manu expedition

safari 5d/4n


  • Tour Type: Nature photography and wilderness hikes
  • Difficulty: Moderate / Easy
  • Considerations: Permit Required 
  • Elevation: 400- 1000m / 984- 3280ft
  • Duration: 5 Days/ 6 Nights
  • Meals: All Inclusive 


Our five days tour of the National Park of Manu is designed for nature lovers; a detailed program of the pristine forest, you will spot different creatures like the giant otters, harpy eagles, and more; all Manu bird species and much other wildlife can be seen in adjacent areas, but even these are remote, so access is only feasible as part of a tour.
Over 1000 species of birds, 300 species of mammals, many reptiles, and 10% of all the plant species on the planet have been registered within the park’s boundaries. ALL our local guides have in-depth knowledge about different flora and fauna distinct to the region.


Day 01: Cusco

Departing early from Cusco, we will ascend into the mountainous region of Paucartambo, slowly transitioning from high sierra to lush cloud forest. Along the way, we will visit the Chullpas of Ninamarca, ancient Aymara funeral towers once constructed for noble persons. As we descend from the mountains, we will begin to see more flora and fauna. Keep on the lookout for the Amazonian Umbrellabird, Trogons, and maybe even a Spectacled Bear if we’re lucky! By afternoon we will arrive at the small town of Pilcopata, where we will lodge for the evening. Showers and toilets will be available.
Facts and Figures:

  • Driving distance: 7 Hours (with stops)
  • Highest Elevation Point: 3000M (9,842 ft)
  • Considered: Moderate & Relaxing day
  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner
  • Climate: Cold in the beguing warm from the noon

Day 02: pilcopata to
atalaya lodge

Earlier in the morning, we will enjoy a delicious breakfast and then take a minibus to the nearby small port of Atalaya; along the way,
we will visit a coca plantation and a wildlife rescue centre there, we can see multiplies of birds life, monkeys, herons, egrets, kingfishers, and the ever-present vultures, of which the most spectacular is the condor of the jungle, King Vulture (Sarcoramphus papa) also multiple plants in the botanic garden. In the afternoon we will explore and begin our descent in the boat to observe the enormous diversity of birds , such as herons, vultures, cormorants, etc. until we arrive at Amazon Manu Lodge. In the evening, before dinner, we will go to observe the eyes of caimans, which stand out in the night. We will spend the night in the lodge.

Facts and Figures:

  • Driving distance: 1 Hours (with stops)
  • Highest Elevation Point: 3000M (9,842 ft)
  • Considered: Moderate & Relaxing day
  • Meals: Breatfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Climate: Warm tropical

Day 03: atalaya lodge to hot springs

We will eat a delicious breakfast and then take our boat trip goes to the Hot Springs, and one will be able to understand why Manu has a lot of biodiversity and wildlife; on the river edges, we will probably observe groups of turtles, White Caimans (Caiman Crocodylus), Capybaras (Hydrochaeris), and maybe a Jaguars resting on a log and observing its territory. Arriving in the afternoon, we will enjoy the natural hot springs baths. We will be the only adventurers camping there. Later in the afternoon, we will hike on the trails around Otorongo Lake and the giant otter observation tower together with will learning the functions and secrets of the jungle. Night in SAFARI Camping. Showers and toilets available

Facts and Figures:

  • On the Boat: 3 Hours (with stops)
  • Highest Elevation Point: 200MSL
  • Considered: Moderate & Relaxing day
  • Meals: Breatfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Climate: Warm tropical

Day 04: Hiking to machu wasy lake

We will eat a delicious breakfast and then return to our lodge the boat trip takes for 3 hours approximately to our lodge, we will arrive for lunch, in the afternoon, we will walk through the primary rainforest to Machu Wasy Lake an ecological reserve through our road system path; we will now go to explore in search of wildlife very slowly and with a look to any movement or sound either of flocks of monkeys, deers peccaries, and macaws and parrots that they eat to be in the tops of trees also an incredible forest of bamboos, giant ficus trees, ferns, insects, and beautiful mushrooms, great for macro photography. We’ll then, unfortunately, need to begin heading back to our lodge for dinner and sleep.
Facts and Figures:

  • On the Boat: 3 Hours (with stops)
  • Highest Elevation Point: 200MSL
  • Considered: Moderate & Relaxing day
  • Meals: Breatfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Climate: Warm tropical

Day 05: atalaya to

Today we will wake up early to reach Atalaya where our bus will be awaiting us. We will return to Cusco through the cloud forest of Paucartambo. Our estimated time of arrival in Cusco is 6pm.

Facts and Figures:

  • Driving time: 8 Hours
  • Arrival time : 6 pm aproxx




All of our guides studied English and other languages to ensure that communication is straightforward with all our clients. They also specialize in bird watching, spiritualism, flora & fauna, archaeology, history, architecture, and anthropology; they will take care and escort you from the beginning to the end of your adventure.



Once we receive your details and a money deposit, we will book your permits and register them in your name with specific departure dates. Please note that travel arrangements are not confirmed until stated in an e-mail by Southern Peru Explorers.



Our local trained chefs cook delectable, nutrient-rich meals that honor your food restrictions while surprising you with Peruvian culinary flavors. You will also have the opportunity to enjoy the typical delicious foods of the amazon jungle, prepare for a superb culinary experience to accompany this unforgettable expedition. 



We always ensure you have plenty of clean drinking water, for mealtimes we include lemonades, coffee, tea, and maté; also, you will have enough boiled water to refill your bottle whenever needed. We use fresh spring water running down from the mountains. We require that you bring your own personal water bottle/s or Camelbak.



Your transportation from Cusco to and from Manu is included. You will be picked up directly from your hotel in Cusco and taken to the rain forest of Manu until a harbor in Atalaya, and then we will take our comfort boats with a roof to protect ourselves against the sun and rain.



Every guide is first aid trained and carries a first-aid kit and oxygen for fundamental medical problems (traveler’s diarrhea, elevation sickness, cuts, scrapes,insect and snake bites etc.). Every guide is equipped with a satellite phone in emergencies, allowing a quick exit off the trail to get you directly to a clinic for treatment if needed.



We understand that traveling involves taking extra luggage, especially if you are on an extended vacation; we provide free storage to all our customers who are on tour; for this reason, we offer to store your luggage during your scheduled treks with us.



Usually, the briefing is programmed in our office (in the center of Cusco) a day before your adventure at 6:00 pm, or you can schedule it according to your time with our office staff. Your guides will explain the itinerary in detail, and you can also meet some of your fellow travelers that you will be with for the next  days. 



Your accommodation is included in 2 different lodges located in the heart of the Amazon rainforest of Manu, an authentic ecotourism project that local amazon families run; each room has a comfortable private bathroom, kitchen, and all essential services


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  • 2 People $990.00
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  • 4 People $890.00
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