISAPAYOJ – PUERTO COLORADO – CUSCO

Today is a returning day so we wake up very early again and after breakfast, we start packing. Then, we board our motorboat and sail down the Madre de Dios River until we get back to the port of Puerto Colorado. There, we change for our land vehicle expecting us there and taking us back to the port of Inambari River, which we pass again on a boat. Afterwards, we continue on road until we get to Cusco at around 6:30 – 7 pm.

IMPORTANT!!
You need to be vaccinated against Yellow Fever as well as to bring some anti-malaria tablets with you!!

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Included in the tours Manu Center 5

  • A professional naturalist Tour Guide;
  • Motorboat transportation:
  • Private vehicle land transportation;
  • Entrance fees to the clay-licks;
  • A professional Cook,
  • Meals: 4x breakfast, 4x lunch, 4x dinner and drinking water (Please note: vegetarian option upon request for no extra cost!);
  • Accommodation: 3 nights in lodges, 1 night of camping (alternatively in a lodge).;
  • Camping equipment (personal tents, mattresses, tables, chairs, dining tent, kitchen tent, kitchen equipment and a gas bottle);
  • First aid kit, including a poison extractor, mosquito bite treatment and an antidote for a snake bite;
  • Life jackets;
  • Radio communications;
  • Rubber boots.

Not included in the Manu Center

  • Any flight nor airport departure taxes;
  • Travel insurance;
  • Vaccination;
  • A sleeping bag (we also rent it);
  • Breakfast on the first day and dinner on the last day;
  • Drinks;
  • Tips to local staff.

What to take with you to the Manu Center  Clay Lick:

  • Mosquito repellent (DEET 35 recommended as a MINIMUM!!),
  • Original passport,
  • A sleeping bag (you can rent it from us too!),
  • Small backpack,
  • Long sleeved cotton shirts (preferably green coloured),
  • Long cotton trousers,
  • Cotton long socks (to be put into your trousers),
  • Comfortable walking shoes,
  • Sandals or light shoes,
  • Rain gear (e.g. rain poncho),
  • Sweater (for the beginning of the tour in Andes and the cloud forest only),
  • Swimsuits;
  • Binoculars (we also rent it),
  • Camera and its charger,
  • Plastic bags to be used for clothes and a camera,
  • A hat as a protection against the Sun or rain,
  • Toiletries,
  • Small towel,
  • Toilet paper,
  • Antibacterial gel,
  • Sun cream,
  • Sunglasses,
  • Flashlight (with spare bulb and batteries),
  • A bottled water (1 litre as a minimum),
  • Pocket money (Soles) to buy some beverages and souvenirs as well as to tip.

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ELFINWOOD FOREST  – MANU CENTER: Trees and shrubs at the lower elevations (exact elevation varies with latitude) become noticeably higher in stature, many extremely gnarled and heavily laden with epiphytes, especially mosses, lichens, and bromeliads Also, microphyllous epiphytes such as lichens, green algae, and bryophytes abound. Forest stunted in this way is termed elf wood. Sometimes these diminutive forests are so dense that they are impenetrable. Elfin wood is characterized by an abundance of short twisted trees that are barely 2 meters tall. There is a climate of nearly perpetual mist, which means that the growth of trees is significantly slowed by a shortage of sunlight as well as by the low temperatures. Tree stature is short because the trees cannot obtain sufficient energy to invest in stems and nor is there much point since the light is so diffuse. Also, the moisture-saturated atmosphere can make transpiration difficult, which perhaps limits trees in their nutrient uptake from the soil.-In comparison to lower-elevation forests, elfin forests have a lower species richness of trees. This is probably due to the greater rigor of the climate in manu center

MANU CENTER :We visit a special site of the Manu National Park – a private reserve of Maquisapayoq and Blanquillo, situated in the southern part of the park! We discover there some paths going through this virgin part of the jungle manu center

To get there, we use the newly paved Interoceanic Highway for the most of the travel followed by a much shorter travel on the Madre de Dios River by motorboat..Blanquillo offers perfect conditions to observe river otters in a nearby lake and macaws, parrots and parakeets in one of the best clay-licks of Manu!!

Maquisapayoq is an exceptional clay-lick serving to tapirs and other animals to eat clay! There is also a special roofed platform with mosquito´s nets where visitors can overnight while watching tapirs arriving to eat at nights in manu center

Manu National Park and World Heritage Biosphere : is considered by many experts as the most important rainforest park in the world offering the fabled city of Cusco and the mythical Inca citadel of Machu Picchu as its gateway. About half the size of Switzerland, Manu center protects an entire virgin watershed from Andean grasslands at 12,000 ft. down to cloud forests, to the vast lowlands below 1,000 ft. above sea level. Manu’s center virgin primary rainforests boast world-record diversities of birds (more than 1,000 species) mammals (more than 200 species), reptiles, amphibians, fresh-water fishes, insects and plants (over 15,000 species). No other area in North or South America offers such superb viewing of rare or difficult to observe animals, such as the two-meter long and gregarious Giant Otters, 13 species of monkeys, white and black caiman (crocodiles), seven species of macaws (the world’s largest parrots), ten species of toucans, guans, curassows, and trumpeters (all rare game birds), and the largest land animal in Central and South America, the Tapir. No other park on earth can compare with Manu center in terms of sheer variety of life forms. A patch of lowland rainforest in Manu center harbors 40% more species of birds than a comparable patch of forest .Manu Center :Nowhere is this amazing diversity more evident than in the tropical and temperate forests and associated habitats of the Reserva Biosfera de Manu center (hereafter called Manu center Biosphere Reserve, the name by which most birders know it) in south-east Peru. A UNESCO World Heritage Site of nearly 1.9 million ha, comprised of the Manu center National Park, associated multiple-use zones and native community lands. Manu lies on the east slope of the Andes and protects almost the entire watershed of the río Manu and most tributaries of the río Alto Madre de Díos. The reserve encompasses a vast range of altitudinal zones and habitat types, peaking at more than 4,000 m in the chilly high Andes, and descending to hot, humid lowland Manu Center Amazonian forests at 350 m. Up to ten types of lowland forest have been identified in this part of the south-west Amazon Manu Center, and these can be further subdivided into many distinctive microhabitats – Jungle Trips.

This biological wealth is also evident at the species level. Some 300 species of tree are often crammed into a single hectare of lowland forest. More than 1,300 butterfly species have been recorded in one area of Manu center (Pakitza). During a typical tour, wildlife-watchers encounter at least eight species of primate, enjoy South American Tapir Tapirus terrestris and other mammals by night at clay-licks, bump into a Giant Otter Pteronura brasilensis family on an oxbow lake, and frequently see Jaguar Panthera onca along rivers.

But it is the avian richness that tends to enthrall most visitors to Manu center. The total of 1,020 species so far recorded is not only higher than that of any other protected area worldwide but also eclipses that of many entire countries (even favored birding destinations such as Costa Rica). Moreover, two-thirds of the reserve remain unexplored; many additional bird species and, remarkably, uncontested indigenous tribes are likely to inhabit these remote areas in Manu center- Jungle Trips.

Visiting Manu Center :Some 5,000 visitors make the trip to Manu Center each year, roughly 5% being dedicated birders. On a typical 2–3 week trip covering all altitudes, birders accompanied by experienced leaders regularly record 550–650 species. There is something for everyone at Manu. Center Some birders start early, finish late and ‘bird until they drop’. Others come for a relaxed birding holiday, staying at

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comfortable lodges, visiting macaw licks (called collpas), paddling on oxbow lakes and passing a leisurely morning atop one of the many canopy towers. As access is restricted, almost all visitors come on a tour: only authorized operators can take visitors into Manu National Park center and all must be accompanied by an official guide. Granted, almost all Manu center bird specialties and much other wildlife can be seen in adjacent areas, but even these are remote, so access is really only feasible as part of a tour or if you are sponsored by a lodge or NGO working in the area in Manu center – Jungle Trips.

Highlights of a typical tour Manu Center :A typical Manu center starts from Cusco at 3,300 m, crosses the last Andean mountain range, drops down the east slope of the Andes into the lowland Amazon forests Manu center , and returns by air from the frontier town of Puerto Maldonado to Lima or Cusco. Cusco is a major hub for exploring Inca culture, most famously at the ruins of Machu Picchu, and for adventure sports (so there is plenty to interest a non-binding spouse!). On the first day of a trip, birders usually visit the wetlands of Huacarpay, 30 minutes’ drive from Cusco, the ancient Inca capital of Peru, where Andean waterfowl and marsh birds abound. Here the beautiful Bearded Mountaineer Oreonympha nobilis, a restricted-range species endemic to southern Peru, can be seen feeding in Manu center