Crees, a conservation and sustainable development not-for-profit organisation in the Peruvian Amazon, has announced a new itinerary that takes guests in search of Manu’s resident jaguars, led by a team of expert biologists, anthropologists and seasoned guides.
With at least eight known jaguars prowling the banks of the Alto Madre de Dios River, within the Manu Biosphere Reserve, south eastern Peru, the Manu Learning Centre (MLC), operated by Crees, is prime big cat territory.
Manu is also home to 1,300 species of butterflies, 800 species of birds, 160 species of mammals including 13 different species of primates, the spectacled bear, peccary and giant otter and more than 140 species of reptiles and amphibians.
Starting in Cusco, the 11-day journey takes guests from the high Andes into the Cloud Forest via an ancient Inca trading centre. A motorised dug-out canoe then transports guests to the Manu Learning Centre, primarily a research and education centre with access to trails that span 650-hectares. The new Romero Rainforest Lodge in Manu National Park will be one of the accommodation options for part of the itinerary, surrounded by primary rainforest with access to the oxbow lakes where black caiman and giant otters can be found.
Other highlights include nocturnal walks to meet tapirs and amphibians galore, visiting a coca plantation to learn about the uses of the coca leaves and their medicinal properties, visiting the native community of Diamante and learn how they use the forest to live, bathing in the rainforest’s medicinal hot springs and climbing into the rainforest canopy on a canopy tower.
Prices lead in at $3,575 per person including full board accommodation, all forest activities and overland transfers. Flights and accommodation in Cusco is excluded. The tour departs every Sunday from April through to December, and the first Sunday of the month from January to March.
For more information see www.crees-manu.org or call 020-7581 2932.