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Manu National Park from Cusco

Explore the cultural zone of this World Biosphere Reserve during 4 days

Cusco
4 days
English & Spanish
Starts: Pick up at your accommodation in downtown Cusco between 7:00 and 7:30 a.m.
Ends: To your accommodation in the center of Cusco between 5:00 and 6:00 p.m.
Free cancellation!
Briefing

During this tour to Manu National Park from Cusco, you will access the cultural zone of the park. Manu has been declared a World Biosphere Reserve and is a true natural paradise that is home to a great biological diversity. We will visit different ecosystems such as the Andean, high Andean, tropical and subtropical, experiencing 4 days of nature from the inside in a unique experience that you will always remember.

Want to know more? Continue reading 😉

Tour details

Included

  • Transportation from Cuzco and river transportation during the tour
  • Specialized bilingual guide
  • Accommodation: 1 night at the Orquídeas de San Pedro hostel and 2 nights at the Erika lodge
  • All meals (vegetarian option available)
  • First aid kit
  • Beverages*

Not included

  • First day breakfast
  • Last day dinner
  • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages
  • Entrance to the National Park of Manu Waiting to confirm price in soles

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation! You can cancel this tour and you'll receive 100% refund of the amount paid if you cancel more than 72 hours in advance. After this time, or in case you do not show up, no refunds will be given.

Tour itinerary

DAY 1

Accommodation: Orquídeas de San Pedro Lodge

Departure from Cuzco and Paucartambo

The guide will pick us up at our hotel in Cusco between 7:00 and 7:30 a.m. to start our tour to Manu National Park from Cusco in 4 days.  We will start our journey by road through the beautiful landscapes of inter-Andean valleys and local communities. We will visit the beautiful colonial town of Paucartambo and its picturesque main square which is considered a historical monument of Peru.

Paucartambo main square

Cloud forest ☁️ and San Pedro Orchids

We will continue on the route and stop for lunch along the way. Our next destination is the Cloud Forest, home to numerous endemic species, such as the cock of the rock, declared the national bird of Peru. After being fascinated by these incredible landscapes we will head to the San Pedro Orchids Lodge, where we will have dinner and spend the night.

mountains abouve clouds in manu national park

DAY 2

Accommodation: Erika Lodge

Cock of the Rocks, Koñeq and upper Madre de Dios rivers

Today we will wake up early to see the Cock of the Rock in its ritual dance to find a mate. After this natural spectacle, we will have breakfast and go to Pilcopata. 

🚣Free of charge and optional, we can take a one hour canoe trip on the Koñeq and upper Madre de Dios rivers. Are you going to miss it?

Cock of the Rocksin orange and blue

Puerto Atalaya and Erika Lodge

Afterward in Puerto Atalaya, you will start the descent by boat from where you will have the chance to see incredible species of birds such as vultures, cormorants, and herons. You will arrive at the "Erika" Private Reserve and walk to the lodge where you will spend the night.

bird in lagoon Puerto Atalaya

DAY 3

Accommodation: Erika Lodge

Machuwasi Lagoon 🐒🐊

After an early breakfast, we will start a hike through the Manu National Park. We will board the boat to cross the river and continue walking while the guide shows us the very interesting flora that grows in the place. We will arrive at the Machuwasi lagoon and board the canoes from where we will observe the hoatzin bird, monkeys, capybaras and even caimans.

group of capybaran on machuwasi lagoon

Return to Erika Lodge and night walk

After dinner, we will take a night walk where we can observe the jungle life at night, full of sounds and different insects and amphibians among others.

women in the zip line of erika lodge in manu

DAY 4

Parrot Clay Lick 🦜

We will start our last day with an early breakfast and then take the boat to the parrot clay lick. We will see a clay wall where parrots come to scratch their salts and minerals.

group of parrots clay lick manu national park

Return to Cusco

We will return to the Erika lodge to pick up our things and head to Puerto de Atalaya, the end of our Manu National Park from Cusco tour. From here, we will take the bus that will take us back to Cusco.

panoramic views of the manu national park

What to bring to Manu National Park from Cusco

  • Towel for the whole trip
  • Medicines and personal hygiene products
  • Slippers or hiking shoes and sandals
  • Flashlight with batteries
  • Hat or cap - sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Insect repellent (especially suitable for tropical areas)
  • Waterproof - long-sleeved shirts - cotton pants and swimwear
  • A piece of warm clothing
  • Binoculars and Camera
  • Luggage backpack and small backpack plastic bags
  • Plastic bags

Where does the tour Manu National Park from Cusco start

Cuzco is the main tourist city of Peru and is very well connected. If you plan to arrive from Lima, you can get to Cuzco by bus (24 hour trip) or take a one hour flight. You can choose between low cost airlines like Peruvian Airlines, LCP or StarPeru or full-service airlines like Latam and Avianca. If you plan to arrive from Arequipa the bus ride to Cuzco will roughly takes ten hours. Alternatively you can also arrive by plane, in this case, however, the only airline that offers direct flights is Latam Airlines. If you plan to arrive from Puno, the best option is to take a bus on a a six hour trip. We also offer the possibility to take a tourist bus route that stops in the most important places and landmarks along the way, leaving Puno at 7:00 am and arriving at Cuzco at 5:30 pm.

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