Welcome to Paucartambo


Paucartambo is primarily famous for its riotously colorful celebration in honor of the Virgen del Carmen, a festival held annually from July 15 to 18, with hypnotic street dancing, wonderful processions and all manner of weird costumes. The highly symbolic dances are inspired by everything from fever-ridden malaria sufferers to the homosexual practices of the Spanish conquistadors.

Otherwise, Paucartambo is for travelers a stagepost on the exciting road on towards the stunning jungle viewpoint of Tres Cruces 60km (about two hours) beyond town and Parque Nacional Manu beyond that.


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$323.75 Private & Custom Tours

MACHUPICCHU 1 DAY TOUR

Duration:                                              All dayStart time:                                            04:20 or 09:00End time:                                             22:30 pmMaximum elevation point:                 2450 maslDifficulty:                                             Easy + WonderfulTransportation method:                     Van / Train / BusWHAT IS INCLUDED:Pick up from the hotelTransfer to the train station (2 hours drive)Train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes. (1 and a half hours)Bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu PicchuProfessional Guiding Service at MachupicchuEntrance ticket to Machu PicchuBus down from Machupicchu to Aguas CalientesReturn train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo.Pick up at the train station and transfer to your hotel.Permanent Assistance.NOT INCLUDED:Food (in Aguas Calientes town there are many restaurants where you can enjoy a delicious lunch according to your preferences)WHY BOOK THIS TOUR WITH US?With so many companies offering tour to machu picchu, what makes us so special? EVERYTHING !!!We are 100 % Locals: As a local companny we perfectly know when and how to visit Machupicchu in order to avoid crouds and create unique experiences.Commited to our Community: We are very conscious about where we come from and we will always do our best for our clients and for our Community. Top guides: We have a selection of the best licenced and experienced guides at Machupicchu. Superior safety standards: Your safety its Important for us, You will have a personal asistant who will be in charge of your trip.No leave trace: We do cleaning activities every 3 months, we allways leave the atraction cleaner than we found. BY BOOKING THIS TOUR YOU ARE PLANTING 01 TREE AT INCA CANCHA COMMUNITY.WE WANT TO CHANGE THE WORLD AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP!!! That is why we have started an innovative project; for each service that our clients book with us, we plant a tree in the indigenous community of Inca Cancha in Challabamba district, Paucartambo province, Cusco.Traveling is amazing, but in our trip we use different kind of transportation methods that at the end of the day produces carbon and pollute the environment, our goal is to minimize this environmental impact so we want to erase our carbon footprint with this project. Thanks for being part of this important commitment.

$784 Private & Custom Tours

3 Day Manu Cloud Forest - Group Service

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Manu Rainforest PeruDAY 1 : Cusco - Cloud forest (Paradise Lodge)On the first day of our Manu tour 3 days, we will pick you up very early from your hotel or meeting point. This first day, of our journey, it will take us through the majestic Andean mountains that boasts heaps of flora and fauna typical of the Andean mountains. We will see on this route birdlife such as mountain Cacara, Puna Ibis and the Andean flicker.On our way to the forest, we will see the pre-Inca Lupaca culture burial towers before arriving at the colonial-era village of Paucartambo. The village of Paucartambo, is the gateway to the forests of Manu for centuries and here we will visit some colonial buildings. Finished our break, we will be continuing our Manu tour 3 days, leaving Paucartambo and travelling until we get to Acjanaco Pass (3,850 meters / 12,630 feet) this is the entrance to Manu National Park. From this location we will have the views of the Amazon basin and below us the road that will takes us down through Andean grasslands and into the cloud forest.The ecosystem on this side of the region is rich in flora and fauna such as the habitat of the cock-of-the-rock, crested and golden quetzals, blue-crowned motmots, gray breasted mountain toucans and many species of butterflies, ferns and orchids. At the end of this unique trip, you will spend your first night in our comfortable Paradise Lodge, in the heart of the Amazon cloud forest (1,470 meters / 4,821 feet).DAY 2 : Cloud forest (Paradise Lodge)This morning our Manu tour 3 days, start by leaving very early our lodge and immerse into the forests surrounding the lodge to observe the cock-of-the-rock as the males of the species perform their daily courtship ritual.Finish this first encounter with nature in the morning, we will be taken a good breakfast at the lodge and spend the rest of the day exploring the surrounding forest at a leisurely pace. We will be visiting local farmers on their pineapple and coca leaf plantations and enjoying plenty of bird watching species, as we look out for quetzals and motmots, green jays, paradise tanagers, bay-headed tanagers, orange-eared tanagers and golden tanagers.During our Manu tour 3 days, your naturalist guide will provide detailed information about this unique ecosystem. The road to Pilcopata is ideal for birders, facilitating short hikes into the forest. Our bus will be available to you at any time to take you to the area’s main attractions.Aside of birdwatching and other wildlife, our Manu tour 3 days can also provide you with some adventure. There is an option to do a guided mountain biking through the cloud forest and also white water rafting (Class II and III rapids) on the Kosñipata River. Thus, it will be a very good chance for you to try one or the other activity to choose and get the most from this Manu Tour.The night will be spent at our Paradise Lodge.Included: Breakfast, lunch & evening meal.DAY 3 : Cloud forest - CuscoThis is your last day for the Manu tour 3 days and after breakfast time you can carry on relaxing surrounded by nature. In time, our bus will come for us and leave the Manu National Reserve, to return to Cusco using the same route we came from until Paucartambo. From Paucartambo, we will be taking the road that follows the course of the Quencomayo River as far as Colquepata and over the high pass at Apacheta (4,100 meters / 13,448 feet). From here the road descends into the Sacred Valley of the Incas, famous for its impressive buildings. During our way back, Manu tour, will take us to the Sacred Valley to do stop a stop over here and enjoy the scenery of this place. We will also experience the way live some of the local villagers. Finally, our Manu tour 3 days will be ending once we are passing the impressive Inca archaeological site at Pisac, and continue to Cusco, where you will be transferred to your hotel.Driving distance: 192 km / 120 miles (6 hours)Duration: 3 days

$1141 Private & Custom Tours

4 Day Manu Bird Watchers Paradise - Group Service

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Manu Rainforest PeruDAY 1 : Cusco – Paradise Lodge (bus & hikes)On the first day of our 4 day Manu bird watchers paradise tour, we will pick you up very early from your hotel or meeting point. This first day, of our journey, it will take us through the majestic Andean mountains that boasts heaps of flora and fauna typical of the Andean mountains. We will see on this route birdlife such as mountain Cacara, Puna Ibis and the Andean flicker.On our way to the forest, we will see the pre-Inca Lupaca culture burial towers before arriving at the colonial-era village of Paucartambo. The village of Paucartambo, is the gateway to the forests of Manu for centuries and here we will visit some colonial buildings. Finished our break, we will be continuing our 4 day Manu bird watchers paradise tour, leaving Paucartambo and travelling until we get to Acjanaco Pass (3,850 meters / 12,630 feet) this is the entrance to Manu National Park. From this location we will have the views of the Amazon basin and below us the road that will takes us down through Andean grasslands and into the cloud forest.The ecosystem on this side of the region is rich in flora and fauna such as the habitat of the cock-of-the-rock, crested and golden quetzals, blue-crowned motmots, gray breasted mountain toucans and many species of butterflies, ferns and orchids. At the end of this unique trip, you will spend your first night in our comfortable Paradise Lodge, in the heart of the Amazon cloud forest (1,470 meters / 4,821 feet).Duration: 8 hoursStop At: Manu Rainforest PeruDAY 2 : Paradise Lodge – Lodge (bus, hikes & boat)This morning our 4 day Manu bird watchers paradise tour, start by leaving very early our lodge and immerse into the forests surrounding the lodge to observe the cock-of-the-rock as the males of the species perform their daily courtship ritual.Finish this first encounter with nature in the morning, we will be taken a good breakfast at the lodge and leave our lodge embarking from the port of Atalaya for our boat trip to Pilcopata a place ideal for birders and short hikes into the forest. Once at Pilcopata, we will pass by pineapple and coca leaf plantations and enjoying plenty of bird watching species, as we look out for spix guans, plumbeous kites, black vultures, quetzals, motmots, green jays, paradise tanagers, bay-headed tanagers, orange-eared tanagers and golden tanagers as well as local fauna such as squirrel monkeys and brown capuchin monkeys. During your 4 day Manu bird watchers paradise tour, our naturalist guide will provide detailed information about this unique ecosystem. We will spend most of our time in the forest before heading back to the lodge.After dinner, a short hike will present the opportunity to observe nocturnal life along the trails surrounding the local Amazon forest lodge in which you'll spend the night.The night will be spent at our Paradise Lodge.Included: Breakfast, lunch & evening meal.Duration: 6 hoursStop At: Manu Rainforest PeruDAY 3 : Amazon Basin – Clay Lick - Paradise Lodge (boat & bus)Our 4 day Manu bird watchers paradise tour, will begin with a different activity, we will leave Paradise Lodge, early in the morning to see dozens of parrots and parakeets descend on most clear mornings to ingest the clay on a mineral-rich riverbank clay deposit. A huge variety of species such as Cuvier's toucans, Mealy and Yellow- headed Amazon, Red and Green macaws, Blue-headed Parrot, Dusky headed Parakeet and other species, descending at this clay lick. The clay lick is active at dawn during the late mornings and mid-afternoons, afterwards, of seeing this magnificent colorful show, we will returning to the lodge for breakfastThis 4 day Manu bird watchers paradise tour, continues with a hiking along the forest trails, we will stopping to watch other bird species enjoy their mornings with us and head to the lodge for a typical regional lunch.After lunch, will be returning to the river, where you will ride a boat to Atalaya to continue with our bird watching. Later on, on our way back one of our cars’ will be waiting to drive you back to Paradise Lodge in comfort.Included: Breakfast and lunchDuration: 6 hoursStop At: Manu Rainforest PeruDAY 4 : Paradise Lodge – Cusco (bus)We have full days of birding in upper tropical rainforest while based at the lovely elevation of the Paradise lodge with hummingbirds at feeders in the garden, like the Rufous-crested Coquette, the Violet-fronted Hummingbird, Tawny-bellied Screech-Owls, and potoos calling outside our rooms at night, and a great trail system leading from the garden into several different habitat types.On our last 4 day Manu bird watchers paradise tour, this morning you will carry on exploring the surrounding areas of the lodge and observe the cock-of-the-rock perform its daily ritual at the lick. After breakfast time, our private bus will come to collect us to return to Cusco, following the same route to Paucartambo. Once in Paucartambo the last part of 4 day Manu bird watchers paradise trip road will follow the course of the Qenqomayo River to Colquepata and on to the high pass at Apacheta (4,100 meters/13,448 feet). From the high pass, the bus descends into the Sacred Valley of the Incas, famous for its impressive buildings. We will have a moment to enjoy the incredible views of the countryside, which is dotted with unique traditional Andean villages inhabited by weavers, llama herders and farmers. The Sacred valley will show us its amazing views of Pisac archaeological site until finally we get to the Cusco city.You will be taken back to your hotel accommodation in Cusco city.Included: Breakfast and lunch.Duration: 5 hours

$1380 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Cusco to Manu National Reserve 7-Day Tour with Transport

Day 1: City Tour of Cusco – Ninamarca/Pilcopata Town (D)We leave Cusco early in the morning to start by private car the visit to this places called Ninamarca to observe pre-Incan “chullpas” (tombs) of the Lupaca’s culture. Then, we continue to Paucartambo, a colonial town where people still keep presence of a cock of the rock, Peruvian national bird. After noon we get to Pilcopata (700 m,a,s,l) lodge to enjoying dinner and a shower.Day 2: Pilcopata Towm / Atalaya Port / Boca Manu (B)After breakfast, we get on our private vehicle to ride for 1.5-hour to the main port of the Manu National Park – Atalaya (500 masl). There, we board a motorized boat to continue for about 7 hours navigating on the Madre de Dios River. Along the river, we have a great opportunity to observe various species such as herons, vultures, kingfishers, turtles and some of 13 monkey species living in Manu! In the afternoon, we reach our next lodge situated in Boca Manu where we spend the night. Day 3: Boca Manu to Lake Otorongo /  Manu National ParkToday we will change for a navigation on the Manu River. In the afternoon we reach lodge called Otorongo that offers us basic rooms with bathrooms. Later on we explorer the Otorongo Lake where an observation tower watch giant otters living there in the lodge dinner and spend the night.Day 4: Lakes Salvador & Ototongo / Manu National ParkToday visit the Salvador Lake in our silent rowing boat that allows us observing a family of playful giant river otters, black caimans as well as many rare bird species including a prehistoric bird called shansho You can be sure that animals here in wild Amazon later back to our lodge night walk. Day 5: Otorongo Lake and Amazon ExplorerIn the morning, our group starts the travel on boat from Otorongo Lake and explorer to amazon offering us to see more wildlife. We follow some Amazon paths while watching other mammal’s species afternoon. Return to our lodge to rest in the reserve center.Day 6: Otorongo Late / Boca Many & Rainforest LodgeToday surely starts with a howler monkey scream that wake us up. After breakfast we navigate on the Manu River to Boca Manu. Change there for the Madre de Dios River and continue navigating until reaching Rainforest Lodge, a place of our next overnight in wildlife.Day 7: Rainforest Lodge & Atalaya Port to CuscoWake up very early to go by boat (10 minute) parrot clay-lick! After that, get back to the lodge where we're serving breakfast adding us energy for our last travel so that we board a Manu Tour motorized boat and start navigating towards the Atalaya Port. Our private vehicle awaits us there to take us back to Cusco. We arrive there approximately between 6 and 6:30 pm.

$430 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Manu Amazon Jungle 4 Days

DAY 1: CUSCO (3,350 M) - AJANACU PASS - (3,650 M) - CLOUD FOREST (1,700 M) We leave Cusco early in the morning in one of our vehicles. We will pass through interesting valleys and picturesque communities. We will visit pre Incan tombs and then we will stop in Paucartambo, a beautiful colonial town. Here we will visit a very interesting museum. We will have a packed lunch en route. We continue to the cloud forest, an area rich with endemic species like the Spectacled Bear, the Cock of The Rock, a variety of orchids, bromeliads and ferns etc. Take in the beautiful nature as we make our way to San Pedro Lodge where we will spend our first night in our comfortable accommodation. DAY 2: CLOUD FOREST - AMAZON LODGE (400 M) Very early we will go in search of the Cock of the Rock, the National bird of Peru, that has a very unique courtship dance. After breakfast we will continue to the small town of Pilcopata, then to the Port of Atalaya, which is located on the shores of the Madre de Dios River (700 m). Here we will take a boat to our Private Reserve . From the boat we will be able to see an enormous diversity of bird species such as Herons, vultures and cormorants etc. We will walk along the interesting trails that are in the transistion zone between high and low jungle and your guide will point out and explain the interesting diversity of wild life that surrounds you. We will have the chance for a night walk to catch a glimpse of insects and amphibians. We overnight in our Lodge. DAY 3: AMAZON LODGE - MACHU WASI LAKE - RAINFOREST WALK During the morning walk, the guide will point out and explain the interesting variety of wildlife around you. We board our boat to cross the river and follow a trail for 30 minutes and observe the interesting flora such as the sensitive plants, heliconias, fruit, etc. We walk until we reach lake Machu wasi where we paddle rafts to observe the birds like the primitive Hoatzin, alligators, monkeys and capybaras with luck. We will have a night walk around our lodge to catch a glimpse of a variety of insects and amphibians. DAY 4: AMAZON LODGE - BACK TO CUSCO Very early we board our boat and make our way to Collpa, a clay wall by the river where a variety of parrots such as the blue headed parrot, the White eyed parakeet, possibly the Maracana Macaw and others come every morning to subsitute their diet with minerals and salts. After this activity we return to the Lodge for breakfast. After we pack up and take our boat back to Atalaya Port,  where our vehicle will be waiting to take us back to Cusco. We have lunch en route to Cusco and arrive early evening.