The Chuncho Tour 3 days

Manu in Peru still stands tall and teems with life, untouched by man, as one of the last places on Earth. And you can be there, to experience this real nature! Manu has incredible animals, such as Spider Monkeys, Giant Otters, Night Monkeys, Tapirs, Black Caiman, Jaguars and many others Interested in birds or butterflies? Manu is THE place for you, with over 1000 recorded bird and uncountable butterfly species. Manu includes many ecosystems, from the over 4000m high puna grasslands in the Andes, through elfin and cloud forest, down to lowland forest at only 300m above sea level

  • 3Days / 2 Nights


After departing from Cusco in the early morning, we first visit the pre-Inca tombs of Ninamarca, in the colonial town of Paucartambo, also known as a center for folklore in the region. The next stop is the Acjanacu pass (3,560 m) which is the beginning of the Manu Biosphere. From this high pass we can observe the Amazon rain forest below. We then descend through different ecological zones, such as the puna, the dwarf forest and the cloud forest.  Along the way we will have a chance to see flora and fauna such as tree ferns and orchids, butterflies, monkeys, birds, toucans, tanagers, among others. The Cloud Forest is home of the Cock of the Rocks, the national bird of Peru (Rupícola peruviana) (We do visit the clay lick) and the spectacled bear, the only bear in South America. We spend the night in a comfortable hostel in the town of Pilcopata. (A, C)


We take a 45 min trip to Atalaya (500msnm) where we board our motorized boat and sail to our Hostel (40min. low river) located on the banks of the River Alto Madre de Dios. Here, we will spend the day exploring the natural surroundings, interesting trails and ecosystems. In the afternoon we visit a small lake where we will have the chance to see the enigmatic and prehistoric Hoatzin bird, some caimanes, capybaras, monkeys and various bird species. After dinner, we listen to sounds of the Amazon on a night walk from monkeys, Kalinowski’s agouti, frogs, dwarf owls, Potos and many other animal residents of the night. (D, A, C)


Very early we will sail for 15 minutes down river to see the parrot clay lick, where different species of parrots and parakeets give us an impressive show of color and sound. Then we take the boat to start the return trip to Atalaya to a vehicle taking us back to Cusco (arriving at 6pm Approx). (D, A)
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The Tour Includes

  • Specialized bilingual guide
  • 2 nights in a hostel
  • Necessary equipment for camping and cooking (tents with mosquito nettings, sleeping mats).
  • Transportation: private bus and motor boat, mats, life vests and overhead covering.
  • Entrance tickets
  • All meals as indicated on the itinerary: D=breakfast, A=lunch, C=dinner (soup, main entrée and dessert), Snacks, BL=box lunch. There is no additional charge for vegetarian preferences.
  • Mineral water from Cusco
  • First aid kit
  • Literature and informational material for the trip

The Tour Does Not Include

  • Personal equipment, medicines and articles of a personal nature: equipment, clothes, laundry services, telephone calls, etc.
  • Sleeping bag, in the event there should be a night of camping outdoors.

What you need to bring:

  • Flashlight
  • Poncho and rain gear
  • Insect repellent
  • Backpack
  • Binoculars
  • Warm jacket
  • Long sleeve cotton shirts
  • Walking shorts
  • Hat
  • Toiletries
  • Sandals
  • Photocopy of passport
  • Sun block/sun glasses
  • Hiking shoes
  • Pocket knife
  • Camera (if using a film camera we recommend ASA 200/400)


All people who join the tour should be in good health.
Enjoy nature responsibly

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