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Manu Adventurer

4 DAYS

FROM $ 465

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EXPEDITION OVERVIEW

This is an expedition of scenic drama and striking contrasts. Explore a mountain wetland habitat teeming with migrant and local waterfowl, before crossing two mountain ranges between the Cusco and the Paucartambo valley. Admire a breathtaking panorama of cloud forest and mountain giving way to the lowland rainforest plains far below us, while you have a delicious picnic lunch. Descend through the startling and rapid environmental transformations characteristic of the tropical Andes, passing through a lush and magical world of overhanging trees, giant ferns, monster begonias, countless orchids and bromeliads, and a diverse and teeming birdlife.

ITINERARY

Depart Cusco after breakfast to the first destination in the lush elfin forest region where the Andes fall away to the Amazon basin. Explore a mountain wetland habitat teeming with migrant and local waterfowl, before crossing two mountain ranges between the Cusco and the Paucartambo valley. Take leisurely stops to see mountain villages, a hilltop necropolis of chullpas (pre-Inca burial chambers), and the abrupt ridgetop of Ajanaco, which marks the final high point where the Andes begin their swoop into the Amazon basin. Admire a breathtaking panorama of cloud forest and mountain giving way to the lowland rainforest plains far below us, while you have a delicious picnic lunch. Travel down into the misty cloud forests of San Pedro, following a sinuous ribbon of road on its plunge through an extraordinary world of forested cliffs, waterfalls and gorges. Make frequent spontaneous stops, perhaps spotting a brilliantly feathered quetzal, a trogon, or the wild turkey-like Guan.

Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations: Manu Lodge

Take a secluded nature walk on the road, scouting for birds, and perhaps capuchin monkey or woolly monkey. After breakfast we continue driving, as mountains give way to low rolling hills and farmland. Now the lowland rainforest part of our journey begins. Rivers are the highways of the rainforest, and henceforth we will travel in large, comfortable dugout canoes shaded by canopy roofs and driven by powerful outboard motors. On arrival at the lodge have lunch and spend the afternoon explore the local trail system, before relaxing at the lodge to the sounds of rainforest. Whilst staying at the lodge guests will have the opportunity to learn about the human history of Manu and the challenges conserving this beautiful and fragile environment. Spend the evening relaxing while watching the sunset over the Amazon.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations: Manu Lodge

Rise and shine! early today for our main activity in this part of the Amazon, the Macaw clay-lick. Spend the day exploring the thriving ecosystems of the rainforest with your naturalist guide. Later, we visit and explore Machuwasi oxbow-lake, which harbors amazing bird species, such as the prehistoric hoatzin, kingfishers, flycatchers, and much more. This evening, follow your Naturalist into the forest to seek out the fascinating nocturnal creatures that spring to life after the sun goes down, from red-eyed tree frogs to spiny porcupines.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations: Manu Lodge

Travel out of the rainforest by boat to Atalaya village, then, head back to Cusco as your Amazon experience comes to an end. Upon arrival, connect with your flight home or consider extending your holiday.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

WHAT OUR TRAVELERS SAY ABOUT US

I spent six days hiking through the Andes with Vigner as my guide. His knowledge, sunny personality, and amazing photography skills made my week extra memorable.
I have known Natventure for some time now, and upon a return to the region, organized a private trip into Manu Biosphere Reserve. We could not have asked for
When you go on a vacation, most of the time you are looking to disconnect from the world, relax, recoup, and just enjoy your time. This tour provided all of the above

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• All our specialists have travelled extensively or lived in Peru • The same specialist will handle your Expedition from start to finish • Make the most of your time and budget

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• Reduce food waste by 50% across all hotels and ships by 2025 • Eliminate as many unnecessary single use plastics from our operations and itineraries by 2022 • Source 50% of our electricity from renewable sources by 2025.