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TAPIR EXPLORATION 5 Day BUS/PLANE -( Boca Manu, Cultural ) Macaw clay lick, Tapir clay lick & Giant Otter Oxbow Lake


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.


Very early,, we will leave in the direction of Atalaya Port, on the way we will make a few stops to visit the small, native communities of Patria and Pilcopata. These communities are known to be producers of many varieties of jungle fruits even the famous Coca plant.

Later, we will begin the boating portion of our journey in a river excursion on the Madre de Dios, or “Mother of God” River, one of the tributaries of the mighty Amazon River. During our day we will have the chance to witness many types of colorful birds such as parrots, Oropendolas, vultures and others species. Hopefully, we will make some sightings of some jungle mammals such as monkeys or the famous capybaras (jungle rodents that are as much as 2.5 ft long). Towards the late afternoon, we will arrive to our next sleeping destination, arriving approximately at 3:00 p.m. Here, there will be showers and services available. (Night walks)


At the crack of dawn we will go on an early morning trek through the jungle on our way to enjoy the one the Amazon Jungles most impressive spectacles, the amazing Macaw Clay Lick. This is where hundreds of colorful parrots, Pericos and Macaws congregate to “lick” the clay thereby receiving its nutrients. The activity finishes at noon. In the afternoon, We walk in the deep of the primary forest, led by our guide we will undertand the amazon jungle ecosistem. In the evening, we will go to spend night at the tapir clay lick (it is a place where the mammals go to eat minerals for their digestions).


Early morning we will visit the Blanco oxbow lake where we will have a chance to see a rich biodiversity of birds, monkeys, exotic plants and even the famous Giant River Otter. In the afternoon we will travel To Colorado town (2 Hours) and 3 more hours in Puerto Maldonado City where we will spend the night in a confortable lodge.


After a visiting around to Puerto Maldonado town we go to the Airport where we fly back to Cusco or Lima.


  • Qualified naturalist guide speaking English with telescope binoculars and own equipment.
  • Private Transport van to Atalaya Port and Puerto Maldonado City
  • Transportación by equiped private boat Atalaya - Black Spider Monkey Lodge.
  • Entrance fee to the Cock of the rocks and Tapir lick lookout miradors.
  • Accommodations; Lodges & Tented Camp and 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.
  • Private motor boat to Boca Manu, continue to Colorado then to Puerto Carlos van to Puerto Maldonado
  • Accommodation in Puerto Maldonado (Twin or Triple room) Breakfast included.
  • Flight Tickets to Lima or Cusco.


  • Binocular
  • Entrance fee to the Macaw Clay Lick US$75 pp
  • 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 not included.

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
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