MANU ANDES & PARROT CLAY LICK 7 DAYS / 6 NIGHTS

(Plane-Bus) (FRIDAY - THURSDAY)

Country:Peru
Category:Easy
Season:All year around (departures on Friday)
Transportation: Bus, boat and airplane
Accommodation: Camping and lodge

Highlights:Tropical Rainforest flora and fauna, jungle exploration and the Parrot clay lick.




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DAY 1. -Staff from our office will take you from your hotel to the airport to board our plane to Boca Manu for a 45 minute flight. At this point you will meet your guide and your group. More or less at noon we will enter the Reserved Zone of the Park for a 4 hour hike in this primary forest. At nightfall we will stay in a comfortable lodge In Boca Manu, at the entrance to the Park. This is an opportunity for a nocturnal walk, during which we will hopefully see nocturnal birds such as the sand-colored nighthawk as we listen to the spectacular sounds made by Night monkeys (Musmuqui), the world's only nocturnal primate, the Amazon bamboo rat, numerous species of toads and insects and other inhabitants of the forest which only emerge at night.


Copyright  MANU CAIMAN DAY 2. -Today we will continue our journey along the Manu River as far as the CAIMAN CAMP, inside the Reserved Area, passing Limonal, the Park Ranger Station, where we will register before entering the Reserved Area. In the course of the trip we will see birds, toucans, macaws, parrots and some mammals such as capybara, tapirs, peccaries and many varieties of turtles, caiman and, if we are lucky, an impressive, lone jaguar. We will arrive at our camp in the mid-afternoon, near the Salvador oxbow-Lake, where we will spend two nights camping on comfortable platforms.

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DAY 3. -Today we will make an early start for a long walk of some three or four hours, from the banks of Manu River to Otorongo lake, where we will climb a 15m high observation tower, from where birds such as the exuberantly feathered and primitive Shansho (Hoatzin) can be seen, as well as monkeys feeding on fruits and several species of flowers and brightly-colored butterflies. We will then return to our camp by canoe to enjoy a delicious lunch. The afternoon will be dedicated to exploring Salvador Oxbow lake and the surrounding area aboard our catamaran, from which will be able to observe the mega diversity attracted by this oxbow lake, including Black Caiman, White Caiman, a family of Giant Otters and waterfowl. Return to the camp in the evening.


Copyright  MANU CAIMAN DAY 4. - Early in the morning we will another chance to go for a nature walk or one more visit to the oxbow lake and hear choirs of birds defining their territory in song. As the sun rises, the eastern sky changes to a pale yellow and we will be able to see falcons or other predatory birds patiently searching for prey from the treetops. After lunch we will board our boat again and head downstream towards Boca Manu but this time just foating with out the engine in order to have the opportunity to observ with plenty of time this mighty and diverse enviroment. Arriving at Boca Manu we will visit the native community of the Matshiguenka and Yine ethnic group, also we will visit their botanical garden of medicinal plants and share their activities.


Copyright  MANU CAIMAN DAY 5. - In the morning we will go to the airfield at Boca Manu, where we will say goodbye to those passengers who opted to return to Cusco by plane. The rest of the group will then continue along the river Alto Madre de Dios river to our camp site near a parrot clay lick.(B,L,D)


DAY 6. -After a delicious breakfast, then we continue upstream along the Madre de Dios towards the port at Atalaya, where the bus will be waiting to take us to the Paradise Lodge, where we will spend our last night in the heart of the cloud forest.(B,L,D)


DAY 7. -This morning will be our last opportunity to visit the Cock-of-the-Rock lek. After breakfast our bus will take us back to Cusco, arriving in the afternoon.(B,L)