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Christoph P wrote a review Jan. 2016
Munich, Germany18 contributions9 helpful votes
We went to Manu National Parc in September 2015 and it was an amazing experience. We chose Manu Lodge which is located at a small lake inside the Manu National Parc. The Lodge is a little bit old but has everything you need and is located inside the jungle. The whole parc is just incredible with all its different plants and animals and untouched nature. We even saw a jaguar chilling at the side of the river and many animals more. Our trip was perfectly organized and guided by Froilán "Chito" Neyra, our very very good guide with very much knowledge about all the surroundings, the nature, the plants and the animals, he explained everything and in the meantime was very nice to hang out with, very nice guy. He also offers special trips to the jungle and other places and also in Cuzco and the area around which seem to be pretty nice. In case someones looking for a guide or some tours he can be contacted by his email adress: jaguarundijungle@hotmail.com or under his name on facebook. great trip!
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Date of stay: September 2015
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UwSc wrote a review Dec. 2015
Schwerzenbach, Switzerland72 contributions4 helpful votes
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Einfache Unterkunft aber sauber. Grosses Zimmer mit 2 grossen Einzelbetten mit intakten Moskitonetzen und guter Matratze. Eigenes einfaches Badezimmer mit warmer Dusche. Separate Lodge zum Essen. Ein Teil der Anlage war nicht in Betrieb, da es nicht genug Gäste gab. Dort gäbe es auch Bungalows und einen weiteren Speiseraum in der Nähe des Flusses. Wir fühlten uns aber sehr wohl im Haupthaus. Alles wurde von Llama Online Tour Peru organisiert. Vom Trinkwasser bis zum Besteck, da die Lodge nicht dauerhaft bewohnt ist. Der Eigentümer hat aber auch gespritzt. Bis auf wenige Spinnennetze weit oben in der Decke hatten wir nichts was kreucht und fleucht. Licht gibt es mit Kerzen. 1 x Moskito-behandelte Kleidung für die Ausflüge, 1 x saubere Kleidung für die Lodge reichen. Hautverträglicher Moskito Spray von just für die Haut hat gereicht und wir benötigten kein Deet (wir wurden erst im Hotel bei Puerto Maldonado gestochen, da wir uns im Zimmer nicht eingesprüht hatten). Es hat mehrere Lodges in der Umgebung, die ähnlich sind. Ausgenommen das Manu Wildlife Center, das wirklich eine gehobenere Ausstattung hat und eine riesige tolle Aufenthaltslodge. Nachteil: hier werden nur die hauseigenen Projekte gezeigt und die Unterkunft hätte uns den 3fachen Preis als Familie gekostet. Wir wollten aber viele Papageien sehen und 2 Clay Licks besuchen: Blanquillo Macaw Clay Lick (hunderte rote Papageien und verschiedene grüne kleinere Papageien) und die Clay Lick des Manu Wildlife Centers (Projekt, wo die Lehmlecke sehr nahe ist, jedoch haben wir nachmittags nur 2 rote und 1 blauen Papagei gesehen). Es dauerte sehr lange, bis wir von der Schweiz aus einen Anbieter fanden, der uns unsere Wünsche erfüllen konnte/wollte und nahmen das Risiko der Überweisung in Kauf. Unser Guide Carlo hatte zwar nicht wie versprochen Kindererfahrung (7 und 11 Jahre), aber wir hatten viel Spass und die Kinder konnten Piranhas fischen, welche uns auch zubereitet wurden. Wir flogen nach Puerto Maldonado, fuhren dann in einem Bus mit dem Guide, dem Koch, dem Bootsführer und den beiden Fahrern (mussten die lange, kurvige Autostrecke nach Cusco zurück fahren) zum Madre de Dios River (setzen 1 x über und 1h mit Taxi über Land) und fuhren dann mit dem Boot den Fluss hoch. Beginn 8:00 morgens, Ankunft 17:00. Retour ging es schneller. Wir blieben 3 Nächte im Juli und die Temperatur war angenehm. Die Gelbfieber Impfung wurde nicht geprüft, da wir von Puerto Maldonado starteten (von Cusco kommend schon.) Für uns war es richtig die Kombination der einfacheren Unterkunft (mit sauberes Bett und warmer Dusche) mit mehr vom Manu Nationalpark (2 Lehmlecken, Collpa Tapir, Cocha Blanco) zu sehen. Wir würden es als Familie wieder so machen.
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Date of stay: July 2015
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Room Tip: Bei soviel frischer Luft schläft man überall gut
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Hugh G wrote a review Jun. 2015
Cardiff, United Kingdom17 contributions7 helpful votes
I stayed here for 5 days, and by the end was very sad to leave. My family and I were the only visitors there during our stay, so enjoyed being doted on by the lovely staff (appeared to be a family themselves). The lodge is extremely isolated (8 hour boat journey down the river). If you enjoy a traditional (although basic) trip, seclusion and adventure then you'll definitely enjoy Manu Lodge.
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Date of stay: September 2014
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jean marie m wrote a review Nov. 2013
Lanaken, Belgium11 contributions9 helpful votes
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We visited Manu National Park for 5 days and 4 nights in July 2013 with Manu nature tours. On the first day we left from Cusco, drove dirt roads for 8 hours through the Andes, visited Paucartambo on the way and finished in the evening at the Manu Cloud Forest Lodge. Altough we sometimes wandered if we were doing an episode of Worlds dangerous roads we were travelling in a new Hyundai van and driven by a good driver. And guided by Fraulan, our guide from Manu Nature tours. Very good guide, much knowledge and good person. It was a beautiful first day with excellent vistas, beautiful nature and first signs of wildlife. The Manu Cloud Forest Lodge was a nice lodge situated near the riverbank in the middle of the rain forest. Good food, nice and friendly people. Negative was the look of the lodge. Nice building but in need for a big bucket of paint. Second day we drove a couple of hours more on worse dirt roads. Then started in Atalaya our boat trip on the Madre de Dios river and later the Manu river. The boat is basically a very large, motorized canoe with comfortable bus chairs to sit on. It took us the rest of the day to arrive at the lodge and it was a beautiful trip with good weather, great scenery and wildlife. We did stop a couple times to stretch our legs. There was lots of wildlife to see along the shore, e.g. birds, monkeys, black and white cayman. We were extremely lucky to also see some of the "uncontacted" people. The boatmen told us it was quite rare that some of them tried to make contact with us. While two days of travel each way seems, at first, to take a lot of the available time, we know now that getting there and back was an important part of the trip. The part to experience wildlife and scenery the most. The Manu river lodge is the only permanent structure within Manu and situated at the banks of the former Manu river, now Oxbow lake. Beautiful positioned but because of their neglect, today the accommodations are from the outside not in best conditions and the conservation state of the trails is poor. So for that part owner could and should do a better job. Everything else however, was good. The lodge was clean and our cook Manuel and assistants prepared good lunch and diner. Very dedicated people. Wildlife was nearby for getting up and going to bed with the howler-monkeys. And never experienced more starry nights than the 2 nights at the lodge. So wildlife was great especially after seeing a jaguar. We saw a full grown jaguar on the banks of the Manu river for 15 minutes, at dusk on our fourth day. A beautiful way back remained. The experience of going as a small group into such a remote and inhospitable part of the world, was enormous. The drivers, boatmen and guide from Manu Nature Tours did a good job – whether it was providing interesting information on the things we were seeing, spotting wildlife, fixing meals, etc – or the less routine things like having to rebuild parts of the road between the Cloud Forest Lodge and Atalaya following a spectacular overnight thunderstorm. All in all we would do this trip again with same people and thus Manu nature tours.
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Date of stay: July 2013
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Steve T wrote a review Jul. 2013
Kirkland, Washington11 contributions12 helpful votes
This is definitely in Adventure Travel category. It's a two day trip to get to the Lodge from Cuzco. You drive all day on dirt roads to a very nice lodge on river in the rain forest. The next day you spend a couple hours more driving on a worse dirt roads. You arrive at a town on the Madre los Dios river. You then board what is basically a very large, motorized dug out canoe. It takes the rest of the day to arrive at the lodge. It's quite far. The boat isn't uncomfortable, but it does get tiring. We did stop a couple times to stretch our legs. There is lots to see along the shore. We were extremely lucky, we saw some of the "uncontacted" people. There were reports in the news about the problems they were experiencing at the time. Our guide told us it was quite rare that they try to make contact with "civilization". The lodge is primitive. Bathrooms are in an outbuilding. But there is running cold water for showers. They are reasonably clean given the conditions. The bedrooms are about the same, reasonably comfortable given the fact that you are dozens of miles from any "civilized" habitat. The lodge is clean, the food is good. What we were there for was the experience of being in the Amazon jungle. You get plenty of that. We went for several fairly short hikes, a hour to several hours every day. The lodge is on a oxbow lake in the river. There is lots of wild life. Birding is spectacular. Mammals are plentiful. Insects are pests and more than plentiful. If you are looking for a 4 or 5 star resort, this location isn't for you. It's a primitive, back country experience. For that, it's an awesome experience that can't be matched by any other location, at least that we found in our research. I would definitely go back.
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Date of stay: August 2012
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