4-Day Tres Cruces Trek & Manu Amazon Cloud Forest Expedition
The Tres Cruces Trek & Manu Amazon Cloud Forest Expedition begins in the historical city of Cusco. From here we will head East to the slopes of the tropical Andes. Once at the Acjanaco Pass (3,550 m / 11,644 ft) we will continue our drive into the highlands of Manu National Park, where we will embark on our hike that follows the ridge line to Tres Cruces de Oro.
Tonight we will be camping at this spectacular location and will awake overlooking the world renowned sunrise of the Amazon Cloud Forest. After enjoying the view we will embark on our 11 kilometer / 6 mile trek of Union Trail that traverses the lush, tropical forests of the Manu Biosphere below. This area is rich in exotic tropical flora & fauna and offers several scenic overlooks along the way. The remote location & beauty of this area attracts birdwatchers, photographers, wildlife observers and adventure seekers alike. Once the trail ends the transportation will be waiting for us for the final 30-minute transfer and we will finish the journey to our destination at the Manu Cloud Forest Lodge (1,600 meters / 5,248 feet). The lodge is situated on the picturesque banks of a jungle river across from a magnificent cascading waterfall.
In the Amazon Cloud Forest, guests will hike on several jungle hikes for bird & wildlife observation as well as observe a cock of the rock lek (The National Bird of Peru). The lush, tropical forests boast a magnitude of exotic birds and plentiful waterfalls. On the return to Cusco guests will also embark on a nature hike to a canopy walkway, which allows visitors to view the jungle from above. This expedition is perfect for guests who want to become immersed in the Amazon Cloud Forest!
**Please note that Union Trail is an extremely technical hike & should be traversed by experienced hikers only.
**Please also note that Peru Eco Expeditions specializes in & exclusively operates private departures.
Day 1 – Cusco – Tres Cruces de Oro:
After departing from Cusco we will make cultural stops in both Paucartambo & Acjanaco Pass before preparing for our hike to Tres Cruces de Oro.
Hike: Tres Cruces de Oro (Approximately 2 Hours)
Tres Cruces Arrival: Evening
(Estimated 4 Hour Drive to Acjanaco Pass + 2 Hours Hiking)
Day 2 – Union Trail Trek:
This morning we will awake to a spectacular sunrise over Manu National Park & Biosphere. Your guide will prepare a hearty breakfast and then we will embark on the Union Trail Trek. This off the beaten path trek descends deep into the Amazon Cloud Forest and offers stunning views as well as immersion into the rainforest ecosystem. A private vehicle will be waiting for us as we emerge from the jungle and then drive the remaining 30 minutes to the Manu Cloud Forest Lodge.
Trek: Union Trail (11 kilometers / 6 miles)
Lodge Arrival: Late Afternoon
Day 3 – Cock of the Rock Lek & Jungle / Waterfall Hike:
The cock of the rock is the National Bird of Peru and lives in the Amazon Manu Cloud Forest. Twice a day the males conduct a mating ritual to attract a female. The locations of these mating dances are called leks. Early this morning we will awake and make our way to one of these locations for the show. With their bright red crowns and dance moves they put on quite the show! After relaxing at the lodge for a few hours we will then embark on a jungle hike to enjoy the flora and fauna of the cloud forest.
Morning Activity: Cock of the Rock Lek
Afternoon Activity: Cloud Forest / Watefall Hike
Day 4 – Canopy Walk & Return to Cusco:
This morning we will awake to the sounds of the jungle. After enjoying a hearty breakfast we will ascend the Amazon Cloud Forest. Along the way we will stop to take a a short nature hike to a canopy walkway. After we return we will continue on our way to Cusco.
Morning Activity: Wayqecha Canopy Walk / Scenic Drive Back to Cusco
Cusco Arrival: Afternoon (Estimated 6 Hour Drive)
– Exclusive Roundtrip Transportation to/from Cusco
– Entrance Fee to Manu National Park
– 1 Night Camp with All Equipment
– 2 Nights in the Manu Cloud Forest Lodge
– Meals (Lunch on Day 1 – Lunch on Day 4)
– Potable Water & Hot Drinks
– Amazon Naturalist Guide (English / Spanish Speaking)
– Private Cook
– Entrance Fee to the Wayqecha Canopy Walk
– Staff Gratuity (At Your Own Discretion & Not Solicited)
– The Manu Cloud Forest Lodge runs a generator for certain hours each day, therefore electronics can be charged.
– All activities are weather permitting and subject to change. Activities are optional and can be customized for the needs of the group.
$660.00 USD Per Person (Minimum 4 Guests)
$800.00 USD Per Person (Minimum 2 Guests)