MANU RESERVE 8 days – TYPICAL RAINFOREST ROOTS: Shrubs and other herbaceous plants with numerous seedling and sapling trees, ferns and palms. Looking at the coloring, most trees are monotonously green. However, a few may be bursting with colorful blossoms, while others may be essentially leafless, revealing the many epiphytes that attach themselves to the main branches. As can be seen from this brief portrayal, it is difficult to perceive a simple pattern in the overall structure of a rainforest Manu Reserve complexity is the rule.
Manu Reserve -Typical tropical trees
Though there are more different tree species than anywhere else, a mild irony of nature in the tropics is that one can still meaningfully describe a “typical tropical tree” as many are sufficiently similar in appearance. The tallest tropical trees are found in lowland rainforest, Manu Reserve ranging in height from between 25 and 45 meters. It is not possible to identify most plants (including palms) accurately to the level of species. This is because there are just too many look- alike species and the ranges of many species are not precisely known. Therefore, species identification must be left to taxonomic experts.
Manu Reserve – Buttresses and prop roots
A buttress is a root flaring out from the trunk to form a flange like base. The distinctive look of tropical Manu Reserve in comparison with temperate forests can be noted in the buttressed roots of many, if not most, of rainforest trees. Surrounding and seeming to support the bole are several buttresses radiating from a given tree, often making cozy retreats for snakes. The buttress shape is sometimes helpful in identifying specific trees. Buttresses can be large, often radiating from the bole more than a meter from the ground in Manu Reserve
The function of buttressing has been a topic of active discussion among tropical botanists. Many believe that buttressing acts principally to support the tree as buttressing is particularly common among trees of stream and river banks as well as among trees lacking a deep taproot. However, the other reason might be that the tree has no reason to have deep taproots because the nutrients in tropical the Manu Reserve are found on the surface of the ground in Manu Reserve
There are other variations. For example, some trees, in place of buttresses, have stilt or prop roots that radiate from the tree’s base, remaining above ground. These stilt roots are particularly common in areas that become periodically inundated with water, such as floodplains and mangrove forests. A fourth option is that some tropical trees, including the huge Brazil nut tree (Bertholletia excelsa), lack both buttresses and prop roots and have instead either horizontal surface roots or deeper in Manu Reserve underground roots. Finally, in a few cases, large taproots occur.
Manu Reserve – Collpa” means in Quechua (mountain native) language salt of the earth. Also rainforest natives used it to designate certain areas used by animals indefinitely for a supplement of salts and minerals in their diet. These help against strong alkaloids and toxins that are contained in many rainforest’s plants and trees. During the Blanquillo Manu Reserve we visit one of the most famous “collpas” Collpa Blanquillo There you are given an opportunity to see a huge number of macaws (guacamayos), parrots and parakeets.We also enjoy being in a very close touch with the wild nature as we spend 2 nights in a jungle campsite!! In addition, we observe wildlife and lush vegetation of the Culture Zone of the Manu National Park, Blanco Lake (Cocha), Camungo Lake as well as the different biosphere Manu Reserve on the way to Puerto Maldonado!!
- Manu Reserve 8 days:
- Length: 8 Days/7 Nights
- Type of service: Private or Group
- Location: Southern Peru, Madre de Dios Department, Manu National Park, Puerto Maldonado
- Activities: Manu Reserve, Macaw clay-lick Blanquillo, Puerto Maldonado Reserve, Blanco Lake, Camungo Lake
- Altitude: 400 – 3,600 m.a.s.l.
- Best time to visit: May – October
- Departure: Every day
- Minimum of participants: 4
- Maximum of participants: 10
- Price per person: US
Quick Itinerary of the Manu Reserve 8 days / 7 nights:
TOURS DAY 1: CUSCO, NINAMARCA -MANU CULTURAL ZONE- PILCOPATA TIKARI LODGE
TOURS DAY 2: TIKARI LODGE – ATALAYA PORT RAINFOREST LODGE
TOURS DAY 3: RAINFOREST LODGE – MANU RESERVE -BOCA MANU TO MAQUISAPAYOQ LODGE
TOURS DAY 4: MAQUISAPAYOQ LODGE – CAMPSITE AT BLANQUILLO – COCHA BLANCO (LAKE) MANU RESERVE
TOURS DAY 5: CAMPSITE AT BLANQUILLO – MACAW CLAY LICK BLANQUILLO – CAMUNGO LAK- MANU RESERVE
TOURS DAY 6: CAMPSITE AT BLANQUILLO – COCHA BLANCO, MAQUISAPAYOQ LODGE
TOURS DAY 7: MAQUISAPAYOQ LODGE – MADRE DE DIOS RIVER – PUERTO MALDONADO
TOURS DAY 8: RETURN FLIGHT FROM PUERTO MALDONADO TO CUSCO OR LIMA
DAY 1: CUSCO, NINAMARCA -MANU CULTURAL ZONE- PILCOPATA TIKARI LODGE
We leave Cusco early in the morning to start our adventurous trip! First, we are taken by private transport to the place called Ninamarca to observe pre-Incan “chullpas” (tombs) of the Lupaca’s culture. Then, we continue to Paucartambo, a colonial town with narrow streets and beautiful church, where people still keep their old customs. Then, we ascend to the viewpoint Tres Cruces (3,900 masl) to observe one of the best sunrises of the world! From there, we start descending to the Manu National Park, a place of presence of cock of the rock (a Peruvian national bird), hummingbirds, strikingly coloured quetzals, trogons, spotted flycatcher and woolly monkey. From flora, we can view a variety of orchids, mosses, ferns, etc. Finally, we get to Pilcopata (700 masl) where we overnight in Tikari Lodge after enjoying dinner and shower in Manu Reserve
DAY 2: TIKARI LODGE – ATALAYA PORT RAINFOREST LODGE
After breakfast, we continue our journey by private car (one and half an hour) towards the port at Atalaya (500 m.a.s.l). There, we board a motorized boat to continue for about half an hour navigating on the Alto Madre de Dios River. Along the rocky riversides, we have a great opportunity to observe the river wildlife like herons, vultures, cormorants and some of 13 monkey species living in Manu Reserve In the afternoon, we reach our next lodge – Rainforest Lodge. Then we go to explore nearby paths where we can see a big diversity of species, for example, tarantulas, ants, butterflies, some monkey species, huge trees, erotic plants, palms, etc. After that, we return to our lodge to overnight.
Optional: A night walk.
DAY 3: RAINFOREST LODGE – MANU RESERVE -BOCA MANU TO MAQUISAPAYOQ LODGE
Today, a long journey expects us navigating for 8 hours the Alto Madre de Dios River. On the way, we have an opportunity to observe diverse species such as herons, vultures, kingfishers, turtles or monkeys. Later on, we reach the Manu Reserve . In the afternoon, we pass through the area of Boca Manu where the Alto Madre de Dios River flows into the Madre de Dios River! Our next lodge – Maquisapayoq is situated only an hour far away from there. This place is a habitat of a red-faced spider monkey. We have a shower and dinner there and before we get to sleep, we experience an evening walk to a nearby tapir clay-lick observing tapirs from an opposite hidden platform placed just 3 metres far away from the clay-lick in the Manu Reserve
DAY 4: MAQUISAPAYOQ LODGE – CAMPSITE AT BLANQUILLO – COCHA BLANCO (LAKE) MANU RESERVE
After breakfast, we explore nearby paths. Afterwards, we board our boat to navigate down the river for half an hour until we reach Blanquillo, a place of our campsite for a couple of following days. Our Cook prepares us lunch there then, we get ready to walk to Cocha Blanco (Blanco Lake) to watch giant river otters fishing. If we are lucky, we can spot a big variety of birds playing, for example, a prehistoric bird called hoatzin. We return then to the campsite to be served dinner to later go in search of caimans which are usually active at night. For overnight, we get back to the campsite in Manu Reserve
Optional: A night walk Manu Reserve
DAY 5: CAMPSITE AT BLANQUILLO – MACAW CLAY LICK BLANQUILLO – CAMUNGO LAK- MANU RESERVE
We wake up very early to go to the famous and splendid parrot’s clay-lick of Blanquillo to watch big flocks of macaws (Ara Chloroptera), parrots and parakeets!! They come to eat clay there that helps them to digest and clean body from toxins! After this activity, we are given an opportunity to climb a 42 meter high observation tower situated next to the Camungo Lake. From there, we are able to enjoy Amazonian landscapes. Later on, we start returning to the campsite exploring other nearby paths.
Optional: A night walk in Manu Reserve
DAY 6: CAMPSITE AT BLANQUILLO – COCHA BLANCO, MAQUISAPAYOQ LODGE
Today, we re-explore the jungle of Manu on the way back to the Maquisapayoq Lodge. When again in Cocha Blanco, we observe giant river otter families this time from a boat. Later, we get back to the Blanquillo parrot´s clay lick where we have opportunity to watch guacamayos (blue-red parrots) once again! Then we reach the Maquisapayoq Lodge to be served lunch. Afterwards, we are given spare time, during which we can practice fishing of piranhas and catfishes. Dinner is served in the lodge again.
Optional: A night walk.
DAY 7: MAQUISAPAYOQ LODGE – MADRE DE DIOS RIVER – PUERTO MALDONADO
After breakfast, we spend the longest day on a boat sailing the Madre de Dios River with direction to Cusco passing the ports of Puerto Colorado and Puerto Carlos. The latter is a place where we can take a bus to Cusco (about 10 hours of ride). Or, we can continue for other 2 hours to the city of Puerto Maldonado where we overnight in a hostel with a private bathroom with shower. (Today’s dinner is on your own as it is not included in the tour price in Manu Reserve
DAY 8: RETURN FLIGHT FROM PUERTO MALDONADO TO CUSCO OR LIMA
We have breakfast in the hostel and afterwards, we are taken to the airport of Puerto Maldonado to take a flight back to Cusco or to Lima.
You need to be vaccinated against Yellow Fever as well as to bring some anti-malaria tablets with you!!
Included in the Manu Reserve 8 days / 7 nights:
- A professional naturalist Tour Guide;
- Motorboat transportation;
- Private vehicle land transportation;
- Entrance fee to the Blanquillo Macw clay-lick;
- A professional Cook,
- Meals: 7x breakfast, 7x lunch, 6x dinner and drinking water (Please note: vegetarian option upon request for no extra cost!);
- Accommodation: 4 nights in lodges, 2 nights in a campiste, 1 night in a hostel;
- 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;
- Radio communications;
- Rubber boots.
Not included in the Manu Reserve 8 days / 7 nights:
- A flight from Puerto Maldonado to Cusco nor Lima;
- Airport departure taxes;
- Travel insurance;
- Sleeping bag (you can rent it from us!);
- Breakfast on the first day and dinner on the seventh day (in Puerto Maldonado);
- Tips to local staff.
What to take with you to the Manu Reserve
- Mosquito repellent (DEET 35 recommended as a MINIMUM!!),
- Original passport,
- Sleeping bag (you can rent if from us);
- 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.
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