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10-Day Manú National Park Tour From Cusco
  • Tour Category

    Group Tour

  • Tour Types

    Bird Watching, Nature, Jungle Expedition

  • Duration

    10 Days

  • Language

    English, German, Spanish

  • Activity Level



Starting from Cusco, enjoy this journey through the splendid Manú National Park with an amazing diversity of animals, birds, and insects in their natural habitat. Along with that, get engrossed in the marvellous scenery and exotic flora, and interact with the friendly Matsiguenka people.

  • Go for night walks in search of nocturnal animals
  • Interact with the people of the Matsguenka tribe
  • Boat ride on Lake Salvador
  • Spot otters from a watchtower by Lake Otorongo
  • Day 1: Cusco to Manu National Park expand_more
    • Set out on a journey through remote highland scenery and isolated Quechua communities to the pass of Acjanaco, the entry point of Manu National Park.
    • From here, begin your descent into the cloud forest, enjoying the marvellous scenery and exotic flora on the way. Look out for exotic birds, butterflies, and insects.
    • In the afternoon, reach Atalaya, from where a motorized dugout canoe will take you across the river to the lodge.
  • Day 2: Bird Watching expand_more
    • After an early breakfast, climb a trail leading into the montane forest to a watchtower, affording splendid views over the river. If lucky, you may also spot interesting birds from here like squirrel cuckoos, cotingas, tityras, flower piercers or more tanagers.
    • In the afternoon, explore more of the lowland trails around the lodge, hoping to spot some monkeys, toucans, guans, caracaras, tinamous or perhaps some agoutis or capybaras.
    • At a small oxbow lake, watch the weird and wonderful Hoatzin, egrets, herons, kingfishers, raptors, and if lucky, you may even sight the black caimans. Watch out for squirrel monkeys, Dusky Titi monkeys, and capuchins.
    • After it's dark, go on a short night walk to spot amphibians and insects or night monkeys.
  • Day 3: Boca Manu Visit expand_more
    • Travel down the Upper Madre de Dios River up to its confluence with the Manu River. Briefly visit the settlement of Boca Manu.
  • Day 4: Matsguenka Tribe expand_more
    • Begin your journey up the Manu River with the first light of day. This journey offers the maximum chance for sightings of rare animals, like black and white caimans, side-neck turtles, different species of monkeys, capybaras, jabirus and wood storks, black skimmers, sand-coloured nighthawks and many other animals.
    • Arrive at the lodge. Then, pass by the Matsguenka tribe in the afternoon.
    • Hopefully, visit Lake Salvador, one of the oxbow lakes deep inside Manu Park. If lucky, you might be able to sight a family of giant otters, as well as black caimans, Neotropic cormorants, Muscovy ducks, green ibis and many other animals.
  • Day 5: Lake Salvador Boat Ride expand_more
    • Wake up to the sound of red howler monkeys in the morning. Return to Lake Salvador, where we will use a catamaran to get a closer look at wildlife there. Sometimes, you can spot giant otters fishing, eating and playing, from a short distance. You may also get sightings of horned screamers, hoatzins, limpkins, capped herons, wattled jacanas, purple gallinules and the rare and shy Agami Herons.
    • Later, walk the trails to look for spider monkeys, squirrel monkeys or tamarins.
  • Day 6: Lake Otorongo expand_more
    • Visit Lake Otorongo, another oxbow lake, where you have another chance to watch giant otters from a watchtower. In this area, there are woolly monkeys as well. With a little luck, you might see several different species of monkey.
    • Spend the rest of the day exploring different trails, looking out for wild animals and learning about the different uses of various plants.
    • In the afternoon, participate in a shooting contest with the Matsiguenka. You will be shooting papayas with bows and arrows.
  • Day 7: Return journey down the Manu river expand_more
    • Begin your return journey down the Manu River. Use this opportunity to look out for typical riverine animals like caimans, capybaras or roseate spoonbills once again. If extremely lucky, you may even spot a jaguar, an anteater or tapir! 
    • Spend the night at a lodge on the Upper Madre de Dios River. If time allows, you may explore the trails there and look out for more red howler monkeys and other animals.
  • Day 8: Back to the cloud forest expand_more

    Travel back to the cloud forest to spend another night to get a chance of sighting animals endemic to this habitat, like the quetzal, highland motmot, green jay, Andean-cock-of-the-rock, cinnamon flycatcher and many other species.

  • Day 9: Return to Cusco expand_more
    • Wake up before dawn and walk to a lake nearby to watch the noisy display of the male cock-of-the-rocks.
    • After a hearty breakfast, explore the surroundings and watch out for woolly monkeys, torrent ducks, white-capped dippers, oropendolas and colourful tanagers before starting the return journey to Cusco.
  • Day 10: Departure expand_more
    • Set out on your way back home.

What's Included
  • Private land and river transport

  • All nights at rainforest lodges (double room)

  • Park entries

  • All meals

  • Excursions, as described

  • English-speaking Peruvian guide

What's Excluded
  • Soft drinks and alcoholic drinks

  • Tips and gratuities

Know before you go
  • This journey can be booked from April to November.

  • Vegetarians and vegans are welcome, so are children over 12 years.

Meeting Point

Cusco, Peru

Cancellation Policy

For cancellations upto 2 days before the tour -

Refund of 80% of the tour price.
Starting From
USD 3995.00 / adult

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