MANU NATIONAL PARK PERU
Join us on this extraordinary Peruvian adventure as we visit Cusco, explore a cloud forest and experience the dynamics of the rain forest. Our adventure will start in Cusco, and then move on to Manu National Park with its cloud forest, salt licks, wildlife and pristine rain forest. We’ll fly home from Puerto Maldonado. Manu National Park protects grasslands, mountainous cloud forests, and tropical lowland rain forests. It’s one of earth’s most biodiverse places. Its natural riches include more than a thousand species of birds and nearly 290 species of reptiles and amphibians. The park is a sumptuous, extravagant, overwhelming landscape. The region is traversed with tapirs, 14 species of primates and crowned by flights of scarlet macaws. Butterflies are everywhere; scarlet knights, giant blue morphos and tiny transparent glasswings. This trip has several major wildlife attractions; the Macaw salt lick and the world’s only know Tapir lick where in the comfort of mattresses and mosquito nets we may watch the largest of all South American land mammals visit a mineral lick. Plus we’ll visit Oxbow Lakes with floating catamarans for observing giant otters and other lake side wildlife. Two walk up canopy towers will get us up into the rainforest canopy for more wildlife observation. We will have daily walks through the cloud and rain forest areas as well as the opportunity to hike up the mountain behind the Amazonia Lodge where we will be spending two nights. We’ll have three nights at the Manu Wildlife Center and two full days to explore the forest, lakes and trails around lodge. There are 30 kilometers of trails to hike!