Peru’s Amazing Manu Biosphere

16 Days from £5520 per adult. Prices based on flight fares at the time of costing & may vary. Please ask for a definitive quote
16 Days
Group Tour
Primate Watching

This exceptional small group tour explores the rich forests of Peru’s Manu region – an area whose biodiversity (according to UNESCO) “exceeds that of any other place on Earth” – in the company of expert local guides and a small group of like-minded people.

Manu encompasses vast swathes of land inhabited mainly by isolated tribes and a handful of research scientists. Manu boasts over 1,000 of the world’s 10,000 bird species, including 27 species of macaws and parrots; 15,000 of the world’s 250,000 flowering plant species; 13 species of monkey; 1,300 species of butterfly and all of the Amazon’s major predators.

Your overland adventure begins in the colourful Andean town of Cusco, one time capital of the mighty Inca Empire. Then ascend into the Andean highlands at heights of up to 4,000 metres, eventually reaching the Acjanaco Pass. Weather permitting, enjoy magnificent views of the puna high altitude forest, the mid-range cloud forest and the lowland Amazon basin spreading far below. Descending through elfin high forest into dense, atmospheric cloud forest, the group spends the next two nights at a lodge in this lush and misty jungle, perhaps the most fragile and threatened type of rainforest.

The journey continues towards the Manu lowlands as steeply forested mountains give way to rolling hills and farmland. Depart and continue downriver to the confluence with the Manu River, then travel upriver as deep into Manu National Park as boats are allowed, arriving at a tented camp in the pristine Manu

The group then leaves the Manu River, travelling by motorised canoe down the mighty Madre de Dios River for a four night stay at the Manu Wildlife Centre, the highlight of the tour.

After returning to Cusco on the daily jet service from Puerto Maldonado, spend a day exploring the magnificent Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, and visit some of the principal Inca and colonial sites in Cusco, before returning home and the end of a truly marvellous tour.

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Price from £5520 per adult. Based on sharing double / twin rooms

Day 1 - Depart London

Depart London, fly to Madrid.

Includes In-flight Meals.

Day 2 - Cusco

Connect with flight to Lima. On arrival met with airport assistance to connect with onward flight to Cusco. Met on arrival in Cusco and transfer to your hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. No meals are included today.

Staying at Best Western Los Andes de America Hotel. Includes No Meals.

Day 3 - Manu Cloud Forest

After breakfast begin the journey into the Manu Cloud Forest. Departing from Cusco ascend in to the highlands at heights up to 4,000 metres, enjoying various photo opportunities including a group of pre-Inca “chullpas” or funerary monuments, and the colourful colonial town of Paucatambo. Stop at Wayqecha Cloud Forest Research Station to explore the research station’s cloud forest canopy walkway and observation platform. Continue to Cock-of-the-rock lodge. If time allows take an afternoon guided walk in the hope of seeing woolly monkeys and many birds.

Staying at Cock-of-the- Rock Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 4 - Manu Cloud Forest

Spend the day exploring the cloud forest with Nick and the lodge’s own
bilingual naturalist guide. Visit the nearby Andean cock of the rock lek
where the bright red males display for the females. You will be able to hike good trails directly from the lodge, as well as walk along the unsurfaced road which passes close to the lodge and bisects the cloud forest.

Staying at Cock-of-the- Rock Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 5 - Manu Foothills

After a final early morning visit to the lek, continue driving towards the Manu lowlands. On the way visit a coca plantation to learn about the legitimate use of coca leaves for their medicinal properties. After a short stop at the small town of Pilcopata, continue driving to the port town of Atalaya where the Piñipiñi River meets the Alto Madre de Dios River. Board motorized canoes to begin the journey down the Alto Madre de Dios River, through the last folds of the Andes, to the next lodge in the forested Manu foothills. In the afternoon explore the local trail system with Nick and your local naturalist guide, before relaxing back at the lodge to the sounds of forest.

Staying at Manu Learning Centre. Includes All Meals.

Day 6 - Manu Learning Centre

Spend the whole day in search of wildlife both on foot and by boat on the river. Over 650 bird species and 13 species of primates including black spider monkey have been recorded at Manu Learning Centre; a jaguar tracking programme has documented seven individuals; there is a butterfly programme, and the chance to spot the gorgeous endemic Manu poison frog.

Staying at Manu Learning Centre. Includes All Meals.

Day 7 - Manu River

Morning excursion to the local clay lick where, among others, the endangered blue-headed macaw is observed and studied from a hide alongside many other large macaws, parrots and parakeets. Return to the centre for breakfast then continue down the Alto Madre de Dios River to its confluence with the Manu River, passing scattered settlements and native communities. Continue up the Manu River to the lodge deep in the pristine Manu rainforest as far as tourist boats are allowed.

Staying at Aguaje Tented Camp. Includes All Meals.

Day 8 - Manu Reserve

In the morning travel by boat to the trailhead leading to Cocha Salvador, the largest and probably most beautiful of Manu’s oxbow lakes. After a short walk through the rainforest, spend some time canoeing on the lake on a floating platform observing lake wildlife from the water including giant otters, agami heron, caiman and monkeys feeding fruits at the water’s edge. In the afternoon explore Cocha Otorongo. The short walk to the lake often produces sightings of some of the 13 species of monkeys that inhabit the area. Search for wildlife from the two platforms and tower overlooking the lake. Giant otters and hoatzins are often seen here.

Staying at Aguaje Tented Camp. Includes All Meals.

Day 9 - Manu Wildlife Centre

After an early breakfast, travel 5 hours downstream to the Manu Wildlife Centre arriving in time for lunch. The afternoon is free to relax or walk a trail through the forest to a look out over the river to see roosting macaws and parrots. There is also a canopy platform and tower giving exceptional canopy level views of the forest. If requested Nick and local guides will lead a night walk from the lodge in search of nocturnal wildlife.

Staying at Manu Wildlife Centre. Includes All Meals.

Day 10 - Manu Wildlife Centre

An early start to reach the local macaw clay lick where hundreds of parrots and macaws can be marvelled at from a specially built hide. As the activity quietens down, return to the lodge for lunch and siesta. For those that wish in the afternoon there will be an excursion to the canopy tower or along quiet trails from the lodge. The area is particularly good for primates including emperor and saddleback tamarins and even the rare goeldi’s monkey.

Staying at Manu Wildlife Centre. Includes All Meals.

Day 11 - Manu Wildlife Centre

A full day to explore the forest and trails around the lodge. Search for the elusive monk saki monkey and visit manakin leks. In the afternoon visit one of the forest clay licks where guans, forest parrots and parakeets and black spider monkeys could be seen. For those that wish, stay until dark in the specially constructed hide to watch for tapirs and other nocturnal mammals.

Staying at Manu Wildlife Centre. Includes All Meals.

Day 12 - Manu Wildlife Centre

Another full day to explore the trails around the lodge. Perhaps visit Cocha Blanco or Cocha Camungo for a canoe ride around the lake in search of giant otters and hoatzins.

Staying at Manu Wildlife Centre. Includes Breakfast.

Day 13 - Cusco

An early departure from the lodge to reach the gold-mining town of Colorado. Breakfast will be served during the journey. Continue overland to Puerto Carlos and by van to Puerto Maldonado. Take flight to Cusco. Met on arrival and transfer to hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure.

Staying at Best Western Los Andes de America Hotel. Includes Breakfast.

Day 14 - Machu Picchu

Transfer to Poroy and take the breath-taking Vistadome train service to Machu Picchu. Disembark at Aguas Calientes and take the shuttle bus to Machu Picchu for a guided tour of the Inca Citadel with a packed lunch. Return to your hotel to freshen up before being taken to a good restaurant in the city for dinner.

Staying at Best Western Los Andes de America Hotel. Includes All Meals.

Day 15 - Cusco

Spend the morning exploring the ancient city of Cusco with Nick and your guide visiting the Inca ruins and subsequent Spanish colonial architecture. In the afternoon transfer to the airport and take flight to Lima and connect with onward flight to London via Madrid.

Includes Breakfast.

Day 16 - Arrive London

Arrive Madrid and connect with flight to London.

Includes In-flight Meals.

Travel Info

Are Flights Included?

Flight Info:
Fly to Lima via Madrid from London on Iberia Airlines.

Area Specialist

John Melton

Post-tour extensions are available to Arequipa and the Colca Canyon, Lake Titicaca, and Paracas and the Nazca Lines. Please contact us for details.

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[We] would like to add a personal thank you to all who were involved in organising our trip to Peru. Jonathan and Claire were extremely helpful and professional when dealing with our initial queries and the whole trip went like clockwork until the BA flight was late leaving Miami on the way home!!! Our guide during the wildlife section, Juan, was extremely good, always on time, courteous and above all extremely enthusiastic. The trip…exceeded all our expectations. A very big thank you to you all.

Dr & Mrs B P - Swansea

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