Manu National Park Wildlife & Culture Tour
This is a moderately paced 4-day Manu Wildlife & Cultural Zone Tour, available on request, that takes you to the Manu National Park, which has the highest level of biodiversity of any protected area in the world. It is a trip of unparalleled beauty with a variety of habitats ranging from orchid-draped cloud forest where Spectacled Bears and Cock-of-the-Rocks live untroubled lives to pristine Amazon rainforest where you find 13 primate species and oxbow lakes frequented by Giant River Otters. A trip to Manu is a trip to a great wilderness area where wildlife is plentiful and over 1,000 species of birds have been recorded.
When the tour starts out from Cusco, the steep Andean slopes are clad in the stunted forest, temperate shrubbery and wet paramo, and we may well encounter such high-elevation species as Mountain Caracara, Shining Sunbeam and Moustached Flower-piercers. Because this tour is designed to be a combination of wildlife and culture, one stop along the way will take in the archeological site of a pre-Inca cemetery and Paucartambo village. If you are here from the 16th to the 18th of July you can experience one of the biggest street parties in Peru, the feast of the Virgin del Carmen.
On the next leg of this Manu wildlife trip we descend the famous Manu Road and cross the Madre de Dios River to stay at the comfortable Amazonia Lodge. Nearby is a lake where you can see White and Smooth-fronted Caiman, and there are plenty of trails into the rainforest and a canopy tower from which to view some of the jungle tree-dwellers such as Red Howler Monkeys. While in the area we will visit a coca farm and an orchid garden. In addition to these botanical delights we hope to find Military and Blue-headed Macaws.
At the end of the trip we return to Cusco, which will give you an opportunity to add an extension to your visit and go to the breath-taking ruins of Machu Picchu, citadel of the Incan culture.
Manu Wildlife & Cultural Zone Tour highlights include:
- The cloud forests of the high Andes and their unique bird species
- A pre-Inca burial site
- White Caimen and Giant River Otters
- Views from a jungle canopy tower
- A visit to a specialist orchid garden
If you’d like to try an alternative tour that is purely wildlife-focussed, look at what this Birding Manu Cloud Forest Tour, Peru has to offer.
Alternative Tour Name: Exploring the Manu Cultural Zone Tour