The Manu Wildlife Center offers travelers some of the best wildlife viewing anywhere in the Amazon Basin. While its remoteness requires extra effort to reach it, the reward is its proximity to wonderful macaw and tapir clay licks and a staggering amount of bird life, flora and fauna
Manu boasts the highest bird, mammal, and plant
diversity of any park on Earth, including 1,000 of the world's 9,700
bird species, 200 species of mammals, and 15,000 species of flowering
Watch macaws and parrots from the floating hid
Relax over a drink in the lounge-ba
Panoramic views from the canopy tower
Guided wildlife walk
Near the world's largest tapir lick
Itinerary in Brief
Day 1: Flight to Puerto Maldonado - Manu Wildlife Cente
Day 2: The Macaw Clay Lick Project, Canopy Tower & Tapir Clay Lic
Day 3: Hike to an Oxbow Lake and the Wildlife Trail
Day 4: Manu Wildlife Center to Cusco or Lima – Departure day
* For those interested in a deeper experience in Manu jungle lowland we can offer larger programs 6 days, 7 days or more. Contact us for prices and details.
Day 1: Flight to Puerto Maldonado - Manu Wildlife Center
Arrive at the airport in Puerto Maldonado, followed with a transfer service by van to Santa Rosa Village. You will then cross the Inambari River for a 15 minutes boat trip to Puerto Carlos. Here you will start your overland journey to Boca Colorado for 45 minutes by car, followed by a four and a half hour motorized boat journey ride upstream the Madre de Dios river. You will receive a delicious boxed lunch at the beginning of the boat journey to Manu Wildlife Center.
Later we make our first acquaintance with the rainforest, exploring some of the 30 miles of forest trails that surround the lodge. We have an excellent chance of encountering some of the 12 species of monkeys, including the Spider Monkey and Emperor Tamarin, which inhabit the surrounding forest.
After dinner there will be an enchanting night walk along the trails, in search of the nocturnal birds and animals of the rainforest (Box Lunch, D)
Day 2: The Macaw Clay Lick Project, Canopy Tower & Tapir Clay Lick
Another early start (inevitable on wildlife expeditions), after a delicious breakfast there will be a short boat ride downstream. We then have a short walk through the forest to the Macaw Lick Project. After this we continue walking and exploring on the network of trails surrounding the lodge then we return to the lodge for lunch.
Later, we continue to explore and discover the rainforest, arriving in the late afternoon at our 34m/112ft. Canopy Tower. On its platform we witness the frantic rush-hour activity of twilight in the rainforest canopy, before night closes in. Then we set off along the “collpa trail”, which will take us to the lodge’s famous Tapir Clay lick. The lick features a roomy, elevated observation platform 5m/17ft above the forest floor. This Tapir Experience is unique and exciting because these normally very shy creatures are visible up close. (B/L/D)
Day 3: Hike to an Oxbow Lake and the Wildlife Trails
We set off early for an old oxbow lake full of water lilies (Nuphar lutea) and sunken logs. As we circle the lake on our catamaran we may encounter the resident Giant Otter family on a fishing expedition, or troops of monkeys crashing noisily through the trees.
After lunch at the lodge our guide is available to lead us on freewheeling expeditions in search of further wildlife encounters, or we may take one of the lodge’s many trails on private and personal excursions to commune with the spirits of the rainforest.
This evening, from the late afternoon until after Dinner, we offer an opportunity to search for caiman and other nocturnal life along the riverbank by boat (If the level of river allows it) (B/L/D)
Day 4: Manu Wildlife Center to Cusco or Lima – Departure day
We leave our lodge very early on the two hour and half return boat trip downstream to the Colorado Village. Breakfast will be served on the boat while you enjoy early morning wildlife activity as we go. In addition, this journey allows us to see several lowland native settlements and gold miners digging and panning gold along the banks of the Madre de Dios River. We will stop in the gold-mining town of Colorado to start our overland journey to Puerto Carlos for 45 minutes. Then you will cross the Inambari River for a 15 minute boat trip to Santa Rosa and lastly a van or bus will drive us to Puerto Maldonado City. Here you fly by a commercial airplane to Cusco or Lima, with this assistance your jungle adventure ends... (B)
Please note that the program may vary slightly so as to maximize your wildlife sightings, depending on the reports of our researchers and experienced naturalist guides based at the lodge.
Manu Wildlife Center Lodge
The Manu Wildlife Center is located in the wild and remote Manu wilderness of Peru along the Manu de Dios in the Manu Biosphere Reserve. The Lodge provides a perfectly comfortable base for wildlife enthusiasts, photographers, birders and those who simply want a true relaxing rainforest experience. The Lodge counts on a Tapir and Mammal Lick, the Blanquillo Macaw and Parrot Clay Lick, 2 walk up Canopy Towers and floating catamarans on 2 ox-bow lakes for observing Giant Otters and other lakeside birds and wildlife.
22 bungalows w/ private bathroom
2 observation towers
Reception and Transfer assistance from the Airport in Puerto Maldonado on the first day.
Overland & River transportation.
Accommodation at Manu Wildlife Center
All meals are included from lunch on the first day to the breakfast on the last day
English speaking guides
Guided tours in accordance with the itinerary.
The Overland and boat transportation permit baggage allowance up to 10 kg per person.
Transfer assistance at the Airport in Puerto Maldonado on the last day.
Airport entrance/departure taxes,
Passport, visa, and immigration fees
Additional hotel nights
Travel Protection Plan
Transfer assistance from/to your hotel to/from the airport in Cusco or Lima.
Excess baggage charges. If you have more than the 10 kilograms permitted, the excess will be charged to you by our staff, the cost for the extra kilo is US $ 2.00 “space permitting”.
Extra services (Boat transportation)
4 Day program leaves Mondays and returns Thursdays
5 Day program leaves Thursdays and returns Mondays