Jungle by mountain bike
You will enjoy some magnificent downhill biking, crossing the Andean Highland and riding along the eastern slopes of the Andes down to the Cloud Forest of the Manu Biosphere Reserve. Explore the exotic fauna around the Manu Eco Lodge TAMBO PAITITI and observe the wildlife with birds, monkeys and other animals of the jungle. This mountain bike tour is even appropriate for mountain bike beginners!
We start our trip in the early morning leaving Cusco in our private bus. During the journey you can enjoy the impressive landscape, passing small communities. Leaving the colonial village Paucartambo behind, you will reach the Acjanaco Pass (3550 m/ 11.647 ft), the entrance to the Manu National Park. After a delicious lunch above the eastern slopes of the Andes with a view over the canopy of the Amazon rainforest, your mountain bike adventure starts: a large downhill into the Cloud Forest, more than 50 km / 31 mi descending the lush eastern slopes of the Andes from 3550 m/ 11.647 feet down to 1500 m/ 4.921 ft! In the afternoon you will reach the San Pedro River. A short jungle walk will take you to the Manu Eco Lodge TAMBO PAITITI (1470 m/ 4.826 ft). (L, D
The early morning is the best time for bird-watching and observation of other animals of the Cloud Forest. From the observation tower or the different platforms of TAMBO PAITITI itself and right above the San Pedro River you may see the Andean Cock of the Rock (national bird of Peru), Toucan, Quetzal, Tanager and Motmot as well as Woolly Monkeys, Brown Capuchin Monkeys, Tayra, Agouti, Southern Tamandua and South American Coati. The Manu Cloud Forest is also habitat of the Night Monkey, the rare Spectacled Bear, the Jaguarondi, Ocelot, Puma, Weasel, Otter, squirrels and a big family of rodents and bats. After a delicious breakfast in TAMBO PAITITI your guide will invite you to leave the Manu Eco Lodge for a hike through the Manu Cloud Forest, another observation walk will be offered in the afternoon. Of course, you may also just relax observing nature from the terrace of the lodge and other viewpoints, or you can have a refreshing bath in the San Pedro River. After dinner you may experience nature within dark and learn more about the fauna and flora of the Manu Cloud Forest. (B, L, D)
This morning offers another opportunity for the observation of the Cloud Forest’s wildlife. After breakfast you will take the bus back to the Acjanaco Pass and may take chance of the long and soft downhill by mountain bike to Paucartambo. After lunch, the bus will take you to the Huachuqasa Pass (4170 m/ 13.681 ft) where you can enjoy the last bike ride to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. You will arrive at Cusco by bus in the afternoon. (B, L)
Pick up at hotel, private transport, mountain bike, helmet, gloves, protection kit, 2 nights in TAMBO PAITITI, food as indicated (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner), and experienced mountain bike and naturalist guide.
Pre-Tour Information & Overnight Stay
at Manu Lodge TAMBO PAITITI
in the Cloud Forest of the Manu National Park
Our way to the Manu
The Manu National Park is part of the Manu Biosphere Reserve, which covers an area of 2 million hectares at altitudes and vegetation levels between 3.900 m/ 12.795 ft. and 300 m/ 984 ft. The partially unpaved road leads from Cusco through the Andean Highlands, crosses the Acjanaco Pass and descends through the Elfin Forest into the Cloud Forest.
The diverse way from Cusco through different landscapes and remote communities will be accompanied by our guide´s explanations about geography, history, culture and nature. This means travelling by bus to the Manu becomes an important component of the tour and a worthwhile experience.
The travelling time between Cusco and our Manu Lodge TAMBO PAITITI in the Manu Cloud Forest is about 5 hours. However, the actual duration of the journey depends on the number of stopovers during the journey which we are offering in order to enjoy our picnic and different scenic views and photographic opportunities. And of course, it also depends on road and weather conditions. A trail leads from the unpaved road to TAMBO PAITITI, it is a 10 - 15 minutes’ walk. (Please see also our notes on clothing & luggage). The lodge is located at 1470 m/ 4823 ft. altitude.
You will travel through the Andean Highlands and descend the Eastern Slopes of the Andes to the Cloud Forest. Please be prepared for a variety of temperatures: In the Highland, it may feel like summer when the sun comes out but it always remains chilly in the shadow and quite cold in the early morning and after sunset.
In the Cloud Forest the average temperature lies about 19°C/ 66°F. Occasionally occurring cold fronts can lower the temperatures even in the jungle under 10° C/ 50°F. Rainfalls are usual throughout the year, not only during the so-called rainy season between November and April.
During your journey through the Andean Highland you will cross two passes above 3.000 m/ 9.843 ft., please be prepared and take some warm clothing, also for possible fresh nights in the Manu Biosphere Reserve. A rain suit is an indispensable part of your equipment.
Do not use flashy colored clothes; otherwise you will be detected by any wild animal before having even the chance to see it.
Because of the humidity in the jungle you should store your clothes in waterproof bags and always pack away unneeded clothes.
Mosquitoes are less annoying in the Cloud Forest than in the Lowlands, however, long sleeved shirts and trousers are the best protection, and we recommend to take along an insect repellent suitable for tropical climates.
In order to reach the lodge, you will have to walk about 10 – 15 minutes on a jungle trail. Please consider this by selecting your luggage: it is far more convenient to take a backpack or a travelling bag on your jungle tour than a suitcase!
Accommodation in the Manu Eco Lodge TAMBO PAITITI
Our guests stay in (double) rooms with beds & mosquito nets and a roofed terrace for relaxing and wildlife observation. Each room has a private bathroom.
The Manu Eco Lodge TAMBO PAITITI has been built according to the traditional architecture of the natives. It is made of wood and thatched with palm leaves. The different platforms are connected by wooden bridges. Instead of glass windows we are offering a free view to nature from all platforms.
In TAMBO PAITITI all rooms include a private bathroom with WC and wash basin. Towels are provided.
*** Please use soap or shampoo only in the bathroom, not in the river. ***
Candle light will provide a friendly atmosphere in the lodge. We do not have no electricity at our lodge.
We recommend to recharge all batteries required for cameras or other equipment before starting the tour and, if necessary, take replacement batteries with you.
Cell phone coverage and internet connection are generally quite rare in the jungle; we have none of these technological achievements in or around our lodge. We are pleased to integrate this into our concept and invite you to turn off, tune out, decelerate your life and truly relax.
In specific cases, we could provide a generator. If required we ask you to contact us at least two weeks before the tour starts.
In TAMBO PAITITI you have the chance to observe animals even from your own room. And also the balconies and viewing terraces of all platforms are designed to look directly into nature. In addition, our guests can use our observation tower.
During the journey, we will serve a picnic and soft drinks. In TAMBO PAITITI you will be provided with full board, you are welcome to an unlimited consumption of bottled water and hot drinks.
For your journey by bus and the hikes around the lodge we recommend to take a plastic bottle (at least 0.5 liters) which can be refilled with bottled water.
You should take general precautions for your trip to Peru by a vaccination against Hepatitis-A.
A yellow fever vaccination is recommended (at least 10 days prior to the departure of your jungle tour).
A Malaria prophylaxis is not necessary for a visit to the Manu Cloud Forest!
Pre Tour Briefing
On the evening before the tour starts our guide will meet you in order to explain the itinerary and clarify any further question.
Time and place: On the day before the tour starts, at 6:30 p.m. in your hotel in Cusco. An alternative date would be possible upon request.