Located on the north bank of the Madre de Dios River, this 5 day tour of the Peruvian Amazon Rainforest is full of adventure. You will have many opportunites to see animals like spider monkeys, hoatzins, tapir and osprey. Hike through the forest trails, climb the canopy tower and take a catamaran around an oxbow lake during your stay at Manu Wildlife Center. Even the trip to and from the lodge is full of excitement! Take a boat along the river while enjoying the scenery and stop along the way back to watch gold miners dig and pan for gold.
Walk along the Collpa Trail to visit the Tapir Clay Lick
Watch as woodpeckers, tanagers, and toucans swoop in and out of the trees
Stop to see gold miners digging and panning for gold
Early this morning you will be picked up from your hotel in Puerto Maldonado and be transferred to the Santa Rosa Village. Cross the Inambari river to Puerto Carlos. From there you will be driven to Boca Colorado and then take a boat ride up the Madre de Dios river to arrive at the Manu Wildlife Center.
Explore some of the forest trails that surround the lodge. You have an excellent chance of encountering some of the 12 species of monkeys, including the spider monkey and emperor tamarin. Arrive at the Macaw Clay Lick project. In groups of two or three the scarlet macaws come flapping in, landing on the treetops. There is a convenient place for you to sit to watch this spectacle.
In the afternoon, continue to explore and discover the rainforest by going to at Canopy Tower. On its platform you will witness the frantic rush-hour activity of twilight in the rainforest canopy. Start on the Collpa Trail to go to the lodge's famous Tapir Clay Lick. This is the most active tapir lick in the entire Amazon. The lick features a roomy, elevated observation platform so you can see these shy creatures close up.
Set off early to visit an oxbow lake full of water lilies and sunken. While on the lake you may encounter a giant otter family, a troop of monkeys, sun grebes, anhinga and osprey. Among the bushes along the water line hoatzins, woodpeckers, tanagers, macaws, toucans and parakeets can be seen swooping in and out of the trees.
After lunch your guide can lead you on freewheeling expeditions in search of further wildlife encounters. You may also adventure off on one of the lodge's many trails. In the evening there is an opportunity to search for the caiman and other nocturnal life along the riverbank by boat.
After breakfast explore a network of trails, visit trees that have flowers and fruit and learn about them from your guide. Find more species of monkeys as well as numerous species of birds.
In the evening, if you still have the energy, visit the Observation Tower as well as the tapir clay lick.
Day 6: Depart for Home
Wake up early to head down the river to Colorado Village. Watch for wildlife activity and gold miners panning for gold along the river. Stop in the gold mining town of Colorado and leave from there to Puerto Carlos. Cross the Inambari River to Santa Rosa and continue on to the airport in Puerto Maldonado.
*Please note that the program may vary slightly to maximize your wildlife sightings depending on the reports of the researchers and experienced naturalist guides at the lodge.
This was my first experience with Adventure Life - and I couldn't have been more pleased with the trip. The guides and local staff in both Buenos Aires and Uruguay were terrific - extremely helpful and accommodating. I really enjoyed meeting the friendly staff in Buenos Aires in person (I left my bags with them for the afternoon).