Pristine Wildlife in the Manu Region
Based at a comfortable Lodge in the Manu and Madre de Dios region. Observe giant otters and rare birds on an Oxbow Lake, watch the largest rainforest mammal, the tapir, at a mammal clay lick, observe colorful macaws and parrots at the macaw lick project, walk forest trails looking out for tamarins and spider monkeys and experience the rainforest from the heights of a canopy viewing tower. 4D/3N Fixed departure on Mondays (min. 2 people) or 5 D/4 N fixed departure on Thursdays. You will need to fly into Puerto Maldonado one day prior to your trip (the overnight in Puerto Maldonado is included) The trip begins and ends in Puerto Maldodonado.
Flight from Lima or Cusco to Puerto Maldonado. After your arrival by the commercial flight to the airport in Puerto Maldonado, we will greet you and transfer you by van to Santa Rosa Village from where we continue our journey to Boca Colorado where we will board our motorized dugout canoe for our river journey upstream the Madre de Dios. We will have a delicious boxed lunch en route. We arrive at our Lodge in time for dinner. (Box Lunch, D)
Today we will make the most of our time, exploring some of the 30 miles of forest trails that surround the Lodge. We may encounter some of the 12 species of monkeys to be found in the area, including the Spider Monkey and Emperor Tamarin. We will also visit the Macaw Lick project. This is an excellent place for observing scarlet Macaws. We take our lunch back at the Lodge. in the afternoon, we continue our explorations, arriving in the late afternoon at our 34m/112ft. Canopy Tower. On its platform, we witness the frantic rush‐hour activity of twilight in the rainforest canopy, before night closes in. Then we set off along the “collpa trail”, which will take us to the lodge’s famous Tapir Clay lick. This is the most active tapir lick known in the entire Amazon! The lick features a spacious, elevated observation platform above the forest floor equipped with mattresses and pillows for your comfort. Each mattress is covered by a mosquito net. Many guests prefer to nap until the first Tapir arrives, at which point your guide gently awakens you to watch the Tapir 10‐20m/33‐66ft) away below the platform. Your patience may be well rewarded by a sighting of the rare and elusive Tapir in its rainforest home. Full board
Today we rise early and hike to an Oxbow Lake. As we explore the lake on our raft we might encounter the resident Giant Otter family on a fishing expedition, or troops of monkeys crashing noisily through the trees. Dainty Sun Grebes paddle across the water, supple‐necked Anhinga air‐dry their wide, black wings, and perhaps an Osprey scans for fish from a high branch. Among the bushes near the waterline, Hoatzins, which look like rust‐colored, punk chickens, announce their presence with distinctive, bizarre wheezing and grunts. Woodpeckers, tanagers, macaws, toucans, and parakeets all finally come swooping into trees surrounding the lake. Many of them roost around the lake for the night. After lunch at the lodge, our guide is available to lead us on freewheeling expeditions in search of further wildlife encounters, or we may take one of the lodge’s many trails on private and personal excursions to commune with the spirits of the rainforest. This evening, from the late afternoon until after Dinner, we offer an opportunity to search for caiman and other nocturnal life along the riverbank by boat. Full board.
A 2 1/2‐hour boat journey downstream takes us to Colorado Village. Depending upon our flight schedule from Puerto Maldonado, breakfast will be served at the lodge or on the boat as we go. We will stop in the far‐west type gold‐mining town of Colorado to start our overland journey to Puerto Carlos for 45 minutes, then you will cross the Inambari River for 10 minutes’ boat trip to Santa Rosa where our van or bus will drive us in approximately two hours and a half to the airport in Puerto Maldonado City, for your flight out. B
Please note: this itinerary starts and ends at Puerto Maldonado.
Not included: flights to Puerto Maldonado (roundtrip). You will need to arrive one day before your departure in Puerto Maldonado and book the latest departure of the day from Puerto Maldonado. Please advise us if you wish to book your internal flights. Your overnight in Puerto Maldonado prior to your trip is included (on the basis of twins or doubles).
Prices per person in USD 3D/4 N:
USD 1499.- in double or twin. Single room supplement: USD 262.-
Prices per person in USD 5D/4 N:
USD 1782.- in double or twin. Single room supplement: USD 346.-To the Jungle Floor - Andean Spirit DestinationsScenic Lookout - Andean Spirit DestinationsTapirs in Peru - Andean Spirit DestinationsMaster Bedroom - Andean Spirit DestinationsThe Bar - Andean Spirit DestinationsInside the Lodge - Andean Spirit Destinations