BIOSTATION PROGRAM 8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS
Price per Person:
UD$820 (8 days)
This trip can be shortened to 6 days if you take a flight out to
Manu rather than the bus. In this case the cost is US$1020 per
person and the departure date is 2 days later than the fixed
dates given below.
departures for Manu 2007:
March: 8, 22.
April: 5, 12, 19, 26.
May: 3., 7., 10, 14., 17., 21., 24., 28.
June: 4., 7., 11., 14., 18., 21., 25., 28.
July: 2., 5., 9., 12., 16., 19., 23., 26., 30.
August: 2., 6., 9., 13., 16., 20., 23., 27., 30.
September: 6., 13., 20.,27.
October: 4., 11., 18., 25.
November: 1., 8., 15., 22., 29.
December: 6., 13., 20., 27.
CUSCO TO PILCOPATA:
We take a 11 hour bus trip from the city of Cusco ascending to
the high mountain area at 4200 m (14,000 feet). After a short
stop in Ninamarca, to see the pre-Inca cemetery, and Paucartambo
village, we descend the eastern slopes of the Andes through
cloud forest with lush vegetation (ferns, orchids, etc.) to the
lowland rainforest on the Madre de Dios and Manu Rivers. You
will enjoy spectacular views of the Andes and may see wildlife
such as our national bird, the Cock of the Rocks (Rupicola
peruviana) inside a hiding place next to the lek, brilliantly
colored Tanagers and Hummingbirds and with some luck the first
monkeys, as e.g. the Woolly Monkey. We spend the night in a
lodge in Pilcopata.
PILCOPATA TO MAQUISAPAYOJ:
After breakfast we travel another 2 1/2 hours by bus to Atalaya,
at 500 m. Here we embark on an 8 hour journey in a 15-meter
motorized canoe down the Alto Madre de Dios River. Today we have
the opportunity to see wildlife along the rocky banks of the
river, such as Fasciated Tiger Herons, Purplish Jays, King
Vultures and some of the 13 species of monkeys that live in
Manu. In the afternoon we arrive at Maquisapayoj (place of the
Black Spider Monkey). Here we walk to the Mammal Salt Lick at
night – where we can observe the Tapir with some luck - and camp
for the night.
MAQUISAPAYOJ TO BLANQUILLO:
After exploring the trails around Maquisapayoj we travel
downriver for half an hour to get to Blanquillo, our base camp
for the next days. We visit Cocha (lake) Blanco to observe the
family of Giant River Otters, monkeys (e.g. Red Howler Monkey),
caimans and different varieties of birds. We camp at Blanquillo.
Optional night walk before dinner and a shower!
BLANCO MACAW LICK AND CAMUNGO LAKE:
Early in the morning we walk about 1/2 an hour to Blanco Macaw
Clay Lick. From the blind we can observe flocks of Macaws (Ara
chloroptera, - ararauna, - macao), Parrots and Parakeets
arriving to eat the clay. After the spectacle we have the
opportunity to climb a 42 m tower at Camungo lake to get a great
canopy view and observe birds. Later we explore the trails
around Blanquillo. The night is spent at Blanquillo. Optional
night walk (to see insects, frogs, snakes etc.).
Today we have another opportunity to look for the Giant Otters,
to explore the Blanco River on dugout canoes, or to observe
Macaws at the Macaw Clay Lick. After lunch we head for the Black
Lagoon, to fish piranhas or catfish. The night is spent at
Blanquillo. Optional night walk
BLANQUILLO TO YANAYACU OR CUSCO:
We start making our
way back to Cusco. Either by plane from Boca Manu to Cusco or
onwards to Yanayacu by boat. We have a short visit to Boca Manu
and the Piro native Diamante village and continue further
upriver to camp on the beach for this night.
YANAYACU TO PILCOPATA:
On this day, we travel upriver, make a stop for a swim at Aguas
Calientes (hot springs) and continue to Atalaya from where we
travel for another hour by bus to Pilcopata town. Here we spend
the night in a lodge.
DAY 8 :
RETURN TO CUSCO:
Today we travel for 9 hours up to the Andes to return to Cusco
around 4 p.m.
Guide specialized in Manu, specialized birding guide on request
to National Park
(three meals per day, vegetarian on request)
bus and boat transportation
equipment,mosquito netting (except your personal sleeping bag)
to Macaw Clay Lick, Lakes
Things you should
bring for the Manu Trip:
sleeved shirts (cotton is better)
(you can also rent them from)
and films (400 and 200 ASA)
bags for clothes and camera etc.
things (soap, toilet paper. towel etc.)
blocker, sun glasses
bag (can also be rented)
(with spare bulb and batteries)
boots ( only in rainy season, Jan. -April)
information and details how to make a booking please email
Andean Enjoy Perú at: Info@andeanenjoyperu.com