Manu Indigenous Communities 5 days

Manu Indigenous Communities 5 days

This 5-day program is a great way to enjoy and learn more about the incredible biological diversity of the Peruvian Amazon, as well as the human groups who have lived here for centuries. An enormous variety of birdlife can be spotted on this tour, during which travelers will have plenty of time to appreciate the fauna, flora and living culture of this fascinating corner of Peru.

This is a chance to share for a while in the daily lives of members of the indigenous Matchiguenga people, and to travel on the forest’s trails, rivers and lakes, surrounded at all times by a tropical forest habitat, in the company of an expert naturalist guide.


Drive from the Andes to the Amazon basin, Cloud forest, native communities, jungle live experience, medicinal plants,


Cusco, Paucartambo, Cloud Forest, Pilcopata, Atalaya, Shepitiari

Price Information

1 person US $ 2,827
2 people US $ 1,604
3 people US $ 1,444

Group Departure US $ 1,444

*Prices per person.

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Detailed Itinerary:

1 Day: Cusco - Manu Paradise Lodge

We will leave Cusco early, and our route will provide us with a unique opportunity to experience the diversity of Peru. Our drive to the cloud forest will take us through superb Andean scenery, passing through high altitude grasslands, fertile inter-Andean valleys and small, traditional communities where in many ways life remains largely unchanged. Along the way it is also possible to observe a variety of bird species, including the mountain caracara and Puna ibis. Shortly before arriving at the picturesque colonialera Andean village of Paucartambo, we will pass a series of pre-Inca Lupaca culture burial towers. Each year in July, Paucartambo hosts one of Peru’s most remarkable religious celebrations, and for the rest of the year it is a peaceful, welcoming place to visit. There will be time to enter the local church and view and photograph the elegant colonial-era Carlos V Bridge on the Mapacho River. Paucartambo has been the gateway to the forests of Manu since pre-Hispanic times. After leaving the village, we will drive up to the high pass at Acjanacu (3,850 meters / 12,628 feet) and the entrance to Manu National Park. From here the road descends past Andean grasslands into the cloud forest, which is the habitat of the cock-ofthe-rock, crested and golden quetzals, blue-crowned motmots, gray breasted mountain toucans, the endemic Puna thistletail and many species of butterflies, ferns and orchids. We will have time to walk along part of the road to enjoy the wildlife of this unique ecosystem, looking out for birds, as well as other fauna, and identifying plant species. This is also the habitat of the spectacled bear, South America’s only bear species, as well as white-tailed deer, endemic ferns and several varieties of orchids. You will spend your first night in the cloud forest at our comfortable Paradise Lodge (1,470 meters / 4,821 feet).

Services Included:
Transport: Cusco - Paucartambo (Approx. 8 hours)
Tour Guide: Spanish/English
Visit: High Pass Acjanacu
Overnight: Paradise Lodge.
Meals: Lunch & Dinner included / Breakfast not included

2 Day: Paradise Lodge - Amazon basin

We will make an early start today, walking into the cloud forest to observe how the males of the species which is Peru’s national bird, the cock-of-the-rock, perform a complex courtship display for the females. After a nourishing breakfast at the lodge, we will set off once more, this time by road, driving as far as the river port at Atalaya, on the lookout all the time for birds, monkeys and insects. At the port we will board our motorized canoe and head along the Upper Madre de Dios. We will have lunch on our way to the typical jungle lodge where we will be spending our second night in the forest, where we will be welcomed by people from the Shipetiari indigenous community. Once you have had time to settle in and take a shower, it will be time for an evening meal, after which you will be offered the chance to take a nocturnal walk in the forest in the company of your guide, before getting to bed early for a much needed rest.

Services Included:
Transport: Bus - Boat and Hiking
Tour Guide: Spanish/English
Visit: Shipetiari Indigenous Community
Overnight: Paradise Lodge
Meals: All Included

3 Day: Shipetiari Indigenous Community – Amazon Basin

Today you will have the opportunity to share in the daily life of one of the few communities that have managed to conserve the ancestral culture of the Matchiguenga people. The villagers will show you how they live in harmony with nature and conserve their environment. Leaving the village, we will explore the local network of trails, on the lookout for interesting flora and fauna. Your guide will help you to identify local medicinal plants, and we will eat lunch in the heart of the forest. We will return to the lodge in the afternoon, where the villagers will entertain us with a demonstration of their traditional music and dance.

Services Included:
Transport: Boat and Hiking
Tour Guide: Spanish/English
Visit: Shipetiari Indigenous Community – Amazon Basin
Overnight: Paradise Lodge
Meals: All Included

4 Day: Shipetiari – Thermal Springs – Paradise Lodge

After a typical rainforest breakfast we will say goodbye to our hosts and board the boat that will once again transport us along the Upper Madre de Dios River. Along the way there will be plenty of time for bird watching, as well as to enjoy the medicinal properties of natural thermal springs. We will eat lunch on the way, and later make a stop at Lake Machuwasi, with its fascinating oxbow lake ecosystem. The lakeshore is inhabited by the hoatzin, one of the Amazon’s most unusual bird species. At the port of Atalaya we will board our vehicle for the return drive to the Paradise Lodge.

Services Included:
Transport: Bus - Boat and Hiking
Tour Guide: Spanish/English
Visit: Lake Machuwasi
Overnight: Paradise Lodge
Meals: All Included

5 Day: Paradise Lodge - Cusco

After a good night’s sleep at our lodge and an excellent breakfast, we will board our vehicle for the return journey to Cusco. During the return trip, there will be plenty of time to make stops and take short walks, enjoying the surrounding scenery and looking out for interesting wildlife. We will reach our destination at around 5:00 pm.

Services Included:
Transport: Paucartambo – Cusco (Approx. 8 hours)
Tour Guide: Spanish/English
Meals: Breakfast included / lunch and Dinner not included

Tag: Manu, Paradise, Lodge, indigenous community, Culture, Recommended,

Last update: Sep, 30 2019

Important Information About This Tour

  • What Includes
  • Not Included
  • Recommendations
  • photocopy of passport
  • Small backpack
  • Hiking boots
  • Sweater
  • Lighweight warm jacket
  • Rain gear (waterproof poncho)
  • Long-sleeved cotton shirts
  • Hiking shorts
  • Hat or bandana
  • Swimsuit
  • Sport sandals
  • Sunscreen and sunglasses
  • Insect repellent
  • Flashlight
  • Pocket knife
  • Camera, memory stick and spare batteries
  • Binoculars for wildlife viewing (8 or 10x magnification)
  • Zip-lock bags and garbage bags for keeping clothes and other personal items dry

Additional Options

Ask for AYAWUASCA ceremony.... our native shaman will be introduce on jungle traditional medicine

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