For years, I have been wanting to go to Manu and I so I practically got a PhD in all the possible options. My husband and I chose Tambo Blanquillo because we want to be based in one place rather than travel each night and we wanted creature comforts like hot water and a comfortable bed at night. I am 57 and he is 60, both of us in good physical shape. We stayed in a private bungelow, totally worth it to have the quiet from other people and comfort. The bed was a pleasure after a long day in the jungle, we had plenty of hot water and a nice little screened in porch with a chair and hammock for siesta. As for food, we are pescatarian and Rufina, the chef, provided delicious and well-presented food for breakfast, lunch and dinner not to mention massive snacks for our hikes. The lodge itself has really pretty grounds, filled with interesting, very active birds (casigas which are from the crow family and black crested oropendela). At night, you fall asleep to a caucaphony of jungle sounds (owls, frogs, insects). What a blessing to be able to experience this! We love hiking and took some long ones with our capable and enthusiastic guide Alex. The highlight is the clay like which we visited twice - absolutely amazing views and sounds of the parrots and macaws. If you tire of that, look behind at the shrubs and trees and you will be treated to lots of other birds and monkeys. We were thrilled to visit the oxbow lake and see a brand new pair of giant river otters. The boat rides were really fun and relaxing and we always felt that we were in very good hands with the captain and the porters. Maybe this is obvious to every one looking at going to Manu but: - You have to protect yourself diligently from the mosquitos and do what they tell you (Sawyers treatment on clothes and deet on your body). The good news -- it really works . - it is really hot. We took showers twice a day because we got really gross. - the trip there is long from Cusco (but totally worth it) - Being in a hot, buggy environment and getting up super early to see birds is really tiring. So plan on napping and getting to bed early. The only issue we experienced was on the 4th day (the day before our departure), our guide was a little unclear on what we should do. He suggested we just hang out a bit more and do laundry which is totally not our style -- so we ended up doing a long hike (which was great, saw lots of monkeys) and then in the afternoon, headed to the animal clay like which is not active in August. We figured we would give it a try and they were right -- not much to see but it was worth a try in our minds. Added 91 birds to my life list. Again, we loved it and feel so grateful that we were able to experience this part of the world with the wonderful staff at Tambo Blanquillo.
Rated #1 in Manu National Park since October 2014 by TripAdvisor.