Peru: Manu Cloud Forest Lodge (4-days)
The Manu Cloud Forest Lodge site is located between forest-covered slopes and adjacent waterfalls and streams providing ideal habitat for birds and wildlife.
Some of the attractions of the lodge include one "lek" or dancing ground of Andean Coc-of-the Rock, which are nearly crow-sized, bright red birds in the Cotinga family. Troops of acrobatic Woolly Monkeys are also frequently sighted.
An ornithological census by John Arvin, a renowned tropical ornithologist, shows a list that exceeds 700 species of birds in the transect from the grasslands to the lowlands of the Upper Madre de Dios River port of Atalaya. Some of the amenities of the lodge include private bathrooms with hot water, private verandas overlooking the pristine Union creek, and a sauna to relax after the daily activities.
2017 - 2018 Departure Dates and Costs
Departures each Sunday from Cusco: $ 925 USD per person.
Add $ 150 for private departures available on a daily basis.
Single Supplement $ 255 USD
see also our fixed departures dates for our 7 - 8 day trips that combine the Cloud Forest Lodge with Manu Amazon Lodge departing from Cusco.
DAY 1: CUSCO/MANU CLOUD FOREST LODGE
Early morning departure to the cloud forest of the southeastern boundary of Manu Park, nested between the grasslands and the lowlands of the Upper Madre de Dios River. We travel southeast through small Andean villages and observe cameloid shepherds and native peasants in their colorful attire. We travel at leisure making several stops along the way, including the colonial town of Paucartambo, the gateway to the rainforest since pre-Inka times.
Arrival at the Acjanaco Andean pass, located at the southern-most tip of the Manu Park in the grasslands overlooking the Amazon Basin. We will offer you the chance to get in touch with this very special kind of habitat by trekking down different sections of the road through a moss and lichen-carpeted kingdom. A perfect occasion to learn about the natural history on the eastern slopes of the Andes. We might have the opportunity to spot the many species of ferns, lichens, bromeliads and orchids (e.g., Odontoglossum, Epidendrum, Pachyphyllum, Stelis, Scaphyglotis). We may also have a chance to spot several species of raptors (Black-and-Chestnut Eagle, Mountain Caracara, Black-chested Buzzard Eagle and Puna Hawk).
Optional mountain biking for those with the energy and a sense of adventure you can descend effortlessly down a single-lane dirt road through this most scenic and beautiful heartland of the cloud forests. Let us know at time of booking if you would like to add this option. We reach the Manu Cloud Forest Lodge to have a relaxing evening by the lodge's veranda. The sound of the Union Creek or a visit to the lodge's sauna will put us into a pleasant sleep.
DAY 02: MANU CLOUD FOREST
The lush and misty cloud forest is perhaps the most fragile and threatened type of rainforest. This forest starts at an elevation of 11,000 feet and continues down to about 5,000 feet and covers the eastern slopes of the Andes before yielding to the vast lowland forest of the Amazon. This is a kingdom of moss, lichens, ferns, and orchids.
Early morning excursion to a nearby platform and blind strategically located to see a "lek" where the brightly red-colored Coc-of-the Rock display daily for the females. Afterwards we return to our lodge for a hearty breakfast. Later in the morning, we will have the opportunity to explore the Mirador Trail, and the beautiful scenery of the cloud forest. This is another good chance to try our luck to see Woolly Monkeys, Emerald Toucanet, Torrent Duck, Golden-headed Quetzal, Gray-breasted Mountain Toucan, Amazonian Umbrella Bird, Blue-banded Toucanet, Fruit-eating Tanagers, Red-crested Cotinga, Banded-tail Fruit-eater, Tyrant Flycatchers and the Blue-crowned Mot-Mot. In the afternoon you can explore the unpaved road nearby. This is an opportunity to see Dusky-green Oropendola, Crested Oropendola, Mountain Cacique, Yellow-billed Cacique, Grass-green Tanager, Yellow-throated Tanager, or simply enjoy the profusion of plants and flowers insects and butterflies.
Optional White-water rafting on the Qosnipata River: visitors of all ages can enjoy 3 hours of exciting class II and III rapids in the beautiful setting of the tropical rainforest. Lunch is served along the river course. We return to the Manu Cloud Forest Lodge early in the afternoon. A minimum of four clients is required. Must be reserved in advance.
DAY 03: MANU CLOUD FOREST
This morning after breakfast we offer you an additional hiking excursion to walk through dense and exuberant cloud forest and crossing rushing streams, which originate in the mountain peaks high above the forest. After the hike, we offer a delicious brunch/barbecue near the Union River. Surrounded by massive rocks, hanging vines and bromeliads, we may enjoy a refreshing dip in these crystal-clear waters. Remainder of the day at leisure.
DAY 4: MANU CLOUD FOREST/CUSCO
After breakfast, depart for the journey back to Cuzco.
- Round trip ground transportation from Cusco
- English-speaking guide services
- Meals and excursions according to itinerary
Important Note: The sequence of the itinerary is subject to change due to weather conditions