This short tour into one of the most biodiverse areas on the Planet will give you a little taste of and understanding on how important he protection of the Amazone is for mankind. This tour takes you into the Manu Cloud Forest area and Lake Machuhuasi and you will be visiting the lowland forest. If you have time we would suggest one of the longer trips that takes you into the heart of this wilderness, but it will nevertheless maybe give you an incentive to come back again.
In the Cloud Forest, the trees are somewhat bigger, up to 10-15 meters, and covered with mosses, lichens and bromeliads. Here we can already find three species of monkey, the Woolly Monkey, the Brown Capuchin and the White-fronted Capuchin Monkey. The Cloud Forest birds have incredible members, such as the Andean Cock of the Rock, the Umbrella Bird and the Crested Quetzal. There are many tanagers and hummingbirds plus Versicoloured Barbet, Highland Motmot and Green Jay. This is a good altitude (apr. 1600m) for butterflies, including members of the Skipper, Daggerwing and Sulphur families.
Other useful travel information:
Price: Price is per person based on twin/double share
Passport: It is not necessary to bring your original passport, just a copy will be sufficient. It is even recommended, because your passport – or any other valuable document could get a little damaged by the humidity or rain.
Meals: The food is not typical Peruvian food, nor typical tourist food. It is food that lasts in the heat and humidity of the tropical rainforest. For breakfasts there are omelettes, scrambled eggs, pancakes etc. The lunches in general consist of cold salads, since it is usually hot at that time of the day. The dinners feature soups (great Peruvian soups!), a main course with meat for the first part of the tour and beans or lentils at the end part (since meat cannot be kept cool forever without electricity) and desserts of fresh fruits or puddings etc. You can also ask for a special diet, such as vegetarian, saltless or anything else that you need or prefer. For drinking we have mineral water as much as you need, plus lemonades, coffee, tea, chocolate and herbal teas. There are places where one can buy beer or soft drinks, but you have to pay for those yourself.
Insect repellent: Besides the protective clothing we recommend to bring an insect repellent with at least 35% deet and after bite. If you can, bring some from home, since strong insect repellents are difficult to find in Cusco.
Money for soft drinks or beers and handicrafts: Bring around 150 Peruvian soles to buy drinks, snacks or souvenirs along the way. It is better to take soles than dollars, and preferably the smaller paper bills of S/10 and S/20, instead of the S/50 and S/100 bills.
Boats: The boats have a roof to protect you against the sun. However, if you are sitting on a moving boat, the rain always comes in on one side, and therefore we provide you with big plastic sheets to cover yourself without taking away your view of the rainforest.
See our destination video from this region:
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