A Photo Blog of The Amazon Jungle: Parque Nacional Manu, Peru

After visiting the ruins of Machu Picchu and the surrounding areas, we went out to Parque Nacional Manu (Manu National Park) for a 7 day / 6 night Amazon jungle expedition. From alligators & anteaters, to piranha, & poison snakes, to Tarzan & Jane, this photo blog throws you deep in the Amazon jungles!

Monkey Munching in The Cloud Forest (Manu National Park, Peru)

Monkey Munching in The Cloud Forest (Manu National Park, Peru)

Piggy at the Coca Plantation (Manu National Park, Peru)

Piggy at the Coca Plantation (Manu National Park, Peru)

I was surprised that the monkeys let us get so close to them. I think they were even putting on a show for us, perhaps hoping for food?…
The pig was adorable! It was almost like a cat when our guide was scratching its stomach, it was getting so much pleasure that tried to kiss the guide with its snout, who seemed to enjoy it as much.

Cock of The Rock in The Cloud Forest (Manu National Park, Peru)

Cock of The Rock in The Cloud Forest (Manu National Park, Peru)

 
 

Macaws at the Coca Plantation (Manu National Park, Peru)

Macaws at the Coca Plantation (Manu National Park, Peru)

The cock of the rock is Peru’s national bird. We were able to get pretty close up to these from an observation deck underneath the road.
Those two were real acrobats – they climbed the fence using their beaks. I was expecting at lest one of it to talk but it didn’t happen – maybe they were a little bit shy.

Wallowtail Moth (Manu National Park, Peru)

Wallowtail Moth (Manu National Park, Peru)

 
 

Cricket in The Cloud Forest (Manu National Park, Peru)

Cricket in The Cloud Forest (Manu National Park, Peru)

I thought moths were all ugly, but this one was beautiful. Our guide tried to explain the difference between moths and butterflies, but I’m still confused!
There countless populations of different insects and bugs that I wasn’t really interested in. The bigger they grow the uglier they get.

Vasilisa Scoping Out The Madre de Dios River (Manu National Park, Peru)

Vasilisa Scoping Out The Madre de Dios River (Manu National Park, Peru)

 
 

Coca Plantation in The Cloud Forest  (Manu National Park, Peru)

Coca Plantation in The Cloud Forest (Manu National Park, Peru)

Vasilisa and I both got really into the binoculars on this expedition –a must bring for any jungle trip.
Coca Plantations are all around Peru and various coca products are sold. The most popular is coca leaf tea, which we enjoyed a lot (Supposed to be good for digestion).

Sunset at Boca Manu (Manu National Park, Peru)

Sunset at Boca Manu (Manu National Park, Peru)

Sunset at Boca Manu (Manu National Park, Peru)

Sunset at Boca Manu (Manu National Park, Peru)

The Amazon jungle has some beautiful sunsets. Every night was a bit different, and they were all amazing.

White Jackrabbit (Manu National Park, Peru)

White Jackrabbit (Manu National Park, Peru)

Cayman Alligator at Cocha Otorongo in Reserve Zone (Manu National Park, Peru)

Cayman Alligator at Cocha Otorongo in Reserve Zone (Manu National Park, Peru)

This looks like some sort of evil demon-rabbit. I was praying for it not to bite as I approached it. Surprisingly, the camera flash didn’t seem to bother it one bit.
Who doesn’t like to chill in the sun? This is the favorite thing to do for Cayman Alligator when it is not occupied by hunting.

Human-Like Birds at Cocha Otorongo in Reserve Zone (Manu National Park, Peru)

Human-Like Birds at Cocha Otorongo in Reserve Zone (Manu National Park, Peru)

Birds at Cocha Otorongo in Reserve Zone (Manu National Park, Peru)

Birds at Cocha Otorongo in Reserve Zone (Manu National Park, Peru)

These birds remind me of people in the way they walk together through the forest.
The birds are even more beautiful when they are together.

Scarlet Macaw in Reserve Zone (Manu National Park, Peru)

Scarlet Macaw in Reserve Zone (Manu National Park, Peru)

Great Blue Heron in Reserve Zone (Manu National Park, Peru)

Great Blue Heron in Reserve Zone (Manu National Park, Peru)

 
 
 
 
I love to watch the birds fly: how they spread their wings and glide in the sky. Sometimes they seem not to move their wings at all.

Vasilisa Jane in the Reserve Zone (Manu National Park, Peru)

Vasilisa Jane in the Reserve Zone (Manu National Park, Peru)

Joshua Tarzan at Cocha Otorongo in Reserve Zone (Manu National Park, Peru)

Joshua Tarzan at Cocha Otorongo in Reserve Zone (Manu National Park, Peru)

Vasilisa grabbed onto one of the liana (strong vine) and used it just like a rope swing. This reminds me of the old Tarzan & Jane movies.
This is the person who really reminds me of Tarzan. He did it every time we passed this tree.

Huge Spider in Reserve Zone (Manu National Park, Peru)

Huge Spider in Reserve Zone (Manu National Park, Peru)

Snake in Reserve Zone (Manu National Park, Peru)

Snake in Reserve Zone (Manu National Park, Peru)

Apparently this spider is poisonous –one bite will kill!
My least favorite creature do not love snakes. Luckily that one was the only one that came on our way.

Great Egret in Reserve Zone (Manu National Park, Peru)

Great Egret in Reserve Zone (Manu National Park, Peru)

Prehistoric Bird in Reserve Zone (Manu National Park, Peru)

Prehistoric Bird in Reserve Zone (Manu National Park, Peru)

 
 
 
We’ve seen a lot of those birds in Manu national Park though they are considered endangered.

Poison Frog in the Reserve Zone (Manu National Park, Peru)

Poison Frog in the Reserve Zone (Manu National Park, Peru)

White Piranha in Reserve Zone (Manu National Park, Peru)

White Piranha in Reserve Zone (Manu National Park, Peru)

Our night-walk through the jungle was a unique experience. We saw / heard a whole new set of creatures / noises.
I’ve seen piranhas only in the movies. This time I had an opportunity to see it close and measure the size of its teeth. WOW – they are impressive.

Anteater in Reserve Zone (Manu National Park, Peru)

Anteater in Reserve Zone (Manu National Park, Peru)

 
 

Wooly Monkeys in Reserve Zone (Manu National Park, Peru)

Wooly Monkeys in Reserve Zone (Manu National Park, Peru)

We were lucky to see an anteater out on our early morning walk. Apparently this is a rare find.
 
 
Baby monkey hugging his Mother monkey, while travelling from tree to tree – very touching. The way monkeys jump trees is incredible – they make a skydive until they reach a brunch on their way.

Men At Work: Landslide (Manu National Park, Peru)

Men At Work: Landslide (Manu National Park, Peru)

Landslide Solved! (Manu National Park, Peru)

Landslide Solved! (Manu National Park, Peru)

On our way back to Cusco, we found a small delay as part of the cliff had fallen down onto the roadside, with huge boulders blocking the entire route. But the local guys all came out and cleared up the situation in no time at all. I don’t think you’d ever see people get together and do something like this back in the states!

Find The Camo-Owl! (Manu National Park, Peru)

Find The Camo-Owl! (Manu National Park, Peru)

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This article has 3 comments so far!

  1. Josh Miles says —

    I think you are wrong about the Cuzco work crew, they look exactly like our CalTrans crews…half the guys working the other half looking at them and talking about it…

    Looks like you are having a good time…jealous!

    Don’t kiss the pigs you will get swine flu.

    Josh

  2. Julie says —

    I love the demon-bunny! Actually, I love all the jungle animals. Sure looks like a wonderful journey, and I adore the team work. Miss you both and loving the pictures, etc….

  3. Frances Torres says —

    HEY GUYS!!! I’m loving your blog! Looks like you have been having the time of your lives traveling beautiful places!!! These shots are amazing and just unbelievably beautiful!!! MARIO AND I MISS YOU SO MUCH! Pls write us and let us know when we’ll see you again!!! =)
    -Frances

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