Regional travel in Peru – Travel program PTW-MAN004-en

Trekking through the Manu mountain cloud forest

4 days / 3 nights – Start: thursday (from 2 participants)

Let us guide you through a biotope that is unique in the world: the Manu National Park, where flora and fauna are more diverse than anywhere else on earth. After an indescribable sunrise over the sea of clouds in the Amazon rainforest, you begin your trekking tour. Walk down the eastern slopes of the Andes through Manu National Park on an ancient Inca trail. You cross the fairytale world of the elf forest and reach the mountain cloud forest and its immense variety of flora and fauna. Embark on discovery tours and explore this unique biotope. Get to know the dreamlike idyll of the Manu Ecolodge and enjoy deep relaxation.


Day 1: from Cusco to Tres Cruces

You leave Cusco early in the morning by vehicle from Cusco in easterly direction, pass the Sacred Valley of the Incas and cross the 4100 m high Huachucasa pass. After a winding and varied journey through small communities and lonely landscapes, you will reach the village of Paucartambo and, after a final climb, the border to Manu National Park at the Acjanaco checkpoint (3550 m). From there you hike to the Tres Cruces de Oro viewpoint (3800 m), high above the eastern slopes of the Andes. Camp at the viewpoint.

Day 2: from Tres Cruces to Tambo Paititi

The next morning, early risers can experience an unforgettable sunrise over a sea of clouds. To the east, the Andes drop into the Amazonian lowlands that stretch to the horizon, on the other side lie the snow-capped peaks of the Cordillera Vilcanota and the Cordillera Urubamba. After breakfast you leave Tres Cruces and start your trekking tour on a narrow Inca path through the changing vegetation zones of the eastern slopes. You hike through the upper part of the mountain cloud forest, the dwarfish so-called "elf forest" with its mystical wafts of fog, pass a tree world covered with bromeliads, walk in places through a kind of tunnel, where the path became a ravine in the past through llama and horse drivers "burrowed" the level of the tree roots and over thick carpets of moss and ferns. Since you have the whole day at your disposal, you can always take time for photo and viewing stops. In the afternoon you will reach Manu Jungle Lodge Tambo Paititi (1500 m).

Day 3: Tambo Paititi

At sunrise you experience the mountain cloud forest very much alive. After a little refreshment we go in search of tracks and observation posts for birds, monkeys and other animals. On a narrow trail through the mountain jungle, we look out for Peru's national bird, the colorful rock cock, and other bird species such as the toucan, quetzal, tanager and oropendula. With a bit of luck you can also observe capuchin monkeys and the largest monkey in Amazonia, the woolly monkey. Back at the lodge, a hearty breakfast awaits you. In the afternoon we undertake another one to two hour hike on lonely paths through the mountain cloud forest. Throughout the day there are numerous opportunities to get to know the flora and fauna of the mountain jungle better, to take a bath in the rushing river or to observe the surroundings in peace and quiet directly from the lodge.

Day 4: from Tambo Paititi to Cusco

Again, get up early for a chance to see the animals that are active in the morning hours. After breakfast you will get on our bus, which will take you back to Paucartambo via the Acjanaco pass, where you will have lunch in a small typical restaurant. We continue with changing landscape impressions back to Cusco, arrival in the early evening.

Note: In order to adapt the various activities to the specific circumstances, as well as for climatic or organizational reasons, changes in the schedule can be made.



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