We leave cusco early morning, visit the interesting pre-Inca tombs of Ninamarca, Paucartambo, Colonial town, and the down to the Cloud Forest. Here a thick cloak of clouds provides perpetual humidity and makes an ideal habitat for epiphytic plants such as bromeliads. This varied and fascinating world is home of the Cock of the Rock, Spectacled Bear, Orchids, tree ferns (one of the oldest living plants) mosses and lichens, at least 50% of the plant species found here are endemic to this region. Overnight in our open air lodge "San Pedro".
Observe the ritual mating dance of the Cock of the Rock (Rupicola Peruviana). Peru's national bird from a platform in the "lek". After breakfast we continue in our overland transport(*1) down the narrow road between waterfalls and canyons toward Pilcopata town(*2). A 30 minutes bus ride to the port of Atalaya where we will board our covered outboard motor boad and head down the Alto Madre de Dios River for approximdtely 30 minutes toward our private reserve of "Erika Lodge" where we will spend the next two nights. Short walk around the lodge.
(*) Optional :
A 3 hour rafting trip down the Koshñipata river where we will have the oportunity for a dip and of course enjoy the spectacular view of the Koñeq canyon. Continuing down the Alto Madre de Dios river to Erika Lodge.
The altitude range of this beautiful site, explains the high diversity of wildlife found around this lodge, so immediately after breakfast, we start walking, our guide will talk about insects, medicinal plants, trees, reptiles, mammals, ect. before returning for lunch we can have the chance to swim in the clear water of natural pools of a stream close to the lodge. To visit a small lake near to the Alto Madre de Dios River, here we are going to have the chance to see the Hoatzin,a primitive bird, black caimans, many species of birds, insects, etc. This will be our last night in this wonderful amazon jungle. Overnight in the lodge.
This day we will get up very early to board our boat, we will arrive after 5 minutes to a small "Collpa", which is a wall of clay in the rivervanks, where many species of parrots feed for mineral and salt supplements to their diet of seeds and fruits. After this green and so noisy spectacle, we continue by boat to Atalaya port and then the bus back to Cusco arriving late in the afternoon END OF OUR SERVICES.
SERVICES INCLUDED :
Specialized and bilingual guide, camping equipment, 01 night in San Pedro Open Air Lodge, 02 nights in Erika Lodge, meals, first ald kit, all land and river transportation and rafting equipment, safety box for values and storage for luggage.
THINGS YOU SHOULD BRING ALONG ON A TRIP TO MANU
- Binoculars, Camera and film ASA 200 and 400 for the inner forest.
- Sleeping bag.
- Warm clothing (in case of a cold front ), long sleeve shirts and long pants (cotton).
- 100% waterproof rain gear (long poncho or rain wear).
- Insect repellant (at least 50% Deet), suscreen lotion.
- One pair of lightwelght ankle heighht boots and sandals.
- Flashlight, enough batterles (alkaline) and bulbs.
- Wide brim hat (for sunny days), sun glasses.
- Towel, swimming suit, personal medicines and/or supplies (liquid for contac lenses, for example).
- Day pack, and one back pack or duffel bag of luggage per person.
- One bottle of water for the first day plastic bags.