Peru’s Amazing Manu Biosphere
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.