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Jungle Tour - Pongo de Maynique

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To the north of Cusco, there is an immense canyon called the Pongo de Mainique (its original name). It is about the rupture of the Cordillera del Vilcabamba where it crosses the waters of the Urubamba River. This famous river is born in the glaciers near Cusco and its waters irrigate the Sacred Valley of the Incas. The pongo has an area of ​​3.6 km and is the gateway to the Megantoni sanctuary of which it is a part. It has a landscape with a profusion of waterfalls and waterfalls in both walls of the canyon that through the ages have done an impressive job of wearing and polishing the surrounding rocks. Here lives the Maine, name by which the spectacled bear or Andean bear is known in the native language, from which the name of the place comes. In the Pongo de Maenique there is a sequence of black clay of very thin strata of gray and black coloration, other strata of sand and clay of reddish and pinkish color, the stratification of the sandstones is laminated and somewhat biased. On the north side of the Pongo on the left margin, you can see a rock formation in the shape of a bear’s face. To the right margin is the viewpoint; The access to this place is at the mouth of the Oseorato river. The pongo divides two geographic reliefs, one of them is the high Urubamba which is characterized by mountain ranges covered with dense vegetation, the other side is the Lower Urubamba that presents a flat relief, both panoramas can be seen from the viewpoint in addition to the trajectory of the Bajo Urubamba river; Touring the Pongo is a fascinating experience for lovers of adventure and nature. In the crossing you can see numerous waterfalls and interesting fauna among which stands out the Military Macaw, the Cock of the Rocks, Bear Eyeglasses and a variety of monkeys such as Black Machin, Maquisapa, Choro, etc.

It is located within the Megantoni National Shrine on August 18, 2004, through Supreme Decree No. 030-2004-AG. The Master Plan for Megantoni goes from 2007 to 2011 and was approved by Jefatural Resolution No. 380-2006-INRENA, signed on December 20, 2006. The Pongo de Mainique geographical accident of great scenic and cultural value is unique in the Cusco region . His rapids were used for the key scenes of the 1982 film by Werner Herzog “Fitzcarraldo.

  • Tour duration: 6 days
  • Difficulty: Easy

Day 1

We leave from Cusco (3350m) or from Ollantaytambo by bus until we reach Quillabamba. Approximately 3 to 4 hours away, passing through the sacred valley and having a view of the Vilcanota mountain range and part of this mountain range we have the highest point malaga that is 4600 m high.
Arriving in Quillabamba (altitude 1850) we will have our first lunch and the tour of some places of the town (squares and markets), then we have 3 hours more by bus until arriving at Kiteni Town (1700 meters high) where we will spend the night and have our dinner in a hostel in the village ..

Day 2

This day we woke up very early 5:00 am to have our breakfast and start our trip again by bus 2 hours approx. until we reach the town of ivochote (1500 high), from this place we will start our adventure by boat, the river we have is the villcamayu (sacred river), after traveling two hours and passing through an incredible view we strike at the Pongo de Mainique, here the view is a much better, after passing the pongo we have 2:30 more until we reach our lodge (Sabeti – Timpia 1400 high) in this place we have our lunch and dinner. Or we can also paddle in the same place as mynique we can practice fishing in the area

Day 3

This day after our breakfast we have: visit to the collpas or place where the parrots and other birds that are of this virgin forest and local activities (fishing and visit to native families of place) are found.

Day 4

This day we hike almost all day, because we will explore the jungle (fauna and flora) and visit a Machiguenga native village, then return to our Sabeti lodge or camp.

Day 5

This day we started to return to the town of Ivochote which is 3 to 4 hours approx. by boat, then take our bus to the town of Kiteni where we will have our lunch, after our lunch we have 3 hours more by bus to the town of Quillabamba where we spend the night in a hostel and have our dinner …

Day 6

This day after breakfast we return to Cusco with a time of 3 to 4 hours approx. to Cusco. U Ollantaytambo


The tour includes

  • All – day 1, dinner,
  • Day 2; Breakfast, box lunch and dinner on
  • day 3, breakfast, box lunch, dinner.
  • Bus tickets,
  • boat alquiter;
  • guide;
  • All the camping equipment if necessary, including tents, sleeping bags

The tour does not include

  • Tips
  • Mineral water
  • Extras as additional food
  • Tickets if require


  • During the trip, your main luggage can be stored in our office or at your hotel, or in our mobility both free of charge.
  • Pocket money in nuevos soles.
  • A small backpack. for your water
  • Rain clothes (a waterproof jacket).
  • Light clothing
  • Hat or cap (to protect against sun, rain and cold).
  • Sunscreen or sunscreen.
  • Repellent
  • Camera Photo
  • We can leave it in the place you want but it has an extra cost
  • We can coordinate a typical lunch for you

Take Precautions

  • Having the yellow fever vaccine
  • Minimum age is 10 years
  • Requires minimal experience, regular physical condition
  • It is not recommended for people with heart problems or respiratory problems
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