On this trip to the Manu National Park (Petroghlips of Pusharo) we will travel in a mini van with reclining seats, with some stops on the route to see biodiversity, continuing the trip we will arrive at a port, From there we will take a motorized boat of 16 HP , we will continue upriver until we reach the petroglyphs of Pusharo, we can appreciate the magnificent figures on the walls of an immense rock, there are also many options to see biodiversity. We will be one day in the Pusharo petroglyphs, then we will return to our hostel in Palotoa, the last day back in a mini bus to Cusco.
About Pusharo Petroglyphs
The Petroglyphs of Pusharo constitute a unique and extensive ancient rock art site in southeast Peru’s Manu National Park, a jungle expanse that still contains unexplored and little known areas, and for which an official government permit is required for entry.
The site is made up of an array of deeply incised rock carvings that cover up to a height of 9 feet, a perpendicular rock face that is over 100 feet long and 75 feet high. Its location is on the south shore of the Palotoa River The petroglyphsare thought by some researchers to be purely Pan-Amazonian in origin, and of mystic religious or shamanic significance to those Amerindians of past centuries who must have been their creators. Other belief that there is an Incan component that is now coming to light, and that the glyphs constitute parts of a map. Definitive word on the meaning of Pusharo’s glyphs must wait until further research is conducted and completed. The glyphs contain elements such as heart-shaped faces, some with double borders, spirals, zigzags, suns, “curlicue X’s” and others that defy verbal description.
It appears that a rubber tapper on an Indian raid in 1909 may have been the first non-native to encounter the petroglyphs, with the next visit having been made by a Dominican Missionary, Vicente Cenitagoya.
- Package / Tour: Manu (Pusharo Petroglyps) 6D/5N
- Price 2021: USD$ 950.00
- Locations Visited: Manu Pusharo Petroglyps (reserved zone) 6D/5N
- Frequency: 2 Times of week
- Physical Grading: 1-2-3-4-5
OVERVIEW & ITINERARY
Group size: Minimum 2 Maximum 10
Age Minimum: 10 to 15 years old with their parents, Adults up to 60 years of age
Style: Original and unique
Type: Adventure,biodiversity and mystical
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Tour Route and altitude
Cusco (3,300m.s.n.m.) – Andes– (3830m.s.n.m.) Cloud Forest (1,500m.s.n.m.), Amazon Basin (450m.s.n.m.)
Manu National Park covers an area of 1716 292 22 million hectares, and is categorized as one of the most extensive parks in South America.
Day 1: Cusco / Paraiso Lodge
We will leave Cusco early in the morning in our comfortable bus and travel through Mountains, beauty valleys, rural communities and visit “Ninamarca Chullpas” (tombs); these belong to the pre-Inca culture (Lupacas). Then, we will climb up the last mountain and arrive to Acjanaco, this is the entrance to the Manu National Park. Following this, we will descend into the mysterious cloud forest, which has a huge variety of flora and fauna, making it an ideal home for epiphytic, orchids and bromeliads. In the afternoon, we will take a hike in this perpetual cloud forest, where we will be able to see the famous Peruvian bird (Cock-of-the-Rock) with their fascinating red colours, acting in a daily ritual mating dance as well as trogons, quetzal, toucans, monkeys and on a lucky day the only Bear’s Spectacle of South America (“Tremantus Ornatus”). Night in our comfortable “Paraiso Lodge”.
Day 2: Paraiso Lodge / lagoon / Palotoa Amazon Lodge
Early in the morning, you will wake up with the singing Amazonian birds and have the chance to walk along the high wood forest, visiting the local agriculture like coca plants, pineapples continuing our trip we will cross the carbon river one of the tributaries of the high madre de Dios river, arriving at the town of salvation we will make a short stop to take some cold veverage, after we will visit a beautiful lagoon where we can appreciate many species of wildlife. continuing our travel, we will arrive at a boating port, crossing the Madre de Dios river we will arrive at our next lodge (Palotoa Amazon Losge), there we will spend the night on the way to lodge where you will enjoy watching many colourful birds, families of monkeys with beautiful views. And in the afternoon, with the help of our Telescope, we will enjoy many families of hoatzins (primitive bird), horned screamer, hawk, herons, capybara (largest rodent in the world) Later we will have a night walk to see insects,
Day 3: Palotoa Amazon Lodge / Palotoa River Camping
In the morning, we will take our small (wooden boat call “Peque Peque”) 16 HP.we will continue along the river palotoa upstream in the middle way we will visit the native community of matchigenkas, after coordination and payment of the entrance to the community. There will be at least five Amazonian Indigenous groups recognized in Manu. Each one has its own language, its own harvesting techniques, hunting and fishing practice religious rituals and medicine methods. These people have different degrees of contact with the civilization. “Palotoa Teparo” is a beautiful native community with an ethnic group of Matshiguenka that they are becoming involved in the market economy through tourism. continuing the river trip near the sunset we will look for a beautiful beach to camp and install our sleeping tents, there we will spend the night accompanied by a fire in the middle of the jungle.
Day 4: Palotoa River Camping / Pusharo Petroglyphs
The day of our expedition, we will start early in the morning and board our small boat and drive up to this small shallow river, on the way we will have to push the boat, walk, etc. Until we get to the “Pongo de Meganto”, where is located the high concentration of the finest taped sings. These manifestations astonish to local, foreign and many scientist explorers, the area of Pusharo is related to the legendary PAITITI or to the “Lost Golden City” (“EL DORADO”). Member of the native community “Palotoa Teparo” considers Pusharo as a territory of their ancestors and interrelation with the petro glyphs, still up until a few years ago as a part of their rituals associated with events collection hunting.
Day 5: Pusharo Petroglyphs / Palotoa Amazon Lodge
After our typical breakfast, we will return and on the way back, we may have some hikes in the primary forest and sure we will enjoy the crystalline fresh natural pools where we could spend a while swimming, relaxing, and having lunch on Palotoa River, after this fantastic time, we will be returning to Palotoa Lodge. In the afternoon we will have last options to walk to see animals in the wildlife also to see caimans . We will spend the last night in the jungle in our comfortable lodge.
Day 6: Palotoa Amazon Lodge / Cusco City
Early in the morning, we will have our fresh breakfast, then
we will get back to Cusco, on the way we can stop frequently to observe some birds in the cloud forest
After our last lunch. We will return to Cusco late in the afternoon.
IMAGES PUSHARO PETROGLYPHS
- Professional native English guide
- Private buss and motor boat
- Entrance ticket to Machuwasi lake
- Entrance to pusharo petroglyphs
- Entrace to native community
- Tents and all the camping equipments.
- First aid kit.
- Mineral water.
- 3 meals per day vegetarian (options)
- Rubber boots and rain (ponchos).
- Books of insects, mammals, birds, medicinal plants, fish, etc.
YOU SHOULD BRING
- Dun lotion
- Camera with extra batteries
- Flashlight with extra batteries
- Pocket money
- Day pack
- Water bottle
- Sun hat,
- Hiking sandals
- Toilet paper
- Dark clothes and towel.
Frequently asked questions
Where are the petroglyphs of Pusharo located?
They are found on the banks of Palotoa. Pusharo is located 529 meters above sea level.
What are the Petroglyphs of Pusharo?
The petroglyphs, which are found in three different sectors, are representations of faces and abstract symbols.
Who discovered the Petroglyphs of Pusharo?
They were probably discovered by a rubber tapper in 1909, but the first description of the petroglyphs was made by the Dominican missionary Vicente de Cenitagoya in August 1921.
Who built the Pusharo Petroglyphs?
According to the Italian researcher Yuri Leveratto they could be related to the petroglyphs of Quiaca and be the recorded history of Amazonian peoples who were traveling from the jungle to the mountains in the first millennium of the Christ era. According to other researchers some symbols of Pusharo may be related to the culture of the Incas, but according to Leveratto it would be possible for the Amazonians to record some Andean symbols because they were influenced by some Incas who advanced in the jungle at the time of Pachacutec.