FAQs about the Jungle in Peru

Information of weather, lodges, shoe size, health insurance, travel insurance, information about what to bring and what our tours include as well as information of dangers in the jungle can be found in this page.  If more information is needed please just email us.

Frequently Asked Questions about the Manu Jungle

  1. What is the weather typically like?
  2. What are the Lodges like?
  3. What time do we return to Cusco from the Jungle?
  4. What is included in the tour?
  5. What to bring into the Jungle?
  6. What shoe size does Peru use?
  7. What are the dangers of visiting the jungle?
  8. Are there mosquitoes?
  9. Do we need a Health and Travel Insurance?
  10. How many people are in a group?
  11. Will we need hiking boots?
  12. Do we need sleeping bags?
  13. Do you provide clean drinking water?
  14. What types of animals and wildlife will we see?
  15. What type of food will we eat and are there choices if you are a vegetarian?
  16. Do you provide a first-aid kit?
  17. Is there malaria in the region?
  18. What are the chances to see a Jaguar?
  19. Where can download wildlife field guides?
  20. What is the best area of Manu Park to see animals?
  21. What kind of gear is provided in the tours?
  22. What kind of tour guides are used in the tours?
  23. What happened when the tour in cancelled?
  24. Is Manu Explorers Peru a tour operator?

1. What is the weather typically like? Go to the top

The weather is typically hot and humid. There are normally eight months of rain and four months of dry weather. During the day the temperature can reach 38 degrees Celsius but it will feel hotter because of the humidity. The humidity is around 90%.

2. What are the Lodges like? Go to the top

All lodges that Manu Explorers provides are wooden lodges and the windows are covered with metal mosquitoes nets. Lodges include basic amenities like: Shared and Private bathrooms with showers and toilets, double based rooms, beds with bedding and mosquito nets. Some lodges will have hot water but most are just cold water.

3. What time do we return to Cusco from the Jungle? Go to the top

We normally reach Cusco between 4pm to 8pm.

4. What is included in the tour? Go to the top

Manu Explorers includes the following:

  • Tour guide in English and Spanish with spotting scope (Tour guide specialized on bird watching or biologist with previous request),
  • Water proof Binoculars 10x42
  • Transportation (bus and boat)
  • Professional cook.
  • Three meals a day included vegetarian option.
  • Mineral water
  • All accommodations and lodges.
  • Tents for 2 people.
  • Snack food (fresh fruits, sweets/caramels, chocolates, cookies, juices)
  • Rain Poncho
  • Rubber boots
  • Entrance fee to the Oxbow Lakes
  • Entrance fee to Manu National Park
  • Entrance fee to all the private Natural Reserves
  • First aid kit

5. What to bring into the Jungle? Go to the top

Manu Explorers recomends to bring the following:

  • Repellent with a minimum of 15 % deet
  • Binoculars (if you want your own pair)
  • Camera with extra batteries
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Sun Screen
  • Pocket money
  • Daypack
  • Water bottle/canteen or camel pack
  • Sandals
  • T-shirts
  • Socks
  • Light pants
  • Shorts
  • Swimsuit
  • Sun hat / hat
  • Toilet paper
  • Dark clothes (for the walking days)
  • converter /adaptor for the electricity (Plugs are typically the 2 pronged flat type found in the US)

6. What shoe size does Peru use? Go to the top

European shoe sizes are used in Peru, to know what shoe size you are, please use the international shoe converter below.

7. What are the dangers of visiting the jungle? Go to the top

There are really no specific dangers in the jungle. In general, the animals are not dangerous. The most dangerous species in the jungle are the snakes, the most common and dangerous ones are the Fer-de- lance snakes. However, these snakes are rarely seen. Precautions are taken which include wearing rubber boots while going on jungle walks to avoid any possible dangers.

8. Are there mosquitoes? Go to the top

Yes, there are mosquitoes and sand flies. The mosquitoes are most active in the mornings and at dusk. We recommend that you bring a very good mosquito repellent with you to help avoid these mosquitoes while you are walking in the jungle. All the lodges provide mosquito nets for your beds and also the tents which are used have a mosquito net as well.

9. Do we need a Health and Travel Insurance? Go to the top

Yes, the weather conditions in the Rainforest are unpredictable. The months of April to October are the driest months of the year, but some times during these months and the remainder of the year, we do have some rain and the roads may become inaccessible due to landslips/landslides. For that reason we recommend travel insurance to cover these unpredictable weather conditions, as claims for compensation cannot be considered. The insurance should also cover cancellation of tours, cancellation of flights, accident, loss of personal luggage, hospitalization, etc.

10. How many people are in a group? Go to the top

The groups are normally between 4 to 12 people. Three people is the minimum group size, smaller groups can depart in private service.

11. Will we need hiking boots? Go to the top

Yes, hiking shoes are good for the tour, but we do provide rubber boots for the trekkings in the jungle.

12. Do we need sleeping bags? Go to the top

Yes, but only for the tours that include camping.

13. Do you provide clean drinking water? Go to the top

Yes, all tour prices include mineral water throughout the entire trip and the expeditions include mineral water as well but when you are deep in the jungle the river water is normally boiled which makes it suitable to drink. On the expeditions, we highly recommend that our passengers bring water purifying pills.

14. What types of animals and wildlife will we see? Go to the top

Manu National Park has the highest concentration of wildlife in the world, therefore the probability of seeing animals and wildlife is very high. There are over 150 species of mammals, 99 species of reptiles, 140 species of amphibians, 1000 species of birds, including the beautiful and rare Macaw, 200 species of fish, 1000 species of butterflies, 130 species of dragonflies, and an unknown amount of insect species. However, even though this is a wide variety of wildlife, the area we will be visiting is not a zoo and therefore it is never certain what animals and wildlife you will see during your tour, is depends on luck.

15. What type of food will we eat and are there choices if you are a vegetarian? Go to the top

The food we provide during these tours will be mostly foods native to the jungle. It will include fish, chicken, beef, rice, and vegetables. Fresh native jungle fruit such as pineapple, bananas, plantains, and passion fruit will be provided. Drinks during the tour will include natural juices like pineapple, star fruit, papaya, and passion fruit, mineral water, café, tea, and hot chocolate. We also make accommodations for vegetarians.

16. Do you provide a first-aid kit? Go to the top

Yes, we do have a very comprehensive first aid kit with us, but we also recommend that you carry a small first aid kit of your own, which includes all the basic items of a first-aid kit.

17. Is there malaria in the region? Go to the top

No, there has not been a confirmed case of malaria in the region of Manu National Park since the 1980. However the area is still considered a malaria region and therefore we highly recommend that you take anti-malaria medication during your time in the jungle. Please check the CDC web site for any vaccinations that they recommend at: wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/peru.aspx.

18. What are the chances to see a Jaguar? Go to the top

During the year the best time to see jaguars is from May-June to August along Manu River in the Reserved Zone, we had tourist that have seen 5 Jaguars in one morning along Manu River, between May to August from 5 of our tour groups 3 of them have the chance to see a Jaguar.

19: Where can download wildlife field guides? Go to the top

To download our field guides please visit the following link:

http://www.manuexplorers.com/en/information/downloads.html

20: What is the best area of Manu Park to see animals? Go to the top

Without a doubt the best area to see animals is the Biosphere Reserve of Manu Park, the main reason why we do see a lot more animals in the Reserved Zone than in the Cultural Zone is because the area is very well protected; to the area only authorize travel agencies, tour guides as well as tourist can access and they are not allowed to hunt, fishing, logging or do any other extractive activity because it is penalized by the authorities of Manu Park as well as by the Peruvian state, while in the Cultural Zone you can do all the extractive activities mentioned above and because that most of the animals are gone.

21: What kind of gear is provided in the tours? Go to the top

We do provide a pair of 10x40 Bushnell binoculars per person, rain ponchos, and rubber boots; our tour guides do always travel with a pair of Vortex, Nikon and Swarovski binoculars, and beside the binoculars they also carry with them spotting scopes. They also carry a Peruvian Bird book as well as mammal, orchid and amphibian plates. To download our field guide plates please click HERE

22: What kind of tour guides are used in the tours? Go to the top

Manu Explorers uses professional tour guides who have lived by the jungle of the Madre de Dios river all of their lives. Our guides are professionally trained and have extensive knowledge of the Manu area and the flora and fauna that abounds in the jungle. Most our tour guides have general knowledge; if you wish to have in tour a tour guide that is specialized of bird watching or biologist we will be very happy to arrange it for you with no extra charge.

23: What happened when the tour in cancelled? Go to the top

The weather conditions in the Highlands same as in Rainforest are unpredictable. The months of April to October are the driest months of the year, but some times during these months and the remainder of the year, we do have some rain and the roads may become inaccessible due to landslips/landslides. For that reason we recommend travel insurance to cover these unpredictable weather conditions, as claims for compensation cannot be considered. The insurance should also cover cancellation of tours, cancellation of flights, accident, loss of personal luggage, hospitalization, etc. We do not accept responsibility for cancellation, loss, tropical medical problems, damage or injury to property or persons.

For cancellations made after the tour is booked / reserved no refund will be given. If during the tour the client decides to separate themselves from the tour and the rest of the group it will be the responsibility of the client to pay for any expenses that are associated with their early return to Cusco. In case of tour cancellations please ask at our office for a tour cancellation certificate, this certificate will be provided within 24 hours of the request date.

24: Is Manu Explorers Peru a tour operator? Go to the top

Yes, Manu Explorers Peru is a tour operator based in Cusco – Peru. Our official company name is Manu Explorers Peru EIRL; our tax number is: 20490116100.

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