MANU WILDLIFE CENTER
5 DAYS – 4 NIGHTS: TAPIR AND MACAW CLAY LICK
Fixed Departure – Thursday
This lodge is located east of the Manu River on the north bank of the Madre de Dios River. It is reaching by a 45-minute flight from Cusco to Puerto Maldonado.On the following day, begins you boat journey to reach MWC and offers the Amazon’s finest short, in-depth wildlife safari. The lodge is famous for its abundant and varied wildlife, with its own Tapir clay lick, a nearby macaw clay lick project, two nearby oxbow lakes and two tall canopy-viewing towers among its impressive highlights.Since our service on the first day begins from 6:00 to 6:30 a.m., we provide you the lodging in Puerto Maldonado City for the night before your trip. The day of the departure to Manu, you will have also the breakfast at the hotel (Cabaña Quinta or Puerto Amazonico).
Day 01: PUERTO MALDONADO-MANU WILDLIFE CENTER
Our service begin from 6:00 to 6:30 a.m. with your reception from your hotel followed with a transfer service by van to Santa Rosa Village. We will get there in about two-hours and a half journey, you will cross the Inambari River for a 15 minutes boat trip to Puerto Carlos, here you will start your overland journey to Boca Colorado for 45 minutes by car, followed by four hours and a half motorized boat journey ride upstream the Madre de Dios river. We arrive to Manu Wildlife Center for lunch.
Later we make our first acquaintance with the rainforest, exploring some of the 30 miles of forest trails that surround the lodge. We have an excellent chance of encountering some of the 12 species of monkeys, including the Spider Monkey and Emperor Tamarin, which inhabit the surrounding forest.
After dinner, there will be an enchanting night walk along the trails, in search of the nocturnal birds and animals of the rainforest (Lunch, dinner)
Day 02: MANU WILDLIFE CENTER
Another early start (inevitable on wildlife expeditions), after a delicious breakfast, we walk through the forest for some minutes, where we find the Macaw Lick project. The hide provided with individual chairs and a convenient place for cameras and binoculars to a distance of 15 meters. In groups of two and three, the scarlet Macaws come flapping in, landing in the treetops as they eye the main stage below. After this, we continue walking and exploring on the network of trails surrounding the lodge then we return to the lodge for lunch.
Later, we continue to explore and discover the rainforest, its lore and plant life, on the network of trails surrounding the lodge, 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. Here at the most active tapir lick known in the entire Amazon, our research has identified from 8-12 individual 600-pound Tapirs who come to this lick to eat clay from under the tree roots around the edge. This unlikely snack absorbs and neutralizes toxins in the vegetarian diet of the Tapir, the largest land animal of Latin America. The lick features a roomy, elevated observation platform 5m/17ft above the forest floor. The platform is equipped with freshly made up mattresses with pillows. Each mattress is covered by a roomy mosquito net. The 10-m-long, elevated walkway to the platform is covering with sound-absorbing padding to prevent our footsteps from making noise. This Tapir Experience is unique and exciting because these normally very shy creatures are visible up close, and flash photography is not just permitted, but encouraged. The hard part for modern city dwellers is to remain still and silent anywhere from 30 minutes to two or more hours. Many 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. Most people feel that the wait is well worth it in order to have such a high probability of observing the rare and elusive Tapir in its rainforest home. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Day 03: MANU WILDLIFE CENTER
Hike to an Oxbow Lake and the Wildlife Trails. We set off early for an old oxbow lake full of water lilies (Nuphar lutea) and sunken logs. As we circle the lake on our catamaran, we might encounter the resident Giant Otter family on a fishing expedition, or troops of monkeys crashing noisily through the trees.
Wattled Jacanas step lightly on the lily pads, 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, managers, macaws, toucans and parakeets all finally come swooping in to 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 (If the level of river allows it) (Breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Day 04: MANU WILDLIFE CENTER
Observation tower and trail system. After breakfast, we will explore on the network of trails, having more emphasis in visiting trees that are with flowers and fruits, this thanks to the information of our resident and naturalist guides. Here we expect to find more species of monkeys, as well as also numerous species of birds. Before or after the dinner, the passengers who have energy and want more experience, they will have the second opportunity to visit the Observation Tower as well as the mammals or tapir clay lick (Collpa de mamiferos). (Breakfast, lunch, dinner).
Day 05: MANU WILDLIFE CENTER– PUERTO MALDONADO – CUSCO OR LIMA
Departure day. We leave our lodge very early on the two-hour and a half-return boat trip downstream to the Colorado Village. Depending upon the time we must be in Puerto Maldonado, the breakfast will be served at the lodge or on the boat while you enjoying early morning wildlife activity as we go, of course this is a perfect time to take advantage of valuable early morning wildlife activity along the river. In additions, this journey allows us to see several lowland native settlements and gold miners digging and panning gold along the banks of the Madre de Dios River. We will stop in the far-west type gold-mining town of Colorado to start our overland journey to Puerto Carlos for 45 minutes, and then you will ross the Inambari River for 15 minutes boat trip to Santa Rosa. Finally, a van or bus will drive us in approximately two-hours and a half to the airport in Puerto Maldonado City, with the assistance your jungle adventure ends. (Breakfast)
• Please note that you should stay overnight the night before in Puerto Maldonado in order to start your trip from 6:00 to 6:30 a.m.
• The program may vary slightly to maximize your wildlife sightings, depending on the reports of our researchers and experienced naturalist guides based at the lodge.