"Set your sights on the spectacular Manu rainforest and uncover elusive Peruvian wildlife on this classic jungle adventure!"
Peru is home to some of the world's most awe-inspiring natural and cultural wonders, from the Andes Mountains to historic Cusco, a city that was once the capital of the Inca Empire. So, if you’re looking for a unique and inspiring eco-holiday then Peru may just be the destination for you. Travel deep into the gorgeous cloud forests of the Manu Biosphere Reserve in search of some of the rarest and most elusive wildlife, including jaguars, tapirs, and numerous rare bird species. This tour allows you to get up close and personal with these mysterious animals, before ending up at beautiful rainforest lodges.
There’s plenty to do in Manu, from canoeing down the Madre de Dios river (perfect for the adrenaline junkies among you!) to getting involved with conservation projects for the environmentally conscious. You can even take the plunge in hot springs if you’re wanting a relaxing experience amongst all the action-packed adventure. There’s something for everyone, and a unique chance to make a difference and discover the hidden gems of Peru.
The Crees Foundation is a non-profit organisation, with all profits funding the running of their various projects. Based on Peru's Manu Biosphere Reserve, the Foundation's mission is to promote sustainability in the Amazon and protect the environment so guests can continue to enjoy the awe-inspiring rainforest. Crees aim to raise awareness of the importance of the rainforest, and of its preservation, whilst also ensuring that the local community can benefit financially from its resources. They suggest that by working together, we can educate the world about the importance of sustainability, allowing mankind and nature to support one another through balance, respect and innovation.
Crees believe that there is more to sustainability than conservation, and that it is also imperative to take social, economic and environmental factors into consideration. If these aspects are ignored, sustainable environmental and community development cannot be achieved. Crees achieve balance by putting in place strategic, proactive and ecologically sound programmes, in addition to developing eco-friendly facilities. Finally, Crees aim to lead operations to provide educational tours and programmes that reconnect guests with the environment, and also raising awareness about the importance of protecting the rainforest.
Depart from historic Cusco and take in your immense surroundings as you journey by road through the Andes and into the breathtaking Cloud Forest. You’ll get a great taste of Peruvian wonders from the get-go, as you stop at Paucartambo, home to the vibrant Virgen del Carmen festival and the Acjanaco ranger station.
After spending the night amongst the Cloud Forest you will head to the port town of Atalaya. Here, get ready for an exhilarating motorised canoe ride down the Madre de Dios River on route to the Manu Learning Centre. The afternoon will give you time to explore local trails with guides to show you the wonders of the forest, before spending the evening learning all about the jungle. You can also enjoy some 'you-time' as you relax and watch the beautiful sunset.
Make a difference by getting hands-on with the Crees conservation projects. Spend the evening exploring the forest, if you’re not spooked by the rustling of wildlife in the dark of night!
Take a boat trip to the hot springs of Aguas Calientes, home to the native Shintuya community. Take the plunge in nature's hot tub before learning more about the indigenous people. Get back on board the boat and keep your eyes peeled for the phenomenal wildlife on your trip home. From boating to botanicals, you can fill the evening with a visit to the orchid garden of the Manu Learning Centre.
Head back to Atalaya and revel in the sights and sounds of the rainforest for the final time. You’ll be returned to the Cusco hotel for the final time where you can revel in your cherished memories of Manu.
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