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Express Manu Reserved Zone 5D/4N

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Express Manu Reserved Zone 5D/4N

The Manu National Park is a protected natural space located in the southeast of Peru, partially located in the departments of Madre de Dios and Cusco, in the provinces of Manu and Paucartambo.

If Machu Picchu is the jewel in the crown of the Andean country in terms of Inca culture, Manu National Park is number one in the category of jungle and wild nature. It is a magical place, isolated and one of the last bastions of this fragile ecosystem that still remains practically intact.

The Manu Biosphere Reserve is divided into several areas that should be understood so as not to lead to misunderstandings. These are the Manu National Park and the Manu Cultural Zone.

Manu National Park is the largest area with 100% protection and in turn it is also divided into two more zones.

The intangible zone is where the “uncontacted” tribes live in voluntary isolation and where one of the world renowned biological stations, called Cocha Cashu, is located. As a tourist you are not allowed to access this area since it is dedicated only to research and a special permit is required. It is located from the Pakitza checkpoint, from the Manu river and from the left bank onwards from the Alto Madre de Dios river.

The reserved area or buffer zone where tourism has access only through the 8 agencies that have special permission. It goes from the confluence of the Alto Madre de Dios and Manu rivers, called Boca Manu to the Pakitza checkpoint.

Manu cultural zone, it is located on the right bank of the Alto Madre de Dios and some of its tributaries. Matsiguenka communities live here and the level of protection is not as high as in the National Park area. Tourism is also allowed here although, as its name suggests, it is based more on knowing the local cultures than on wildlife watching.

Highlights of our Express Manu Reserved Zone

To provide you with a great experience in the manu reserved zone in just 5 days we selected the lodges (basic rustic accomodation but clean) that are located inside the reserved area of the Manu National Park.

“Incas Path”. It is an innovative travel agency that has professional guides accredited by DIRCETUR and are very knowledgeable about the flora and fauna of the area and love sharing their passion for nature.

In addition to all of the above we will visit the amazing blanquillo private reserve to see a fantastic mammal clay lick where we will see red deer, porcupines, armadillos, peccaries, deer, giant anteater, capybara, tapirs, and even felines like jaguars, ocelot, margay and even pumas; we will also visit two more oxbow lakes to look for different wildlife, a macaw clay lick and a huge kapok tree viewpoint to enjoy an incredible sunset and howler monkeys swinging from tree to tree.

I would like to tell you, we have a 45 % chance of seeing to one of these guys near the Alto Madre de Dios river.

Trip overview of our Express Manu Reserved Zone

  • Trek Type: Connection with nature, animal watching, typical jungle food and walks in the jungle.
  • Good for: those in moderate shape or better
  • Difficulty: moderate to rigorous; you need to understand that it is not about comfort but in exchange you get to leave everything behind and live an amazing experience in the forest
  • Consideration: Consideration: not hot showers and not electricity in lodges (basic accomodation but clean) and always keep in mind that you are going to the jungle and you will be in direct contact with many types of insects (thick presence of mosquitoes) and animals, the wheater is hot and humid, the paths are usually muddy due the humidity of the amazon forest and to see animals we need a little bit of luck and to keep our eyes up.

In addition to all of the above, we have a unique itinerary of just 5 days that will take you into the depths of the Manu National Park, one of the most biodiverse places in the world and least explored by tourists due to its remoteness; Keep in mind that there are many hours where we will be sitting in the car or on the boat observing wildlife.

  • Season: April to Octuber

DAY 01:  Cusco- Cloud Forest-San Fernando Farm.

  • Activities:  one hour walk to observe birds and horse riding
  • Lodge altitude: 689 meters above sea level
  • Considered: 7 hour car drive
  • Weather: warm and humid with mosquitoes

To start with our express Manu reserved zone program we pick you up from your hotels at 5:00 am, on a 6-hour car trip to our lodge in the Kcosñipata valley, after an hour and a half we will make a stop to visit the Chullpas of Ninamarca (Pre-Inka cemetery ); in this place we will also enjoy our packed breakfast.

Then we will descend for 30 minutes through inter-Andean valleys to the town of Paucartambo, a place with a lot of history and known as the Folkloric capital of Peru located at 2900 m.a.s.l., after making a small stop in this beautiful town, we headed for an hour to Acjanaco located at 3560 m.a.s.l.; Acjanaco is the entry point to the Manu National Park, from this place we  descend through the cloud forest where we will take a one-hour walk in order to observe orchids and diversity of birds such as the Andean quetzal and the cock of the rocks. which is the national bird of Peru.

After the one-hour walk, we will stop at a viewpoint for an open-air lunch and appreciate the beautiful view of the start of the vast Amazon plain; then we continue for two more hours towards the house of my family the san fernando farm.

Once we arrive at the San Fernando farm we will show you their rooms and then do horse ride with a glorious sunset in the beautiful pastureland of the farm.

At night we will enjoy tea time with jungle stories and also our organic dinner and then rest after a long trip to the Manu reserved zone.

** Little by Little we entry into the peruvian amazon jungle plain

 

DAY 02: San FernandoAlto Madre de Dios River- Boca Manu- Blanquillo Lodge.

  • Activities: a lot of observation of jungle wildlife from the boat and night walk in the forest
  • Lodge altitude: 300 meters above sea level
  • Considered: 7 hour motorized boat drive
  • Weather: hot and humid with mosquitoes

After a delicious and energetical breakfast, we start our journey to the reserved zone of the Manu National Park, we will visit a coca leaf plantation, which is the main ingredient of cocaine; then we will drive a car for an hour and a half to the port of Atalaya, from where we embarked on the Alto Madre de Dios River for 7 hours to the native community of Boca Manu, during this 7 hour boat ride we will have the opportunity to observe different types of colorful birds such as herons, kingfisher, neotropical cormorans and bigger animals such as turtles and monkeys jumping from tree to tree on the river bank.

We will arrive at our lodge around 5 pm, we settle into our rooms and rest for a while after a long canoe trip on the Manu jungle trip; at night we will take a jungle walk to recognize different types of spiders, tarantulas, frogs, insects and snakes.

** Amazing day into the Manu jungle trip to be amazed by the creatures of the peruvian amazon jungle.

DAY 3: Blanquillo Lodge- Macaw Clay Lick- Camungo Oxbow Lake- Kapok Tree tower.

  • Activities: observation of macaws in a clay lick, exploration of an oxbow lake and bird watching from a high tower built next to a kapok tree.
  • Lodge altitude: 300 meters above sea level
  • Considered: fantastic day to delight jungle creatures
  • Weather: hot and humid with mosquitoes

To start with our express manu reserved zone we will wake up before sunrise at 4:30 am and head to the most important macaw clay lick on the planet: the Blanquillo macaw clay lick, after a 15 minute boat ride and a 45 minute walk through a secondary forest, we will reach the fabolous clay lick.

A big wooden structure located only 50 meters away from the macaw clay lick enables you to have the best possible position for the show that will be displayed by the birds; as soon as the sun rises over century old trees, an explosion of life and color will burst in front of our eyes with hundreds of parrots and dozens of macaws will eat clay in order to get their right PH balance leveled.

Here also we will have our box breakfast while we enjoy an incredible display of colors and why not mention that we can see predators of these birds such as great black hawks and jaguars.

Continuing with our express manu reserved zone, we will come back to our lodge to enjoy our rewarding lunch, then after digesting we will hike 30 minutes to the camungo oxbow lake that houses families of giant river otters, kingfishers, flycatchers and herons; we will delight the ride through a paddle catamaran from where we can take priceless pictures.

No visit to this oxbow lake is complete without stopping at the observation tower, which is the biggest observation tower in the peruvian amazon jungle, it is built next to a huge kapok tree and situated 50 meters above the forest ground; Once we are at the top, we will see jacamars hunting, monkeys swinging, and mixed flocks carrying up to 100 bird species flying next to us.

After this highlight activity, we will return to the lodge to rest and have a delicious dinner after a day full of activities inside the manu reserved zone.

** Wonderful day inside the manu reserved zone to be in connection with the creatures of our mother earth.

DAY 4: Blanquillo Lodge- Blanco Oxbow Lake- Mammal Clay Lick.

  • Activities: observation of black caimans, giant otters, hoatzins in the lake peccaries, red deer, tapir, armadillo, giant anteater, etc in a clay lick.
  • Lodge altitude: 280 meters above sea level
  • Considered: fantastic day to see jaguar with a bit of luck
  • Weather: hot and humid with mosquitoes

To start this day, full of energies we will have an early and healthy breakfast, we will dedicate most of this day to visit the most important oxbow lake in the area; along the way to the Blanco oxbow lake that is a 10 minute boat ride would not be rare to see peccaries, capybaras and other mammals walking in the river bank, it is also common for visitors to delight themselves with great views of Jaguars resting and sunbathing in the early morning sun, after long nights of hunting.

Once on the lake, we will paddle in a catamaran and navigate through the waters filled with giant river otters, black caimans and other top predators; groups of monkeys are easily seen feeding on the fruiting trees next the lake; this lake is actually famous around the region for due you can spot more than 600 species of birds.

Continuing with our express manu reserved zone program, we will head back to the lodge for another delicious lunch and a resting time,

succeeding our lunch, we will get to visit a mammals clay lick; after walking for one hour, we will arrive to the mammal clay lick where we can lay down on unique tents we have permanently set up and wait until  tapirs, peccaries, capybaras and even jaguars come to eat clay.

At night we will have a very nice dinner and enjoy our last night at our lodge Blanquillo, inside the manu reserved zone and under the staggering scenery of shining stars and a splendid moon.

** Marvelous day inside the manu jungle to be enchanted by the most hard seeing mammals in the amazonian jungle.

 

DAY 5: Blanquillo- Boca Colorado- Santa Rosa- Cusco

After our delicious early breakfast we will sail downstream in our motorized boat towards Boca Colorado for 3 hours, here we will say goodbye to the boatman and crew who accompanied us during our visit to the Manu National Park, from here we will ride a private cab for one hour to Puerto Punkiri (why the taxi? because our transportation cannot enter to Boca Colorado).

Then we will cross the Inambari river by a local boat towards Puerto Carlos for 20 minutes; in this place our private transport will be waiting for you and then make a 6 hour trip on the interoceanic route to the city of Cusco where we will arrive by 5 pm.

** Our service is from the door of your hotel to the Manu reserved zone and then back to the door of your hotel again.

 

Important Note: If you would not like to travel many hours by bus to Cusco, we can bring you for two hour and a half hour to the airport at Puerto Maldonado where we will arrive at 2:00 pm and from where you can fly to Cusco or Lima ( the flight tickets are not included).

Included on the Express Manu Reserved Zone

 

Professional local english speaker Guides: all our super tour guides grewp up in Madre de Dios region and studied tourism for five years at university, they are friendly, funny charming, knowledgeable, professional and will care your safety into our express manu reserved zone

Permits:  As soon as we get your details and deposit, we will purchase your permits for the express manu reserved zone.

Briefing: The night before your trip, you will come to our office for your informative meeting; you will receive your duffle bag to you bring essential items for this manu jungle trip.

Lodge: This manu jungle trip includes four night in basic lodges in Manu National Park; the lodge we book will be listed on your invoice. Be aware that there is not hot showers in the lodge and electricity just works for two hours at night if you want charge any device.

Transportation: Incas Path will be providing all transportation for this manu jungle trip. You will be picked up from your hotel at 5 am and brought to the peruvian amazon jungle; we also include all boat and car transportation that we will need on this 5 day jungle trip.

Food: Our express manu reserved zone includes expert chefs who will cook delicious meals that many previous tourist have loved. We honor all food restrictions, so be sure to add any that you have on your booking form and let us know. Food is typically all served as buffet.

Water: From the first lunch to the end of our express manu reserved zone we include water. You must bring personal water bottles and or a camelback, we advice you to bring a bottle or camelback of 1.5 litters, as being well hydrated is the key to feeling great in the amazon jungle.

Details: we profess that it is the attention to small details that separates us from other travel agencies. Each tourist receives wellington boots

First Aid: Every guide has got training in first aid from a clinic and firemen. We elaborate mandatory training sessions every February on the Manu National Park, which every Incas Path tour guide must attend. Your tour leader is going to have always a first-aid kit for basic medical problems.

Not Included on the Express Manu Reserved Zone

 

Due to the remote location of the Manu National Park and the lodges some ítems listed below are not included:

  • Daypack: We suggest you to use a daypack that not exceed 25L to carry passport, water, sunhat, sunglasses, suncream, bug spray, rain jacket and a warm jacket
  • Binocular
  • Hot Shower
  • Electricity
  • Snacks
  • Flight tickets or bus tickets
  • Gratuities for our staff: Incas Path ensures all staff are fairly paid and therefore gratuities are optional and at your own discretion
  • Travel Insurance: Highly recommended for all tourist

Prices

We would love to tour this express manu reserved zone with you and your loved ones and take care of immortalizing your visit to the peruvian jungle. We can leave any day from April to Octuber as it is the dry season in the Manu National Park

Group Price (2020):

  • $1500 per person

Private Tour:

Private tours are available and priced by party size.

  • 2 Tourist: $980 per person
    3 Tourist: $925 per person
    4 Tourist: $870 per person
    5 Tourist: $815 per person
    6 Tourist: $760 per person
    7 Tourist: $705 per person
    8 or more Tourist: $650 per person

Please send everything to incaspath@hotmail.com

Packing list

We suggest you to carry lightweight daypack that the is key to feeling good during this express manu reserved zone.

Essentials:

  • Original Passport,
  • Immigration Card (given on the plane as you enter Peru)
  • Bug spray; 100 DEET
  • Good daypack
  • Water storage: Water reservoir like Camelbaks are encouraged – but enough for at least 2-3 liters.
  • Comfortable hiking shoes (lightweight with good soles)

** we provide wellington boots

For Your Duffel: we will carry up to 7 kg of your personal items

  • 05 long-sleeved shirts: (al least for the days you will be in the excursion and avoid black colors as they atract easily the flyes and mosquitoes)
  • 04 tank top, for the nights as there is not air conditiong but there is mosquito nets in the beds.
  • 02 quick dry full-length pants
  • 05 Socks: you should have comfortable hiking style socks that are mid to long length.
  • Sunhat
  • Rain jacket and plastic poncho
  • Fleece
  • Rain jacket
  • Camera
  • Power bank
  • Headlamp
  • Binoculars
  • Swimming suit
  • Flip flops or sandals
  • Music (IPhone)
  • Handsanitizer
  • Extra Money for Souvenirs, Drinks & Tips
  • Personal medication
  • Sunscreen
  • Face Wipes: the humidity will cause you to sweat
  • Deodorant, you will use more than normal due to the sweat
  • ziplocks or resealable plastic storage bags
  • Anti-Itch Cream

Journey Info

Arriving to Cusco

The airport in Cusco at the present time is only for domestic flights, so all international travelers by plane must disembark in Lima and go through Customs. Even if your flight to Cusco is the same day by the same airline carrier, you must grab your bags in Lima and then check them back in.

The best way to arrive to Cusco is by air and there are several options in airlines. LATAM tends to be the most expensive, but has the most options and flights.

Expect delays or flight cancellations; due to the high altitude of the andes, it tends to be difficult to land and any weather inconvenience will stop air traffic.

Bus travel is always available and while the trip can be long, especially from Lima, the buses company such as Cruz del Sur or Oltursa are very well maintained and comfortable; this option is strongly encouraged if coming from a city closer to Cusco like Arequipa or Puno.

Luggage Storage

Any extra luggage you have with you, can be left safely in Cusco at either your hotel or with us at the Incas Path deposit while you enjoy your tour: We will grab the extra luggage from you the morning of your tour and return once you are back in Cusco.

Make sure your suitcase have some kind of identification on them so they are easy to locate.

Weather

Of course weather is unpredictable. Typically the dry season in the Manu National Park is from April through October, but this does not stop rain from falling in June or the sun from coming out in December, just be prepared; no matter what month you are doing the manu jungle trip, please make sure that you have rain gear that includes a waterproof jacket, pants and plastic ponchos.

Travel Insurance

To protect your journey investment, we highly recommend the purchase of travel insurance; acquiring travel insurance before you leave home, is strongly encouraged and very easy.

These are the most used vaccines to travel to the Jungle

In this post we cite the vaccines to travel to the Peruvian jungle, according to the activity that the traveler will perform in these jungle areas. In addition, the information was consulted from important sources such as the websites of the Ministry of Health of Peru and also of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention of the United States. Keep informing yourself!

 

Although at the Jorge Chavez Airport you will not be asked about your vaccination status; in some countries they do require a vaccination certificate, therefore it is better to be prevented and to inform yourself in the authorized International Vaccination Center of your country about what you should apply before traveling.

Remember that vaccines avoid possible infectious problems during the trip and also to keep your immunizations up to date.

What animal could infect it in the jungle?

Well, mosquitoes are the bearers of the fearsome diseases causing deaths on the planet. We are talking about insect bites infected with Malaria, Yellow Fever and even Dengue.

It is probably the most dangerous animal in the Amazon rainforest, even more so than piranhas, anacondas or fierce jaguars.

Without vaccination even the bite of an infected mosquito could ruin your vacation.

 

What do the authorities tell us about getting vaccinated?

According to the website of the Ministry of Health of Peru (MINSA), the risks of contracting Malaria is latent in many areas of Peru, with the exception of the departments of Arequipa, Moquegua, Puno, Tacna and Lima in its surroundings, nor in the coastal area South of Lima, also in the high tourist areas: Cuzco, Machu Pichu and Lake Titicaca. Likewise, Puerto Maldonado and the Manu National Park and other endemic geographical areas of Peru are mentioned as a risk zone.

If you travel to the Peruvian jungle it is better to consult the doctor who keeps your health history, at least 4 weeks before making the trip. So that the doctor explains you about the type of vaccine that you should apply and with enough anticipation for them to take effect in the body.

In the case of the Peruvian Ministry of Health, the Yellow Fever vaccine and Malaria prophylaxis in risk areas is recommended.

On the other hand, on the website of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention of the United States (or CDC), it recommends to travelers that they will visit Peru, some important vaccines depending on particular cases.

For example, considering the type of tourism to be made, travel time or direct contact with animals or people due to visits for study or scientific purposes.

 

THESE ARE THE VACCINES TO TRAVEL TO THE JUNGLE OF PERU

Under this order of ideas, these are the vaccines referred by the CDC:

Hepatitis A: Vaccination is recommended to all travelers to Peru.

Hepatitis B: Vaccination is recommended to all people traveling to Peru, especially those who may have exposure to blood or body fluids through the granting or receipt of medical care, drug injections, tattoos or sexual contact with the local population.

Typhoid Fever: Vaccination is recommended to all visitors to tropical areas of South America. Especially for those who remain in rural areas where exposure could occur due to the consumption of contaminated food or water.

Yellow Fever: The vaccine against this viral infection is highly recommended for trips to the Amazon and the southern Amazon basin. The vaccination should be administered at least 10 days before your arrival and at 10-year intervals, if you decide to stay.

Rabies: Vaccination is only recommended for individuals with a higher risk of exposure in the performance of their work, which often develops for prolonged periods in areas considered high risk for this disease.

Let us mention the case of veterinarians or wildlife researchers, whose occupation requires them to have direct contact with bats, dogs, stray cats, or other mammals.

Where to get vaccinated in Lima?

The International Vaccination Center, located in the city of Lima, Avenida del ejército, block 17, San Isidro district.