- Incomparable biodiversity in Manu National Park
- Watch the fascinating mating dance of the Andean cock-of-the-rock and visit a macaw clay lick
- Search for Spectacled bears at Machu Picchu
- Discover the towns, temples and fortresses of the Incas
- Stay in remote rainforest lodges and tented camps
The Amazon Rainforest is home to an incredible variety of flora and fauna, and on this trip we travel deep into the Manu National Park, Peru's largest park, staying in remote lodges and tented camps to maximise our chances of seeing some of the rare and spectacular species which live in the forests. Given the density of the vegetation, many of the mammals which live here are hard to spot, making chance sightings of jaguars, tapirs and primates such as tamarins and monkeys especially memorable.
Alongside the variety of mammals, the jungle houses innumerable bird species, and we visit a collpa (clay lick) to watch macaws feeding en masse, as well as a mating site for the striking Andean cock-of-the-rock. All this is combined with time spent in the highlands around Cuzco and the cloud forest surrounding Peru's most iconic sight - the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu. We visit the regions main archaeological sights, but on this trip even our sightseeing excursions have been given a new twist as we incorporate walks to look for rare birds, the shy Spectacled bear and discover the unusual flora of the Andes.
What makes this trip responsible?
For the rainforest portion of this trip, we work with the Crees Foundation, a charitable organisation who operate a number of sustainable tourism initiatives. The Crees Foundation works directly with local communities in Manu National Park, with a focus on agricultural initiatives designed to reduce human impact on the forest. They also provide environmental education programmes for researchers and local students, and they operate a centre in Manu which hosts a number of conservation research projects.
In addition, a number of the lodges used in Manu are owned by a non-profit conservation organization, Peru Verde, which works to protect the cultural and biological diversity of the region and contributes heavily to the maintenance of the national parks and reserves.
The lodges used on the trip are sustainably managed to limit the impact of our visit on the rainforest, and we stay in small, locally-owned hotels in Cuzco, the Sacred Valley and Aguas Calientes.