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Duration

7 days / 6 nights

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Birdwatching

Birdwatching

Wildlife

Wildlife

Starting price

USD 1414 per person

Transition Zone

Cusco Manu National Park

This trip has been specially designed for lovers of photography and birdwatching at Manu National Park. The Manu route is one of the areas of Peru with the most biodiversity, where we find more than 1,000 species of birds.

During the route we will cross different ecosystems that go from the highland grasses, located over 3,000 m.a.s.l., to the low forest, below than 500 m.a.s.l. Thanks to this we can enjoy various microclimates and ecosystems throughout the route, in one of the most extensive cloud forests on the planet.

The intensity of the excursion is moderate since most part of the observation will be made from our vehicle, roadside or in specially designed paths in our lodges.

Transition or Cultural Zone

It has an area of 120,000 hectares. It is comprised of Madre de Dios river’s riverside and the high Andean territories that border the south part of the reserve, between the dividing line of the National Park and the Mapacho river. Settlers communities that developed agriculture, cattle raising, and forestry activities live in this area. They have basic health, education and development services.

*The order and schedules of the excursions can be modified according to your guide, and as seen fit through coordination with the management by considering the physical condition of the passengers, and the climate of the moment. *

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Itinerary

day1 :

Cusco: Arrival to Cusco city

On the first day you will be picked up at the Velazco Astete Airport (Cuz) to be brought to your selected hotel and to give you the briefing from our next adventure, we recommend to have a light dinner and to rest early.

*Overnight in double room

Meals: None

day2 :

Cusco – Cock of the Rock lodge

Early morning on our second day we will take the road, in our private vehicle, the whole trip will have an approximate duration of 5 to 6 hours. After our first 2 hours of trip we will have breakfast and a brief rest at the picturesque town of blue balconies, Paucartambo.

At approximately midday will take our box lunch next to the road, to enjoy the views of the cloud forest.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

day3 :

Cock of the Rock lodge

Very early in the morning of our fifth day, we will take advantage of the feeders of our Lodge, while enjoying a delicious breakfast; Cock of the Rock Lodge offers a great dinner room with the perfect view to the bird feeding stations, from there we could see hummingbirds such as: Green Hermit, Many Spotted Humingbird, Wire-Crested Thorntail, etc. It`s also very likely to see colorful tanagers such as: Orange-Eared Tanager, Golden-Eared Tanager. Etc. After this activity, thought to last until 10 am, we will go to find more birds on the road, where we will be looking for mixed flocks and see more of the cloud forest environment.

Once back at our lodge, we will have lunch, and afterwards will go to the barbet feeding station, where is possible to get really good pictures of the Versicolored Barbet. At 5pm, will go in our vehicle to wait the for the come out flight of one of the most emblematic birds from the area, the Lyre-Tailed Nightjar. After this final activity will return for supper, charging batteries and spend the night.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

day4 :

Cock of the Rock – Wayquecha Biological Station

Today we will take the morning to improve our pictures at the lodge. After lunch we will head up to our next destination, Wayquecha Biological Station. We will ascent doing several strategic stops, searching for mixed flocks, composed by tanagers, toucanets, woodpeckers, woodcreepers, flycatchers and euphonias; but our main target will be finding the Masked Trogon and the Golden-Headed Quetzal, and if we get lucky, depending on the station its possible to see large birds of prey.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

day5 :

Wayquecha Biological Station

On our seventh day morning, right after having breakfast, we will go searching for the endemic Red-and-White Antpitta and to take advantage of some of the paths made by Wayquecha’s personal searching for larger tanagers such as: the Grass Green Tanager, Hooded Mountain-Tanager, Scarlet-Bellied Mountain-Tanager, etc. In the afternoon, after lunchtime, we will look for the Rufuos-Capped Thornbill, besides other regular visitors at the station such as: Long-Tailed Sylph and Amethyst-Throated Sunangel. One of our afternoon targets will also be look for the Gray-Breasted Mountain Toucan, an emblematic bird of the upper part of the mountain.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

day6 :

Wayquecha Biological Station – Cusco

For our last day of expedition, we will search for more mixed flocks at the roadside, right after breakfast, and will search for highland grass birds such as: Band-Tailed Pigeon, Great Thrush, Glossy-Black Thrush, etc. At midday will go back to have lunch at Wayquecha, and afterwards start the trip back to Cusco City.

Meals: Breakfast and lunch

day7 :

Cusco: Departure

At an appropriate hour we will pick you from your hotel for your transfer to the airport.

Meals: Breakfast

Price

Destination Tourist Superior tourist Superior Deluxe

Cusco

El Andariego

Manu National Park

CockOfTheRock/Wayquecha

Price per person: USD 0 1414 0 0

Tourist

Cusco
Manu National Park
Price per person: USD 0
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Superior Tourist

Cusco El Andariego
Manu National Park CockOfTheRock/Wayquecha
Price per person: USD 1414
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Superior

Cusco
Manu National Park
Price per person: USD 0
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Deluxe

Cusco
Manu National Park
Price per person: USD 0
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Tour Inclusions

INCLUDES:

  • 02 nights accommodation in Cusco city
  • 02 night accommodation at Cock of the Rock Lodge
  • 02 nights accommodation at Wayquecha biological station
  • Transfer in and transfer out
  • All due taxes
  • Bilingual private guide
  • Private Van for mentioned excursions
  • All meals stated in the itinerary
  • Water available in lodges and Van

 

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Domestic and international flights
  • Airport taxes
  • Fees for excess baggage
  • Alcoholic drinks, soft drinks or bottled water
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips
  • Laundry
  • National or international personal phone calls
  • Not stated meals

Regulations

PRICES
All rates are expressed in US dollars, per person, based on double occupancy and are subject to change without notice. Minimum 4 passengers.

ITINERARY
All our itineraries have been very carefully prepared taking your trip’s best operation into account. However, changing the order of some tours or routes might be necessary in some cases. Although these changes occur in few instances, the itinerary details should be taken as a basic guide.

AIR TICKETS
If Colourful Peru oversees buying and issuing local-flight tickets, their prices may vary until the date of the flight’s booking and payment. Furthermore, the airline might change the flight number as well as its departure hour.

Once the flight reservation and payment are made, the latter will not be reimbursable. Changes regarding name, flight, route, trip’s date or cancellations are not allowed.

Hotel reservations that are not part of an organized trip

Cancellations and Reimbursements

  • All reserve cancellations or annulments shall be communicated by email from Monday to Friday. In case the communication is made on Saturday or Sunday, the following Monday will be considered as the date of receipt.
  • If the cancellation or annulment is received 45 days before the date of entry to the hotel, the payment is reimbursable discounting administrative expenses.
  • If the cancellation or annulment is received between 44 and 31 days before the date of entry to the hotel, Colourful Peru will charge 50% of the total payment as a penalty.
  • In case of no-show or if the cancellation or annulment is received 30 days or less before the check-in date, the payment will not be refunded.

Booked trips

Cancellations and Reimbursements

  • All reserve cancellations or annulments shall be communicated by email from Monday to Friday, in case the communication is made on Saturday or Sunday, the following Monday will be considered as the date of receipt.
  • The email shall have the necessary information to be immediately attended.
  • If the cancellation or annulment is received up to 45 days before the booked trip’s start, the payment is reimbursable discounting administrative expenses.
  • If the cancellation or annulment is received between 44 and 31 days before the booked trip’s start, Colourful Peru will charge 50% of the total payment as a penalty.
  • If the cancellation or annulment is received 30 days or less before booked trip’s start, the payment will not be refunded.
  • On rare occasions, some tours can be affected or cancelled by climate conditions, riots, force majeure, etc. which are beyond the control of the airlines, hotels, suppliers or Live Corporation. In those cases, the company will not issue a refund.

(*) Note: some suppliers consider stricter cancellation conditions, consequently, they reserve the right to charge additional fees for other penalties in such cases.

Regarding the Inca Trail: the reserve is subject to its payment and there will not be reimbursements in case of cancellations, moreover, neither name nor date changes are allowed.

During peak season, the company reserves the right to change the cancellation regulations in case the suppliers apply other penalties or make the aforementioned changes.

LIABILITY
Live Corporation carries out your trip’s arrangements, books transfer services, hotel rooms or other travel services required on your behalf, consequently, the company takes no responsibility for the loss of items, flight or tours delays due to events of force majeure, accidents or other events.

Important!
Live Corporation disclaims any liability for medical conditions, pregnancy, mental or physical limitations that might put at risk the health or integrity of the passenger or third parties during the operation of the booked tours or that might jeopardize the trip’s progress. Therefore, the company will not be obliged to any refunds or to address claims regarding the aforementioned reasons, even when there are not noticeable problems in normal circumstances.

Given this, it is important for the passengers to inform the company whether there is any of the aforementioned impediments, so we can offer and suggest suitable services according to the existing limitations.

Useful Info

CLIMATE
The climate in Peru can be divided by zones: the western Andes that has a dry and cold climate in winter and its very rainy during the summer. The rainforest that has a hot, wet and rainy climate and the desert coast with a warm climate without regular rainfall.

Cusco has a mild climate with temperatures that go from 02ºC to 23ºC with warm days and cold nights. The rainy season is from December to March.

The climate in Manu is divided in two seasons: the drought season from June to September and the rainy season from October to May. You must be prepared because there could be an unexpected “friaje” (cold wave) any time of the year. The weather in Manu constantly changes, there can be rain during the drought season, so we suggest taking precautions. The average temperature in the lowest parts is 35ºC during the day and 25ºC during the night.

The weather doesn’t hold the trip back in general, except when the “El Niño” phenomenon is very aggressive. 

TIME ZONE
Peru Time Zone according to Greenwich Mean Time is -5 (GMT -5), same as Bogotá and Mexico throughout the year and same as New York during summer. When it is midday in Peru the hour in the most important cities is:

São Paulo 14:00
Frankfurt 19:00
Nueva York 13:00
Londres 18:00
Hong Kong 01:00 + 1day
Singapur 01:00 + 1day

ALTITUDE
In Cusco: 3,360 meters above sea level
In Manu: 365 meters above sea level

WE RECOMMEND

  • Windbreaker
  • Camera
  • Long-sleeve shirt
  • T-shirts
  • Sweater and jacket
  • Repellent
  • Sunscreen
  • Trek boots or snickers
  • Cap or hat
  • Water-resistant clothes

HEALTH
The Peruvian Andes are at high altitudes, so it is necessary to take precautions to avoid altitude sickness or “soroche”. It is important to rest a few hours, to walk slowly and to eat light before beginning any tour. We also recommend drinking coca tea that helps with acclimatization. Even though water is potable in most cities, it is advisable to drink bottled water to avoid any problems.

VISA
To know if you need a visa to enter Peru, please go to the closest consulate since the requirement may vary at any moment. For more information, please go to:

Visa types to enter Peru

LANGUAGE
Peru’s official language is Spanish, which is spoken by 80% of the population. However, there is a large portion of the population that speaks Quechua and Aymara (especially in the Peruvian Andes). Moreover, we can find 55 dialects in the Amazonian rainforest.

ELECTRICAL CURRENT
Electricity in Peru is 220 Volts and 60 Hertz. In some hotels, you may find dual voltage outlets, however, we suggest checking your appliances’ voltage and take precautions by having a power adapter or converter.

PERUVIAN GASTRONOMY
During the last years, the Peruvian gastronomy has become famous because of its variety and exquisiteness. Among the most known dishes you can find the ceviche, a dish made of fish and seafood marinated in lemon juice.

There is a new gastronomy trend in Cusco called “novoandina”. The novoandina cuisine is based on the creation of new dishes using local ingredients such as quinoa, quiwicha, potato, alpaca and trout. This way, we have dishes such as alpaca tenderloin with “quinotto” (risotto made of quinoa instead of rice) or grilled trout with sautéed vegetables and native potatoes.

Restaurants during your trip:
Cusco: international, local and vegetarian food restaurants.
Manu: all meals will be provided by the lodge.

IMPORTANT
Colourful Peru reserves the right to make any changes without prior notice due to weather conditions, river levels, transport departures or arrivals, etc., to assure a better development of your trip’s operation.

FOR THE RAINFOREST

Yellow Fever Vaccine:
We recommend receiving the yellow fever vaccine at least 10 days before your arrival to the rainforest. It is a must to have the vaccination certificate during your trip.

MANU

Attractions in the Cultural Zone:

The Manu Biosphere Reserve is divided in three zones: Cultural Zone, Reserved Zone and National Park. The Cultural Zone is also known as the Transition Zone since it goes from the Andes in Cusco to the cloud forest and the edge of the rainforest in Madre de Dios. This area is inhabited by settlers that carry out agricultural, forest and livestock activities controlled by the Ministry of Environment. The health, development and education services are basic.

We suggest taking a tour to the Reserved Zone to know the rainforest at its best.

The tour in the Cultural Zone is advisable for those who doesn’t have much time and want to experience and feel the Peruvian rainforest’s nature while they enjoy the cloud forest’s landscapes. They might have the chance to meet the Andean cock-of-the-rocks, Peru’s national bird. The adventure lovers can practice mountain biking, canopy, zip line and rafting in this zone.

Your team is fully qualified to guide you and to show you the best of the area’s flora and fauna. This amazing experience will be completed by the cooks.

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