- Duration 11 days
- Difficulty 3/5
- Group Size 4-6
Peru: Manu’s Rain & Cloud Forests
29 August-8 September, 2018
From the dry desert coast of Lima, Peru we fly to the Andean city of Cusco, once a major headquarters of the Inca Empire and even today the city retains a wealth of important Inca relicts.
From Cusco we travel by road all the way down the eastern slope of the Andes to the incredible lowland Amazon rainforest. En-route we spend two days at the half way point in the verdant cloud forest observing cock of the rock, among other treasures. Once at Manu Wildlife Center in the lowlands, we will be totally absorbed in the mega diversity of the rainforest, searching for wildlife from tapirs, giant otters, macaws, jaguar and monkeys to frogs, insects, plants and more. Short but sweet this trip is sure to leave a lasting impression.
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Arrival: 29th August 2018, Lima, Peru
Departure: 9th September 2018, Lima, Peru
Arrival Time: afternoon of 29th August, 2018
- Accommodations for 10 nights as per the itinerary.
- Internal airfare.
- All meals as per itinerary, water, tea and coffee.
- Local naturalist guide.
- One Pete Oxford Expeditions trip leader.
- International airfare to and from Jorge Chavez International Airport.
- Items of a personal nature including laundry, bar, personal shopping and internet.
- Travel/medical insurance.
- Alcohol & drinks from the bar.
- Excess baggage fees.
- Gratuities for local guides and lodge staff.
Day 1, August 29th, 2018: Arrival in Lima, Peru
We arrive today on our international flights to Lima, the capital of Peru. Here we overnight in the convenient Costa Del Sol hotel at the airport ready for our flight tomorrow to Cusco. Dinner and the rest of the day is on your own.
Day 2, August 30th, 2018: Lima – Cusco
After breakfast we depart from the nearby airport on our flight to the stunning city of Cusco set at 11,000 feet in the Peruvian Andes. Here we will have free time to explore the city and local Inca ruins, either on our own or with an optional guided tour. Lunch and dinner are on our own (there are a multitude of places to eat either traditional or more western cuisine at prices for all budgets). We overnight at the Casa Andina Cusco Plaza hotel.
Day 3, August 31st, 2018: Cusco – Cock of the Rock Lodge
Today the trip begins in earnest as we take our transport from Cusco, east towards the lowland Amazon rainforest. The scenery is breathtaking and ever changing, becoming lusher as we lose altitude. We will also see and no doubt interact with local indigenous people as we travel and stop to rest along the way. Overnight Cock of the Rock Lodge. BLD
Day 4, September 1st, 2018: Cock of the Rock Lodge
We spend the full day based out of the Cock of the Rock Lodge exploring the Manu cloud forest including a morning visit to the spectacular Cock of the Rock Lek nearby. Peru’s national bird, the lek is an area where males gather to display to potential mates. We also hope to see both capuchin and woolly monkeys and even guans or a rare quetzal as well. Overnight Cock of the Rock Lodge. BLD
Day 5, September 2nd, 2018: Drive to Amazonia Lodge
After another morning in the cloud forest we continue our journey by road to the lowland section of Manu. Here we overnight at Amazonia Lodge in the rainforest set right on the banks of the Alto Madre de Dios River. We will have an afternoon/evening walk into this diverse habitat searching for some of the denizens of the forest. This is a well-known spot for viewing all kinds of wildlife from hummingbirds, mammals and herps. BLD
Day 6, September 3rd, 2018: Motor canoe to Manu Wildlife Center
After an early morning of wildlife watching today we continue en-route to the famous Manu Wildlife Center by canoe for a six hour river ride, breaking our journey in a couple of spots to stretch our legs. This journey offers a very real, although slim, chance of spotting an elusive jaguar as well as many bird species along the way. Overnight Manu Wildlife Center, rated as one of the world’s top ten wildlife lodges. BLD
Day 7 – 9, September 4th – 6th, 2018: Manu Wildlife Center
We will be based at Manu Wildlife Center and will explore the area to its maximum potential. Our visits will include a visit to the lakes of Cocha Blanco and Cocha Camungo and the famed Blanquillo Macaw Lick. Our sightings should include tapirs, parrots, macaws, giant otters, monkeys, frogs, insects and arachnids. This is truly a world-class gem as far as Amazon wildlife lodges are concerned. Our activities will be tailored to the group’s interests and local knowledge of particular happenings at the time. BLD
Day 10, September 7th, 2018: Boating and driving to Cabaña Quinta, Puerto Maldonado
After an early departure from the lodge we board our boat again for a lovely early morning trip on the river. From the gold-mining village of Colorado we go by road for 45 minutes to the Inambari River for a short boat crossing to Santa Rosa and then continue by road for two and a half hours to the large town of Puerto Maldonado where we overnight at the Cabaña Quinta. BLD
Day 11, September 8th, 2018: Flight to Lima and onward home
After breakfast we drive the ten kilometers to the airport for our return flights to Lima and onward. Here the trip ends.
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Pete Oxford, a British biologist and professional conservation photographer and expedition leader has a long history with the Amazon. He has been a resident of Ecuador for 32 years and was a naturalist guide in an Amazonian eco-lodge for three of those years. He has published 14 books with forewords by such people as E.O. Wilson, HRH Prince Philip, HRH The Prince of Wales, Sting and the president of Guyana; President David A. Granger. Of those 14 books 6 are about the South American rainforests. His award-winning images have been published in the likes of National Geographic, Time, Smithsonian, Nature’s Best, BBC Wildlife and International Wildlife. With his wife, Reneé Bish, they led the first-ever commercial tour group to the Manu Wildlife Center in Peru.