Updated: Nov 15, 2019
After our epic Salkantay trek, we had one day to recover and jump straight onto our Manu Trek for 4 days and 3 nights.
We took this trek as it is in the Manu National Park, located on the outskirts of the Peruvian Amazon and seemed to offer a lot in a short space of time.
Pick up from Milhouse Hostel was early (6.00am) and took us to the small rural town of Paucartambino, where the Mamacha del Carmen festival which takes place in February which dates back to the 17th Century.
On route we stopped to see the remains of a pre-incan burial site.
After breakfast we made our way to the National Park, climbing to 4,200m, giving jaw dropping views of the Amazon and 'Cloud Forest', one of the few places where this natural phenomena occurs.
Driving through the winding, bumpy roads which hug the valley, we were treated to many sightings of flora and fauna, the highlights being a Quetzal bird and Woolly Monkeys.
We went further into the national park on one of our more interesting methods of transport across a river, a small cart on a pulley and rope system! We made a small stop at lodge to see the rare and infamous 'Cock on the Rock' bird, a beautiful orange and grey bird, Peru's National Bird.
Eventually we reached our accommodation in Manu Green Lodge, which is a small lodge with outside showers and toilets, set just outside Punta Pilocopata
Perhaps ignorantly, we were surprised with the amount civilisation you pass on route offering a fascinating insight into life in this part of the world.
After dinner and against Sarah's natural instincts, we did a night walk through the grounds of the lodge.
It is incredible seeing life at day time, but the rain forest is a different world at night. We were treated to seeing a Green Tree Frog (one of Sarah's favourites) and a toad as big as a hand! We were less than treated to countless spiders and Bullet Ants :)
After a surprisingly good night sleep, we got given our Wellington Boots for the trip, had breakfast with our new friend Quora and set off for Port Atalaya.
At Port Atalaya we were to board our boat to our next lodge but not before a little entertainment.
Our guide, Edson, had one thing planned on River Pinkopata that wasn't on the itinerary, rock jumping! After playing around in the river, we then enjoyed a 'lazy river' style float down the river, letting the incredibly strong current takes us down stream. Don't like to think about what was in the water, but the guide seemed confident enough!
Our accommodation, Patatiti Lodge was nice, the rooms have insect nets on windows, ceiling and beds, keeping you safe from the Mozies!
We arrived in time for lunch and as was all the food on the trip, it was tasty and plentiful, just what we like!
After a good feast, we went to a small reserve with an oxbow river. Our guides navigated us down the stream on a wooden raft, hunting for Cayman and Capybara. We were successful in finding the reptile (thankfully it was only 30cms long) but the world's largest rodent did evade us on this trip - until next time!
In the reserve there is a watchtower, which gives you an aerial view of the abundance of wildlife beneath. We were treated to lots of brightly coloured birds of all shapes and sizes.
We arrived back to the lodge with beautiful sunsets along the river and after another nightwalk which involved more Cayman hunting, it was bedtime!
The early bird catches the worm is phrase I'd use to describe the activities in the Amazon - which meant a 4am getup the next morning!
This time the destination - clay cliffs. An unusual place you may think to see Parrots and Maccaws but here there were hundreds, clinging and pecking at the wall. Apparently the clay is used to balance the acidity from the fruit in their diet but for us it means a spectacular display of colour and constant squawking!
After breakfast we were treated to a aerial view of the Amazon but not before a 2 hour hike up the mountain in probably the hottest and most humid conditions I've ever experienced, but the view was well worth it and really gives a perspective of the vastness of only this little part of the Amazon.
Our final trip in the afternoon was a trek to see a Sabre tree, the largest tree species in the Amazon, which literally towers over the other flora in the forest and is often home to the Harpey Eagle because of its obvious benefits.
Our tired and insect bitten bodies are done now. Glad to see the back of our wellies, it's a 7 hour journey back. We just hope there is a laundry place in Cusco that can wash our smelly clothes before our flight to La Paz tomorrow morning!
Cost for Manu Trek = £180 each for 4 days and 3 nights (everything included)
Tips for the trip:
Bring 2 bags, one main and one day back
30% Deet Insect spray
Spend money on good binoculars or settle for sharing the guides
SLR Camera with zoom
Buy anything you need from Port Atalaya, as you may not get another chance.
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