Manu National Park 3 Day Tour from Cusco

Manu National Park

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The Manu National Park, considered one of the largest and richest natural reserves in the world, which allows intimate contact with nature in its most primitive and wild state.

The Manu National Park was created in 1973 to conserve representative samples of biological diversity from the tropical forest of southeastern Peru. Contribute to regional development through research, as well as the recognition and protection of cultural diversity and self-determination of the indigenous peoples of the area, located on the western edge of the Amazon basin, in the departments of Cusco and Madre de Dios, encompassing the the entire Manu river basin and has an area of ??1 ‘716,295.22 hectares.

In 1977 UNESCO designated it, in addition to the territories destined for colonization that adjoined the Park and the Manu Reserved Zone, as a Biosphere Reserve. Ten years after its recognition as such, the Manu National Park was declared a Natural Heritage of Humanity for its extraordinary universal value. This designation was a recognition by UNESCO of its World Heritage Convention program, whose purpose is to catalog, preserve and publicize sites of exceptional cultural or natural importance for the common heritage of humanity.

Our Manu National Park Tour from Cusco offers a variety of activities that take you through colonial towns and jungle towns and the incredible biological diversity of the Amazon basin. For the adventurous, there is the possibility to participate in mountain biking or rafting activities, while those who prefer to relax can choose to enjoy walks in the forest and study the life of the forest.

On this Manu National Park Tour from Cusco we can enjoy and observe the majesty of the Amazon jungle. One of the lungs of the world that welcomes you with its beautiful birds, mammals, reptiles, insects and its great variety of orchids, ferns and many other species.

During our Manu National Park 3 Day Tour, we will visit the Cloud Forest, where we will appreciate the tropical forest in a totally humid and cloudy state, we will also visit the small Port of Atalaya, then we will visit the ecological reserve called Erika. And so we will go deeper into the deep jungle of the Manu Park.


  • Departures: Daily
  • Departure time: 5:00 to 5:30 am
  • Duration: 3 Days – 2 Nights
  • What to bring: Comfortable shoes, Sunscreen, Water
  • Climate: Subject to weather conditions.


Departure from the city of Cusco very early in the morning in one of our buses.

We will cross interesting inter-Andean valleys and picturesque peasant communities.

At mid-morning we will visit the Pre-Inca Tombs of Ninamarca, known as “Chullpas” and then go to Paucartambo, a typical colonial town of great importance at that time and which still retains its flavor.

Continuing the trip we will ascend to the Acjanacu pass at 3,850 meters above sea level. and from here we begin the descent through the Cloud Forest, an area very rich in endemic species such as the Spectacled Bear and Gallito de las Rocas, orchids, bromeliads, ferns, etc.

Lunch on the route (box lunch) observing nature and then continue until we reach our Orquídeas de San Pedro Lodge, located in the cultural area of ??the Manu National Park, in the middle of the Cloud Forest at 1700 m.s.n.m. (5100 feet). Where we will spend our first night comfortably installed.

Very early with luck we will be able to appreciate the interesting courtship dance of the Gallito de las Rocas, national bird of Peru, who has a striking plumage of a very intense red-orange color installed on a camouflaged platform.

After breakfast we continue our trip by bus, crossing the high jungle, arriving at the town of Pilcopata (*), then at the port of Atalaya where we will have lunch, this place is located on the banks of the Alto Madre de Dios River, at 700 m.a.s.l. from where we will begin the descent down the river for approximately 15 minutes.

We will be able to observe the enormous diversity of existing bird species, such as herons, vultures, cormorants, etc. until we reach our lodge where we will walk along the interesting trails of this transitional point between high jungle and low jungle.

The lodge is located in a transitional zone between the High Forest and the Low Forest (500 masl – 1,550 masl), the different altitudes give rise to different habitats, thus explaining the high diversity of wildlife in the surroundings, we will walk along its interesting trails where the guide He will talk about mammals, birds, reptiles, insects, medicinal plants, etc.

Overnight at the lodge.

Very early we will board our boat in which we will navigate for 10 minutes to go to the Collpa, a clay wall of the river where the different species of parrots such as the blue-headed parrot, white-eyed parakeet and possibly the Maracano macaw (Ara severa) among others. They go down every morning to extract and lick pieces of clay that contain the minerals necessary for their dietary balance.

At the end of this daily activity, we return to our lodge, have breakfast and then board the boat to the Port of Atalaya, where the bus awaits us that will take us to the city of Cusco, we have lunch en route arriving there at night. End of the Manu National Park Tour from Cusco.

Note: The operator may take the liberty of changing the order of the activities.

It Includes:

  • Transfers as indicated in the itinerary.
  • Daily activities and excursions as indicated in the itinerary.
  • Accommodation as indicated in the itinerary.
  • Private transportation (land and river transportation allows you to carry 10/15 kilos of luggage per person)
  • Private boat
  • First aid kit
  • Bilingual naturalist guides of rainforest wildlife (English, Spanish)
  • Entrance to the Manu National Park (Reserved Zone)
  • meals as indicated in the itinerary (vegan vegetarian option, pescatarian)
  • Snacks (fresh fruits, cookies, chocolate)
  • International and Peruvian food prepared by a professional chef.
  • Purified water
  • Wellingtons
  • Biodegradable soaps

Not Included:

  • Local flights to Lima or Cusco (not included)
  • Trip cancellation insurance or any other travel insurance.
  • Additional nights during the trip due to flight cancellations or weather conditions.
  • Tips from local guides, telephone, laundry.
  • Alcoholic drinks

Note: The Manu National Park 3 Day Tour may have slight variations, depending on the reports of our experienced guides and the weather conditions, to maximize the observation of wildlife.

For the Manu National Park 3 Day Tour you will need the following equipment

What to wear:

  • Long pants and cotton shirts with leaves (preferably in green or tan colors)
  • Sneakers (covered shoes) or other low-heeled walking shoes Sunscreen Sunglasses Hat or cap

What Brig:

  • Swimsuits Sandals Personal hygiene items
  • Backpack or small backpack
  • Personal prescription drugs (if that’s the case)
  • Oilskin
  • Flashlight or headlamp
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Photocopy of passport
  • Yellow fever certificate and extra money in plastic bags.
  • Camera Binoculars
  • Your own personal water container, to be refilled at any time (this way we can reduce the use of plastic)

Note: During meals in the dining room, you can wear casual clothes and shoes or sandals. We offer rubber boots for walking in the rainforest.

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