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Manu Wildlife Centre Lodge

Amazon, Peru

4 days

Summary

This lodge is located east of the Manu River on the north bank of the Madre de Dios River. It is reached by a 45 minute flight from Cusco to Puerto Maldonado followed by a car and boat journey to reach Manu Wildlife Centre 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.

Highlights

  • The most photogenic and accessible large macaw and parrot lick. 
  • Miles of monkey-rich trails through nature rain forest.
  • Two 120-foot-tall (35-m) canopy platforms.
  • Two nature lakes with abundant Hoatzins, caimans and Giant Otters.

ITINERARY

Day 1 Puerto Maldonado/Amazon

On arrival to Puerto Maldonado’s airport, you will be met by your representatives from Manu Wildlife Centre and transferred by van to Santa Rosa Village, you will get there in about two?hours and a half journey, you will cross the Inambari river for a 10 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 motorised boat journey ride upstream the Madre de Dios river. You will have lunch on the way. Dinner will be served at Manu Wildlife Centre.

Day 2 Amazon

After a delicious breakfast, make your first acquaintance with the rainforest, exploring the forest trails that surround the lodge. You 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. Walk through the forest some minutes, and you will find the Macaw Lick project.
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, continue walking and exploring on the network of trails surrounding the lodge then, return to the lodge for lunch. 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 the 34 meters Canopy Tower. On its platform, you will be able to witness the frantic ush?hour activity of twilight in the rainforest canopy, before night closes in. Set off along the “collpa trail”, which will take you to the lodge’s famous Tapir Clay lick. Here at the most active tapir lick known in the entire Amazon, 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 neutralises toxins in the vegetarian diet of the Tapir, the largest land animal of Latin America. The lick features a roomy, elevated observation platform 5 metres 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 meters long elevated walkway to the platform is covered 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 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.

Day 3 Amazon

Today you will set off early for an old oxbow lake full of water lilies (Nuphar lutea) and sunken logs. As you circle the lake on your catamaran you may encounter the resident Giant Otter family on a fishing expedition, or troops of monkeys crashing noisily through the trees. Wattle Jacanas step lightly on the lily pads, Dainty Sun Grebe 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?coloured, punk chickens, announce their presence with distinctive, bizarre wheezing and grunts. Woodpeckers, tanagers, 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 your guide will be ready to take you on a freewheeling expedition in search of further wildlife encounters, or you can always choose to 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, you can search for caimans and other nocturnal life along the riverbank by boat (If the level of river allows it).

Day 4 Amazon

You will leave the lodge very early as you need to take a two?hour and a half return boat trip downstream to the Colorado Village. You will stop in the far?west type gold?mining town of Colorado to start your overland journey to Puerto Carlos for 45 minutes, then you will cross the Inambari River for 10 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, here you fly by a commercial airplane to Cusco or Lima, with this assistance your jungle adventure ends.

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