7 days and 6 nights
Difficulty: 3 of 5
Discover the Manu Avian fauna along this Trip focused on the bird observation and photography with pleasant nature walks and landscapes while visiting the famous Macaw Clay Lick , observing specialist of bamboo forest, exploring oxbow lakes , old growth forest and the most diverse habitats possible that holds incredible diversity of birds where our experienced guide will help you to encounter.
WHERE : Manu Cultural Zone
ELEVATION RANGE : : from 12,467.19 ft to 643 ft
IDEAL FOR VIEWING: Andean Cock of Rock, Red and White Anpitta, at least 5 species of macaws, Toucans, Woodpeckers, Antbirds Tanagers Flock, Bamboo Bird Specialist, terra
EXCELLENT FOR : Birdwatching ,Wildlife spoitting & Bird Photography,
DAY 1: Cusco - Cock of the Rock Lodge
This morning we travel along the Andes, our trip we will pass through inter Andean valleys and this provides great chances to search for a couple of endemics from the Andean side t , Bearded mountaineer , Chestnut breasted mountain finch and other interesting bird for the high Andean mountains such as ; Andean Flicker , mountain Caracara, Andean lapwing and if lucky enough dotterel that are seasonal visitors to the agricultural fields. We continue to the Colonial town of Paucartambo, from there we go up to Acjanaco pass at 3500 meters in elevation where a ranger post marks the most Southern point of the Park up there the vegetation is scattered and we will look for birds of the high mountain forest, Chestnut-bellied mountain-tanager, Tawny-rumped tyrannulet, Band-tailed and Barred fruiteater in the mixed flocks, among others. While transecting along the Cloud Forest, we will make walks in search of bird species, as we continuing driving down into the mountain the vegetation will gradually have changed into a more dense vegetation it holds birds species like Golden headed quetzals, Stripe-faced Wood-quail, Yungas pigmy owl , Blue-banded toucanet Crimson-mantled woodpecker, collared jay Mountain cacique and mixed flocks as they are more frequently to find them flying across the road
During the afternoon our target bird would be the Cock of the rocks (Peru’s national bird) it more easy to find them while they are displaying at their lek, (the male birds are a vibrant reddish orange, and as many as several dozen get together for an exhibition of a mating ritual dance in a place called Lek ) After this fascinating experience we will searching diligently for more species that are still found at this high ; Yungas Manakin, Quetzals, versicolored Barbed, Orange Eared Tanager, streak necked flycatcher, Andean Motmot among others. If lucky enough we may see the lyre tailed night during dusk. overnight at Cock of the Rock Lodge
DAY 2: Cock of the Rock Lodge - Guadalupe Nature Reserve
Today we wake up very early to observe Cock of the rocks (Rupicola peruviana), Peru’s national bird from a platform. The male birds are a vibrant reddish orange, and as many as several dozen get together for an exhibition of a mating ritual dance in a place called “Lek. After this we will visit the flowers / feeders that attacks hummingbirds; in total we will be able to see around 13 species of them: Booted Racket Tail, Wire crested Thorntail, Green Hermit, Buff Tailed Sicklebill, Many Spotted Hummingbird, Violet Fronted Brilliant, White Bellied Woodstar, Peruvian Pied tail, long Tailed Sylph, Wedge Billed Hummingbird, Speckled Hummingbird, Fawn Breasted Brilliant, and common Sparkling Violetear.
Along the walk we can also see species like: White crowned Tapaculo, Yungas Manakin, Crested Quetzal, versicolored Barbed, Orange Eared Tanager, streak necked flycatcher,Andean Motmot, and many more. After the morning activity we go out for a walk along a trail or road we can see more birds and such as: Slaty Gnateater,
Chestnut breasted Wren, Cinnamon faced Tyranulet, Spotted Nightingale Thrush, Tyrannine Woodcreeper, Masked Trogon, Crimson Bellied Woodpecker, Black Streaked puffbird, Paradise Tanager, Saffron Crowned Tanager, Golden Tanager, Brown Tinamou, and possibly Lanceolated monklet, Peruvian piedtail, black and chesnut hawk eagle. Later we head the mountains down to observe other interesting species such as; cerulean capped manakin , olive flycatcher, ornate flycatcher , yellow bellied antwren , olive flycatcher, cinnanmon faced tyrannulet , green hermit if lucky enough we may see the umbrella bird. Driving the mountains down we will arrive to our lodge Guadalupe Ecological Reserve.
DAY 3: Guadalupe Nature Reserve
After breakfast we will explore the bamboo forest that holds an unique collection of birds such as; White checked tody-flycatcher, yellow tyrannulet, red billed scythebill, pavonie cuckoo, bamboo antshrike, blackish antbird, dot winged antwren, dusky checked foliage gleaner and the Black backed tody flycatcher, yellow billed nunbird after that we will explore the second growth forest to observe the blue headed Macaw, Chestnut fronted Macaw, Fiery capped Manakin, White eyed parakeet, Chestnut backed Antshrike, Golden Tanager, black hawk eagle , and much more.
A Picnic lunch while observing birds in the foothills mountains walking along the river and pastures we will be looking for seedeaters, sparrows, we will have chances to observe the plum throated cotinga, fine barred piculet, blue crowned and black tailed trogons, round tailed manakin and many more, walking in the afternoon we will have a greater chances to see common Pauraque and the spectacled owl Overnight at Guadalupe Ecological Reserve.
DAY 4: Guadalupe Nature Reserve – Machuhuasi oxbow lake – Amazonia Lodge
At dawn each animal songs with its own unique voice being a natural awake call and a moderate walking early provides a good opportunity to experience the nature, we will pass by the palm forest to observe the beautiful blue and gold macaws and other animals, after breakfast will descend out of the foothills, the road crosses a low set of hills where we get the Alto Madre de Dios River where the Alto Madre de Dios river starts off rocky and fast with herons, egrets often seen foraging on the rocky gravel bars and we will keep a close watch for other animals, we will specifically visit the Machu-wasy lagoon (580 m /1900 ft) where we will see hoatzins one of the most strange Amazonian looking bird as well as variety of lake edge birds, black-capped donacobious, horned screamers, egrets, herons, wood-rails, flycatchers among others. In the afternoon, we will takes the trails that leads us to the Amazonia Lodge, overnight Amazonia Lodge
DAY 5: Amazonia Lodge – Tambo Blanquillo Lodge
Early in the morning we will visit the swamp to observe interesting species such pale eyed black bird, great antshrike , blackish rail, rusfous sided crake then we will take a boat for about 7 hours towards Manu Wildlife Centre along the boat trip we may spot raptors , aquatic birds such as; egrets, terns , rosette spoonbills , plovers and much more. We will arrive to the lodge by the mid afternoon foremost we shall take one of the trails in order to find species such as: rusty belted tapaculo, pale winged trumpeter, chestnut crowned Foliage Gleaner, Pale winged trumpeter. White chinned sapphire, among others. At night we will have the possibility to observe Black banded Owl, crested Owl. Overnight at Tambo Blanquillo Lodge.
DAY 6: Tambo Blanquillo Lodge
On this lovely morning we will leave early in the morning and head towards the river, after 15 min walk we will reach the Blanquillol Macaw Clay Lick, a clay lick where we can observe several parrots, parakeets and macaws. Mealy Parrots, Blue Headed Parrots, Yellow Crowned Parrots, and the Orange cheeked Parrots will arrive firts. Later in the morning the Red and Green Macaws, Scarlet Macaws, Tui Parakeets, Cobalt Winged Parakeets, among others will arrive. Around we might possibly have the chance to see the Harpy Eagle, Ornate Hawk Eagle, orange Headed Tanager, Spotted Tody Flycatcher, River Tyranulet, and the Greater Ani; after the beautiful macaw show we will visit Cocha Camungo(camungo oxbow lake); close the lake there is a 45 meter metal tower; from here we can observe the following species: Guira Tanager, lemon Throated Barbet, Gilded Barbet, Long Billed Woodcreeper, Orange Backed Troupial, Purple Throated Cotinga, Purus Jacamar, and Black eared Fairys. Later we will sail up river towards Blanco Oxbow Lake, there is an observation platform from where we can see several species of birds while sailing on the Catamaran. At the Oxbow lake we will see species such as least Grebe, Pied Billed Grebe, horned Screamer, Green Ibis, Agami Heron, Rufescent Tiger Heron, Limpkin, Snail kite. Black Collared Hawk, Sungrebe, Muscovy Duck, Rufous sided Crake, Gray necked Wood rail. Wattle Jacana, Green King Fisher, Green and Rufous Kingfisher, Purus Jacamar, Hoatzin, Pale Eyed Black Bird, Band Tailed Antbird. If we are lucky we might also see Giant Otters. Late in the afternoon we will make our way to the comfort of the lodge. Overnight at tambo Blanquillo Lodge.
DAY 7: Tambo Blanquillo Lodge - Cusco or Puerto Maldonado
After we for a couple of hours of boat navigation we will reach Colorado mining town. Today we make our way to Colorado mining town by boat, there we will switch to a taxi and drive towards Inambari River, and from here we will continue our trip to Puerto Maldonado by the new Interoceanic road that joins Brazil with Peru. We will make a few stops for some specialties; white tailed kite , white tailed hawk , grassland sparrow, Brazilian teal and others. Arrival to the airport
DAY 1: Cusco - Cock of the Rock Lodge
DAY 2: Cock of the Rock Lodge - Guadalupe Lodge
DAY 3: Guadalupe Lodge
DAY 4: Guadalupe Lodge - Amazonia Lodge
DAY 5: Amazonia Lodge - Tambo Blanquillo Lodge
DAY 6: Tambo Blanquillo Lodge
DAY 7: Tambo Blanquillo Lodge - Puerto Maldonado or Cusco
* Birding Guide with telescope
* Tour Transport (Van & Motor Boat)
* Entrances fees; Macaw Clay Lick , Oxbow lakes, Canopy Towers
* 3 meals a day.
* 6 nights on selected lodges
* Mineral water + Snacks
* Transfer In & Out from you hotel or Airport
* Rubber boots + Duffel bags
* Alcoholic drinks
* Day 1 Breakfast / Day 7th Dinner
* Packing list
* Here is a list of items that are helpful for your journey to Manu Jungle
* Insect repellent
* Personal hygiene products
* Camera, film, and extra batteries
* Flashlight and extra batteries
* Battery operated alarm clock
* Socks (bring extra)
* Undergarments (bring extra)
* At least 2 pairs of nylon shorts
* Walking or sport shorts
* Lightweight pants (for mosquito protection)
* Lightweight long-sleeved shirts
* Windbreaker or rain jacket
* Comfortable walking shoes or hiking boots
* Sport sandals or water shoes (for walking inside the lodge)
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