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If you are looking for affordable, comfortable a variety of room types, with hot water, wifi and good breakfast welcome to Gallito de las Rocas Lodge is proud to be owned and operated by an Andes-Amazon family. We are based in Pillcopata, a small town in the Manu Biosphere Reserve. We are actively involved in conservation and with local communities.
Gallito de las Rocas Lodge has the following infrastructure:
*10 rooms (capacity for 18 people) with private bathroom, towels, bedding, organic soap, hot water, and TV, all with screened windows.
*12 rooms (capacity for 21 people) single and double rooms with shared bathroom, all with screened windows.
* Children under 5 years old stay for free (if sharing room with parents) and children under 13 years old will have a discount.
*Patio area to enjoy your fruit juice or a nice cold beer to cool off during the afternoon. Telephones are available for international calls at a low rate.
*Dining room with capacity for 20 people, complete with panoramic windows and internet via Ethernet cable.
Gallito de las Rocas Lodge is located 560 meters above sea level, between the Amazon Basin and the Andes, and right at the confluence of the Pilcopata and Tono rivers. We are locally owned and operated, and offer the comforts of home in the jungle. From here you can go on hikes to see an amazing diversity of birds and butterflies that occur in this unique zone. For additional adventure, we offer rafting, cycling, motorcycles, and more!
Our company manages a concession area of 10,208 hectares for conservation in the Cloud Forest, where we protect the headwater of the Amazon river, species such as the Andean bear, the Andean cock of the rock(Peru´s National bird) and most important our Native Amazonian and Andean communities.
If you want to visit the Wachipaeri and Machiguenga native communities, by traveling up the Alto Madre de Dios River, we are your resident experts. With advance booking you can perform expeditions to these places for up to 3-5 days in the Manu Biosphere Reserve, and 7-8 days within Manu National Park, the most biodiverse park in the world.
GETTING HERE IS PART OF THE ADVENTURE!
The journey from Cusco to Manu is an adventure unto itself. It is about an eight hour drive. Unless you are a very experienced driver in mountainous and jungle terrain, we do not recommend driving yourself.
The road paved the first two hours of the trip. The whole way you can enjoy amazing panoramic views of the Andes and the vibrant forests of the Andean foothills.
There are lots of multi-day fully guided tour options, however, if you are more of an independent traveller looking for an economical way to explore Manu, we would be happy to arrange for a 4x4 truck with an experienced driver to bring you to Gallito de Las Rocas Lodge in Pillcopata. From here, you can chose from a variety of guided day trips or explore on your own. A return journey by truck can arranged or you can take the public bus back.
We can always organize your visit with a safe private driver.
It takes about 7 hours to get to Pillcopata from Huancarani, Paucartambo, Cusco, Acjanaco (entering the Manu Biosphere Reserve), Asunción, homeland, Pillcopata.
Transport in private van, Cusco-Gallito de las Rocas Lodge: US $150.
The best time to visit is at May to November the average annual temperature is 25º C - 38º C. However, we get an interesting weather phenomena here called the friaje. For a few days, cold winds blow from Patagonia North into the Amazon. It can get surprisingly cold in the jungle(11ºC!) during these! So bring at least one set of warm clothes. Between May to November is the dry season, which makes traveling easier. November to May is the rainy season, where the forest is beautiful but there are frequent rainstorms and as a result the roads and trails can be quite muddy.
We recommend you go with one of our local guides, because the trail network can be confusing. Guides are also invaluable in helping you spot wildlife in the forest. Please let us know with your booking if you need one and we can arrange for you.
If you have particular interest in birds, let us know ahead of time and we can arrange a professional birding guide(complete with crucial equipment such as a spotting scope and experience in our region). For those interested in butterflies, we can even arrange for a butterfly expert who can help you find, photograph, and ID some of the many hundreds of species of butterflies we have here. Just let us know!
We suggest that you schedule appointment at the clinic in advance of 4 to 5 weeks before your visit to the Amazon, have consultation with your doctor about potential medications you may wish to take. Yellow fever has not been found in the Kosñipata Valley, but suggest you take into consideration the respective vaccine. To reduce exposure to biting insects, we recommend long sleeves and appropriate insect repellent(formulations containing 30% deet, or picaridin for those who do not wish to use deet are best). However, at this elevation insects seldom a problem and the rooms are screened.
• 1 photocopy of your passport
• Small day backpack
• Hiking boots
• Lightweight coat jacket
• Rain Jacket or Poncho
• Long sleeve cotton shirts
• Hiking shorts
• Hat / Cap
• Sport Sandals
• Sunscreen and sunglasses
• Insect repellent
• Knife blade
• Camera, batteries and memory card
• Battery charger (220v)
• Binoculars for observation of wild life (8-10 increases)
• Zip lock bags and trash bags to keep clothing and other personal items dry for river trips and in the forest.
• Birds of the Peru book (optional or App.)
Advantages of staying at Gallito's the Rock Lodge
• Located within the Manu Biosphere Reserve
• High diversity in birds (Manu Road, a must do for birders).
• Hot shower / clean bathrooms
• WIFI (limited)
• Fresh local Peruvian cuisine
• Pleasant climate of the Andean foothills, never very hot nor very cold
• Visits to Amazonian communities
CHOOSE FROM A VARIETY OF EXCITING ADVENTURES!!!
DAY TRIPS DEPARTURE FROM THE LODGE - Manu Biosphere Reserve
Mínimo 4 personas.
JUNGLE SAFARI – A QUEST FOR MONKEYS, MACAWS and HOAZINS
We’ll go deep into the jungle of the magnificent Manu Biosphere Reserve in search of exotic Amazon birds and wildlife by Car-Motor boat- handmade raft - moderate hike; BL
By Car-Motor boat- handmade raft - moderate hike.
We walk to the “Hinkiori petroglifics” to see the petroglyphs is an entity with a deep spiritual leader Wachiperi, 21 symbolic figures are found in a huge rock, in the middle of the field on the left bank of the Pillcopata river where we will swim (optional) and then have have an outdoor lunch(BL) surrounded by the scenery of the wildlife.
by Car and moderate hike.
AMAZON “JUNGLE 101”
1 DAY/1 NIGHT
Join us for an unforgettable day learning about jungle plants, birds, butterflies and more. Breath in the fresh Amazon town air. Enjoy locally sourced food then spend the night sleeping comfortably. Listen to the sounds of frogs in the surrounding jungle town. D:B:BL
GALLITO DE LAS ROCAS - MACHU WASI
After a delicious breakfast we went by car to visit the Machuy Wasi lagoon. We are moving slowly in search of birds and monkeys. In the lagoon our guide takes us on a handmade raft, while he teaches us many of the resident birds such as: hoatzin (Opisthocomus hoazín) of pre-historic aspect, camungos (Anhima cornuta), caciques, oropendelas and many others. Before the sun begins to shine too much, we go to the shadow of the forest and walk on the trails near the lagoon. With a bit of luck we find monkeys like: stumps (Callicebus moloch) or capuchins (Cebus apella). Here also the guide teaches us many tropical plants and their medicinal and practical uses. After lunch we take the car back to our hostel in Pillcopata. But before arriving we visited the wildlife refuge, "Dos Loritos" (optional does not include within the services of the tour). Here we can meet many animals that are normally almost impossible to see in nature because of their nocturnal habits. They also allow us to take pictures.
Hoatzin, (Opisthocomus hoazin), primitive chicken-sized bird of South American swamps, principally in the Amazon and Orinoco river basins. The young possess two large claws on each wing, a trait that has led some scientists to link the species with the fossil Archaeopteryx of the dinosaur era. The hoatzin is the only bird with a digestive system that ferments vegetation as a cow does, which enables it to eat leaves and buds exclusively. Hoatzins feed on swamp plants, grinding foliage in a greatly enlarged crop (not the gizzard, as in other birds). Adults can fly clumsily for short distances, but they spend most of their time perched, digesting their leafy food. A large rubbery callus on the bird’s breastbone acts as a tripod to keep it from falling over when its stomach is distended.
Services not included:
· Check the checklist of things to bring.
· book your trip with a 25% of the deposit.
· Non-refundable rates.
Get in touch:
Cell: +51 957832782