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MANU TRIP INFORMATION

  • Please read the tour itinerary carefully before booking, if you have any questions we will be happy to clarified. Read the Manu Health considerations.
  • You must advise your trip guide if you wish to leave the group or the camping area for independent walks or sightseeing. Please follow the instructions of our guides.
  • Price of the tour is based in a twin accommodation. Single Supplement applies for solo travellers.
  • If you are experiencing any problems with the service of the guide or tour please advise the guide in that moment so he can resolve any problem as soon as possible.
  • When completing a booking we understand that you agree with the Terms and Conditions and you are agree to accept the instructions of your guide.
  • We strongly recommend to purchase a Travel and Medical Assistance Insurance. Eg: Nomade.com
  • Parts of the tour itineraries may be modified due to circumstances caused by nature, such as changing river or road conditions or other causes beyond control of SAS Travel.
  • Binoculars are essential for a Manu tour to spot animals and get a closer view of them. 
  • 8 x 40, 10 x 40 or 10 x 42 magnifications are recommended. Quality binoculars are (Zeiss, Eschenbach, Leica, Minox and Nikon) can be rented at our office in Cusco for 5 US$/ day. Just let us know latest one day before the trip or request to your guide at the briefing time.
  • You are totally responsible for your personal property equipment and hired equipment during the trip.

Final information.- Once you have finalized your booking online and paying a booking deposit Javier our confirmation staff will send you a final trip confimaction with complete details for your trip. We recommend to arrive to Cusco at least 2 or 1 day before the date of your trip.

Pre departure trip briefing.- The night before at 7.00 pm you will have a pre-departure briefing with your tour guide and the other travelers in your group in our Office. A review briefing to clarified more in details times to travel, drive by boat, wheather conditions etc about your tour to Manu Park. Make sure to bring the recommended list of items for a comfortable experience in Manu. You can hire binoculars in Cusco if you don´t have one. You do not need to bring a sleeping bag, because you will stay in a lodge provided with mosquitoes nets in each night.

Rainy season program.- From January to March it is necessary to use a lodge inside the Reserved Zone so the program may vary a bit. (Matchigenga Lodge, community Proyect). Please contact us for more details.

What documents I need to bring.- Original passport, Yellow fever certificate, Travel Insurance.

Where I leave my luggage while my trip to Manu.- All hotels offer a free storage room. If not feel free to leave your bags at our Hotel Marqueses near SAS Travel office.

Macaw Clay lick .- This is a great optional Macaws lookout mirador to add in your tour to Manu. Because the diet of many birds and mammals is specialized to each specie, they need to supplement their diets `With the minerals that are lacking in the food that they eat. For this reason they frequently visit clay licks or "collpas" as they are known locally. These are areas of clay, rich in minerals and salts, where the wildlife of the rainforest go to eat the clay to extract the minerals they need. The most famous "collpa" in Manu is Blanquillo, where the National Geographic report on macaws was made. In the early morning the spectacle starts with the gathering of the parrots in the trees above the riverbed. When a sufficient number has gathered, the parrots will descend in multitudes to eat the clay. After the parrots leave the brilliantly colourful macaws start to arrive, squeaking loudly and illuminating the trees with their bright colours. Unless disturbed, they too will descent to eat from the clay banquet. A well camouflaged bamboo catamaran enables visitors to cautiously approach the lick to give the best possible view.

MANU HEALTH CONSIDERATIONS:

Yellow Fever .- is endemic in most parts of the Amazonia and vaccination is obligatory, The yellow fever is transmitted by the yellow fever mosquito. Though there have been no reports of cases in Manu or surroundings lately. Yellow fever which is transmitted by Aedes, Aegypti, Haemagogus and Sabethes mosquitoes, exists in the forest of remote jungle areas of South America, mainly in Brazil. You can easily get vaccinated against the desease in Cusco at Regional Hospital or CIMA clnic for US$ 25.00 After you receive the vaccine you will receive a certificate, which is good for 10 years.

Malaria .- The Malaria risk in Manu is extremely low (less than 0.1 %).  Long sleeved clothing and mosquito repellent is strongly recommended. Malaria has almost totally been controlled in the area but, as some cases have been reported, some doctors recommend to bring along preventive pills. Fortunately so far we have had no cases of any one of the two diseases in many years. Mosquitoes carrying malaria cannot survive in altitudes over 1,500 m 8 (5,000 ft.) so if you are traveling in the Andes, you will not 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. Malaria has almost totally been controlled in the area but, as some cases have been reported, some doctors recommend to bring along preventive pills. Fortunately so far we have had no cases of any one of the two diseases in many years.

Leishmaniasis .- Leishmaniasis is an infectious disease that is transmitted by sand flies and affects the skin. The risk to get Leishmaniasis on a short stay in Manu is very low; the best form of protection is to wear long sleeves and use repellent.

Tetanus.- Tetanus is a virus infection caused by a bacteria. You should have a valid tetanus vaccination for the Manu, rainforest and for Peru in general.

Rabies.- Rabies is a virus infection. During our Manu tours we spend all nights under mosquitoes nets, therefore the risk of being bitten by a bat is very, very low.

Bugs & Bites.- 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. Warm clothes and fleeces are recommended.

Climate.-  can be in general described as warm and humid as can be appreciated in the following chart:  

  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
Rainfall mm                        
Max. Average 372 488 494 395 420 187 99 90 177 244 231 491
Min. Average 160 20 152 33 20 4 6 4 25 74 31 105
Average 259 257 273 134 119 63 55 43 90 146 157 301
Humidity Relative % 79 80 81 78 77 85 74 67 66 71 74 79

WHAT TO BRING:

  • For the jungle trip you will need the following equipment:
  • Bring your original passport , yellow fever certificate and personal medicines.
  • Lightweight, tightweave long cotton pants and long -sleaved cotton shirts preferably in green or tan colours
  • A fleece and a windbreaker are advisable for cool evenings. (Friaje season from May to Nov)
  • Light raingear (poncho) for sudden downpours
  • Waterproof Trekking boots. (A rubber boots are provided for muddy trails).
  • Sneakers (covered shoes) or other low heeled walking shoes are essential
  • A light hat and suntan lotion
  • Insect repellent is a must, preferably with 50% deet, sunscreen and sun glasses.
  • A small rucksack and a wáter bottle.
  • Flashlight or headlight
  • Pocket knife and a few energy snacks will be very useful.
  • Personal medical kit and gear
  • Toiletries, toilet paper and a small towel.
  • Camera, 400 exp film, Good binoculars
  • Protect your equipment against moisture with waterproof cases.
  • Extra money for drinks, souvenirs and tips for your trip crew (guide, cook, motorist, driver)

SAS Travel
Manu Park Operator.  Small group Specialists.

Office: Calle Garcilaso 270 (near Hotel Marqueses & Plaza San Francisco) CUSCO- PERU.
Phones: +51 84 256324   +51 84 261920  +51 984 65 2232   Office hours: Mon to Sat: 8am-8pm
Emergencies:  + 51 84 402040 -  Mobile: +51 984 65 2232 +51 944 21 8769 (WhatsApp)
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