Manu National Park - Cultural Zone
The Manu Cultural Zone is one of the three zones in the Manu National Park that boasts high mountains, cloud forests and low jungles. In this area, there are small villages with native farmers. This zone is protected by the Farming Ministry and Manu park authorities to act as a buffer zone to the Reserved and intangible zones. We take you to the cloud forest of the eastern slopes of the Andes (Manu road) and to the upper lowland forest (around 500 - 600m altitude). Great for bird and monkey observation. (Gallito de las rocas, oropendolas, parrots, ) Also suitable for families with younger children.
On the first day of our adventure into the Jungle of Manu, we will pick you up around 5:45 AM from your Hotels in Cusco, using the service of our private SAS transport. The first part of our excursion is will take us through the majestic Andean mountains, where we will take a quick opportunity to visit a really nice pleasant lake by the name of Huacarpay, a high Andean Lagoon that boasts heaps of flora and fauna typical of the Andean mountains. Afterwards, we will visit the town of Huancarani which contains the funeral towers of Ninamarca, a cemetery of the Lupaca Pre –Inca Culture, which we will visit briefly on our way to Paucartambo, which is known as the folkloric capital of the district of Cusco. In the face of modern times, this small colonial pueblo has managed to hold on to its rich tradition for centuries upon centuries. At mid-day we will arrive at the entrance of Manu National Park and access to one of the most protected natural areas in South America. We will continue on in our private transport down a dirt road and on through the thick fog from which this section of the forest takes it name. Eventually we will arrive at the home of the exotic Peruvian National Bird, the “Cock of the Rocks”, where it is known to gather with others of its kind for some sort of social gathering that seems reminiscent of a large courtship. You will find that this is quite an amazing spectacle complete with an impressive array of sounds and colours that can only be found in the jungle. For our first night, we will stay in the beautiful BAMBU Lodge, where we will arrive at approx. 5:00 p.m.
In the morning we will drive 1hours an a half (approximately) to Atalaya port, on the way we have the opportunity to see the coca plantation and orchids garden. When arrive to Atalaya port we take a motor boat for about 20 minute down stream (Alto Madre de Dios river) and finally we arrive to our Lodge, where we will have a lunch.
In the afternoon, we will visit the Machuwasy Lake, where we explore the lake in a traditional wooden boat, in this place we can see more colorfull birds, and some times it is possible to see Capybaras and Monkeys. Walks at night optional.
Very early in the morning we will go on our way to the Parrots clay lick, where we will have the chance to see dozens of beautifully colored, tropical birds, that gather at this clay wall every morning to eat the nutrients out of the soil. The bright colored birds, with the lush jungle surrounding them, and the morning sunrays bursting through the canopy is a spectacular event that you won´t soon forget. We back to the Lodge for breakfast and get ready to leave our location in direction to Cusco we will pass through the beautiful Sacred Valley on the way, arriving in Cusco around 6:00 pm (Approximately).