FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
On the Manu tour you spend some time travelling by bus and on the boat – depending on the tour (e.g. on the Manu National Park Tour you spend more time sitting on the boat) and we do walks that usually do not exceed 3 to 4 hours in one. You only need to bring a day pack on the walks. Night walks are optional and included in the price.
Due to the humidity and heat some people may feel a bit weak but there is always a ‘siesta’ at midday and the possibility to stay at the lodge instead of participating in a walk.
A rainforest tour is not a comfortable tour, but if you bring appropriate gear (see packing list) you will have an incomparable experience.
The Manu Buffer Zone is located just outside of the Manu National Park and also has a very good potential in terms of wildlife observation, in our complete tours we include both places. We have tours of 3, 4, 5 days which concentrates ONLY on the buffer zone due to time, On the Manu Maquisapayoj program of 5 days 4 nights visits often 2 oxbow lakes from the 5 lakes which exist around there (to observe Giant Otters), the Mammal Salt Lick at Maquisapayoj area and the Macaw Clay Lick at Tambo Blanquillo private Reserve, both situated 30 km (19 miles) South of Boca Manu. The Macaw Clay Lick is situated outside the Manu National Park on the area call the Tambo Blanquillo thus you need more time for travelling if you want to go into the National Park AND visit the Macaw Clay Lick.
On the Manu National Park Tour (ex-Reserved Zone, now the proper name is the touristic area of the Manu National Park since 2002), you spend more time on the boat BUT IT IS WORTH IT AND HIGHLY RECOMENDED – travelling deep on the ISOLATED Manu River and coming back couple days later – it is possible to visit 3 oxbow lakes from the 23 inside the Manu Park to observe Giant Otters, Caymans monkeys and possible jaguar.
On the Manu National Park Tour you have more options to see jaguar, big black Caymans, turtles on the riverbanks (while travelling by boat) (according to the statistics three out of ten groups see the Jaguar
MALARIA: The Malaria risk in Manu is extremely low. We recommend to bring insect repellent and protect yourself with long sleeves instead of taking heavy malaria prophylaxis (please check for the side effects of these medicaments!!) which are not very secure either. If you want you can bring a ´stand by´ medicine in case you get Malaria (which can be detected by blood analysis), but you can also get this medication here. In the south Peruvian rainforest there is only the type of Malaria named ´Plasmodium vivax` which is completely curable.
YELLOW FEVER: It is recommended to have a Yellow Fever vaccination for Manu. If you plan to visit any jungle area, cloud forest areas, or Manu area better have the Yellow Fever vaccination because it is controlled at Limonal guard station.
LEISHMANIASIS: The risk to get Leishmaniasis is also very low, the best form of protection is to wear long sleeves and long pants. Is very important to check 4 weeks after the tour for any round wound, if you have a wound that does not cure with regular medication check with your doctor. In Peru the treatment for Leishmaniasis is free and they use Glucantine.
TETANUS: You should have a Tetanus vaccination for the rainforest and for Peru in general.
As to rabies: We spend all nights under mosquito nets therefore the risk to be bitten by a bat is very low.
BOTFLY: If you have a pain like somebody pricking in your body that can be a botfly; you can feel this 2 or 3 weeks after the tour. The human botfly occasionally uses humans as the host to its larvae. The larva, because of its spines, can pose an extremely painful sub-epidermal condition. To kill this larvae, one can attempt to seal the breathing hole of the larva with nail polish, Vaseline or with adhesive tape and then, after a day, squeeze out the suffocated dead larva.
Please read the tour program before you book a tour, if you have any questions we will be happy to answer them.
We need your.
- Full name:
- Actual Passport number the one you are going to use for your trip.
To secure your booking we require a deposit in our Bank account or via PayPal or Visa. (More details in our booking conditions on terms and conditions please read carefully before booking).
We then confirm reception of the deposit and your tour booking. The balance is due at our office in Cusco, latest 3 days before your tour start. You can pay in cash (Soles, US $ or Euros), Visa 5 working days before your tour begins.
We recommend to check credit card conditions (limits for the ATMs) with your bank before coming to Peru.
The flights from and to Boca Manu are NO LONGER operated with small aircrafts. THE ONLY OPTION IS VIA PUERTO MALDONADO TO LIMA.
Please also consider that flights to/ from Puerto Maldonado are more likely (than flights like Cusco – Lima) subject to change due to bad weather conditions, especially during the rainy season November until April or when we have cold fronts from May to October. We make the flight reservations for you but have no control over the flights. In rare cases with persistent bad weather conditions we may have to return overland from Puerto Maldonado to Cusco. Therefore we strongly recommend allowing a spare day before flying back to Lima, especially if you have connection to an international flight. In case you do not use your flight NO Show is charged (full flight price), in case you miss your flight the airline charges a 100 % penalty. We highly recommend to have a TRAVEL INSURANCE.
The luggage limit on the plane is 23 kg in economy class and 46 kg per person on premium service. The total price of additional baggage varies according to overweight, oversize, number of additional pieces and baggage allowed on the flight you purchased.
Also you have to pay a tax for Puerto Maldonado airport which is 6 US $ per person (one way).
On Manu tours the maximum group size is 10 people per guide. That means if there are more than 10 participants on a tour we take one more guide to divide the group into two while walking on the trails. This secures that everybody can hear what the guide says and the group is not too big to see animals etc.
You do not need to bring sleeping bag to Manu. In the months from May to October there can be cold fronts in the lowland forest, and temperatures might go down as far as 10.5 °C, which feels colder due to the humidity in the rainforest. Binoculars are VERY essential for a Manu tour: to spot and have a close view of the animals.
Binoculars can be rented in Cusco for $ 5 USD per day Nikon 10×42. Just let us know.
If you have any further questions you are welcome to mail us!