Wildlife Adventure in the Remote Peruvian Rainforest
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Wildlife Adventure in the Remote Peruvian Rainforest

6 nights
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Discover Peru’s incredible wildlife and experience rainforest conservation first-hand in the remote Manu Biosphere Reserve

What's Included?

Small Like-minded Groups

Solo-friendly by design, join our small n’ sociable groups of up to 6 like-minded, active and outdoorsy people
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What's it like?

Wildlife Adventure in the Remote Peruvian Rainforest
Wildlife Adventure in the Remote Peruvian Rainforest
Wildlife Adventure in the Remote Peruvian Rainforest
Wildlife Adventure in the Remote Peruvian Rainforest
Wildlife Adventure in the Remote Peruvian Rainforest

Experience the fight to save the rainforest first-hand in the remote and beautiful Manu Biosphere Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Travel down the Alto Madre de Dios River, part of the vast Amazon basin

Explore the ancient Incan capital of Cusco, one of the most captivating cities in the country

Key Information

Day 1

Land of the Incas

Cusco

Meet your guide in Cusco, once the capital of the Incan Empire and the historic capital of Peru and spend some time exploring a city steeped in history and filled with Incan and Colonial architecture. Check into your accommodation located just 300 metres from Cusco’s vibrant main square, the Plaza de Armas, the perfect spot for an evening excursion.

Day 2

Journey through the cloud forest

Wildlife Adventure in the Remote Peruvian Rainforest

Set off on an exhilarating journey through the remote Peruvian countryside, mainly on unpaved roads, as you head into the cloud forest. The heavy mist that gives the forest its name also supports a rich and diverse ecosystem and offers an atmospheric backdrop to your journey. Stop at Paucartambo and Acjanaco ranger stations and then pass through remote mountain villages to reach the Cock of the Rock Lodge where you'll stay tonight deep within the forest.

Day 3

Down the river

Wildlife Adventure in the Remote Peruvian Rainforest

Take breakfast overlooking the hummingbirds congregating at the feeding station and then drive to the small town of Atalaya where you'll hop aboard a motorised canoe for the 45-minute ride down the Madre de Dios River, part of the vast Amazon basin. Your destination is the Manu Learning Centre in the heart of the Manu Biosphere Reserve, home to one of the richest collections of life on earth, including 160 species of mammal, 1000 species of birds and 2000 species of butterfly. Explore the local forest trails alongside an expert guide and then settle down for a night in this incredible location.

Day 4 - 5

Forest conservation and research

Wildlife Adventure in the Remote Peruvian Rainforest

Get stuck in and work with The Manu Learning Centre, a conservation and research project dedicated to understanding and protecting the rainforest. There will be an early start (05:00) on both days as you spend time out in the field alongside the centre's scientists and conservationists learning about their vital work to preserve this natural marvel. Back at the lodge, there will also be workshops and talks if you'd like to find out even more.

Day 6

Community conservation projects

Wildlife Adventure in the Remote Peruvian Rainforest

Travel to the town of Salvacion and join one of the centre's many community projects offering sustainable development and educational tools for local people - an essential part of their conservation work. You could be helping local residents in their bio garden or planting trees for an agroforestry project. After a busy day, head back to the Manu Learning Centre, hop in a hammock, sit back and reflect on the last few days.

Day 7

Back to Cusco

Cusco

After a last breakfast in the forest, say goodbye to the conservation team and ride back down the Madre de Dios River. Return to Cusco appreciating the huge diversity of the Peruvian landscape - from hot and humid rainforest, to cool, misty cloud forest and the mighty Andes, before your adventure finally comes to an end - or this one at least.

Day 1

Hotel · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 2 – Day 6

Lodge · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 7

Departure day

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

What is the food like?

The lodges serve basic, local food such as rice and chicken, rice and beans, eggs, fruit and vegetables. Most dietary requirements can be catered for, just let your host know when booking.

What is the accommodation like?

Cusco

You'll stay in a twin-share room at the delightful Rumi Punku hotel in the heart of Cusco’s historic centre. The hotel offers comfortable accommodation brimming with character.

Upgrades

Single rooms can be booked for an additional supplement.

The rainforest

You'll spend 5 nights in the heart of the rainforest. On your second night, you'll stay in a twin-share room in a comfortable bungalow at the 'Cock of the Rock Lodge' with en-suite bathroom and balcony. Nights three to six are spent in a twin-share room at the Manu Learning Centre in the Romero Rainforest in simple Amazonian style buildings with en-suite and hot water. There is no electricity in both except for a few hours of generator power in the evening. Charging points are available in the main lodge during this time and limited Wi-Fi is available between 7-9pm at the Manu learning centre. Head torches are recommended.

The Area

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Logistics

Starts

Your accommodation in Cusco

06:00

Ends

Your accommodation in Cusco

18:00 - 19:00

Transfers

Your adventure begins at your accommodation in Cusco where you will meet your guide, driver and fellow adventurers. At the end of your adventure, you will be dropped back at your accommodation in Cusco ready for onward travel.

Travel options

Alejandro Velasco International Airport (CUZ) in Cusco is a small airport and the only international flight is from La Paz in Bolivia (the rest being domestic flights from within Peru, with LAN, Avianca, Peruvian Airlines, Amaszonas Airlines and Star Peru being the principle carriers). The airport is a 10-minute taxi ride from the main city hotels. If you’re planning to travel by bus, a number of companies operate routes to Cusco but due to its remote location travel times are long. The principal routes to Cusco are from Arequipa (approx. 11 hours), Lima (approx. 22 hours) and Puno (approx. 20 hours).

What about all the carbon?

We partner with the World Land Trust to ensure this trip achieves Net-Zero emissions. We also support their Buy an Acre programme, helping local communities to buy and protect natural habitats in perpetuity.

Enjoy 12.5% Off Outdoor Gear

In need of a few more items? All bookings receive a 12.5% discount to use at Cotswold Outdoor, Snow + Rock and Runner's Need.

What's included?

  • Wellington boots for walking in the jungle

What do I need to bring?

  • Long-sleeved clothing
  • Breathable clothing
  • Sun hat
  • Insect repellent
  • Sunscreen
  • Water bottle
  • Day rucksack
  • Binoculars
  • Headtorch
*Requests for optional extras can be made after booking on your “My Bookings” page

Single Occupancy Supplement

Payable Before Departure

Single Occupancy Supplement

Per Person

This trip is brand new

We’re still waiting to collect any reviews from other travellers on this trip. However, all our hosts go through an extensive vetting process to ensure that your adventure is awesome.

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

Sure can! Over 50% of our travellers travel solo, it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

Tips are not included in the trip cost. These are entirely at your discretion but there is an expectation to tip for good service. Your guide will help with advice, however we suggest the below as a guideline per person:

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Of course, you are free to tip more or less, and the amount should be reflective of your perception of service and quality - a tip is not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service.

This adventure will take you from the Andes to the cloud forest and on to the rainforest across a range of climates. The rainforest is hot (over 30 degrees Celsius) and humid all year round, while the mountains around Cusco are often cold and fresh with a dry season that runs between April to October, so be sure to pack clothing for both hot and cold weather.

We recommend checking out the country specific information here and also talking to a travel nurse.

For current advice about travelling in Peru, have a read of the UK Foreign Office pages here.

Your hosts are an NGO dedicated to preserving the Peruvian rainforest through conservation and community projects. Sustainable tourism like your adventure is an important source of income for them and a key pillar of their work. You will be staying at the Manu Learning Centre – a thriving research and education centre in the Manu Biosphere Reserve. Their work includes forest restoration, sustainable community development and assisting local farmers to adopt sustainable practices such as agroforestry. Best of all, you will be able to get stuck in and experience rainforest conservation first hand.

Our recommended travel insurance provider is Campbell Irvine.

Travel insurance is compulsory for all of our adventures and you are required to provide your policy information before departing.

Your insurance should include adequate protection for overseas medical treatment, evacuation/repatriation, your baggage and equipment and the specific activities involved on your adventure. We also strongly recommend it includes cancellation and curtailment insurance, should you be unable to join your trip for specific reasons such as illness.

We fully endorse Campbell Irvine as their insurance offers all of the above, so get in touch with them or call on 020 7938 1734 to get your insurance sorted. We suggest that you book travel insurance as soon as you book your adventure, just to cover you for any last-minute life changes. We know you’re an active lot and injuries do happen!

We automatically convert prices from the local currency that a host receives to your chosen currency. We update our exchange rates on a daily basis so this does mean that prices displayed on the site are subject to currency fluctuations, which is why you may see them change over time.

If you wish to change the currency you pay in, head to the bottom of the page.

All of our group adventures are specially designed for adults to enjoy (18+) as we want these adventures to bring together outdoorsy people who are truly like-minded. Children can be accommodated on some private departures.

You're always in good company on one of our adventures.

Our trips are typically made up of a mixture of solo travellers and small groups of 2 or 3 friends, with most in their 30s-50s.

Our sociable adventures are solo-friendly by design and naturally attract outdoorsy people with a shared mindset; a love for adventure, a desire to push themselves and meet awesome, like-minded people along the way.

It’s this camaraderie that has so often turned a great adventure into a life-changing one.

Don't just take our word for it:

  • 95% of people rate the group dynamics on our trips 5/5
  • 90% of people recommend joining a trip to make new friends
  • 75% of people have met people on our trips that they would now consider friends

See here for more info about the Much Better Adventures tribe.

Interested in a more exclusive experience? Opt for a 'Private Group' through the dates and prices tab to book this adventure for just you and your chosen companions.

Our team of Adventure Hunters create exclusive adventures with highly vetted, specialist hosts. We only work with independent, local in-destination experts who know the very best places to explore and how to stay safe. Read more information about the local teams we partner with.

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