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Peru Vilca Expediciones
Ranked #419 of 1,137 Tours in Cusco
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Reviewed 29 November 2017 via mobile

We die the 4 days 3 nights tour. Well organised, save driver, vertrekken good guide and good dood. Only the lodge was a bit old buy they are building new ones for next year. We had a great time!

Thank SaskiaN
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Reviewed 27 August 2017

Manu Vilca's tours can be up to 16 people which is far too many if you want to see animals in the jungle. We went on a 3 night/4 day trek into Manu with this agency. The accommodations and meals were good but the single guide we had for 12 people was overwhelmed and under prepared. He only had 1 pair of binoculars and was a bit rude to the folks on the trip. He also didn't have as much knowledge of the animals and animal behavior in the region as I would have expected. Manu Vilca may have other better guides but ours left plenty to be desired.

Thank Sara P
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Reviewed 19 August 2017

We went with Expediciones Vilca for 6D/5N tour into the reservation part of Manu park and it has been an incredible journey. With 9 people in total in the group we had Juan Carlos, who was an incredible guide. He pointed at so many animals and made sure everybody in the group sees them. We also had a boar driver Elias and his assistant who did a great job, first of all in avoiding all the trees in the river and accommodating all our "necessary stops". They both also spotted so many animals, it's incredible.
The special word goes for cook, whose name I unfortunately don't remember, but it sounded like Klymaco. The guy was able to put amazing dishes for us in absolutely impossible environment (no electricity, limited water, no light). Especially in the deep jungle, I think we had the best dishes ever.
Apart from the great team, we saw all the animals that were "promised", except jaguar. Tapir, monkeys, incredible birds, caymans, and of course giant otters (that are not so easy to find)
The lodges were comfortable with hot water (except in bona reservada, towels and toilet paper offered). I liked the one that was in zona reservada itself, but at the end of every day you are so tired, you don't really care where to sleep anymore.

Few points of advice:
- book directly with Expediciones Vilca (online or in person in Cusco), there are just few companies who are actually allowed to go to bona reservada. Going through the other operator, you might just pay higher and end up going with Expediciones Vilca anyway. Few people in our group who booked through other companies paid a little more.
- don't underestimate the mosquito repellent, and make sure it has at least 40-50% of active element. Ours had a little less and I am still covered in bites.
- bring a very good camera/binoculars. Most of the animals you see will be very far, so good binoculars or cameras with a really good zoom will enhance your experience a lot.

Overall, really great trip and a really nice company. Highly recommended and worth every penny.

Thank Natalja A
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Reviewed 26 June 2017 via mobile

Summary first, details below (I decided to add details because it could be of interest for some people). Hopefully they help you making your choice.

After some online search, we decided to do the Manu Reserve tour with that particular tour operator (nota: we actually booked with a different company online, but ended up with Vilca... so I guess the other company simply collects people for them). The tour is from time to time a bit demanding but you don't need to be an athlete to do it. You get to see lots of animals, though it's rather a matter of luck what you will see (we saw some monkeys and sloths, but no huge spiders for instance). The meals are correct - though we got a bit sick after the tour... Maybe the non-refrigerated meat for 4 days... Unfortunately we missed some further explanations: Our guide was indeed a very good observer, motivated walker and spotted animals that we would never have seen without him, but not the person to provide much detail about the animals, their behavior and the nature in general.
All in all we liked the tour, though it was kind of tiring and in the end we got used walking in muddy and soaked clothes.

The tour started at around 5 AM from Cusco and took about 12 hours drive to the first lodge in a tiny village in the middle of nowhere - for my standards (nota: the fact that it took 12 hours is because part of the driving was in the Manu Reserve and the roads there are far from being in a good shape). On the way, our tour guide, driver an cook were very friendly though not immensely talkative - which was kind of a pity. We stoped on several occasions for short breaks, lunch and to see some animals (mainly birds).
The second day started early (around 9 AM) to take our bus and then boat in order to get to our next lodge a bit deeper in the forest. This ride was about 4 hours in total with a stop at an animal shelter. Arrived at our lodge, we had some time to get changed and prepare for a "night walk" (which stated around 4 PM, but since it got dark early, it ended up being a night walk). The walk as such lasted around 3 hours and a half, and was quite demanding since mainly uphill through the bushes and mud (btw: the agency provided us with rubber boots, and in the end we knew why... there's mud everywhere...). We were able to see some monkeys, beautiful butterflies as well as insects.
The third day started again early (around 5 AM) for an early morning walk before breakfast. During that walk, we took some small manually "powered" boats to cross a lake. We were able to see some monkeys, beautiful birds, various kinds of ants and... *taste* termites. Back to our lodge we had breakfast and some time to rest. Around 11 AM we did another walk through the forest and stoped at a natural tub. That was kind of cool and allowed us to rest a bit. Back to our lodge we had lunch and some time to rest. Around 3 PM we continued in order to observe birds. Fortunately we had our ponchos with us since we got victims of a huge rainfall (which was not too bad given the heat in general... but still annoying a bit). During our observation we saw toucans, parrots and many others. That was kind of nice and compensated for the effort and the rainfall. Back to the lodge we had dinner and went for a sleep.
The fourth and last day started early again (at 5 AM) in order to observe parrots as they meet in a place to eat clay (to calm their stomachs). Then we got back to our lodges to have breakfast, get our stuff ready and drive back to Cusco... tired.

Thank DeeCeeDelux
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Reviewed 14 April 2017 via mobile

We decided to book with vilca even though there wasn't alot about them online.

We booked a 3nights/4days tour. Overall the tour was ok, would have taken a longer one and Definatly a more "serious" now in afterhand because from Cusco it takes 10+ hours to get to the jungle.

Our guide ruined it all for us, we asked specifically many Times for an english guide and he couldn't speak english well at all so communicating was very hard. He never told us what the plan for the day was so we never knew where we were going or What we were doing. For example one day he took us to a 4h trek in the jungle with end destination a really big three (amazing ofc) but if he would have let us known we could have told him that we were more interested in seeing monkeys etc. Whenever we asked him what was happening he just Said "it's a surprise" or "Why do you ask?"

Another example of bad guidement: after the jungle trek the boat could not reach us because the water level had sunk. And we were forced to cross the river which i Found very scary, and he could not Tell us What was going on or anything! They just spoke to one another in spanish.

So if you are Booking with vilca, make sure you get a good guide.
Lodges are Nice and the food was wonderful. But on the first day driving they did not know if the sausage was vegeterian. Which is really bad. Also the rubber boots you get (in small sizes) are Low-cut so when we were passing smaller rivers i had to go barefoot, they should buy better equipment.

Thank lisalinneasjoberg
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