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Manu Cloudforest
(4 Days / 3 Nights)

The exclusive Paradise Lodge in Manu cloud-forest is only five hours by road from Cuzco. At this exclusive lodge we offer bird watching, walking tours, white water rafting, mountain biking and visits to indigenous forest communities and extensions to deep jungle camps within the rain forest of the Manu National Park.

Day 1 - Cuzco - Paradise Lodge
You will be met at your hotel in Cuzco and a early departure on the full day's journey from the highlands down into the lush cloud forest. Leaving Cusco, we will pass through the town of Paucartambo, known as the region's folkloric centre. The next stop is at the vantage point of Tres Cruces (3,950m/12,950ft) for a panoramic view of the Amazon Basin. After spending some time here,we'll descend through a number of distinct ecological floors. Along the way, we may see various types of endemic flora and fauna such as butterflies, flowers, giant tree ferns, orchids, monkeys and deer as well as birds of all kinds such as oropendolas and tanagers. Late in the afternoon, we will arrive at San Pedro, home of Peru's national bird, the cock-of-the-rock, and the spectacled bear - South America’s only bear. Overnight at our Paradise Lodge. (L/D)

Day 2 - Paradise Lodge - Pilcopata
After our first night in the cloud forest, we will take a pre-breakfast walk to observe the cock-of the-rock, in its spectacular mating ritual, which takes place daily at a lek where between eight to ten males perform for a female. Returning to our campsite for a hearty breakfast, we prepare to continue our ride to the village of Pilcopata, from where will start our hike to the native community of Huacaria. On the way we will see the beautiful swallow's waterfall. We will have the opportunity to observe the culture and way of life of the Huachipaire ethnic group, who will share with us their food and allow us to hike their trails and swim in their rivers. Late in the afternoon, we return to Pilcopata to spend the night in a cosy lodge. (B/L/D)

Day 3 - Pilcopata - Manu Amazon Lodge
Today, after breakfast we have a half hour ride to Atalaya, where we will board the canoe that will take us to our Manu Amazon Lodge situated on the banks of the mighty Upper Madre de Dios River. Here we will spend the day exploring the surrounding area along very interesting trails that will reveal to us the amazing ecosystem of a small oxbow lake and a mysterious swamp where we can observe the prehistoric hoatzin, as well as Caimans, Capibaras, Dusky Titi monkeys, and many species of birds, and take the opportunity to swim in the river. After dinner, we will be able to enjoy the sounds of the Amazonian night, made by the Night Monkey, the world's only nocturnal primate, the Kalinowski Rat, numerous species of frogs, Great Potoos and the Pigmy Owl, to name just some of the creatures of the night. (B/L/D)

Day 4 - Manu Amazon Lodge - Cuzco
This is our last day in this part of the rainforest. After a comfortable night’s sleep in our lodge, very early we will make a ten minute boat ride down the river to observe the raucous parrot and macaw clay lick, where many species of parrots, parakeets and macaws perform a colourful daily show. We then board our motorized canoe back to the lodge for our last breakfast in the jungle, afterwards continuing by boat to Atalaya. Here we will proceed by private vehical to the Paradise Lodge for lunch. Afterwards continue back to Cuzco and to your hotel. (B/L)

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