Manu National Park Tour - Reserved Zone
Cusco - Cloud Forest - Guadalupe Nature Reserve - El Dorado Lodge - Casa Matsiguenka - Guadalupe Lodge - Cusco
Manu National Park Tour Description
This trip to the Reserve Zone of Manu National Park is desing to spend days at the Manu Protected Zone having much more time to explore this untouched and original rainforest with great chances to see the most emblematic and top predators such as Jaguar, Caimans, Giant River Otter and a lot of birds. This trip will give you a great introduction to the beauty of the rainforest and the guided tours will provide you with invaluable information about the hight biodiversity in Manu National Park, Starting in Cusco city, the gateway of our expeditions that covers different elevations and ecosystem from the Andes to the Amazon rainforest.
- Guided in the colonial village of Paucartambo.
- Descent to the cloud forest and walk along the road.
- Visit of the pre-Inca cemetery ruins at Ninamarca.
- Observe the mayor predators, rodents, birds, snakes, monkeys, etc.
- Spotting the amazing cock-of-the-rock, considered our national bird.
- Salvador Oxbow lake exploration on a floating catamaran.
- Motor boat ride along the Alto Madre de Dios river.
*The program may have small variations due weather or other factors.
Cusco – Guadalupe Lodge
From 11.647 ft to 1.837 ft
Leaving Cusco the van ride will passing through numerous dry inner-montane valleys during the trip along the small road you can enjoy the native villages and locals going about their lives in their colorful attires, we travel at leisure making several stops including many photos opportunities exploring the high-elevation birds, continuing on we visit the village of Paucartambo with its beautiful arched colonial bridge, from Paucartambo we climbed yet again and gradually became enveloped in a cloudy mist soon we arrived at Acjanaco pass and gateway to Manu National Park.
Once across Acjanaco Pass (3550 m / 11.647 ft) the environment changed dramatically passing from dry valleys to wet and also the view looking down toward the lowlands is stunning.
The lush and misty cloud forest surrounded by massive rocks and waterfalls is perhaps the most fragile and threatened type of rainforest, which is the kingdom of lichens, moss our main target will of course the Peruvian National Bird the brightly red, Andean Cock of the Rock displays daily for female, as we descend we will head down to 1,500 m. in elevation to the lodge which has a wonderful garden for hummingbird observation. Overnight Guadalupe Ecological Reserve.
- Naturalist Guide.
- Tour Transport (van and Boat).
- Entrances fees.
- 3 meals a day.
- 6 nights on selected lodges
- Mineral water + Snacks.
- Rubber boots + Duffel bags.
- Tips, Extra expenses.
- Binocular, Alcoholic drinks,
- First Breakfast and last day dinner.
- Original passport.
- Flashlight and extra batteries.
- Small back pack and confortable shoes.
- Rain jacket or poncho (December – April).
- Lightweight pants (for mosquito protection)
- Lightweight long-sleeved shirts
- Five 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 film and batteries.
- Extra Money (soles).
As soon as people book their trip to Peru, specifically Cusco, they start wondering about altitude sickness. The air at high altitudes contains less oxygen than at sea level and forces your body to work harder to get the oxygen it needs. Over several days at high altitude, your body adjusts to the lower amount of oxygen in the air.
With altitude sickness, you may first feel like you have the flu or a hangover. You may have a headache, tiredness, loss of appetite, nausea or vomiting, dizziness, trouble sleeping, trouble breathing during exercise. If any of these effects become severe, please contact our office and we will help you get to a doctor.
Most of the time, these symptoms will be mild. We always recommend easing into activity slowly, allowing your body to adjust. Drink plenty of fluids such as water or coca tea. Coca tea has been used since ancient times to help prevent altitude sickness. Leaves from the coca plant contain alkaloids which helps bring oxygen into your blood, helping your body avoid the effects of altitude sickness. Avoid drinking a lot of alcohol and coffee. They will cause you to urinate more often and become dehydrated. Avoid smoking. Smoking makes it more difficult for your body to get oxygen. Avoid sleeping pills. They may cause shallow breathing at night, making it more difficult for your body to absorb oxygen while you sleep.
Your healthcare provider may prescribe medicines, such as acetazolamide and dexamethasone, to help prevent altitude sickness. Start the medicine two days before you get to a high altitude. Continue to take it while you are at high altitude.
Of course weather is unpredictable. Typically the dry season in Cusco is from April through October, but this does not stop rain from falling in June or the sun from coming out in December – just be prepared. No matter what month you are doing the trek, please make sure that you have rain gear that includes a waterproof jacket, pants, poncho and waterproof gloves.
Also prepare for four seasons. Many of the treks through the Andes involve many micro-climates and you will need to be prepared for all seasons. Layers are always key as they are easy to adjust to the different temperatures. And evenings will always be cold, so please be prepared with a warm, winter-weight jacket.
Can I design my own trip?
Absolutely. If you want you can change the program according your interest, just let us know and the Neotropic Travel Designer is going to give you more options.
Are flights included?
Unfortunately no. Neotropic Peru does not include flights for this trip.
How many people will be part of my tour group?
Our organized itineraries like this 4 Day tour through Cusco region are typically done as individual bookings. While others may join you if interested in the same day, the groups will always be small up to 12 people max. Private groups are very easily accommodated as well.
Can I bring my luggage to Manu?
All larger luggage should stay in Cusco and can be stored either at your hotel or with us at our deposit.
Which Vaccines Do I Need for Peru?
Vaccines for Peru vary based on your specific itinerary. A Passport Health travel specialist will help you decide which vaccines are best for you. The CDC and WHO have recommended that travelers receive the following vaccines:
- Yellow Fever
- Hepatitis A
- Hepatitis B