We will leave Cusco early in the morning in our specialized overland vehicles. Approximately mid-morning we will visit the interesting tombs of Ninamarca, commonly known as "Chullpas". We will then continue to Paucartambo, a picturesque Spanish colonial town, and then we will continue to the Acjanacu pass which marks the beginning of the Cultural Zone of the Manu Biosphere Reserve. Here, a thick cloak of cloud provides perpetual humidity and makes an ideal habitat for epiphytic plants such as bromeliads. This varied and fascinating world is home of the Cock of the Rock, Spectacled Bear, Orchids, Tree Ferns (one of the oldest living plants), mosses and lichens. This cloud forest exists between 2000 and 3500 meters above sea level, and at least 50% of the plant species found here are endemic to this region. We will then spend overnight in our open air lodge "San Pedro".
Today you will wake up very early to observe, from a platform, the Cock of the Rock (Rupicola peruviana), Peru's national bird. The male birds are a vibrant reddish orange, and at about 5:00AM as many as several dozen come together for an exhibition of a mating ritual dance in a place called Lek. The males display their crest, showing off and posturing for the females. The females, fewer in number, watch to select the most suitable males. After breakfast we will continue with the overland transport down a narrow road between waterfalls and canyons toward the town of Pilcopata* and then to the Atalaya port. Here, you will board a covered, outboard motor boat and head down the Alto Madre de Dios River for approximately 15 minutes towards the private reserve of "Erika" where you will hike through the interesting trails that this transitional area between high and low jungle offers. You will spend overnight in the lodge at Erika. *Optional: Here in Pilcopata town you may make the final settings for a 3 hour river rafting (class I and II) trip down the Koshñipata river where you will have the opportunity for a dip and of course enjoy the spectacular views of the Koñeq Canyon. Then, continue down the Alto Madre de Dios River to the Erika Lodge. Ask for prices.
Erika Lodge is located in a transition zone between high and low jungle. (600 to 1,150 meters above sea level) it contains many different habitats. This altitude range explains the high diversity of wildlife found around this lodge, so immediately after breakfast we will start walking near the riverbanks, during the hike your guide will talk about insects, medicinal plants, trees, reptiles, mammals, etc. Early afternoon we will go on a short ride by boat to visit a small lake near to the Alto Madre de Dios River, here you will have the chance to see the Hoatzin, a primitive bird, white caimans, many species of birds, insects, etc. We will then take a short night walk. This will be your last night in the wonderful amazon jungle. You will spend overnight in the lodge.
We will get up very early to board the boat, after five minutes we will arrive to a small "Collpa", which is a wall of clay in the rivervanks, where many species of parrots such as the blue headed parrot and white-eyed parakeet feed for mineral and salt supplements to add to their diet of seeds and fruits. After this we will take a boat to Atalaya where the bus will take you out of Manu, arriving to Cusco late in the afternoon.
Custom made programs may be prepared for groups with special interests. Extra nights, optional starting and ending points, additional tours and extra flight reservations may be arranged upon request. All tours may be provided in private upon request as well.
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