Itinerary of the Manu Tour: The Adventurer
DAY 1 :
6:00 Cusco – Manu Cloud Forest
At 6:00 we will pass by the hotel to pick you up, after you have had breakfast. The trip will begin through the Sacred Valley of the Incas, heading to the top of the mountain chain of Cusco, with a first stop at Paucartambo, one of the ancient trade routes of the Incas; this town, as the capital of folklore, allows you to explore a beautiful fusion and interesting way of life and production.
The expedition continues to the park ranger station, Acjanaco, entrance to the Manu National Park, where the real adventure on a mountain bike begins, from the highlands descending to the cloud forest. If you feel exhausted on the way, our transport will accompany the route, as a support unit.
You make a stop to enjoy lunch and continue pedaling to the lodge in the afternoon, for a well-deserved rest at the Cock of the Rock Lodge, Paradise Lodge or Wayquecha Biological Station; according to your choice.
DAY 2 :
Manu Cloud Forest – Manu Learning Center
Very early in the morning you enjoy a walk through the cloud forest; It is possible to see the colorful Gallito de las Rocas, national bird of Peru, its beautiful dance and ritual to woo the female.
After breakfast, you ride your bike again to discover the spectacular forest, which is home to some of the strangest bird species in the world; some monkeys, as well as the curious spectacled bear. On the way you visit a coca plantation, where they explain to you about its benefits, its way of cultivation and medicinal properties.
Soon you arrive at the Port of Atalaya, where you board a raft downstream, through the meandering Amazon river, Alto Madre de Dios, in a descent of 300 meters to the Manu Learning Center, where you share a delicious lunch.
This lodge is home to conservationists, visitors, scholars and volunteers, who work for the preservation of the Manu Reserve. Before getting to know it in depth, you enjoy an excursion on the nearby trails and an afternoon getting to know the biodiversity of the place, the shades of the sky when the sun goes down on the Amazon, which allows you to disconnect from the routine and relax in the middle of nature.
It’s time to dine and rest at the Manu Learning Center, whose backdrop is the tropical forest and the sound of nature.
DAY 3 :
Manu Learning Center – Parrot and Macaw Clay Lick – Manu Learning Center
We wake up before sunrise to the sound of the Peruvian Amazon and start the expedition to see a great spectacle of nature at the Parrot and Macaw Clay Lick. In this place, macaws, parrots, parakeets and extraordinary birds congregate, preserve and study, some in danger of extinction such as the Blue-headed macaw. The bustle of the birds that eat from the clay wall and their rhythmic flight will be unforgettable.
After having breakfast, you can visit a biological garden; a sustainable project of the Learning Center, which supplies food for the hotel’s kitchen.
You return to the lodge to spend part of the day, you can walk the trails on your own or take a tour with the guide.
Enjoy dinner and later you can participate in the presentation of the researchers and volunteers of the Learning Center, about their work for the sustainability and conservation of the spaces; You can also do a night walk in contact with nature and rest.
DAY 4 :
Manu Learning Centre – Cusco
When you wake up you have breakfast and prepare everything to say goodbye to the hostel and leave by boat on one last ride of our tour, which allows you to see the unforgettable landscape until you reach the Atalaya River Port.
You take the transport back to Cusco, to admire the landscape on a journey that this time is on the rise, giving off the smells, colors and sounds of the tropical jungle and welcoming the Andean landscape again.
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