"Raft, mountain-bike and trek through the jungle as you throw yourself into the adventure of a lifetime in the heart of Peru!"
If your bucket list is overflowing with dreams of escapism to exotic locations, with adrenaline-inducing activities and wildlife immersion added for good measure, then become a Manu Adventurer on this four-day tour. Throw yourself right in with a rafting trip down the meandering Amazon river, on a journey to 643 private hectares of nature reserve at the Manu Learning Centre. Here, you can watch the vibrant displays of Blue Headed Macaws, parrots and parakeets and revel in the sight of these beautiful birds. See your day off right as you listen to the sounds of the rainforest and watch the Amazonian sunset.
This tour allows you to discover picture-perfect Peru as you peruse the immaculate Cloud Forest, home to thirteen species of monkey. Uncover the spirit of South America as you learn all about the medicinal properties of the traditional coca leaves from the coca plantations, and about the human history of Manu. The memories of trekking through the lush tropical jungle and cycling through the highlands down into the cloud forest in search of the spectacled bear will never leave you. So, make the most of this tour and fill each day with a reminder of the beauty of nature and the importance of living an adventurous life.
The Crees Foundation is a non-profit organisation, with all profits funding the running of their various projects. Based in 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 environment 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.
Cusco - Manu Cloud Forest: Your day will commence with a pick-up from the hotel. Begin your adventure with a journey across to the Andes, from the top of the magnificent mountain range of Cusco where you can enjoy breath-taking views of the Sacred Valley. Arrive in Paucartambo, the centre of the ancient Inca trading routes and build a relationship with the Andean communities as you learn how they use the rainforest. Next, enjoy a fun cycle-ride through the highlands into the lowland Cloud Forest, taking in the surroundings and catching glimpses of an array of wildlife along the way.
Manu Cloud Forest - Manu Learning Centre: Today sees you hike through the forest to see Peru's national bird, the Andean cock-of-the-rock, and its spectacular dance rituals. Later you can embrace your inner adventurer and continue your journey through the forest before learning how coca is traditionally produced. Head to Atalaya and hop aboard a raft as you flow down the Madre De Dios River to reach the Manu Learning Centre. After a hearty lunch, you can spend the afternoon exploring the forest trails as you listen to the sounds of jungle life. End the day watching the sun set over the Amazon as you reflect on what you’ve learnt about the human history of Manu.
Manu Learning Centre: Spend another day dedicated to the exploration of the forest, this time with help from knowledgeable guides and researchers. Get involved in Crees’ bio-garden project and take the opportunity to spot some of the elusive Peruvian wildlife that calls this area home. In the evening enjoy a thrilling night walk in the forest!
Manu Learning Centre - Cusco: It’s your final day, so you will board a boat to Atalaya and travel back to Cusco. Absorb the sights and sounds of the rainforest one last time as you head into the Cloud Forest before relaxing in the hotel for the evening.
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