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Manu Camping Tour
7 days/6 nights

DAY 1: Cusco-Cloud Forest
Leaving Cusco we head over the Andes, stopping for a coffee at the beautiful colonial village of Paucartambo. Continuing, we climb to the highpoint of the Manu Biosphere at about 3,800 m before descending to the cloud forest. In these mysterious surroundings we take a hike to see butterflies in thies habitat. We spend our first night in the camping huts of Posada San Pedro (appr. 1,600 m).

 DAY 2: Cloud Forest-Atalaya-Manu River
At daybreak we continue by bus to tropical lowland rainforest. Here at the small village Atalaya at 650 m, we change into a motorized canoe to navigate down the turbulant Alto Madre de Dios River to Boca Manu. As night falls we make camp on one of the beaches.

 DAY 3 & 4: Lake Salvador and Lake Otorongo
On the morning of the third day we turn up the Manu River. From this vantage point we will have great views of butterflies. We reach our campsite deep inside Manu in the afternoon. This will be our base for the next two days. During this time, we will hike through virgin forest and explore one of the most beautiful lakes of the Manu basin, Lake Salvador, by catamaran. There is a chance to see a huge variety of colourful butterflies, numerous species of dragonflies and many other insects. A five hour hike through the forest takes us to Lake Otorongo and a 20 metre-high observation platform that overlooks the lake. At night we can explore the forest by torchlight and light trps or go moonlight on the lake.

 DAY 5: Lake Salvador-Boca Manu -Beach Tambo Blanquillo
After a final walk through the forest surrounding Lake Salvador, we return back down the Manu River. At Boca Manu we continue on the Madre de Dios River and we arrive at Blanquillo, near the claylick for macaws, where we spend the night on a beach.

 DAY 6: Macaw Lick
At first light we head to the macaw lick to watch the dazzling spectacle of hundreds of parakeets, parrots and macaws eating clay. In the afternoon we visit another one of Manu´s beautiful oxbow lakes, Cocha Kamungo, where we can found other species of butterflies. The night is comfortably spend in the jungle lodge Tambo Blanquillo.

 DAY 7: Boca Manu - Cusco
A short boat ride takes us to Boca Manu airport and our return flight over the rainforest and the Andes to Cusco by light aircraft.


This trip include:

Qualified naturalist guide speaking English and Spanish

Transportation by private bus from Cusco to Cloud Forest to Atalaya  and back from Atalaya to Cusco

Transportation by private boat from Atalaya to Lake Salvador to Boca Manu  to Pantiacolla Lodge to Atalaya

Manu guide book

All Meals during trip

Tents and mats

Paper work for park entrance


Not included

Sleeping bags

Entrance fee (approximately $45 pp for 2004)

Soft drinks and beers

New airport tax for those returning by plane from Boca Manu to Cusco ($8 pp paid upon return in the Cusco airport)



The fixed departures for individual travellers for 2005 are as follow:


August 17 to August 23



Price for fixed departures US$ 980

Not include flight Lima Cusco Lima



Ask prices for private groups