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Wild Watch Peru

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Cusco, Peru
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About Wild Watch Peru
We are a local tour operator based in Cusco that organizes itineraries for Manu National Park, Machupicchu, Sacred Valley, Tambopata, and Espiritu Pampa. If you are looking for an authentic jungle experience in Peru, we offer a set of more than 25 tour packages to the most remote Amazon Rainforest parks in Peru and probably one of the most biodiverse on the globe. Our tours are all included and professionally guided by locals, here you will find well-designed tours, schedules for nature lovers, birders, wildlife seekers, modern days explorers, we can also design one for you, just let us know !!
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Deeptha G wrote a review Sep 2021
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I really enjoyed the entire trip. The drive through the mountains, the stay and food at the lodge, the hikes and most importantly the night hikes. The guides were very good and knew the jungle well. I also loved the boat ride and the flora and fauna. It was a great overall experience.
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Date of experience: August 2021
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Sarita T wrote a review Aug 2021
Cusco, Peru26 contributions1 helpful vote
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Mágica Manu Experiencia! Pros +3 types of monkeys + 30 bird species + Amazing guide (knowledgeable in flora/fauna, history, monkey/bird calls, plant medicinal uses, professional, personable) + Peruvian locally owned company + nutritious food + no flights, accessible from Cusco + lodge is remote and beautiful Cons - Sand flies (inevitable...) I highly recommend a trip to Manu with Wild Peru for You and the Guadalupe Lodge! It was my dream to visit the Amazon, however, I didn’t think I had time in my travels. While hesitant to book a trip to Manu because of the time and distance, I am so happy I did! After extensive research, I decided Manu was more accessible and affordable than Tambopata. While the first day had a 6hr drive, we still had opportunity to explore an Inca Archeological sites, enjoy breakfast in a beautiful town, and the road felt smooth and safe. En route, we experienced our first cloud forest wildlife sighting, Machin negro (Cebus apella). I was very appreciative of our guide, Hebert, who stopped the car for this opportunity to view the monkeys. After arrival at the beautiful Guadalupe lodge, we had a delicious lunch, time to rest, and hike through the nearby bamboo forest. The first day was packed with cool insects, bats, parrots, and monkeys! Having a degree in Wildlife Conservation Biology, I was impressed with Hebert’s knowledge of local flora and fauna. His bird and monkey calls were spot-on, and he even knew birds of North America (along with excellent English / Spanish / Quechua). I wanted a tour that was educational, fun, and off the beaten tourist track. I also liked that our group was only 3-5 participants, who were science-minded, nature lovers as well. The next day included the most magical outing to Alta Madre de Dios! After a short drive, we took a boat to a secluded lagoon. I didn’t see any other tourists that day, which was refreshing after some of the packed tourist tours like Rainbow Mountain. Also, it helped with the silence of wildlife viewing. Bird watching in the lagoon felt like a dream out of National Geographic. I was taken back in time, viewing Dino- Archeoptryx -like birds (Hoatzin, Opisthocomus hoazin). Others like fiery-capped manakin (Macaeropterus Pyrocephalus), Black-fronted Nunbird (Monasa nigrifrons), and Blue-crowned Trogon (Trogon curucui) were among my favorites. Our guide knew ALL the species and calls, and carried his spotting scope to focus on some key species. As part of a protected National Park, the biodiversity of Madre de Dios was incredible and the hiking trails were well maintained. We continued to enjoy hiking to one of the largest trees in the area, swimming in pristine green Amazonia waters, and up-close experiences with animals at a wildlife rescue center. The final morning, we had a lovely hike before breakfast where we witnessed a group of Tocon cobrizo (Callicebus cupreus) and the mysterious calls of the Spix's guan (Penelope jacquacu). This experience made me think of Jane Goodall, tracking sounds and sights of Chimpanzees in the Congo. Only regret – I wish had more than 3 days! Totally doable for a short trip with a lot of opportunity for wildlife viewing. However, Manu is so incredible, you may want to book a longer trip too.
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Date of experience: August 2021
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Olivia H wrote a review May 2021
San Francisco, California9 contributions
They have tailored a departure on short notice for me in April this year. I was doing some volunteering in the sacred valley and getting out of resources so wanted to visit the rainforest near Cusco at most, as solo travelers couldn't find many tours offers that could match my budget so while surfing the web, I luckily contacted these guys and they were fast and helpful in my request, so was joined to another solo travelers who had already signed up, the journey was well arranged in all aspects, the lodge service its excellent, charming and well located not human disturbances and you get easily connected with nature leaving behind all chaos from the city, the tour had followed the covid19 regulations, making this experience to be worthwhile, Thanks wish to come back in the near future
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Date of experience: April 2021
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Melissa K wrote a review Feb 2020
Montreal, Canada10 contributions16 helpful votes
We did the 4 day 3 night trip in the Manu Park and had a fantastic time! From the moment we were picked up in Cusco at our hotel until the end when we were dropped off back in Cusco, the team from Wild Watch Peru was attentive, helpful, extremely knowledgeable and all around wonderful! Our guide, Essauu, was friendly, organized, passionate about nature and had so much knowledge to share with the group! Essauu's ability to spot wildlife is beyond impressive. His personal stories about the jungle and animals are fascinating. Essauu was also very accommodating to our personal interests. If someone in the group said that they liked fishing, he would take us fishing! The food prepared by Fernando at the lodge was delicious! We often felt like we were eating food prepared on a cooking show, as he never ceased to amaze us with the presentation. Our driver Jonathan was great and knew the roads of the mountain extremely well. The lodge was beautiful and maintained by Joshua, who kept it clean and organized. We highly recommend this tour and having Essauu as your guide is a must!
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Date of experience: February 2020
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vivipoole wrote a review Feb 2020
Boston, Massachusetts18 contributions1 helpful vote
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I'm so happy we chose Wild Watch Peru for our Rainforest adventure! This company did a great job right from the start. I had emailed them with a couple questions before booking and received prompt and thorough responses. I also found the price to be a great value considering what the tour offers. Our guide was Esau and he did an amazing job! He is extremely knowledgeable. We also really enjoyed getting to know him during our 4 day tour. You can tell that he truly loves and respects the rainforest. He is also active in trying to educate people on how to preserve and protect the environment. Esau pointed out so many plants and animals! It was incredible how he could see a small monkey or bird from extremely far away all while being in moving vehicle! He had a scope on a tripod that he would set up for us to observe the animals. Your cellphone camera can take pictures through the scope! I left my big camera in the room the whole time because his scope worked way better than my zoom lens. I believe the cook's name was Fernando. The food was delicious and healthy. I especially loved the soups we had every night before the main course. Our driver, Jonathan I believe, did a great job as well. We went during the rainy season so the roads were less than perfect. We felt very safe with Jonathan skillfully maneuvering the mountain roads! The rooms were very comfortable as well. Trip highlights: Esau's knowledge and great enthusiasm for the rainforest, and We saw a Puma!! (safely from a boat) So cool!
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Date of experience: February 2020
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