Cloudforest holiday to Manu National Park
Description of Cloudforest holiday to Manu National Park
A seven or nine-day small group tour into Peru’s largest tropical rainforest reserve, the Manu National Park. From Cusco descend through verdant cloud forest, home to the rare spectacled bear, deep into the Amazon rainforest itself.
With accommodation in forest lodges and camping huts, this holiday takes you via road and river into the heart of a unique biosphere reserve protecting pristine rainforest flora and abundant wildlife. Around a thousand different types of birds, hundreds of species of tree, 13 species of monkey and dozens of other mammals call Manu home – including the highly endangered jaguar and giant otter. Get your binoculars poised as you visit clay licks to spot hundreds of macaws, parrots and parakeets, and ready your torch as you explore at night in search of endangered black caiman, or the unique, nocturnal night monkey.
This tour also celebrates another of the Manu National Park’s unique ecosystems, the cloud forest. Almost permanently shrouded in mist, you’ll take a hike through the forest to a spot where stunning male cocks-of-the-rock perform their courtship dance. A true wildlife spectacular.
PlanetIt is our policy to carefully dispose of all waste in this environmentally sensitive area. All non-organic waste is carried out and organic waste is composted at the town of Atalaya or buried at a suitable depth. Sewage and waste is treated in filter beds. We are careful to practice responsible behaviour in this fragile environment. There is no hunting, no fishing, and no plant collection. There is control on boat size and noise pollution.
Food we eat is purchased in Cusco and we use food products with as little packaging as possible, and encourage cooking with Andean products. We cook with gas and use recyclable glass as opposed to plastic wherever possible. Water is carried in large containers we re-use,and we use re-usable Tupperware boxes for packed lunches and paper wrapping instead of plastic where possible. Staff are from local communities and are treated fairly and paid a fair wage.
And we are planting trees as part of a reforestation project in Peru.
PeopleSince 2006 we have been able to support the Huchuy Yachaq community project in the marginalised neighbourhood of Hermanos Ayar, on the outskirts of Cusco, with the help of everybody who has travelled with us. We donate USD 3000 a year to this community project.
The project has been set up by volunteer social workers and teachers to provide much needed social and educational support to the children and families of this neighbourhood. Children are encouraged to attend study and games sessions held each afternoon and participate in holiday projects. Our contributions so far have paid for educational books and games, tables and chairs, improvements to the structure of the basic community owned building and the addition of functioning toilets, materials for the children to take to school, school books, holiday programmes.