Manu Amazon Tour 5D/4N
Experience a cultural side of the jungle of Manu; Participate in many great activities during your 5 Days trip to Manu; See the exotic flora and fauna of the Amazon
Manu Expedition 5D/4N | Amazon Wildlife Peru | Eco Tour Peru
This trip will take you on a journey of flavors as you travel the road from Cusco down to the Amazon basin. You will try local produce and learn to cook some of the traditional meals from the locals themselves all done in the setting of a beautiful lodge deep in the forest. This cooking tour will enhance your experience and understanding of the rainforest the things that grow there and the people who live there making your Amazon experience even more rewarding.
Availability: Shared departures twice monthly (April –Nov) on Mondays – see crees-manu.org for dates/ Private tours daily.
PLEASE NOTE: This itinerary only goes to the Manu Biosphere Reserve. For entrance to the National Park please see our longer itineraries; Manu Explorer, Wildlife Uncovered, Amazon Birder.
Manu 5 days trip Itinerary
Day 1: Cusco – Manu Cloud fores
Depart Cusco after an early breakfast and begin the fabulous journey that will take you from the high Andes, with spectacular views of the sacred valley, right down into the cloud forest. Arrive at Paucartambo, the center of ancient trading routes of the Incas, and stop for a light refreshment. Here you will have the chance to experience some local culture, traditional dances, and celebrations as well as learn about the Andean communities’ use of biodiversity within the forest.
Continue your journey towards one of the highest points of the day at Acjanaco (3,500 m), a park rangers’ station, and the entrance to Manu National Park. If weather conditions permit, you may have the chance of seeing the spectacular views of Peru’s largest National Park. Amidst the clouds, travel on towards San Pedro, where you will have lunch. Take in the dramatic changes of the landscape as you go until you reach the lodge in the afternoon, about 3 pm, for your overnight stay.
Lodging: Cock of the Rock Lodge, Paradise Lodge, or Wayquecha Biological Station.
Meals: Lunch & Dinner.
Day 2: Manu Cloud forest – Manu Learning Centre
In the early morning, start takes you out into the cloud forest to see one of its main attractions, the Cock of The Rock bird, the national bird of Peru. Watch their dance spectacle right in front of you, an incredible sight! After a hearty breakfast at the lodge begin the journey down by road further into the cloud forest. The journey will be full of the sights and sounds of the forest, monkeys, and some of the richest varieties of birds on earth as well as the spectacled bear. You will visit a coca plantation where you will learn about the uses of the coca leaves and their medicinal properties. After a shortstop at Pillcopata, you will head on to the port town of Atalaya and board a motorized canoe.
A one-hour ride to the Manu Learning Centre gives you your first impression of the meandering Amazonian river, the Alto Madre de Dios, one of the most southern tributaries of the legendary Amazonas River. On arrival, you will be shown around the lodge before lunch. In the afternoon, explore the local trail system with your naturalist guides, before relaxing at the lodge to the sounds of the forest. During your stay at this beautiful lodge, guests can learn about the human history of Manu and the challenges of conserving this beautiful and fragile environment by talking to the guides and researchers on-site. In the evening you will learn how to make one of the region’s typical cocktails the Cocona Sour a variation on the traditional Peruvian Pisco Sour. The Cocona fruit is very well known for being an excellent source of iron and vitamin C and is often given to those suffering from diabetes or those with high cholestrorols. Having given your hand at making this typical Amazon drink sit back and relax watching the sunset on the river below reflecting on the day’s activities. Lodging: Manu Learning Centre.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
Day 3: Manu Learning Centre
One of the most interesting activities at the Manu Learning Centre is the monitoring of the clay lick or Collpa where, among others, the endangered Blue-headed Macaw is observed and studied. Join the scientists and researchers on an early morning boat trip to the hide, five minutes upriver, to observe the activity of macaws, parrots, and parakeets. As day breaks and the sun rises you will be able to see the magical colours of the birds as they flock together on the walls of the clay lick. On your way back for breakfast, head into the forest and visit a bio-garden; part of the center’s sustainable project which also supplies the food to the lodge’s kitchen.
From here head through multiple forest types, running into squirrel monkeys hummingbirds, and razor-billed curassows, an incredible experience. After a morning of activities in the forest come back to the lodge to start the preparation of one of the classic Amazonian dishes “Juane”. This is a dish made from rice and chickens some of the staples in the local diet are cooked together with a mix of herbs and spices locally sourced, such as yuca, fresh coriander. All of this is then served wrapped up and served in a banana leaf. After a wonderful lunch spends the afternoon at your own leisure or heads out with one of the specialist guides to explore the 25km of rainforest trails. After dinner, that evening talks to the scientists working on the reserve to
help put into context the work we do at Crees on sustainability and conservation and learn more about the ongoing work the foundation does to help preserve the region. There is also always the possibility to head out on a night walk to spot all the nocturnal species.
Lodging: Manu Learning Centre.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
Day 4: Manu Learning Centre – Shintuya Community Hot Springs
Today take a boat trip for two hours to the hot springs of Aguas Calientes, the land of the native community of Shintuya. The community is home to one of the region’s first missions and has a mixed population of indigenous Harakumbut and immigrants from the Andes. Take a dip in the hot springs and enjoy their medicinal qualities as you relax in the warm water. Learn more about the local community and how people here live here. Have a picnic lunch before returning to the lodge for sunset and more wildlife spotting on the return boat journey.
After a wonderful day exploring more of Manu return to the lodge where you will help to prepare a barbecue of locally sourced fish – clean them and stuff them with vegetables and herbs before wrapping them in a banana leaf to cook them on the barbecue. While they are cooking perhaps take the chance to visit the medicinal plant garden to hear about its local
legends and see the beautiful orchid garden, home to some of the smallest orchids in the world.
Lodging: Manu Learning Centre.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
Day 5: Manu Learning Centre – Cusco
After breakfast, prepare for departure. Take the boat back to the port town of Atalaya where you will board your
transport to take you back to Cusco. The landscape will change dramatically as you climb up into the cloud forest
towards the Andes and then down to Cusco. You will be dropped off at your hotel by your guide to bringing your trip
to an end but you will take with you a wonderful experience of Manu. You will arrive back at your hotel in time for dinner
at about 7 pm.
Lodging: Not Included.
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch.
We will spend 2 nights in the reserved zone of Manu Park. Where we will explore the area. visiting a lake, walking through the jungle, and learning about the wealth of animals and plants around us. You will be provided with rubber boots to keep your feet nice and dry. And you sleep in a rustic, clean lodge run by a native community. Though deep in the jungle, you will sleep comfortably and will always have access to showers, hot food, and other amenities.
On the way back to Cusco from the Manu National Park, we will spend the final night of the tour in our hometown of New Eden, where our family will welcome you as a local with local food and hospitality. You’ll get to enjoy a glimpse into small jungle town life, and see the Milky Way glimmering in all it’s glory once the sun has set. We will have a bonfire, and swap stories and fables.
The Manu National Park | Eco Tour Peru is for animal enthusiasts who wish to travel in style while having the opportunity to see some of the most elusive and powerful animals of the Peruvian Jungle.
Location And Activities
- Location: Southern Peru, Madre de Dios Department, Manu National Park, jungle trips, Manu Peruvian
- Activities: Culture, parrot clay lick, Machuwasi Lake, Manu Peruvian jungle, jungle trips, rainforest
- Bus Cusco – Puerto Maldonado.
- 5 Nights in Manu.
- Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
- Tour guide.
- Bus back to Cusco
- Tips for the trekking crew, Guides, Cooks, and porters at your discretion.
- Flight Ticket to Cusco.
- Accommodation in Cusco. (see recommendation)
- Travel Insurance. (check that your insurance covers you for treks above 4,200 masl) and (COVID-19)
From: $ 1175 per person
$1175.00 per person (minimum of 2 people to book tour)
Includes Logging accommodation
Please see below for Inclusions
Tour Leaders Peru truly cares about its Customers, Staff, and our Environment. We are Eco-friendly.
The Best Clothes for the Amazon
Regardless of the season, the best clothes for the Amazon are lightweight breathable fabrics. The core of your Amazon packing list should include:
- Hiking boots (broken-in) with thick
- breathable socks
- Long trousers
- Long-sleeved collared shirts
- A fleece jacket for cool early mornings and evenings
- A light-weight rain jacket, windbreaker or poncho (even in dry season)
- A hat and sunglasses
Additional items to include on your Amazon packing list are:
- A pair of flip flops for the shower or to wear around the lodge
- Compression socks
- A quick-drying towel or sarong
- A buff
- Generous amounts of bug spray and
- A headlamp
- A portable battery
- Personal medicines
- Toilet paper
- Lip balm
- Resealable plastic bags
- Camera equipment (don’t forget extra batteries!)
- Small coins or bills (Peruvian Soles)
- Duct tape
Peru Trip Reviews
We are available 24/7
Get in Touch
Food & Drink
Healthy Organic Gourmet meals in all our Peru Tours
Daily Seasonal Food on each trip and Tours
Peruvian cuisine has only recently exploded onto the international culinary stage, but Peruvians have always been crazy about their nation’s culinary heritage, and they steadfastly cling to the traditional, multiculti flavors of home. Even in the face of modern gastronomic innovation. A range of climates, from high altitude to low, offers an impressive diversity of produce. Yes, that means potatoes over 3800 kinds but also a variety of corn and other grains, to say nothing of the country’s native aji chilies that are often puréed into sauces.
Coffee, Tea, Water, & Assorted Beverages
Every morning and afternoon, before and after your daily hikes you will find hot drinks and snacks in your dining tent.
*Special Diets Available Upon Request
Why You Should Travel with Tour Leader Peru?
Free luggage storage when you are traveling or Hiking with us
REI Camping Equipment for each trip
We are not affiliated with this rei.com Brand But as a local Tour operator we support local business and our customer enjoy their private Sleeping tent only for two persons to learn more in our Camping Equipment for Inca trail
Private Eco Toilets
We do not share public toilet along the Inca trail we carry our portable ECO Toilets Only for our Groups
Peruvian Gourmet Food on each Tours
Food Include in each Trek, Vegetarian option available. we really take care of your gluten-free food contact with our office for any food restriction.
Private Transportation on each trip
As a responsible tour operator in Peru, we do not share our mobility with other tourists, all our transportation is only for your group or family members.
Best Chaskis (Porters)
We do not overbear our staff, they are principal resources in this travel industry
We leave no trace
We carry all our Trash From The begging to the end of each hike keeping clean all our hiking trail
- Private and Group Tours
- Small-Group Tours (consisting of 8 people)
- Escorted Bus Tours
- Independent City Stays
- Multi-Destination Rail Packages
- Customized Travel Vacations
- Custom Groups and Individuals Packages
- Group Air Packages