Day 1 - Cuzco-Cloud Forest
Leaving Cuzco we head over the Andes, stopping for a coffee at the beautiful colonial village of
Paucartambo. Continuing, we climb to the highpoint of the Manu Biosphere at about 3,800 m before
descending to the cloud forest. In these mysterious surroundings we take a hike to the lick of the
incredible cock-of-the-rock, to see the "performance" of the males right under our eyes. We spend
our first night in the camping huts of Posada San Pedro. (appr. 1,600 m). (L/D) (camp)
Day 2 - Cloud Forest-Atalaya-Manu River
At daybreak we continue by bus to tropical lowland rainforest. Here at the small village Atalaya
at 650 m, we change into a motorized canoe to navigate down the turbulant Alto Madre de Dios River
to Boca Manu. As night falls we make camp on one of the beaches. Later that evening we will go on
short hikes in the surrounding area. (B/L/D) (camp)
Day 3 & 4 - Lake Salvador and Lake Otorongo
On the morning of the third day we turn up the Manu River. From this vantage point we will have
great views of riverside birds, sunbathing caiman, and the enormous aquatic guinea pig, the capybara.
We reach our campsite deep inside Manu in the afternoon. This will be our base for the next two days.
During this time, we will hike through virgin forest and explore one of the most beautiful lakes of
the Manu basin, Lake Salvador, by catamaran. There is a chance to see a huge variety of colourful birds,
numerous species of monkey and with luck, a family of giant otters. A five hour hike through the forest
takes us to Lake Otorongo and a 20 metre-high observation platform that overlooks the lake. At night we
can explore the forest by torchlight or go moonlight caiman spotting on the lake. (B/L/D) (2 nights camp)
Day 5 - Lake Salvador-Boca Manu-Cuzco
After a final walk through the forest surrounding Lake Salvador, we return back down the Manu River.
At Boca Manu you will depart by light aircraft flight over the rainforest and the Andes mountains
for the return to Cuzco. (B)
Permits for Manu ($75 US )are not included in rate noted.
THIS IS A FIXED DEPARTURE TRIP AND LEAVES EVERY FRIDAY THROUGHOUT THE YEAR, AND EVERY WDNESDAY IN JULY & AUGUST. POSSIBLE AVAILABILITY ON REQUEST FOR THE MONTHS OF JANUARY, FEBRUARY & MARCH, WHEN OTHERS ARE SCHEDULED FOR A DEPARTURE.