Manu National Park is known as the most pristine wilderness reserve in Peru, boasting the richest wildlife and least disturbed ecosystem. In order to keep the wilderness wild and to protect wildlife as much as possible, access to the reserve has been restricted. Only certain limited areas are open to a small number of tourists, scientists and film crews and unlike many other Nature Reserves, Manu does not have many eco-lodges situated along its periphery. Thus, most journeys to this remote wilderness area are very low impact camping trips that are designed for active, healthy travellers. Participants must be in good physical condition and be prepared for a certain amount of physically demanding environmental factors. Such 'close to nature wilderness travel' is undoubtedly the best way to really experience untamed nature.
Sacred Earth is proud to be working with one of the most conscienscious eco-travel organization operating low impact camping tours in Manu. The company is run by a very dynamic Dutch biologist and her staff. Their mission is to help protect the fragile environment of this pristine rainforest wilderness by opening visitors eye's to its wonders and teaching them about the intricate ecology. Lead by expert naturalist guides, who love to share their extensive knowledge and enthusiasm for the rainforest, these tours are like an 'in situ' ecology workshop.
All of the trips offered here are low impact trips. Accommodation is provided by basic permanent camps that provide enough facilities to make the trip comfortable without extensive impact on the environment. Some nights are spent at lodges situated in the cultural zone of Manu Reserve. These tours are 'fixed departure' journeys, which run on a regular weekly schedule. Group sizes are kept small to ensure the best quality and individual attention. Private tours and individual stays at the lodge can also be arranged.
We offer two types of tours to this region: Short tours (5 days) to Manu's Cultural Zone, which focuses on the cloudforest rather than the low land, and 7 or 9 day tours to Manu's Reserved Zone:
The shortest tour takes 5 days, entering by bus down the Manu Road with an overnight stop in the cloud forest, 2 nights at Pantiacolla Lodge in the Pantiacolla Mountain Range (in the Andean foothills), and returning to Cusco by boat and car with another night spent in the cloud forest. The cost of this tour is US$725,00 per person and leaves on Wednesdays.
The second tour option lasts 7 days, entering by bus down the Manu Road with an overnight stop in the cloud forest, 2 nights in Manu's Reserved Zone, a visit to the macaw clay lick in Blanquillo, and returning to Cusco by boat and car over the Interoceánica Road on the 7th day. The cost of this tour is US$1295,00 per person and leaves on Fridays.
The third tour option lasts 9 days traveling by bus down the Manu Road with an overnight stop in the cloud forest, 2 nights in Pantiacolla Lodge in the Pantiacolla Mountain Range (in the Andean foothills), 2 nights in Manu's Reserved Zone, a visit to the macaw clay lick in Blanquillo, and returning to Cusco by boat and bus over the Interoceánica Road on the 9th day. This 9-day tour costs US$1395,00 per person and again leaves on Wednesdays.
All equipment, food etc. is provided and all wastes are 'packed out' on return so as to leave no traces. Check the 'What to bring list' to see what gear you'll need.
>Pantiacolla Lodge is set in beautiful rainforest on the side of the turbulent Madre de Dios River. It nestles in the Manu foothills at the base of the Pantiacolla Mountains, which is a very unique area of the national park. The mountains rise up to more than 1000 m behind the lodge and are a contributing factor to the enormous variety of wildlife that inhabits this area. These mountains are in fact part of the last Andean range and merge with the vast expanse of Amazonian lowland forest that stretches to the east. They are home to an unusual mix of montane and lowland species.
Pantiacolla Lodge has 11 cabin style rooms and a total of 22 beds. Paths lead to the bathroom complex which offers flush toilets and showers, and to a spacious and comfortable dining room and bar.
The 900 hectares of land around the lodge offer the enthusiastic explorer miles of gridded trails to walk through a wide range of different habitats. The forest in this area has eight species of monkey most of which live close to the lodge. There is even a healthy population of Manu's least known and most elusive primates, the monk saki monkey. Also, there is a good chance to see coatis, deer, peccary and even tapir.
One trail leads to natural hot and cold water springs that provides a perfect bathing opportunity. There is also a very unusual natural oil spring . A short walk early in the morning to a recently discovered clay-lick enables visitors to observe macaws and parakeets as they cluster around the clay wall, breaking off and swallowing lumps of clay - all at a distance of 25 meters.
Pantiacolla Lodge is an ideal rainforest destination for all types of jungle enthusiasts. For birders it offers superb opportunities to see unusually high numbers of birds in a very small area; for first time visitors it offers a comprehensive trail system that accesses all parts of the surrounding forest and offers great wildlife watching opportunities. For families it offers an *almost* mosquito free environment in which both children and adults can discover the secrets of the tropical rainforest.
For further information and booking questions contact Sacred Earth Travel.