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A View of the Amazon Forest 5D / 4N

Itinerary:

Day 1 Cusco - Pilcopata:

As we leave behind Cuzco, the Inca capital, we go up a road that winds along the Andes mountains. On the way, we'll visit the Ninamarca Chullpas, Pre-Inca tombs that belonged to the Lupacas. From here onward, we start descending towards the town of Paucartambo. We then leave Paucartambo to go up to the Puna, a region that shelters unique species, such as the Vizcacha, a beautiful rodent that looks like a rabbit. The Puna is also the habitat of rarely seen predators, such as the Andean fox and the puma. As we reach 3.500 meters over sea level, a broad curtain of clouds appears before our eyes hiding the dense jungle underneath it. In Tres Cruces we'll watch the eastern side of the Andes covered by clouds. Bird Watching, Cusco Peru Travel.

We have now entered the Manu National Park, only 5 hours away from beautiful and frequented Cuzco City. With the spectacular landscape of the cloud forest before us, we take a break in our trip to have lunch. After that, we descend to the Cloudy Forest where the misty tree tops are full of epiphytes, mosses and lichens. Bird Watching, Cusco Peru Travel.

In this Cloudy Forest we'll stop to search for the Peruvian national bird, the striking Gallito de las Rocas (Rupicola Peruviana). We'll reach Pilcopata at dusk, where a succulent dinner awaits us. We'll sleep overnight in the Hostel. Bird Watching, Cusco Peru Travel.

Day 2:

After breakfast, we set off to the fluvial port of Atalaya, where we shall ride a boat upriver towards the Amaru Mayu camp. During the boat ride, our guide will tell us about the different confluences of rivers in this area. Once installed in the camp, we'll walk along jungle trails, returning to the camp for dinner. Night in Amaru Mayu camp. Bird Watching, Cusco Peru Trave.

Day 3:

Very early in the morning, we'll penetrate the thick jungle to reach the place known as the Laguna Misteriosa after a 4-hour walk. During the walk, we'll observe the difference between two types of forest: primary and secondary. We'll take this opportunity to learn more details about different aspects of the Amazonic jungle and visit the Mirador, a high place with spectacular views. After a refreshing swim in the Cascadas, we'll start our return to the camp. Lunch an free afternoon in the camp (with the most active members of the group we can continue our walks looking for different mammals or taking short boat rides in nearby places). At dusk, we'll take a night walk trying to surprise some species of nocturnal animals (monkeys, bats, bamboo rats, insects...). Night over in Amaru Mayu camp. Bird Watching, Cusco Peru Travel.

Day 4:

After breakfast we'll pick up our baggage and prepare for our return boat trip to Atalaya. During the boat ride we'll engage in bird-watching on both river banks. Once in Atalaya, we'll change our boat for a private car and drive to Pilcopata. From Pilcopata, we'll head to the native community of Santa Rosa de Huacaria where we shall delight ourselves in paradisiacal surroundings with the cordiality of the Matsiguenkas and Huachipairis people. Sleep overnight in a camp. Bird Watching, Manu Tour Operator

Day 5: Santa Rosa de Huacaria - Cusco:

After breakfast, we shall take our last walk through the jungle towards Pilcopata. Leaving behind the Cloudy Forest, we'll go up towards the Puna region for the last part of our trip which takes us back to Cuzco, the Inca capital. Bird Watching, Bird Watching, Cusco Peru Travel.

Included:

Naturalist Guides or Bilingual Biologist.
Private Land transport in a 4 by 4.
River transport in a private boat.
Air transport Cusco - Boca Manu – Cusco.
Camping equipment (Tents and Matras).
First Aid Kit.
Specialized books during the trip.
Rubber boots.
Rain Coats

Not Included:

Sleeping bags.
Additional food and drinks.
Personal equipment and medicines.

Recommended Equipment:

Binoculars
Lanterns and its supplies
Sleeping bags
Loose and resistant pants
T- shirts and long sleeve shirts (preferably cotton)
Swimming suit and towel
Long cotton socks
Sweater or light jacket
Pair of trecking shoes and sandals
Hat or cap and sun block cream
Repelent
Plastic bags
Copy of personal documents
Passport, yellow feaver and tetanus vaccine certificate)

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