DAY 01 (CUSCO - CLOUD FOREST - PILCOPATA): An early morning meeting (pick up from hotels) and start our adventure from Cusco city, in one of our private vehicles. On the way we are going to visit the interesting funerary towers of the archaeological site of Ninamarca (burial towers, commonly known as "Chullpas"), where we will have a brief explanation by the guide. Continuing the trip we will visit Paucartambo, a picturesque and interesting town of colonial origin (full of folklore). Then we will continue our journey to the Acjanaco Pass (3,600 masl.), which marks the beginning of our adventure within "Manu National Park" (spectacular view of the Amazon Basin); to then descend through an interesting Cloud Forest, where the humidity of the place provides an ideal habitat for species such as: orchids, ferns (very old plants), bromeliads (epiphytes), mosses, lichens and much more. In the fascinating Cloud Forest we can also observe species such as: the Cock of the Rock (Peru's national bird), the Quetzal, Monkeys, the Spectacled Bear, among others. Many species are endemic to this area. We have lunch on the way; finally this day, we arrive at our first and cozy "Paraíso lodge" near the town of Pilcopata (800 masl.).
DAY 02 (PILCOPATA - ATALAYA – ERIKA LODGE): After a delicious Amazonian breakfast, we continue our trip for another hour in our vehicle, making stops to observe the interesting life of the area (flora, fauna and populations), and we will also have the option of visiting a hummingbird garden and a coca plantation; then we will arrive at the town of Atalaya (Port), here we board our motor boat (canoe) in the Alto Madre de Dios river, and going upstream we will have the opportunity to freshen up and do a little swimming; then we go down the Alto Madre de Dios river by boat for approximately 40 minutes to our comfortable private lodge "Erika", where we will walk through the interesting system of trails (trochas) that "Peru Mysteries" offers you, trying to find some types of monkeys, reptiles, birds, insects, medicinal plants and much more. Our lodge is in a very quiet and secluded area, where you will feel like you are in the middle of the tropical jungle, and walking in the dark you will be able to hear countless sounds as well as enjoy the beautiful Amazonian sky.
DAY 03 (ERIKA LODGE - MACHUWASI LAKE - ERIKA LODGE): The area of ??our lodge is a transition area between the high jungle and low jungle (500 to 1,150 masl.). After a nutritious breakfast, you will feel and see the different habitats, altitude range, and high diversity of wildlife found around this area; Walking around the trail system and near the banks, we will learn about insects, medicinal plants, trees, reptiles, mammals, etc. After lunch and a little siesta, we will board our boat, for ten minutes, then we will walk for about an hour through a very nice trail to observe and talk about the interesting flora and fauna of the area, until we arrive at a mirror of water "Machuwasi Lake", where with the help of all our equipment (telescope, binoculars and books) and using a rustic raft, we will observe a diversity of life such as: monkeys, capybaras, alligators, snakes, great egrets, keskadees, toucans , carpenters, cardinals, etc. Night walk to feel the sounds and observe wildlife, such as: snakes, tree frogs, horned frogs, arachnids and an incredible variety of insects.
DAY 04 (ERIKA LODGE - PARROTS CLAY LICK - HOT SPRINGS – ERIKA LODGE): We will get up very early to board our boat for thirty minutes downstream (probability of seeing animals on the banks: Tapir, Capybaras...), to visit a Parrots Clay Lick (clay wall on the river bank known as "Collpa" ), where many species of parakeets, parrots and macaws such as: the white-eyed parakeet, the blue-headed parrot, the yellow crowned parrot, the chestnut-fronted macaw, etc. they will eat the clay that is rich in minerals and salts that these birds use as supplements to their diet of seeds and fruits. After this activity we return to our lodge and enjoy our breakfast. After this activity we will board our boat towards Aguas Calientes (hot springs), a very pleasant place, where we will enjoy the warm and medicinal volcanic waters of the area, during this way we will see mammals such as: tapirs, capybaras, monkeys; as well as different species of typical riverside birds such as: kingfishers, swallows, flycatchers, black skimmers, lapwings, jabirus, storks, herons and much more. Then we will return to Erika lodge, where we will spend another night (hike option).
DAY 05 (ERIKA LODGE – ATALAYA – CUSCO): We have breakfast early and later we will start our return trip to Cusco city, for which we will board our boat to the Port of Atalaya, where our land vehicle awaits us to take us back to Cusco city. We have lunch on the way, arriving in the city of Cusco at approximately dinner time. On this journey we will continue looking for more wildlife. End of our services...
OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES (prior coordination):
IMPORTANT: To answer better your questions and give you some advices, the guide can meet you the night before the trip at our agency or at your hotel.
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