Manu Rainforest Canopy Walk 05 days

icon-angle-double-left Location: Peru
icon-angle-double-down Duration: 05 Days
icon-angle-double-right Type: Peru Amazon Tours.
icon-angle-double-up Destinations: Cusco, Puerto Maldonado-Colorado – Manu Wildlife Center • Cocha Camungo & Big Tree Canopy Tower.

Peru Amazon Tours: Manu National park – Wildlife Center

Fly to the Manu Wildlife Preserve north of Cusco in the Peruvian Amazon to see the rich wildlife, birds, bugs, caimans, woodpeckers, monkeys and local vegetation.  Your naturalist guide will bring you insights into this hidden world with nocturnal visits into the jungle through wildlife trails.  Meals served are also learning experiences about local vegetation.  An early morning visit to one of the most active clay licks in the area to see vibrantly colored birds just might be the highlight of your jungle experience.

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Overview

Manu Wildlife Center – Tapir and Macaw Clay Licks.

  • Day 1: Flight from Cusco to Puerto Maldonado-Colorado – Manu Wildlife Center
  • Day 2: Manu Wildlife Center: the Macaw Clay lick, Canopy Tower & Tapir Clay lick.
  • Day 3: Manu Wildlife Center: Cocha Blanco and the Wildlife Trails.
  • Day 4: Cocha Camungo & Big Tree Canopy Tower
  • Day 5: Manu Wildlife Center to Cusco – Departure day

Itinerary

ITINERARY DETAILS

Day 01: Flight from Cusco to Puerto Maldonado-Colorado – Manu Wildlife Center.

A transfer service from your hotel to Cusco airport will be followed by a 45-minute commercial flight to Puerto Maldonado, then you will be transfer by van to Santa Rosa Village we will get there in about two-hours and half journey, you will cross the Inambari river for a 15 minutes boat trip to Puerto Carlos, here you will start your overland journey to Boca Colorado for 45 minutes by car, followed by four hours and half motorized boat journey ride upstream the Madre de Dios river in between we plan on a delicious boxed lunch at the beginning of the boat journey to Manu Wildlife Center.

After dinner there will be an enchanting night walk along the trails, in search of the nocturnal birds and animals of the rainforest. (Box Lunch, D)

Day 02: Manu Wildlife Center: the Macaw Clay lick, Canopy Tower & Tapir Clay lick.

Another early start (inevitable on wildlife expeditions), is followed by a short boat ride downstream. We take a 20-minute trail through palm plantations to a cut-off channel of the river, where we find the Macaw Lick. A spacious hide provided with individual chairs and a convenient place for cameras and binoculars is our ringside seat for what is usually a very spectacular show. We enjoy a full breakfast here while waiting for the main actors to arrive.

In groups of twos and threes the big Red-and-Green Macaws come flapping in, landing in the treetops as they eye the main stage below —the eroded clay banks of the old channel. Meanwhile the supporting cast appears: these may included Blue-headed, Mealy, Yellow-crowned, and Orange-cheeked Parrots— and the occasional villain, a menacing and unwelcome Great Black Hawk.

The drama plays out in first in tentative and then bolder approaches to the lick, until finally nearly all the macaws, parrots and parakeets form a colorful and noisy spectacle on the bare banks, squabbling as they scrape clay from the hard surface.
(Please note that the clay lick is most active from August to October and less so during the months of May and June.)

We return to the lodge for lunch, and then we continue to explore and discover the rainforest, its lore and plant life, on the network of trails surrounding the lodge, arriving in the late afternoon at our 34 m/112 ft Canopy Tower. On its platform we witness the frantic rush-hour activity of twilight in the rainforest canopy, before night closes in.

Later we set off along the “collpa trail“, which will take us to the lodge’s famous Tapir Clay lick. Here at the most active tapir lick known in all the Amazon, our research has identified from 8-12 individual 600-pound Tapirs who come to this lick to eat clay from under the tree roots around the edge. This unlikely snack absorbs and neutralizes toxins in the vegetarian diet of the Tapir, the largest land animal of Latin America. The lick features a roomy, elevated observation platform 5 m / 17 ft above the forest floor. The platform is equipped with freshly-made-up mattresses with pillows. Each mattress is covered by a roomy mosquito net. The 10-m-long, elevated walkway to the platform is covered with sound-absorbing padding to prevent our footsteps from making noise.

This Tapir Experience is unique and exciting because these normally very shy creatures are visible up close, and flash photography is not just permitted, but encouraged.

The hard part for modern city dwellers is to remain still and silent anywhere from 30 minutes to two or more hours. Many prefer to nap until the first Tapir arrives, at which point your guide gently awakens you to watch the Tapir 10-20 m/33-66 ft) away below the platform. Most people feel that the wait is well worth it in order to have such a high probability of observing the rare and elusive Tapir in its rainforest home. (B, L, D)

Day 3: Manu Wildlife Center: Cocha Blanco and the Wildlife Trails.

We set off early for Cocha Blanco, an old oxbow lake full of water lilies and sunken logs. As we circle the lake on our catamaran we might encounter the resident Giant Otter family on a fishing expedition, or troops of monkeys crashing noisily through the trees. Wattled Jacanas step lightly on the lily pads, dainty Sun Grebes paddle across the water, supple-necked Anhingas air-dry their wide, black wings, and perhaps an Osprey scans for fish from a high branch.

Among the bushes near the waterline, Hoatzins, which look like rust-colored, punk chickens, announce their presence with distinctive, bizarre wheezing and grunts. Woodpeckers, tanagers, macaws, toucans and parakeets all finally come swooping into trees surrounding the lake. Many of them roost around the lake for the night.

After lunch at the lodge our guide is available to lead us on freewheeling expeditions in search of further wildlife encounters, or we may take one of the lodge’s many trails on private and personal excursions to commune with the spirits of the rainforest.

This evening, from the late afternoon until after Dinner, we offer an opportunity to search for caiman and other nocturnal life along the riverbank by boat (If the level of river allows it) (B, L, D)

Day 4: Cocha Camungo & Big Tree Canopy Tower.

Rising at dawn we board our motor-canoe to visit Cocha Camungo, an oxbow lake. Each of these forest lakes seems to have its own personality, and after circling these enchanted waters by catamaran to look birds and other lakeside fauna, we will explore the forest trails and visit the 40 m/130 ft canopy platform, set amongst the massive branches of a giant kapok tree. This platform provides a beautiful view of Cocha Camungo, as well as the forest canopy, and on very clear days we can spot the distant ranges of the Andes above the undulating treetops of the forest.

After lunch at the Center we will explore the forest trails, with the emphasis on visiting the fruiting and flowering trees that our experienced naturalist guides have been monitoring. Here we will hope to encounter more monkey species as well as numerous species of birds. Before or after supper, avid explorers will have a second chance to visit the Tapir Clay lick.

Day 5: Manu Wildlife Center – Cusco.

We leave our lodge very early on the two hour and half return boat trip downstream to the Colorado Village, the breakfast will be serve on the boat while you enjoying early morning wildlife activity as we go, of course this is a perfect time to take advantage of valuable early morning wildlife activity along the river, in additions this journey allows us to see several lowland native settlements and gold miners digging and panning gold along the banks of the Madre de Dios River.

We will stop in the far-west type gold-mining town of Colorado to start our overland journey to Puerto Carlos for 45 minutes, then you will cross the Inambari River for 15 minutes boat trip to Santa Rosa, finally a van or bus will drive us to the airport in Puerto Maldonado City, in approximately two-hours and half, from here you fly by a commercial airplane to Cusco, with a pickup and transfer assistant to your hotel your jungle adventure ended. (B)

Included

What is Included:

  • Private transfers from and to airport and hotels
  • All guided tours and outings
  • All meals and snacks while in the lodge
  • Accommodations, meals, private bathroom in cabin or room.
  • All guided tours with professional English or Spanish speaking guides
  • Drinking water and typical drinks of the Amazon

What is Not Included:

  • Airfare from Lima – Puerto Maldonado – Lima or Cusco – Puerto Maldonado – Cusco
  • Aiport exit taxes
  • Drinks and tips

Testimonials

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We just returned from an 6 day family vacation in Lima/Cusco and Machu Picchu.  did an excellent job with planning and organizing our custom vacation. We were very pleased with the organization, promptness and attentiveness of our tour coordinator. We enjoyed mountain biking, archaeological sites, hiking, and wonderful dining. I would recommend Iletours and his company highly! 5 stars!

Stephen Therrien and Family - Sophia
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We had the best time in Peru thanks to Mark and the Iletours team. We are quite
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planned and coordinated and they were very patient with us considering the many changes we
made while planning the trip. Mark, our travel advisor, was very helpful and answered all our
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We went out our honeymoon in October and used Iletours to book the whole 6 day trip. Everything went perfect; every private transport was on time, every guide spoke perfect English for our private tours. Mark arranged everything in Cusco and our guide Henry in Cusco/Sacred Valley/Machu Picchu was great! Would def.book with Iletours again when visiting Peru!

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We honestly had the trip of a lifetime. I'd highly recommend this company if your traveling to Peru.

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Nuestro primer viaje con mi familia a Machupicchu fue increíble un lugar mágico e indescriptible imaginar que antepasados de origen americano hayan construido una majestuosa ciudad encima de una montaña, montaña que tan sólo verla es imposible imaginar tan difícil proeza. Gracias por haber organizado mi viaje y brindarme un servicio de calidad con un precio altamente competitivo y bueno. Recomiendo encarecidamente a todo aquel que quiera viajar a Machu Picchu y disfrutar de hermosos paisajes pintorescos de Cuzco contar con los servicios de ILETOURS ya que su personal es muy amable. Gracias Mark!

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