Location Information

Map of Associated Areas





Climate and Conditions

The Amazon
The Amazon basin rainforest is hot and humid all year round with little variation from mid-summer (December) to mid-winter (June), due to Manu being only 12 degrees south of the equator. Daytime temperatures regularly reach into the mid-thirties Celsius. In mid-winter (June to mid-September), cold wind movements from the Patagonian plains can sometimes move far enough north to affect the southern edge of the Amazon. These infrequent weather movements, known locally as "friajes", last from one to three days and then the night-time temperature can drop to as low as 10 degrees C. We therefore recommend that you pack a sweater or light jacket "just in case".

Manu is a rainforest and, even though it is a “dry" rainforest as rainforests go, rain may be encountered at any time of the year. However, during the "dry season" (May to October) there is a lot less rainfall than in the "wet season" (late November to April). A trip to Manu is feasible during any month of the year. Biting insects are present in Manu, but they are less bothersome than mosquitoes in North America or midges in Scotland.

The Andes
In the Andes and Cusco area, winter days (June to August) are typically sunny and warm with temperatures of 18-22 C. whereas at night the temperature can drop to below freezing (-3 C). in our high camps, and rarely even colder. Rain seldom falls during winter. During the summer months (January to March) the daytime temperatures can reach 30 C. enjoying milder nights (typically minimums of around 8 C), but with plenty of rain. Despite some rain, April and November are two of our favorite months for trekking, since the mountains are lush with summer flowers and you enjoy plenty of sunshine. Departures during the Andean spring or fall (autumn) offer weather patterns intermediate between these seasonal extremes.

General Comments
Anyone who is in good general health can participate on a Manu or Andes trip.

Our vehicles are specially designed for the tough terrain and our river transport is by roofed motorized dug-outs. Life jackets are provided and spare outboard motors are always taken as back-up. In the mountains on treks, all our gear is carried by mules or porters, accompanied by Quechua-speaking wranglers. On remote trekking trips, emergency saddle mounts and tack are provided. Manu is an isolated region (there are uncontacted Amerindian groups just a few hours away), but nevertheless we do our best to make your trip as comfortable as possible. As in travel to any remote area, a positive attitude and a willingness to accept the unexpected as part of the experience is essential.

Current Weather Conditions

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