Manu Center 5days/4nights

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Manu Center 5days /4nights

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!!

 

WHAT TOUR SERVICES:

Included in the tours Manu Center

  • A professional naturalist Tour Guide;
  • Motorboat transportation:
  • Private vehicle land transportation;
  • Entrance fees to the clay-licks;
  • A professional Cook,
  • Meals: 4x breakfast, 5x 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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