MANU – MAQUISAPAYOJ
Bus in and boat, optional return flight from Puerto Maldonado.
Best options for animal watching. Macaws, Tapirs, Otters, Monkeys, Caymans, jaguar.
Fixed departures every Monday or ask for different date of travel.
Departure minimum with 04 persons.
Price per person:
$ 1,290 USD (bus in & out)
$ 1,501 USD (bus / flight from Puerto Maldonado to Lima)
DAY 1.- Cusco to Tambo Blanquilo Lodge:
3:00 am departure time. We take a trip of 12 hours in a private bus and boat (with short stops) from Cusco, ascending the Pirhuayani High Pass 4725 m (15583 feet). After a short stop on the high pass, to see the spectacular mountains, we descend the eastern slopes of the Andes through cloud forest with lush vegetation (ferns, orchids, bromeliads etc.) to the lowland rainforest on the Inambari River, after crossing the river we take another car for one hour from Puerto Carlos to Colorado village. Here the boat is waiting for us and will take us 5 hours up the Madre de Dios River to Tambo Blanquillo Lodge.
Today we enjoy the changing landscape and have the opportunity to see wildlife along the rocky banks of the river, such as Cocoi Herons, Purplish Jays, Skimmers, Vultures, caimans and some of the 13 species of monkeys that live in Manu. Late afternoon, we arrive to Tambo Blanquillo Lodge, the night is spent in double rooms with share bathroom. Optional night walk (to see insects, frogs, snakes etc).
Day 2.- Macaw Clay Lick and Tapir Lick – Maquisapayoj Lodge:
4:40 am. We go to the macaw clay Lick, the trip is 10 minutes by boat and 15 minutes walking to the special observation hideaway. We have our breakfast at the hideout. The activity begins around 5:30 am with the small parrots and later the big macaws. The Parrots eat the clay which has minerals that helps the stomach digestion that is the reason why hundreds of parrots parakeets and macaws come to this particular place.
After lunch, we will go to our next lodge “Maquisapayoj” with private bathroom and hot shower. Then, we walk through primary rain forest for 1 hour to the Tapir lick; here there is an especial observation platform to see the Tapir (Tapirusterrestris). The tapirs are usually active at night for this reason we have mosquito nets with mattress and blankets to spend the night.
Day 3. – Blanco and Camungo Lake:
Very early, we visit Blanco lake, here we look for the family of the Giant river otters that uses very often this lake, also this is an interesting place to observe the prehistoric bird called hoatzin, snail kite, brown throated three toed sloth, red howler monkey, squirrel monkey, white fronted capuchin, brown capuchin and other species that inhabit this lake.
After lunch, we visit Camungo Lake we will climb on the 42 meters tower, this is a very good place to observe the marvelous toucans. We go on the catamaran and have another chance for the Giant River Otters. Return to the lodge and have another option for the tapir in case we did not have luck the night before.
Day 4.- Maquisapayoj Trails:
On this day, we explore the trails of the lodge, we look for black spider monkey, monk Saki, emperor and saddle backed Tamarin, also with a very good explanation about the medicinal plants and trees which are used for lumber. Again we can have another last option for the tapir in case we did not have luck.
Day 5.- Maquisapayoj to Cusco by bus or to Lima by flight:
Early in the morning, we start with our return trip to Cusco, first by boat to Colorado village and then by car to Puerto Carlos, after crossing the Inambari River, we take our private bus to Cusco, we will be arriving around 19:00 hours and leave you at your hotel. For the people who wants to fly, from Puerto Carlos we take them by another car 2.30 hours to Puerto Maldonado airport and take the last flight arriving to Lima aprox. 18:00 Hrs. Transfer from the airport to your hotel and dinner by your own.
Tour price includes:
Things you should bring for the Manu Trip:
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