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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.
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:
|Temperature in °C|
|Humidity Relative %||79||80||81||78||77||85||74||67||66||71||74||79|
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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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