Manu Wildlife Tour

Into the Wild

04 Days



Max. Altitude

11.647 ft - 3.550 m.



Manu Wildlife Tour Description

Experience the breathtaking wildlife and rich culture of the Manu National Park Tour. Journey through diverse ecosystems, including the Andes and the cloud forest, with stunning mountain views. Explore oxbow lakes, trails, and caves teeming with diverse wildlife. At our lodge, designed for tranquility, witness blue and gold macaws up close. Our knowledgeable guides will interpret the rainforest’s abundant life forms and natural beauty, providing an unforgettable experience.
Manu wildlife tour

Trip Highlights

  • Explore the colonial village of Paucartambo with a guided tour.
  • Discover the pre-Inca cemetery ruins at Ninamarca.
  • Descend the famous Manu Road to the cloud forest and stroll along the path while looking for wildlife.
  • Spot the incredible cock-of-the-rock (our national bird).
  • Observe vibrant Blue and Yellow Macaws and other parrots.
  • Board on an oxbow lake exploration using local rafts.
  • Conclude with a scenic motor boat ride along the Alto Madre de Dios river.


» Cusco to Amazon Lodge

manu road hike

Leaving Cusco in the morning, we'll board on the Manu Road, passing through dry inner-montane valleys and native villages. We'll make a brief stop at Ninamarca, an archaeological site with pre-Inca tombs.

Continuing our leisurely journey, we'll explore high-elevation mountains and visit the picturesque village of Paucartambo with its arched colonial bridge.

Climbing further, we'll reach the Acjanaco pass, the gateway to Manu National Park. Crossing the pass at 3550 m / 11,647 ft, the environment transitions from dry to wet, offering stunning views of the lowlands.

Descending into the lush cloud forest, we'll have the opportunity to spot the Andean Cock of the Rock (our national bird) and other colorful birds before arriving at our overnight stay, Amazon Lodge at 560 m / 1837 ft.

» Guadalupe Nature Reserve

look out manu national park

In the morning, we will visit the Parrot clay lick and observe the diverse birdlife, including the striking Blue and Yellow Macaws. Upon returning to the lodge, you can savor a delicious tropical fruit breakfast with garden views, followed by a session on medicinal and traditional plants.

Later, you can take a refreshing swim in the pristine Guadalupe River.

In the afternoon, we can explore captivating canyons and caves to spot unique creatures, then take a leisurely walk through the bamboo forest, known for its monkey sightings.

Finally, we'll end the day with a night walk searching for nocturnal fauna like amphibians along the creeks and trails.

» River Boat Expedition and Oxbow Lake

exploring manu national park

At dawn, we will wake up to the melodic sounds of Amazonian birds and take a leisurely stroll around our garden. Following breakfast, we will journey to the Atalaya port, where we'll be treated to vibrant birdlife and stunning views. From there, we'll board our motor boat and navigate down the crystal-clear Madre de Dios river.

Continuing by boat, we'll travel for an hour to reach the Machuhuasy Oxbow Lake, where we can admire the lush wetlands and diverse bird species, including hoatzins, horned screamers, hawks, herons, and occasionally monkeys and capybaras.

After exploring the lake, we'll savor a traditional lunch prepared by our skilled chef while floating on a wooden canoe down the Madre de Dios river. In the mid-afternoon, we'll embark on a guided walk through the primary forest, seeking out monkey families, peccaries, and towering kapok trees. Our expert guide will share insights about medicinal plants, reptiles, mammals, and more during the hike.

To conclude the day's adventures, we'll return to our Amazon Lodge.

» Amazon Lodge to Cusco

After breakfast, we will prepare for departure and make a brief visit to a local family to visit a coca plantation, offering further opportunities to see more animals.

As we journey back to Cusco, we may catch glimpses of colorful birds and enjoy the breathtaking views of the lush cloud forest and rushing mountain creeks.

Our anticipated arrival in Cusco is around 5:00 PM.


  • Naturalist Guide.
  • Tour Transport (van and Boat).
  • Entrances fees.
  • 3 meals a day.
  • 3 nights lodge at Amazon Lodge (Private Toilets and Hot showers, electricity, rocking seat that overlooks the garden).
  • Mineral water + Snacks.
  • Rubber boots + Duffel bags.

Not included:

  • Tips, Extra expenses.
  • Binocular, Alcoholic drinks,
  • First Breakfast and last day dinner.
  • Original passport.
  • Binoculars.
  • Flashlight and extra batteries.
  • Small back pack and confortable shoes.
  • Rain jacket or poncho (December – April).
  • Three complete change of clothing.
  • Sport sandals or water shoes.
  • Personal hygiene products.
  • Hat or cap to protect you from the sun.
  • Sun block (sun protection cream).
  • Insect repellent.
  • Snacks, chocolate, dried fruit, etc.
  • Camera, plenty of memories and batteries.
  • Sunglasses
  • Extra Money (soles).
  • Swimwear.
  • Sit down with a shaman for a private meditation ceremony.
  • Observe local weavers at work during private demonstrations.
  • Hone your kitchen skills during Peruvian cooking classes with celebrated chefs.
  • Take a day hike along part of the famed Inca Trail and arrive in Machu Picchu via the iconic Sun Gate.
  • Amp up the adrenaline with exhilarating adventure activities such as riding the fast-flowing rapids of the Madre de Dios River, or zooming along zip lines among towering Andean peaks.

What is the best time to embark on the Manu National Park Tour?
The dry season from May to September is ideal for clearer weather and optimal wildlife sightings. However, the rainy season from November to March adds a lush, vibrant touch to the rainforest.

How challenging is the trekking during the tour?
The trekking involves varied terrains and elevations, ranging from high mountains to cloud forests. It is considered moderate, and participants should be in good physical condition.

What kind of wildlife can I expect to see in Manu National Park?
Manu is renowned for its rich biodiversity. Wildlife sightings may include macaws, parrots, tapirs, jaguars, and various monkey species, among others.

Are there any altitude considerations during the tour?
Yes, the tour involves varying altitudes, from high mountain passes to lower rainforest elevations. Participants should be prepared for altitude changes and stay hydrated.

What type of accommodations are provided during the tour?
Accommodations range from comfortable lodges to basic jungle camps. Each is selected for its proximity to wildlife-rich areas.

Are there opportunities for birdwatching during the tour?
Absolutely! Manu is a birdwatcher's paradise. You may encounter a variety of colorful birds, including the Andean Cock-of-the-Rock, toucans, quetzals, and more.

Is the tour suitable for families with children?
While the tour offers incredible experiences, it involves trekking and jungle exploration. Families with children should consider the physical demands and potential exposure to wildlife.

What vaccinations or health precautions should I consider before the tour?
Consult with a healthcare professional for recommended vaccinations. Yellow fever vaccination is usually required. Additionally, malaria prophylaxis might be recommended.

How is transportation arranged during the tour?
Transportation includes a combination of private vans, boats, and hiking. It's important to be prepared for different modes of transport based on the diverse terrains.

Can I customize the tour or add extra days?
Yes, Neotropic Peru Travel offer customization options or additional days. Jus let us know your preferences.

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