We will start our Manu national park tour 3 days by leaving early Cusco and passing picturesque Andean valleys and majestic mountains with a few stops along the way to appreciate birdlife on this route such as mountain Cacara, Puna Ibis and Andean flicker as well as hearing and farming communities.
On our way to the forest, we will see the pre-Inca Lupaca culture burial towers before arriving at the colonial-era village of Paucartambo, which has been the gateway to the forests of Manu for centuries. At Paucartambo we will visit some local colonial buildings.
Continuing we get to Acjanaco Pass (3,850 meters / 12,630 feet), which is the entrance to Manu National Park, having from this location the views of the Amazon basin and below us the road that will take us down through Andean grasslands and into the cloud forest. This ecosystem is rich in flora and fauna: it is the habitat of the cock-of-the-rock, crested and golden quetzals, blue-crowned motmots, gray breasted mountain toucans and many species of butterflies, and flowers. Your first night will be in our comfortable Paradise Lodge, in the middle of the cloud forest (1,470 meters / 4,821 feet).