Manu Expedition – Systems and Ecological Levels: Approximately 20 million years ago the Andes Mountains began to rise, and orographic uplift has continued without ceasing up to the present day. Today the Andes chain is still one of the most active geological areas on the planet. The chains of mountains stretch from southern most Patagonia, north through to Mexico they add to the climate and, thus, the biotic diversity of the Neo tropics. Manu Expedition in jungle trips.
The geologically youthful Andes are located in western South and Central America. They are hosts for different altitudinal ecosystems and they also act as barriers isolating populations. The north-south orientation of the Andes results in some of the most arid deserts in the western hemisphere being located in coastal Peru and Chile. The Andes Mountains can be seen as a gigantic wall that prevents the moisture laden air that accumulates in the Amazon Basin from reaching the Peruvian and Chilean coasts. Clouds are forced up by the tall mountains and the moisture in them condenses to snow, or rain at mid to low elevation. On the eastern slope of the Andes rain falls heavily. This creates conditions capable of supporting extremely Lush Mountain and lowland rainforest. One of the major sources of water for the Amazon Basin is snow melt from the Andes.In essence, the Andes maintain the system of precipitation recycling within the Amazon Basin. The Amazon Basin has a shape like an immense horseshoe, with the ancient Guiana Shield bordering to the northThe Brazilian Shield to the south, and the Andes to the west. This topography means that all the water existing in the system is to the east, at the huge mouth of the Amazon. This loss is replaced by the input of rain and melting snow draining from the high Andes. Thus the Amazon Basin is kept in a state of hydrographic equilibriumin Manu Expedition
The air that eventually passes over the tall mountains to the other side is fundamentally depleted of its moisture, causing the occurrence of dry deserts on the western side. This “rain shadow effect” means that ecosystems with the same elevation may be dramatically different from one side of a mountain to the other.
Manu Maquisapayoj Rainforest Clay Lick 4 days: Mammals clay lick, this Clay Lick is a special place where attending various mammals like Tapir, Peccary and Deer account front with a observation platform ideal for visitors wishing to share a unique experience of seeing these animals in their nocturnal activities in manu expedition.
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! 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!
MANU EXPEDITION CLOUD FOREST FOOTHILLS AND RAINFOREST Here is an opportunity to visit one of the wildest and most pristine rainforests on the planet, a region where all the top predators are still present from jaguars and Harpy Eagles to the smallest
Prey species. The huge Manu Expedition and biosphere reserve, encompassing over four and a half million acres, preserves an entire ecosystem. Not a single element is missing or removed, and it .Is a land where humans still coexist in a harmonious state with the natural environment. This can be said of relatively few other places on earth. It is widely acknowledged that the park hosts the most diverse flora and fauna of any park in the world to Manu expedition, and the region is home to three tribes of Indians live there who live all or partly within the present park boundaries. Two of these tribes, Manu expedition in fact, have little or no contact with the outside world. The boundaries of Manu National Park and the biosphere reserve that surrounds it embrace an unbroken rainforest stretching from the western Amazonian IN Manu expedition lowlands to the puna above tree line. This area is home to more than 1,000 species of birds. Tour participants will be treated to a broad spectrum of forest habitats and will have the opportunity to stay at three different locations, covering virtually all elevations. The locations are near or within the biosphere reserve surrounding the park. The localities include a cloud forest at about 5,000 feet elevation, a foothill location (an old tea plantation), and a lowland rainforest in Manu expedition site along the Madre de Dios River. A great variety of birds and mammals are possible on this trip, including some species that are rare or not well known, such as the Orinoco Goose, Blue-headed Macaw, Scarlet-hooded Barbet, Bamboo Antshrike, Manu Antbird, Rufous-fronted Antthrush, and White-cheeked and Blackbacked tody-lycatchers. There also are many spectacular species: Razor-billed Curassow, Sunbittern, Horned Screamer, five or six species of macaws, Curl-crested Araçari, and Band-tailed Manakin. Mammals are difficult to observe in forest habitats, but because of the wildness of the Manu expedition region, we will have unparalleled opportunities to see from eight or more species of monkeys, including the incomparable Emperor Tamarin. Other possible primates include Woolly Monkey (in the cloud forest), Black Spider Monkey, Squirrel Monkey, Dusky Titi Monkey, Red Howler Monkey,Saddle-backed Tamarin, Night Monkey, and both Brown-and White-fronted capuchin monkeys. There is a good chance that tour participants will see Giant Otters, as well as capybaras. And, while at the Manu expedition, we may have the opportunity to see a tapir if one comes in to a salt lick at night. This is also one of the best places in the world to see a jaguar, although they occur in low density and are only infrequently seen. We have seen jaguars on a number of our trips to Manu expedition
- Manu Expedition 4 days
- Length: 4 Days/3 Nights
- Type of service: Private or Group
- Location: Southern Peru, Madre de Dios Department, Manu National Park
- Activities: Manu Expedition – macaw clay-lick, Maquisapayoc – tapir´s clay-lick, Camungo Lake
- 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 Expedition 4 days / 3 nights:
|Tour Day 1||Cusco – Urcos – Mazuco – Rainforest Clay Lick|
|Tour Day 2||Mazuco – Puerto Colorado – Manu – Maquisapayoq Lodge – Rainforest Clay Lick|
|Tour Day 3||Maquisapayoq Lodge – Blanquillo-Macaw’s Clay-Lick – Camungo Lake – Maquisapayoq-Tapir´s Clay-Lick -Rainforest Clay Lick|
|Tour Day 4||Rainforest Clay Lick – Maquisapayoq – Puerto Colorado – Cusco|
Itinerary Manu Expedition 4 days / 3 nights:
DAY 1: CUSCO – URCOS – MAZUCO TO MANU EXPEDITION
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: night walk in Manu Expedition
DAY 2: MAZUCO – PUERTO COLORADO – MANU EXPEDITION – MAQUISAPAYOQ LODGE
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 Expedition
Optional: A night walk to spot some rainforest insect, frogs, snakes and others.
DAY 3: MAQUISAPAYOQ LODGE – MACAW´S CLAY-LICK BLANQUILLO – CAMUNGO LAKE – TAPIR´S CLAY-LICK MAQUISAPAYOQ – MANU EXPEDITION
Very early in the morning, we set out to the famous and splendid macaw’s clay-lick of Blanquillo to watch big flocks of macaws (Ara Chloroptera), parrots and parakeets coming to eat clay helping them to digest and clean body from toxins!! Then, we explore routes around the clay-lick spotting more animal species such as monkeys, birds, frogs, spiders, ants, butterflies and much more. We return for lunch to our lodge. Another excursion awaits us afterwards, this time to the Camungo Lake where we board a boat to observe its typical inhabitants – giant river otters and a variety of birds! Then, we continue to a nearby 42 meter high observation tower, a suitable place to watch birds and take photos of lovely Amazonian scenery! Later on, we get back to the boat and sail for one hour to reach our lodge where we get ready for our night adventure! It means, we walk for one and half an hour through the rainforest with direction to a tapir 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 inManu Expedition
Please note: You can also spend the night in a lodge close to the river (in twin rooms), if you prefer.
DAY 4: RAINFOREST CLAY LICK – MAQUISAPAYOQ – PUERTO COLORADO – CUSCO
Today is a returning day so we wake up very early again and after breakfast, we start from Manu Expedition 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.
You need to be vaccinated against Yellow Fever as well as to bring some anti-malaria tablets with you!!
Included in the Manu Expedition 4 days / 3 nghts:
- A professional naturalist Tour Guide.
- Motorboat transportation.
- Private vehicle land transportation.
- Entrance fee to the clay-licks.
- A professional Cook.
- Meals: 3x breakfast, 3x lunch, 3x dinner and drinking water (Please note: vegetarian option upon request for no extra cost!);
- Accommodation: 3 nights in lodges
- First aid kit, including a poison extractor, mosquito bite treatment and an antidote for a snake bite;
- Radio communications;
- Rubber boots.
Not included in the Manu Expedition 4 days / nights:
- Travel insurance;
- Breakfast on the first day and dinner on the last day;
- Tips to local staff.
What to take with you to the Manu Expedition
- Mosquito repellent (DEET 35 recommended as a MINIMUM!!),
- Original passport,
- 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),
- 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,
- Small towel,
- Toilet paper,
- Sun cream,
- 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.
Confirmed departures of the Manu Expedition