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This was one of the best trips I’ve ever taken thanks to Puma Expeditions!! My husband and I traveled with a group of 9 total on our trip to Cusco, our main guide Jorge was excellent leader for the group! It was a trip filled with education and exploration. Our guide for our 2 days Machu Picchu adventure was Miguel. He was extremely knowledgeable and passionate about the Inca history.

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DAY 1 .

We leave the city of Cusco at 6am, on our comfortable bus we go through the pre-Inca tombs of Ninamarca, then continue to the colonial town of Paucartambo, a beautiful village of the colonial era, the communal oven and the museum site are places to visit, and it is in this town, where we have breakfast, then we continue and arrive at the entrance of the National Park of Manu (Ajanaco 3500 meters 11482 ft ) an ideal place to take spectacular photos from the natural viewpoint of all the great nature that surrounds the place. From this point we begin to descend through all the ecological levels that make up the Amazon (puna, dwarf forest, cloud forest, subtropical forest and tropical forest), we have lunch in the cloud forest, and visit the cock of the rocks lick (national bird of Peru), where with luck on the way we will see monkeys, many types of birds, orchids and the fantastic vegetation typical of the cloud forest, continuing to advance in our bus, we will arrive to our house lodging with hot shower, comfortable beds, and a delicious dinner. All this in the town of Salvacion, (550 meters / 1640 ft)

DAY 2.

Early in the morning (5:30am) we visit the lagoon “Machuwasi” an spectacular place to watch birds from a raft built with balsa wood. Parrots, parakeets, orioles, hoatzin, Camungos are abundant here, the beauty From the lake surrounds us with its exuberant nature. An unforgettable walk is never forgotten, and after 2 hours we return to taste a delicious and nutritious breakfast around 8am.

Around 11am, we left in our four-wheel drive truck to the native community of Shintuya, where we board our motorized boat to reach our next camp “Aguas Calientes (hot spring) with its fantastic hot spring pool in a totally natural and jungle environment .

In the afternoon, we visit a beautiful waterfall! A magical place to swim in fresh waters.

At night, great experience enjoying the hot springs in the light of romantic candles!

DAY 3.

Early in the morning, before breakfast (5am) we will start the boat trip to visit the parrot collpa “la Muyuna”, a very interesting place where different types of parrots, macaws and parakeets will delight us with their colors and sounds, making us enjoy the jungle and its fauna, then we return to the camp to enjoy a rich breakfast, and get ready for a walk in a primary and tropical forest with a unique beauty that you will never forget. During the walk we will see different types of monkeys, giant trees, lianas and a typical vegetation of pure jungle, birds are always our eternal companions, our cameras are vital and make the tour more fun!

The afternoon is a relax time enjoying the thermal pool with its medicinal and nutritious waters.

DAY 4.

After breakfast, we leave on our boat down the Alto Madre de Dios river, always on the way some pleasant surprise awaits for us, many types of birds accompany us for the 7 hours approximately the trip lasts. With some luck, some capybara or tapir will be captured by our camera, the jaguar is sometimes the big surprise of the day!

We arrive to our next camp “Tambo Blanquillo”. In the afternoon we visit Cocha Blanquillo, on the way it is frequent to see troops of monkeys where our cameras will not stop clicking.

DAY 5.

Early in the morning (5am) we visit the macaw clay lick, an spectacular place where the color and sound of the hundreds of parrots and macaws come to socialize and eat minerals from the clay of this fantastic clay lick, the activity can last several hours and is a unique and unforgettable show, a fantastic opportunity to take beautiful pictures with simple cameras!

Breakfast takes place in the middle of the activity of macaws and parrots eating their breakfast, awesome!

In the afternoon we visit Cocha Camungo, lake that impresses the visitors for its beauty. A family of river wolves resides in this lake, with some luck and good weather we will see them.

At night, a night walk where caimans, snakes, frogs and more can be the surprise of the night.

DAY 6.

Early in the morning (5am) we start our boat trip, were we have breakfast, on the way we will be able to see white alligators, storks, capybaras, arriving at the port of Colorado and boarding our private car that will take us to the city of Cusco. On the way, by the trans-oceanic highway, the landscapes are fantastic, the highest mountain in the Cusco region (6300 meters 20669 ft) is on our way, hundreds of alpacas are the delight of our cameras and we enjoy lunch in a place of fantastic beauty!

We arrive at the city of Cusco at approximately 5pm.

Highlights Places

Day 1-  Cusco - Paucartambo - Cloud Forest - Salvacion (Rainforest)

Day 2-  Salvacion - Cocha Machuwasi - Manu Hot Spring

Day 3-  Manu Hot Spring - Macaw Clay Lick

Day 4-  Manu Hot Spring - Boca Manu - Tambo Blanquillo

Day 5-  Tambo Blanquillo - Cocha Blanquillo - Cocha Camungo

Day 6-  Tambo Blanquillo - Colorado Village - Cusco


+ Transportation Cusco - Salvacion - Shintuya - Cusco by private bus

+ Transportation by private boat

+ Accommodation while on the tour, in lodge and camping huts

+ Bread fast,  Lunch, Dinner and snacks for the duration of the tour

+ Gumboots

+ Purified water any time and refreshing drinks (lemonade)

+ Entry fees to Manu Cultural Zone (Gallito de las Rocas,) Cocha Machuwasi Cocha Blanquillo (ox bow lakes)

+ A professional and licensed guide and naturalist who has a solid command of both Spanish and English.

Does not Includes

- Soft drinks and beer

- Personal expenses

- Boutique purchases

- Gratuities

- Personal expenses

Our 6 days tour is the most completed Manu Cultural Zone, the visitors can see the archeological site Chullpas de Ninamarca (pre-Incan tombs) located in the high land. Later on, descending to the cloud forest you come feel the warmer zone and the green vegetation attach to the mountains including waterfalls with abundant birds, including the national bird of Peru (cock-of-rock) continue deeper to the rainforest we are going to pass small villages along the road, the second day we are going to spend more time

in the low land rainforest, the zone offers a trip to Cocha  Machuwasi (oxbow lake) which can be crossed on rafts (made of balsa wood) it is unique experience  with abundant birds around the lake, later on we are taking a long trip by boat to visit Tambo Blanquillo this place is popular for the view of the Macaws and Parrots Clay Lick, hike the trails of the low land Rainforest, surrounding by species of monkeys, Birds, Giant Otters, mean time stay in comfortable lodge, experience the wildness and adventure of Manu Cultural Zone.

Recommended Equipment

+Waterproof gear

+shirt with long sleeves, long pants

+swimming gear/bathers

+Towel for the entire trip

+Personal hygiene

+Shoes for walking/hiking) sandals

+Headlamp or torch

+Hat, sunglasses and sun block

+supplies & medicines for 3 days (if need it)

+Insect repellent (recommend 40% deep),

+Back pack, day pack, plastic bags

+Warm clothing

+Binoculars, Camera


Manu National Park - Culture Zone

6 Days Exploring the Cloud Forest and the Lowland Rainforest Back to top