Canoe the Amazon – The ultimate guided expedition in Peru. Travel through the Peruvian Amazon over 7 days by traditional canoe. Camp in the rainforest, stay with Indigenous Communities and experience some of the best wildlife in the world in Manu, Peru.
The expedition pace will be slower to allow for more wildlife viewing opportunities & time to explore. Due to the remote areas we operate in, we run this expedition using a framework rather than a fixed itinerary.
We embark on our epic adventure from Cusco towards the captivating town of Paucartambo, exploring vibrant markets and ancient ruins. Experience a thrilling canopy walk at the Wayqecha Biological Station before journeying through the Andes to reach the Amazon Rainforest. Arrive in Pilcopata and get ready for an insightful briefing at our Manu Biological Station base. For a deeper connection with the rainforest, opt for a guided night walk before resting in cozy cabins at the station.
As the sun rises, we transfer to our beach launch site after breakfast. Excitement fills the air as you see your canoes waiting for the adventure ahead – There is truly nothing like exploring the Amazon by canoe. We don’t start easy – Today, we paddle through Grade 1-2 rapids, setting the adrenaline pumping. Each canoe has a local guide from one of the communities along the river to help you navigate the waters along the way. Our first stop is Machuwasi, where we explore the lake by Balsa rafts spotting capybaras, green parrots, turtles, kingfishers and more. After visiting Machuwasi and its captivating wildlife, we immerse ourselves in the Harakmbut community’s culture.
Deep in the heart of the rainforest, an extraordinary encounter awaits. We venture to the Harakmbut community, immersing ourselves in their age-old traditions and culture. Our day concludes with a well-deserved visit to the community’s hidden thermal pools deep in the rainforest.
Today, we set our course towards our next checkpoint, finishing the day with a stay in a Machiguenga Community. The traditions here are very different to those of the Harakmbut family we stayed with the previous day. Over the span of 4 – 5 hours, we paddle down the river, offering us glimpses of wildlife from our canoes. Upon reaching our stop, the communities extend a warm welcome with a traditional ceremony and masato sharing.
The afternoon presents opportunities to explore the community, learn the craft of traditional bows or fishing, and forge meaningful connections with the locals. This day promises an authentic encounter with the heart and heritage of the Amazon’s indigenous culture, leaving an indelible mark on our expedition. In the evening, we set out with our torches searching for baby caiman and other wildlife on the trails.
The days start getting longer today as we paddle approximately 5 hours along the Madre de Dios River. Before we set off, a comprehensive safety briefing awaits us, particularly for a specific stretch of the river where occasional sightings of non-contacted communities regularly occur. During this stretch, we stick closely together and refrain from using cameras, respecting the guidelines set by the Ministry of Culture here.
It’s common to see families of Capybaras and other wildlife as we approach the Rio Alto Madre de Dios. Once we pass the non-contacted zone we will stop for lunch in Boca Manu, a small town remnant from the rubber boom.
Our day’s adventure leads us to a secluded spot deep within the rainforest. Puma tracks are often spotted in this area, and the sounds of the resident jaguar are often heard at night. We pitch our tents close together and join our host for a night walk around the local trails.
Paddle approximately 6 hours to reach Azul Beach, our idyllic camping spot for the evening. Along the way, we take captivating detours through narrow river channels, offering opportunities to spot diverse wildlife, including juvenile caimans swimming alongside our canoes.
Arriving at the beach, we pitch our tents and gather around a crackling bonfire for storytelling, immersing ourselves in ancient tales passed down through generations. Learn local fishing techniques and try your hand at catching dinner as the night sky twinkles above.
we set forth on our final full day of paddling, heading towards the captivating Masenawa community. This promises to be a day filled with cultural immersion and the chance to learn more about their time-honored traditions and vibrant culture.
En route to the community, we embark on a journey through the forest’s narrow channels, and set camp with our hosts, a local family from the community. As we approach the mining town of Boca Colorado, we start to see signs of the illegal mining that plagues this region, and have a chance to learn more about the effects on the communities and wildlife that call this area home.
Today marks our last day on the rivers and we say goodbye to our canoes and new friends at the community. After breakfast we make a short transfer by river boat to begin our journey back to Cusco by 4WD to mark the end of our expedition.
Soak in your epic achievement as you officially join the ranks as one of the brave few to take on the Amazon by traditional canoe.
If you have any questions or want to chat with someone in our team, get in touch to request a call or more information.
There’s nothing like exploring the Amazon by canoe. Traveling by traditional canoe offers an authentic and intimate experience, allowing you to witness wildlife in its natural habitat and access hidden areas inaccessible by larger boats. With small group sizes, you’ll forge meaningful connections and engage with indigenous cultures along the way.
By choosing canoe travel, you support sustainable tourism and contribute to the long-term preservation of this extraordinary wilderness. Embark on a journey that combines adventure, authenticity, and conservation. Book your unforgettable expedition today.ENQUIRE NOW
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