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Sept 2020 departure escorted by company owner Catherine Evans. We have two offerings of this region departing from Cusco.  begins with two nights at the Manu Cloud Forest Lodge. Then we travel along the Upper Madre de Dios River and into the Manu National Park, camping for three nights at the Otorongo Camp. Or, departing daily from Cusco visit just the Manu Cloud Forest Lodge. Some of the attractions of the Lodge include a "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. 

2019 - 2020 Departure Dates and Costs

8 day September 13 to 20, 2020. Cloud Forest and Manu Amazon with Catherine Evans and local guides. 
Price from Cusco: $ 1,785 USD
Includes $ 70 USD entrance fee to Manu National Park and $ 25 sustainability levy 
Single supplement:  $ 540 USD

Group size:  Maximum 14 persons.  Early booking recommended

3 day Manu Cloud Forest Lodge. Departures daily from Cusco. $ 685 USD per person based on twin share

4 day Manu Cloud Forest Lodge. Departures daily from Cusco. $ 830 USD per person based on twin share


Group Itinerary: Cloud Forest & Amazon

Sept. 13: Cusco / Manu Cloud Forest Lodge (L,D)

Early morning departure to the cloud forest of the southeastern boundary of Manu National 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.

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.

Sept. 14: Manu Cloud Forest Lodge (B,L,D)

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.

Remainder of the day at leisure. 

Sept. 15: Manu Cloud Forest Lodge / Paititi Lodge (B,L,D)

Early excursion to explore the rich avifauna and biodiversity of the cloud Forest in new areas around the lodge.We then make our way to the river port of Atalaya we will explore the unpaved road nearby which is often productive for wildlife. 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.Upon arrival to the village of Atalaya, we will boat 30 minutes along the Upper Madre de Dios River to the Paititi Lodge. Our rustic lodge is comfortable, surrounded by forest.  Note: shared bathing facilities.

Sept. 16: Paititi Lodge / Otorongo Camp at Manu National Park (B,L,D)

After breakfast, we start our 5-hour boat journey on the upper Madre de Dios River to the mouth of the Manu River where the pristine Manu Park wilderness awaits. The boat ride will take us through small villages of Andean colonists and indigenous people whose main economic activities are rudimentary farming and low-scale logging. As soon as we enter the great Manu wilderness, every river bend will bring us a vista of unspoiled beauty. We may see Black Caiman, White Caiman, toucans, parrots, scores of wild macaws, several species of raptors, and maybe even a magnificent Jaguar. The best proof of the presence of Jaguars and the possibility of many of our tour groups to see these great cats, are the many wonderful amateur photographs that our customers have sent back to our company.After about five hours, we arrive at the Otorongo Tented Safari Camp.  this is a permanent camp inside the Manu Biosphere National Park. Sleeping on cots with mosquito nets.  Note: shared bathing facilities.

Sept. 17:  Otorongo Camp at Manu National Park (B,L,D)

Today we will have an opportunity to explore the Manu River, and the most beautiful oxbow lake in Manu, called Lake Salvador. This river trip is another good chance to try our luck and see a Jaguar sunning in the sandbars of the Manu River, as well as side-neck turtles sunning in logs. The five-kilometer long Salvador Lake is the largest and most beautiful lake in the lower Manu River. Four lake piers, several trail circuits and a small catamaran will offer us a chance to look for fauna and to observe the serene beauty of this marvelous place. We might see a group of Giant Otters playing and fishing on the waters below. We boat back to our Otorongo Tented Camp in the late afternoon, to a refreshing shower and a nice meal. Optional night walk.

Sept. 18:  Otorongo Camp at Manu National Park (B,L,D)

A full day immersed in the spendour of the Biosphere reserve. We will walk, explore by boat the confluence of the Manu and the Upper Madre de Dios. We will look out for Primates, Capybara - the world's largest rodent, Red-and-Green Macaws perched on the trees or making short and long flights to the rain forest canopy.

Sept. 19:  Otorongo Camp / Paititi Lodge

From Otorongo Camp we will make our way back up the Madre de Dios River to the Paititi Lodge where we will relax and enjoy one more night in the rainforest by the Andean foothills. Participants will certainly appreciate this extra night to break the long journey back to Cusco.

Sept. 20: Paititi Lodge / Cusco (B,L)

Very early in the morning we will boat to a parrot lick where we may see four different species of small parrots and even one species of macaw.  After this great nature spectacle we will boat back to the river port of Atalaya and then by ground to Cusco where we arrive in time for an early dinner. 

Important Note: The sequence of the itinerary is subject to change due to weather conditions


Itinerary - Manu Cloud Forest Lodge, 3 - 4 day

Daily departures from Cusco: Includes return ground transportation from Cusco, English speaking guide, meals & excursions

DAY 1: CUSCO/MANU CLOUD FOREST LODGE

Manu cloud forestEarly 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 LODGE

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 LODGE

pappallacta flowersThis 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 LODGE/CUSCO

After breakfast, depart for the journey back to Cuzco.

Important Note: The sequence of the itinerary is subject to change due to weather conditions

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