The Manu National Park covers an area of 20,000 sq km starting at an altitude of 4000m on the eastern slopes of the Andes north of Cusco, descending to remote virgin cloud forests containing some of the most diverse bird population on earth, and finally plunging down into lowland rainforests which are home to an astonishing variety of jungle flora and fauna.
Declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1977, the park’s remoteness and inaccessibility has helped it protect the huge tract of virgin jungle and its wildlife. As a result the Manu can boast an almost unimaginable variety of flora and fauna. It is home to 20,000 vascular plant types, more than 5000 flowering plants, 1200 species of butterfly, and an unknown quantity of insects. There are also 1000 species of birds – including hummingbirds, 7 species of macaw, parrots, toucans, hoatzins and tanagers – and 200 mammal species including jaguars, 13 species of monkey, giant otters, capybaras, ocelots, agoutis, tapirs, giant anteaters and armadillos. Reptiles – including black and white caimans, and river turtles – can also be found by the Manu River.
The reserve is best visited between June and November during the dry season.
Day 1: Cusco – Manu ‘Orquideas de San Pedro’ Jungle Lodge
Day 2: Manu ‘Erika Lodge’ Jungle Lodge
Optional (for experienced people only): Descent by mountain bike from the Cloud Forest (1700m) to Pilcopat town (700m).
Optional: At Pilcopata town we can go rafting for one hour down the Kosñipata River. We also have the opportunity to swim in the river, and enjoy the spectacular view of the Koñeq Canyon.
Day 3: Manu ‘Erika Lodge’ Jungle Lodge
New!!! Canopy tour: Our guests traverse from tree to tree and platform to platform using pulleys on horizontal traverse cables, as they sail through the treetops of the tropical rainforest canopy, and over the trails far below. Expert guides assist you in this exciting journey through the different layers of the virgin rainforest and explain what’s going on around you, from the time you leave the ground, until you rappel back down to the forest floor.