ADVENTURE AND ACTION PROGRAMS MANU NAITIONAL PARK BICICLING AND RAFTING IN THE CLOUD FOREST AND TROPICAL RIVERS.

Copyright  MANU CAIMAN As a company we work for the conservation of the flora and fauna of the Amazon forest. We are a member of conservation organisations such as Ecotur Manu, and after almost twenty years experience in tourism in the Cusco region we have developed a superb itinerary linking the highlands to the spectacular cloud forest of the southeastern slopes of the Andes.

This program is designed for all lovers of adventure and ecology. You can raft on any one of the four tropical rivers within one hour of Cusco, using inflatable rafts and kayaks. The rivers Kosipata, Tono, Keros, and Pii Pini offer amusement and excitement for all levels, from family groups to experts. Each of these rivers can be run along several sections which have been explored by rafters and kayakers since the 1980s. Each section offers different levels of rapids (Class II, II and IV) many of which can be enjoyed all year round.

Copyright  MANU CAIMAN Cusco, the ancient capital of the Incas, is the gateway to the Manu National Park. The road runs over the Andes to the colonial town of Paucartambo and down into the Kosipata river valley. The highest pass is at Acjanaco (3850 m.a.s.l.), which in Quechua means " to welcome with chicha" (typical corn beer brewed since Inca times). The name is a reference to the meeting at the pass of the people of the Andes and the inhabitants of the Amazon region. For the contemporary visitor this is the starting point for an adventure of discovery into the little-known natural history of Eastern Andes. The cloud forest is amysterious environment covered with lichens, orchids, bromeliads and tree ferns and inhabited by exotic animals such as the Spectacled Bear , Great Black Hawk, Woolly Monkey, Cock-of-the-Rock (Peru's national bird), and Cristal Frogs. Other inhabitants of this enchanted forest include Mountain Toucans, Golden-headed Quetzals and Blue-crowned motmots. Besides the exotic flora and fauna of the cloud forest, the region also offers excursions in carts pulled by llamas. These so-called "llama-taxis" are operated by the rural community of Jajahuana and operate between Acjanaco pass and the cloud forest. This is an optional excursion.

We invite you to discover the mystery of the cloud forest and to learn more about one of the most fascinating chapters in the natural history of Peru.

BIKING & RAFTING PROGRAMS - 4 DAYS - 3 NIGHTS

DAY 01.-CUSCO - CLOUD FOREST (BUS / BICYCLES):

Copyright  MANU CAIMAN Early in the morning we leave in our overland vehicle toward the town of Pisaq located in the Sacred Valley of the Incas to ascend from there toward Chauaytiri pass, observing in the course some llamas and cultivation fields still worked with pre-Hispanic techniques. From this point we will begin to descend in our bicycles toward the community of Colqepata and we continue for the highway to Paucartambo, a picturesque Spanish colonial town, passing by impressive high mountain places, valleys and canyons. Then we will continue toward Acjanaco pass at 3850 m.a.s.l. From here we have an impressive view of the Valley of Pilcopata, observing the rivers like thin and liquid silver bands flowing toward the immensity of the great Amazon delta. After a fortifying lunch we will begin the descent again toward the Cloud Forest with our bicycles until arriving to San Pedro's area where we will spend the first night installed comfortably in our Paradise Lodge.

DAY 02.-CLOUD FOREST - PILCOPATA (BIKES - RAFTS)

Copyright  MANU CAIMAN This day, early in the morning we go to the viewpoint of the Cock of the Rocks, kind of a feathered " dandy ", endowed with crest and chest in strong orange color. Their exuberant attire includes, an elegant " tuxedo " in tones of black and grey that cover the later part of its body. Groups of 15 to 20 males of the species attend twice per day to an ephemeral encounter in "leks" or traditional places of socialization, where they exhibit their best song abilities and dance in an energetic intent, worth to watch, to attract the females of their species. The females have a plumage rather discreet and in general they mate alone with one or two of the dominant males. Then we return to the lodge to enjoy a delicious breakfast before continuing our journey in bicycles to the place called Mistiana where we will begin our journey in boats on Kosipata River going by dense vegetation. Arriving after one hour to Fortaleza where we will eat lunch to continue toward the town of Pilcopata. Overnight in a typical lodge.

DAY 03.-PILCOPATA - MANU AMAZON LODGE - PARADISE LODGE (BIKES - RAFTS - BUS)

Copyright  MANU CAIMAN After having breakfast and preparing our equipment will leave in our bicycles on a trail amid fruit-bearing plantations as bananas, pineapples, papayas and yuccas, arriving at River Tono where the bus waits for us with the whole rafting equipment to begin our journey on this river, having the option to get a refreshing dip or to make flotation during the crossing of Coec stream, place where the level of water is already bigger for the confluence of three rivers: Pilcopata, Tono and Pii-pii, the same ones that give origin to the Alto Madre de Dios River, on which we will start going down stream to Buena Vista, transition area between the High Forest and the Low Forest or Amazon flatland, where we will spend the rest of the day exploring interesting trails and luckily see troops of hairy Woolly Monkeys as well as family groups of Capuchino Monkeys and the Toucans who move on the trees in chancy and acrobatic manoeuvres. In the afternoon we will return to the Cloud Forest. Overnight in Paradise Lodge.

DAY 04. - CLOUD FOREST - CUSCO (BUS)

Copyright  MANU CAIMAN This day, after breakfast we will have a last opportunity to carry out a walk and to observe a variety of birds and plants, to approach our bus that will bring us back Cusco. Optional return: flight in light plane from Patria town to Cusco in 25 minutes.

Our Services Include
  • Bilingual Guide.
  • 3 nights in lodge.
  • Bus private going and return
  • Motorized boat
  • Mountain Bikes
  • Fully equipped rafts
  • Complete Raft Equipment
  • Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Natural water purified
  • First-aid kit
  • Specialized Books of plants and birds are available along the trip.
Necessary things to bring on the trip:
  • Photocopies of identity document (ID photocopy)
  • A big and small backpack
  • Boots to walk in forest territory
  • Warming Coat for Andean region.
  • Rain Coat
  • Long sleeve shirts (cotton)
  • Shorts for walk.
  • Cap and sunglass
  • Bathing suit and sandals
  • Sun Block cream
Repellent for insects (50 to the 100 DEET)
  • Lantern
  • Knife
  • Camera (ASA 200/400)
  • Binocular
  • Bags for garbage
  • A bottle of mineral water for the first day only.
IMPORTANT DETAIL
  • To be in good health and shape to be part of this adventure.


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