Wildlife Adventure in the Remote Peruvian Rainforest. 7 Days

Discover Peru’s fantastic wildlife and experience rainforest conservation first-hand in the remote Manu Biosphere Reserve. 7 days.

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

On this seven-day eco-adventure, you’ll experience rainforest conservation first-hand in the remote Manu Biosphere Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Along the journey, your experienced guides will show you Peru’s historic capital and unveil the weird and wonderful wildlife of the rainforest.

Your hassle-free adventure includes:

  • 6 nights accommodation
  • 1 day guided tour of Cusco
  • 4 days full board
  • 2 breakfasts
  • 1 packed lunch
  • Experienced forest guide
  • Transfers to and from Cusco
  • Boat transfers on the Alto Madre de Dios River

Perfect for: Adventurous nature lovers looking for a remote and hands-on experience. A reasonable level of fitness is required to trek 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 - Lunch and dinner on day one

You need to be fit and healthy enough to walk two-three 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

Wellington boots for walking in the jungle.

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.

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

Yes absolutely, just let us know at booking.

You are free to book any flights that fit with the transfer times.

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 and key pillar of their work.

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. Bes of all, on this adventure you will be able to get stuck in and experience rainforest conservation first hand.


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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 park 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 at around 06:00 from your hotel in Cusco where your adventure begins

Finish Point? Your transfer will drop you back at your hotel in Cusco on the last day of your adventure around 19:00.

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 principal 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 its remote nature travelling times are long.

What to Expect

Day 1: Arrive and explore the historic capital of Peru

Your guide will meet you bright and early at Cusco hotel for a 06:00 start. From there, your guide will take you to explore the city.

Cusco is steeped in history. It was once the capital of Inca Empire and is now known as the historical capital of Peru. The city is filled with fine Incan and Colonial Spanish architecture.

Your night’s accommodation is 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

Time to hit the road and head into the Cloud Forest. The day’s mission is to reach the Cock of the Rock Lodge deep in the forest, your next accommodation.

It’s an exhilarating journey through remote countryside, mainly on unpaved roads. Along the way, you will stop off at Paucartambo and Acjanaco ranger stations and pass through remote mountain villages.

The heavy mists that give Cloud Forests their name create unique environmental conditions that supports a diverse ecosystem. Being covered in clouds, the forests offer an atmospheric backdrop to your journey.

Day 3: Take a motorised canoe down the river

In the morning, head for breakfast at the lodge overlooking hummingbirds congregating at the feeding station.

Your transfer will then collect you for the 3-hour drive to the small town of Atalaya. From here, you’ll hop aboard a motorised canoe for a 45-minute ride down the Madre de Dios River, part of the vast Amazon river basin.

Your destination is the Manu Learning Centre in the heart of the Manu Biosphere Reserve, one of the most biodiverse places on earth. After a quick lunch at the centre, you’ll be exploring the local forest trails with an expert guide.

Day 4-5: Aid forest conservation research

This is your chance to get stuck in! The Manu Learning Centre is a conservation and research centre dedicated to understanding and protecting the rainforest.

It’s an early 05:00 start both days. You will spend time out in the field with the centre’s scientists and conservationists learning about the marvels of the forest and their work to preserve it.

You could be trekking through the forest tracking one of the 160 species of mammal, surveying one of the 1000 species of birds or one of the 2000 species of butterflies. Back at the lodge, there are workshops and talks if you would like to find out more.

Day 6: Aid community conservation projects

Today you will travel to the local town of Salvacion to join in with one of the centre’s many community projects.

Community projects that offer sustainable development and educational tools for locals are an essential part of the Manu Learning Centre’s conservation work. You could be helping local residents in their bio garden or planting trees for an agroforestry project.

After a busy day, it’s time to head back to the Manu Learning Centre. Time to hop in a hammock, sit back, relax and reflect on the last few days’ adventures.

Day 7: Return to Cusco

After a last breakfast in the communal forest dining room, it’s time to bid adieu to the friendly team at the Manu Forest Learning Centre.

Retracing your steps, you’ll ride back down the Madre de Dios River and meet your transfer in Atalaya for the drive back to Cusco.

The journey back allows you to fully appreciate the diversity of Peruvian landscape. From the hot humid rainforest, you will head back up through the cool misty cloud forest before dropping down to Cusco and the start of your next adventure.

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


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

Your first night’s accommodation is in the delightful Rumi Punku hotel in the heart of Cusco’s historic centre. The hotel offers comfortable accommodation brimming with character.

From here on it’s into the heart of the forest. Your second night’s accommodation is in the ‘Cock of the Rock Lodge’. Accommodation is in basic but comfortable bungalows, each with their own en-suite bathrooms and balconies.

Nights three to six are spent at 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 with hot water.

In both accommodations, there is no electricity except for a few hours of generator power in the evening. Charging points are available during the main lodge in this time and limited Wi-Fi is available between 7-9pm at the Manu learning centre. Head torches are recommended.

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Dates & Prices

Prices include

  • Accommodation
  • Guide
  • Local Transport
  • Meals As Described

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

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Single occupancy for accommodation Payable Before Departure
Single Occupancy Supplement $465.00 Per Person

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