Manu Cultural Zone
Cusco, Manu, Cusco
04 Days, 03 Nights
Manu is considered the most important rainforest park in the world offering the fabled city of Cusco and the mythical Inca citadel of Machu Picchu as its gateway.
This natural paradise offers the best conditions for observing and photographing wildlife thanks to innate conditions that can only be found in the Pristina area of the Manu National Park.
The Manu Cultural Zone is one of the three zones from Manu National Park which covers high mountains, cloud forest and low jungle. In this area there are small villages, and native communities working in productive activities such as agriculture and lumber at a low scale, since this activities are controlled by the Ministry of Agriculture and Park Authorities. Manu National park (UNESCO) is situated in the Peruvian part of the Amazon basin and is one of the world´s great wilderness areas where wildlife is still undisturbed and plentiful. More than 15.000 plant species, over 1000 bird species and 200 species of mammals have been identified in the Manu National Park.
CUSCO – COCK OF ROCK – ORQUIDEAS DE SAN PEDRO LODGE
We leave Cusco early in the morning in one of our vehicles. Approximately mid-morning we visit the interesting tombs of Ninamarca, commonly known as “Chullpas”. We continue to Paucartambo, a picturesque Spanish colonial town, and then to the Acjanacu pass, which marks the beginning of the Cultural Zone of Manu Biosphere Reserve. Here, a thick cloak of clouds provides perpetual humidity and makes an ideal habitat for epiphytic plants such as bromeliads. This varied and fascinating world is home of the Cock of the Rock, Spectacled Bear, Orchids, Tree Ferns (one of the oldest living plants), mosses and lichens. This cloud forest exists between 2,000 and 3,500 m.a.s.l. and at least 50% of the plant species found here are endemic to this region. We have lunch on the way with a spectacular view, then we continue overnight in our “Orquídeas de San Pedro Lodge”.
Meals: Lunch and Dinner.
PILCOPATA- PRIVATE RESERVE OF ERIKA
Today we wake up very early to observe the Cock of the Rock (Rupicola peruviana), Peru’s national bird from a platform. The male birds are a vibrant reddish orange, and as many as several dozen come together for an exhibition of a mating ritual dance in a place called Lek. The males display their crest, showing off and posturing for the females. The females, fewer in number, watch to select the most suitable males. After breakfast we continue in our vehicle down the narrow road between waterfalls and canyons toward the town of Pilcopata (*1) and then to Atalaya Port where we have lunch, here we board our covered, outboard motor boat and head down the Alto Madre de Dios River for approximately 50 minutes toward our private reserve of “Erika” a comfortable / rustic lodge owned also by Manu Adventures where we will hike through the interesting trail system that this transitional area between high and low jungle offers. Overnight at the lodge.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Erika Lodge is located in a transition zone between high and low jungle (500 m.a.s.l. to 1,150 m.a.s.l), After the breakfast you guide explains the different habitats, altitude range and the high diversity of wildlife found around this lodge, so immediately after breakfast, we will start walking near the riverbanks, during the hike our guide will talk about insects, medicinal plants, trees, reptiles, mammals, etc. We have lunch then we board our boat, and after five minutes, we will walk for another 30 minutes approximately though a very nice trail to observe and talk about the interesting flora fond such as sensitive plants, heliconias, fruit plantations, etc. until we arrive to Machuwasi Lake where with the help of a telescope we can observe great egrets, tucanets, carpenters, Keskadees, cardinals, etc. Short night walk to observe American bullfrogs, horned frogs, tree frogs and an incredible variety of insects.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
PARROT CLAY LICK – ERIKA LODGE – RETURN TO CUSCO
This day we will get up very early to board our boat again for only five minutes down river to our Parrot clay Lick called “Collpa” on the riverbanks, where many species of parrots such as the blue headed parrot, white-eyed parakeet, feed for mineral and salt supplements to their diet of seeds and fruits. We return to Erika lodge have breakfast immediately we board our boat to Atalaya Port where the bus will drive us back to Cusco city; we have lunch on the way, arriving late in the evening.
Meals: Breakfast and lunch.
PRECIO POR PERSONA EN DOLARES AMERICANOS
** Salidas diarias – mínimo 04 pasajeros **
The breakfast and mineral water, only for the first day, some kind of drinks such as beers or sodas, tips and the last dinner.
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