Four of us had a fantastic trip with the 6 day Manu selection. First night was at the cock of the Rock lodge which was very nice and had great hummingbird viewing. From there we proceeded to The Tambo Blanquillo lodge in Manu Reserve. You are way out in the jungle, but still have wifi and Ice cold beer after a sweaty day. Ruffinas food is remarkable. The bird life is tremendous. We were lucky enough to see an ocelot catch a parrot at the clay lick. It is an adventure getting to and from this place, but well worth it.
We were picked up in Cusco sharp at 4am as advised in a minivan at our hotel from the driver and our guide Davide. After a 7 hour drive with several stops, nice breakfast and lunchpackages and equipped with cosy blankets we arrived at the first river. 20 minutes crossing of the river in a longtailboat, then a further 1 hour driving in a 4 wheel pickup to little village Boca Colorado where we embarked the next longtailboat of the lodge - equipped with luxury soft seats -and drove 3.5 hours upstream the Madre de Dios river, where we arrived late afternoon at the Tambo Blanquillo Lodge. Throughout the whole trip our guide Davide took best care of our wellbeing and luggage and shared lots of interesting information about the country, flora and fauna. The lodge is built on an open area at the river amongst huge trees and kolibri visiting the bushes in front of the main building. Our bungalow had a very nice setup inside and everything was very new and clean and functional and included a good moscitonet. Bathroom was nice too and had a huge shower with warm water and separate toilet. Tha main building is used for the meals and has several resting areas including hammocks and rocking chairs, very comfortable. Wifi is available too. The whole lodge has been setup with love to the detail, fotographs on the walls, well kept and lighted pathways from the bungalows to the main building etc. Outstanding were the meals prepared by the cook (a lady) of the lodge. With every meal a different fresh juice made of local fruits was served, and the meals had a big variety of everything and were superdelicious, as well the vegetarian version. All staff if the lodge was superfriendly and helpful and we felt really welcomed. During our 5 day stay we made different tours (walking/boat) into the jungle from the early morning into the night (nightwalk). We enjoyed the parrots at the clawlick and could have watched them forever, and the big otter families (so cute) and all the other animals and flora and fauna of the jungle. Our guide Davide was incredibly knowledgable and very enthusiastic and explained and showed to us everything in detail. We had a great time at Tambo Blanquillo, and if you look for a place where you are right in the middle of the jungle with real Amazonas experience with the cosy setup of a family run nice lodge then this is the place to go!
Rated #1 in Manu National Park since October 2014 by TripAdvisor.