The Cultural Zone is one of the three areas of the Tambopata Biosphere Reserve and is a transition zone between the Andes and the Jungle. There are Montains, a Cloudforest and a part of the Jungle. In this area it is possible to see small hamlets, settlers and Native Communities who dedicate their time to productive activities like agriculture or pruning but in a smaller scale, thanks to the control of the Ministry of Agriculture and the Park authorities.
Leaving from Cusco very early in the morning in our comfortable bus. Ascending to the high mountain area of Paucartambo. On the way we visit the funeral towers or chullpas of Ninamarca. The bus then descents through the mysterious cloud forest full of beautiful orchids, heliconias and primitive ferns. Stopping to give you an opportunity to witness Cock of the Rocks (Rupicola Peruvian) mating ritual. There are also possibilities to observe the Amazonian Umbrella bird (Cephalopteros Ornatus), Trogons (Trogon sp.) and many more. With luck the only South American bear, the Spectacled Bear (Tremarctos ornatus). In the afternoon we arrive our typical lodge. Showers and toilets available.
After an early and delicious breakfast, The rest of the day we spend traveling on the Alto Madre de Dios River. On the way you can see a variety of birds, like herons, egrets, kingfishers, and the ever present vultures of which the most spectacular is the condor of the jungle, King Vulture (Sarcoramphus papa). In the afternoon we arrive to Manu wonderland lodge, walks to explore some one of the trails in the area, here we will visit a mammals lick (place where the animals goes for salt, mineral nutrients) with luck we will see tapirs on this area, night in Lodge, showers and toilets available.
After breakfast we continue our journey river down (Alto madre de Dios) to the native community of DIAMANTE and learning about their life and costum.Following the program we go to Boca Manu Village to have some cold drinks, relax and then we go into the Manu Biosphere Reserve by Manu river. Our first stop in the Control (Puesto de vigilancia Limonal) and them we continue our trip by boat to Casa Matchiguenca Lodge,but in the way we will aprecite many different kind of animals such as Capybara,peccaries monkeys brilliant birds and the adult Black ,white Caiman, or even a pair of Jaguar. Late afternoon we arrive at Casa Machiguenga Lodge, which includes the same amenities while still rustic, cozy and intimate in its surroundings of the Jungle of Manu. Exclusively managed by indigenous Matchiguenka, original caretakers of the Manu wilderness.( Optional Night Walk)
This day we will explore the jungle most of the day, on the way we will appreciate many different kinds of animals; such as tapir, collared peccaries, monkeys, coati, birds such as eagles, parrots, toucans, medicinal plants, flowers, and the giant trees of the jungle. We will have our lunch in the jungle, and follow that we go to visit to beautifull lake ; Salvador Lake And Otorongo Lake where we will be travelling in Catamaran and enjoy watching the wild population of the amazin lake such as White,Black Caiman,and the famous Giant Otter. We will return to Casa Matchiguenca Lodge and spend the night here.
We leave after Breaskfast the Casa Machigenga Lodge to continue our adventure traveling river down to Boca Manu On the way if we are very lucky we might see famous Jaguar along the beaches. We will stop at the Native Community of Isla de los Valles, and we are going to appreciate their culture and life style if you are interested in handicrafts and meeting the local people, crafts can be purchased from the people of Isla de los Valles community,also we will visit In the afternoon a Lake where we will fish Piranhas, after this activity we take our boat river up (Alto Madre de Dios) to MANU WONDERLAND Lodge.In the evening we will build a bonfire, relax and have some drinks and a BBQ. We will spend the night here.
We will get up early to take our motorized boat river up to Atalaya where our private bus will waiting for us to take us back to Cusco via the cloud forest and Paucartambo. We will arrive back in Cusco in the late afternoon.