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Manu Express Jungle trip 3 Day / 2 Night (Manu Cultural Zone)

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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.

Day 1: Cusco – Bambu Lodge

On the first day of our adventure into the Jungle of Manu, we will pick you up around 5:45 AM from your Hotel in Cusco, using the service of our private SAM transport. The first part of our excursion will take us through the majestic Andean mountains, where we will take a quick opportunity to visit Huacarpay Lake, a high Andean Lagoon that boasts heaps of flora and fauna typical of the Andean mountains.

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, the folkloric capital of the district of Cusco. In the face of modern times, this small colonial town has managed to hold on to its rich tradition for centuries upon centuries. At mid-day arrive at the entrance of Manu National Park and access to one of the most protected natural areas in South America. 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 Rock”. Here it is known to gather with others of its kind for some sort of social gathering that seems reminiscent of a large courtship. This is an amazing spectacle complete with an impressive array of sounds and colours that can only be found in the jungle. Our first night is spent in the beautiful BAMBU Lodge, arrive at approx. 5:00 p.m.

Day 2: Bambu Lodge – Golden Vine Lodge

On the morning drive 1 hour an a half (approximately) to Atalaya port, on the way see a coca plantation and orchid garden. Arrive to Atalaya port, we take a motor boat for about 20 minutes down stream (Alto Madre de Dios river) and finally we arrive to our Lodge, where we will have a lunch.

Day 3: Golden Vine Lodge – Cusco

Very early in the morning we will go on our way to the Parrots clay lick. Have the chance to see dozens of beautifully colored, tropical birds, that gather at the 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. Travel back to the Lodge for breakfast and get ready to leave the lodge to Cusco. Pass through the beautiful Sacred Valley on the way, arriving in Cusco around 6:00 pm.



  • Qualified naturalist English speaking guide with telescope binoculars and own equipment
  • Private Transport van to Atalaya Port and return Atalaya to Cusco
  • Transportación by equiped private boat Atalaya to Golden Vine Lodge, Machuwasi
  • Entrance fee to the Cock of the Rock
  • Accommodation
  • 2 nights in Lodges, beds with mosquitoes nets
  • Full Board Meals ( breakfast, lunch and dinner (vegetarian option by request )
  • Drinking water provided, Bottled water for cooking
  • First Aid Kit, extractor for poison
  • Manu birds and wildlife checking list
  • Radio communication.


  • Binoculars
  • Money for extra soft drinks and beers
  • Personal items and medicines (gear, clothing, laundry, telephone calls, etc.)
  • Optional tips for the staff, tour guide, cook, motorists
  • Accommodation in Cusco or Pisac not included.

We recommend that you bring:

  • lightweight, tight weave long cotton pants
  • long -sleeved cotton shirts preferably in green or tan colours
  • a fleece and a windbreaker are advisable for cool evenings
  • light raingear (poncho) for sudden downpours
  • waterproof hiking boots
  • sneakers (covered shoes) or other low heeled walking shoes are essential
  • a light hat and suntan lotion
  • insect repellent is a must, preferably with deet
  • a small rucksack
  • a water bottle
  • good binoculars
  • flashlight or headlight
  • pocketknife
  • energy snacks will be very useful
  • personal medical kit
  • toiletries
  • cameras, 400 exp film
  • scanned copy of passport
  • yellow fever certificate
  • extra money
  • put your cloths in plastic bags
  • Photography: we recommend that you use film of 400 ASA or higher for the darker areas under the canopy. Normal 100 ASA can be used when out on the river or lakes. Protect your equipment against moisture with waterproof cases.

Frequently Asked Questions for the Tour to Manu Express 3 days

Manu Extra Information

MANU, Paradise Natural a natural paradise by far the richest, most extraordinary biological transect in the Peruvian Amazon, or the world, starts in Cusco and runs northeast by road and river to the great Manu Wilderness. 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.



Is endemic in most parts of the Amazonia and vaccination is obligatory, though there have been no reports of cases in Manu or surroundings lately. Yellow fever which is transmitted by mosquitoes, exists in the forest of remote jungle areas of South America, mainly in Brazil. You can easily get vaccinated against the desease. After you receive the vaccine you will receive a certificate, which is good for 10 years.


Malaria has almost totally been controlled in the area but, as some cases have been reported, some doctors recommend to bring along preventive pills.

Mosquitoes carrying malaria cannot survive in altitudes over 1,500 m ( 5,000 ft.) so if you are traveling in the Andes, you won t have to worry about this disease. To protect yourself, wear mosquito repellent with DEET, wear long-sleeved shirts and trousers, and use mosquito nets. You can also take anti-malaria drugs before you go consult your doctor about the pros and cons of such medications.


Snakes, scorpions and spiders rarely bite without provocation. Keep your eyes open and never walk barefoot. Be sure to shake your clothes and check your shoes before putting then on. The SUN can also be very dangerous in high altitudes. Be sure to bring plenty of high-powered sunblock and a wide-brimmed hat, the sun can inflict serious damage on your skin.
FRIAJE .- From June through September some days with temperatures as low as 7°C can be expected. These are cold fronts from the South Atlantic and usually last only a few days.

  • CLIMATE: can be in general described as warm and humid
  • Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
  • Temperature in °C
  • Max. Average 31 31 31 30 30 30 31 33 33 33 32 31
  • Min. Average 17 17 17 16 15 15 14 14 16 18 19 18
    • Average 27 27 26 26 26 24 24 26 27 27 28 28



Asuncion San Pedro Cloud Forest : Run by a small friendly local family near the beautiful zone of San Pedro – Manu Cloud Forest. The lodge consists of 5 bambu-material private cabins exclusivelly build for our clients adorned with a wild cane “bambu”. These cabins private facilities feature showers and a toilet for a well deserved rest. The lodge has an impressive view of the Cloud Forest where it is possible to find flocks of herons, tanagers, and the Osprey eagle.


We believe that a journey can only be as good as it’s guide and so that is why go to such lengths to contract only the finest guides that money can hire. Our guides are handpicked from the rest for being the most knowledgeable, professional, and fluent of the candidates. They must be “people persons” who don’t just do it because it is their job, but instead do it because they have an authentic love of the nature people and culture.

Most of our guides are biologists, professionals with years of experience doing research and guiding in Manu. They will help you to understand the unique and fascinating world of the rainforest, and the delicate interrelations between the animals and plants of this unique ecosystem, pointing out birds, mammals, amphibians, reptiles and insects, as well as the medicinal plants of the forest.


The delicious and filling meals of traditional and international food are prepared by our professional and dedicated cooks from a mixture of local and rainforest products. We also cater for vegetarians. Bottle water is provided during the trip and used for cooking.

Manu Express Jungle trip 3 Day / 2 Night (Manu Cultural Zone)

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