MANU TOURS & LODGES
Manu offers by far the greatest quantity and diversity of animals and plants in the world. No other destination in Peru or beyond can compare with Manu Nowhere else can you enjoy a superbly intact transect of tropical habitats from Andean grasslands and cloud forests down to foothill and lowland forests.
Manu boasts the highest bird, mammal, and plant diversity of any park on Earth, including 1,000 of the world's 9,700 bird species, 200 species of mammals, and 15,000 species of flowering plants. The most photogenic spectacles are frolicking Giant Otters, 1,000 parrots and macaws at a riverbank clay lick, dancing Cocks-of-the-Rock, habituated monkeys, and huge Lowland Tapirs at a forest clay lick.
One of our lodges, Manu Wildlife Center currently offers the world's finest viewing of this exclusive animal, which elsewhere is harder to see even than the Jaguar, which also is a frequent sight in Manu.
Rainfall in the Manu Lowlands is around 2500-3500 millimeters/98-138 inches per year, with most rainfall occurring in the rainy season months from November to April. The average temperature in the Manu lowlands is 28°C (82°F), with daily highs of 34°C (93°F) and nightly lows of 22°C (72°F). During the dry season cold fronts from the South Atlantic (friajes) occur once every month or so, with daily temperatures dropping to 15°C (59°F) and nightly temperatures to 13°F (55°F).
Best season to travel: Late March through December.
Some of the Manu trips described here start in Cusco and other start in Puerto Maldonado..
Cock of the Rock Lodge Manu Cloud Forest,Peru
This location provides the world’s best Andean Cock-of-the-Rock viewing in a pristine cloud forest reserve. The Cock-of-the-Rock Lodge is located in the magical Manu cloud forest on the lush eastern slopes of the Andes, and is part of the Tropical Nature conservation system.
Opened in 1997, it is named after the Andean Cock-of-the-Rock (Rupicola peruviana), the conspicuously brilliant red-and-black national bird of Peru. Each morning and evening the males stage a colorful, noisy mating display at a “lek”, or display site, right by the lodge. Spectacled Bears, Woolly Monkeys, Brown Capuchin Monkeys, quetzals and a host of other colorful birds also inhabit the surrounding forest, and a bubbling mountain stream tumbles through the valley below. A one-hour trail circuit near the lodge offers an unusual bamboo forest, and many opportunities for wildlife and exotic plant sightings, while a more extensive trail network is available to those staying longer.
Situated at the temperate elevation of 1,600m/5,200 ft in the pleasant, mosquito-free Kosñipata Valley, the lodge protects and supports a 5,060ha./12,500-acre private cloud forest reserve. Though peaceful and secluded it stands very close to the scenic Cusco–Shintuya highway. It consists of 12 double-occupancy wooden bungalows with private bath facilities, and a separate complex with a large dining room. A local highland family staffs the lodge, and they also work as rangers, patrolling the private reserve.
How To Get There
The incredible 165km/102-mile drive from Cusco to the lodge crosses the most spectacular and varied range of Andean habitats in South America. The drive typically lasts 8 hours, including stops in Andean towns and many opportunities to walk and experience on foot the upper cloud forest habitat. Often groups will take extra time to savor the unforgettable scenery, excellent birding and abundant cloud forest flora.
Fixed Departure Tour
Cock of The Rock Lodge 3D/2N: Tuesday & Saturday
Manu Wildlife Center Lodge
From Lima or Cusco by commercial airplane to Puerto Maldonado followed by a short overland journey and then navigate up the Madre de Dios River by motorized canoe to reach our Manu Wildlife Center, the single best wildlife lodge in the Amazon and offers the Amazon’s finest short, in-depth wildlife safari.
The world's largest tapir lick.
- The most photogenic and accessible large macaw and parrot lick.
- Miles of monkey-rich trails through nature rain forest.
- Two 120-foot-tall (35-m) canopy platforms.
- Two nature lakes with abundant Hoatzins, caimans and Giant Otters
Manu Wildlife Center Is located in a private, 16,190 ha./40,000-acre rain forest reserve adjacent to the one million-acre protected area named the “Amarakaeri Reserved Zone”. The tapir lick is a comfortable ninety minutes on foot from the lodge, while the macaw lick is a half-hour boat journey plus a short walk away.
Visitors will welcome the amenities and comfort of this lodge, the only one in the Manu lowlands with roomy, private bungalows, en suite private bathrooms and tiled, hot water showers — especially if they are arriving from the rustic simplicity of Manu National Park.
Here they can charge batteries, check their e-mail, wash their hair and order a drink under the high thatched roof of the grandly spacious all-wooden dining hall, bar and lounge. (Conservation note: the cedarwood used in construction was salvaged from uprooted trees washed downriver by the annual floods).
.Fixed Departure Tours:
Manu Wildlife Center 4D /3N Monday
Manu Wildlife Center 5D/ 4N Thursday
Biotrip : From the Andes to the Amazon 6D/5N Saturday
The Birdwatcher Trip - New 8D/ 7 N Last Thursday of each month
Manu Park Wildlife Center
InkaNatura's Manu Park Wildlife Center or Albergue Machiguenga is a simple but comfortable low-impact lodge located inside the Manu Park Wildlife Center. Nestled almost invisibly in the forest, it lies just across the river from the trail to Manu's prime wildlife viewing location, Cocha (Lake) Salvador. This is the largest and most beautiful of the 13 oxbow lakes of the Manu River.
Our Manu Park Wildlife Center or Albergue Machiguenga features spacious double-occupancy room-size tents with hinged, lockable doors and solid wooden floors. Each tent measures 16.5x10x7 feet (5x3x2.2m), and all are fully screened, with a floor raised on wooden stilts to provide maximum ventilation and coolness, and protection from flooding and insects. A palm thatch roof shelter overhead completes the structure. Each of the extra-long twin beds has a mosquito net.
Our camp in Manu Park also features an elevated, screened dining room with wooden floor and a private hot-water showers and flush toilets.
We guarantee the following Manu National Park tours with fixed departures with a reliable and secure air service:
Fixed Departure Tours
The Newest Manu Adventurer 5D/ 4N Thursday
The New Manu Explorer 6D/ 5 N Saturday
Manu & Beyond - New 6D/ 5 N Wednesday
Manu National Park, Tapir & Macaw Clay Licks 7D/ 6N Tuesday