From The Andes to The Amazon Expedition 11D / 10N
The Manu National Park has the greatest biodiversity in the Peruvian territory and therefore takes the title of biosphere area declared by UNESCO. It has more than a thousand species of birds, 250 different species of trees in a single hectare, reptiles and primates that make the area special. This expedition takes us through different altitudinal floors with unique flora and fauna of the place, as well as Machupicchu world heritage.
Day 1. Cusco – City Tour
Pick up at the airport and transfer to the hotel. In the afternoon we will have our first exploration through the picturesque city, learning about the culture, history and more.
Day 2 Cusco – Sacred Valley – Aguas Calientes
Today, we will head to the most famous valley in the world, the sacred valley. Exuberant place for its rugged mountains, fertile lands and sacred pre-Columbian cities built in the mountains and in the valley obviously. We lunch in Urubamba town, then we go to Ollantaytambo. We take a train from here to Aguas Calientes and spend a night there.
Day 3. Aguas Calientes – Machupicchu – Cusco
Your excitement for our rendezvous at Machu Picchu will rise as we are driving early in the morning through the forest to reach the Archaeological site before most other tourists – even the Inca Trail trekkers!! we will have plenty of time to explore this truly magnificent World Wonder while you enjoy the beautiful sunrise from this once-in-a-lifetime viewpoint. We will learn about this mystical place in a two-hour guided tour of the ruins.
Lunch in Aguas Calientes and in the afternoon, we take the train back to Cusco.
Day 4. Cusco – Wayquecha Lodge
Early in the morning we head towards the Manu National Park in our private van. Making multiple stops on our route, visiting the High-Andean wetland of Huacarpay, the photogenic town of Paucartambo. We arrive at the Biological Station of Wayquecha, a company that works hard in the conservation and study of the fauna and flora found there.
We spend the night here at the Wayquecha Lodge.
Day 5. Wayquecha Lodge – Cock of the rock Lodge
In the morning, we will have an exploration of the trails of the place, visiting the suspension bridge in the forest and take advantage of the morning. After lunch, we will descend to the next lodge, making stops for our photos and wildlife observation.
We spend the night at the Cock of the rock Lodge.
Day 6. Cock of the rock Lodge
We will have the whole day to explore the cloud forest of San Pedro, name like that because of the clouds generated there. We will visit the Lek of the Peru´s National bird, Cock of the rock and learn about its natural behavior. In the afternoon, we explore more the forest, taking some of the trails or walking through the road, which has better views.
Day 7. Cock of the rock Lodge – Manu Learning Center
After delicious breakfast, we take our private van to continue descending towards the next altitudinal floors. Arriving at the Atalaya village, we change the vehicle with a boat and navigate downstream the Alto Madre de Dios river for 30 minutes to reach our next destination.
We spend the night at the Manu Learning Center.
Day 8. Manu Learning Center – Manu Wildlife Center
Early in the morning, we visit the small clay lick, where we will have the chance to see some macaws such us the Blue-headed and Blue gold, and many other birds as well. After our breakfast, we keep traveling in the boat until we get the next lodge, Manu Wildlife Center, one of the most beautiful places for staying in. we get there in the afternoon, and just after our arrival, we start with the first activity, the great view tower built on top of the largest tree there.
Day 9. Manu Wildlife Center – Blanquillo Macaws clay lick
The best time for spotting wildlife is in the morning as well as in the afternoon, but the light is poor for photos. We depart from the lodge by boat and then walk for about 30min until the hideout built close to the Clay lick. Every morning or afternoon (depends on the weather), macaws, parrots, parakeets and other animals such monkeys, capybaras, among others come out from the dense vegetation and eat the mud, in order to neutralize the toxins of fruits or leaves they eat.
We go back to the lodge for lunch. In the afternoon we visit another interesting and especial place for the wildlife. The mammals clay like, where we have the chance to spot other species of monkeys, peccaries, tapir or other birds with the same reason. We come back to the lodge for dinner.
Day 10. Manu Wildlife Center – Blanco Oxbow lake
Our breakfast today will be very early. We take our boat downstream again and walk for another 15min for visiting other kind of ecosystem. We explore the lake in the catamaran and spot the wildlife as much as we can. There is a family of giant Otters living in here and lots of birds. Back to the lodge for lunch and a walk into the forest, looking for monkeys, birds or other mammals.
Day 11. Manu Wildlife Center – Cusco
Our last day in the forest. After breakfast, we depart from the lodge towards Colorado, the mining town in there. We use local vehicles until we cross the Inambari river, where our van will take us to Puerto Maldonado town and take flight to Cusco or Lima.
- All the transportation from/to Cusco (terrestrial and aerial)
- Train ticket to/from Machupicchu
- Bus ticket to/from Machupicchu
- Entrance ticket to Machupicchu site
- Experienced Bilingual Naturalist Guide
- Accommodation (in hotel and lodges)
- Duffle bag
- All food included (except the first breakfast and last lunch)
- Extra drinks (beer, pisco sour, etc.)
- Travel Insurance
- Tips for the staff (optional)
- Take extra money with you
- Good Binoculars
- Eco-friendly clothes