Bike and Hike Through Remote Peruvian Rainforest. 4 Days

Discover Peru’s incredible wildlife as you mountain bike and trek through the Manu Biosphere Reserve. Be part of the mission to conserve it. 4 days.

  • Peru
  • April—October
  • Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport, Cuzco (CUZ)

On this four-day adventure, you’ll be mountain biking and trekking through Peru’s Manu Biosphere Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Along the way, your experienced guides will help you discover one of the most wildlife-rich places on earth.

Your hassle-free adventure includes:

  • 1.5 days mountain biking with bike hire
  • 1 days guided rainforest trek
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Optional guided night walk
  • Boat transfer on the Alto Madre De Dios River
  • Transfers to and from Cusco

Perfect for: Anyone looking for that perfect blend of wildlife and adventure. A reasonable level of fitness is required for mountain biking and trekking through Peruvian rainforest but no previous experience is needed.

Adventures for Good Your hosts are an NGO in Peru dedicated to conserving the rainforest through research, conservation, community engagement and sustainable tourism. See all of our Adventures for Good here.

Need To Know

The following are not included in the tour price: - Flights to/from Alejandro Velasco International Airport (CUZ) - Travel insurance - Personal expenses - Alcohol and fizzy drinks

You need to be fit and healthy enough to walk 2-3 hours a day in hot and humid jungle conditions. No previous experience is required

Sure can! A lot of people do, it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

Your guide suggests that you bring: -Long sleeved clothing for protection -Breathable clothing -Sun hat -Insect repellent -Sun screen -Water bottle -Day rucksack -Binoculars -Headtorch

The trip includes: - Wellington boots for jungle walk - Mountain bike hire

The lodges serve basic local food such as rice and chicken, rice and beans, eggs, fruit and vegetables.

As your adventure goes from cloud forest to rainforest it takes in a range of climates. The rainforest is hot, over 30 degrees Celsius, and humid all year round. The mountains around Cusco are often cold and fresh with a dry season between April to October. Make sure you pack clothing for hot and cold weather.

You’re free to book any flights you like that fit with the stated transfer times.

Yes absolutely, just let us know at booking.

Your hosts are an NGO dedicated to preserving the Peruvian rainforest through conservation and community projects. A key aim of their work is to tackle the important issue of poverty and inequality through sustainable development hand in hand with conservation. Sustainable tourism, like your adventure, is an important source of income and a key pillar of their work.

For part of your trip you will be staying at the Manu Learning Centre – a thriving research and educational centre in the Manu Biosphere Reserve. Their work includes tree planting, forest restoration, sustainable community development and assisting local farmers to adopt sustainable agricultural practices such as agroforestry. In their time they have planted over 30,000 native trees!

Location

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Your adventure will take you to the Manu Biosphere Reserve. The park is recognised both as a Biosphere Reserve and a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The landscape varies throughout the park from grasslands, through elevated cloud forests and down to lowland Amazon rainforest – it is one of the most biodiverse places on earth.

The reserve is home to a bewildering array of wildlife. It is a bird watching paradise with over 1000 species of all colours and hues to be found in the park. Alongside them live around 160 different mammals including armadillos, pumas, jaguars, sloths, Andean foxes and Peruvian spider monkeys to name but a few.

The Manu Biosphere Reserve is an incredibly important place for conservation and scientific research. Both the lodges that you will stay at during your trip provide an important source of income for local reserves and your stay will help fund vital rainforest conservation.

Start Point?

You will be collected from your hotel in Cusco at around 06:00 and transferred to the Manu National Park to start your adventure.

Finish point?

Your transfer will drop you back at your hotel in Cusco on the last day of your adventure at approximately 18:00

Getting there and away?

By Air: Alejandro Velasco International Airport (CUZ) in Cusco is the closest airport. It is a small airport and the only international flight is from La Paz in Bolivia, the rest are domestic flights from within Peru. LAN, Avianca, Peruvian Airlines, Amaszonas Airlines and Star Peru are the principle carriers operating flights. The airport is situated 10 minutes taxi ride from the main city hotels.

By Bus: The principle routes to Cusco are from Arequipa (approx. 11 hours), Lima (approx. 22 hours) and Puno (approx. 20 hours). A number of companies operate routes to Cusco but due to it’s remote nature travelling times are long.

What to Expect

Day 1: Arrive and mountain bike the Manu Cloud Forest

Your adventure begins with a transfer from Cusco, the historical capital of Peru. You will be collected at around 06:00 by your transfer and be driven to the Acjanaco entrance of the Manu Biosphere Reserve at 3500m.

At the Acjanaco ranger station, you will swop petrol power for pedal power and begin your descent of the Manu Cloud Forest. Keep your eyes peeled for the ornate Peruvian orchids and keep your ears pricked for the call of the howler monkeys.

After 1900m of descent, you’ll arrive at the Cock of the Rock Lodge in the heart of the Cloud Forest.

Day 2: Explore the cloud forest by bike, boat and boot

The morning will see you back in the saddle mountain biking further through the rainforest. Along the way, you will stop to experience traditional coca production before reaching the small town of Atalaya.

From Atalaya, a boat will take you up the Madre de Dios River, part of the vast Amazon river basin, to the Manu Learning Centre where lunch awaits.

During the afternoon you can explore the trails surrounding the lodge in the Manu Biosphere Reserve, one of the most biodiverse places on earth.

Day 3: Guided trek and conservation projects

The Manu Learning Centre is home to a global team of scientists, conservationists and volunteers committed to understanding and protecting the rainforest.

Guides and researchers equipped with keen eyes and in-depth local knowledge will lead you on a rainforest trek. They will help you discover the weird and wonderful wildlife that abounds in the Peruvian rainforest from hummingbirds to armadillos.

Along the way, you will lend a hand to one of the ongoing conservation projects at the Manu Learning Centre. After dinner, a whole new cast of nocturnal creatures can be found on an optional guided night walk.

Day 4: Travel back to Cusco by river and road

After breakfast, you will be equipped with a packed lunch before hopping aboard a boat back down the Madre de Dios River to Atalaya.

From Atalaya, your transfer will be waiting to drive you back to Cusco. The scenic drive up through the cloud forest offers a final chance to take in the sights of the rainforest.

You will be dropped back at your hotel in Cusco around 18:00.

Note: This itinerary and the duration of the activities are subject to change due to group abilities and preferences, and weather conditions and forecasts.

Accommodation

You will be booked in a shared twin or double room, but single rooms can be booked for an additional supplement.

Your first nights accommodation is in the Cock of the Rock Lodge situated in the mosquito free Kosnipita Valley. Accommodation is in basic but comfortable bungalows, each with their own en-suite bathrooms and balconies. Keep an eye out for the colourful Andean Cocks of the Rock that lend the lodge their name.

The second and third night’s accommodation is in the Manu Learning Centre situated in the Romero Rainforest. The lodge offers comfortable Amazonian style buildings offering simple yet comfortable accommodation. Rooms are en-suite and have hot water.

In both accommodations, there is no electricity except for a few hours of generator power in the evening. Charging points are available at the main lodge during this time and limited Wi-Fi is available between 19:00-21:00 at the Manu Learning Centre. Head torches are recommended.

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Dates & Prices

Prices include

  • Accommodation
  • Equipment
  • Guide
  • Local Transport
  • Meals As Described

Please note: Flights are NOT included and must be purchased separately.

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Single occupancy for accomodation Payable Before Departure
Single Occupancy Supplement $235.00 Per Person

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