Peru - Wildlife Tours

The adventures listed here are generally low impact tours that focus on wildlife or birdwatching. They tend to involve some camping in simple huts and are less comfortable than standard lodge tours. However, the wildlife watching experience tends to be excellent. These are group departures to keep costs down, but group sizes are usually low.

For more comfortable wildlife watching experiences, please see ‘Eco-Lodges‘ and Eco-Luxury’.

Manu Park Camp

Manu Park Wildlife Center or Albergue Machiguenga is a simple but comfortable low-impact lodge located inside the Manu Park Wildlife Center. Nestled almost invisibly in the forest, it lies just across the river from the trail to Manu’s prime wildlife viewing location, Cocha (Lake) Salvador. This is the largest and most beautiful of the 13 oxbow lakes of the Manu River

Manu Adventure Safari 5d/4n

Operates March – November.

Visit the Manu National Park to see Giant Otters and lots of wildlife along the meandering Manu River. At Manu Wildlife Center and it’s macaw clay lick, the tapir lick, our canopy platform, and trails to enjoy some more rainforest surprises.

Manu Explorer 6d/5n

Operates March – November:

Leave Cusco by private bus and explore the complete transect from the highlands to the jungle lowlands. In the cloud forest, we visit the Cock-of-the-Rock display ground. In the Manu National Park the program features the wildlife along the meandering Manu River and the Salvador oxbow lake and its Giant River Otters.

Manu – Tapirs and Macaw Clay Lick 7d/6n

Operates March – November:

Leave Cusco by private bus and explore the complete transect from the highlands to the jungle lowlands. Attractions include the Cock-of-the-Rock in the cloud forest, the Manu Oxbow lakes featuring the Giant River Otters, Manu Wildlife Center’s Macaw Clay Lick Project, the Tapir lick, a canopy platform and trail system for more wildlife observation.

Manu & Beyond 6d/5n

Operates March – November:

One fixed departure per week starting Wednesdays and returning Mondays. .In this program we explore the pristine nature around Pakitza, looking for more wildlife, mammals, caimans, birds. Starts and ends in Puerto Maldonado.

Manu Bio Trip 5d/4n

This journey combines a spectacular descent through mountainous cloud forest from the Andes to Amazon, with lodge visits in the cloud forest and along the wild Alto Madre de Dios River, culminating in a lowland rainforest experience amidst the comfortable yet wildlife-rich surroundings of the famous Manu Wildlife Center.

Regular, weekly departures Sat-Thurs, starting in Cusco and finishing in Puerto Maldonado.

Manu Cloud Forest – Low Impact 3d/2n

The cloud forest on the eastern slopes of the Andes is a mysterious environment, clad in elfin forest and mist hanging among the trees. This montane rainforest is a unique environment which is home to a huge number of species, especially birds, but also mammals, such as the Andean spectacled bear.

Manu – Cultural Zone 5d/4n

We take the minibus down the Manu Road and stop overnight in the cloud forest. The following two nights we will stay in the lowland forest of Pantiacolla Lodge at the foot of the Pantiacolla Mountain Range (Andean foothill). We return to Cusco by boat and car stopping once again for another overnight in the cloud forest.

Manu Reserved Zone – 7d/6n

This short excursion to Manu provides an opportunity to visit the cloud forest, the cultural zone and some parts of the reserved zone of Manu. Although short, it traverses all the ecosystems of the Manu National Park, each with its own rich diversity of plant and animal life.

Manu Reserved Zone – 9d/8n

A meandering journey through all the zones and ecosystems of the Manu National Park, from the Cloud Forest to the Lowland rain forest. This is a low impact group tour, as close to nature as we can be.