Manu Birding Experience

5 days and 4 nights
Code: MBE
Difficulty: 2 of 5

Birding in Manu means to enjoy the spectacular bird diversity and magnificent scenery a transect running from the Andes to the Lowland rainforest passes through a wide range of habitats , the andes , grassland , elfin forest , cloud forest , foothill forest , swampy forest and finally the rainforest lowland , the Manu Park lies at the southeastern of Peru which offers a fascinating journey into the heart of cloud forest and area that supports and incredible number of species over 1000 species have been reported so far , this is truly a paradise of birds and probably the route of the greatest avian diversity in the world . Along the cloud forest Andean bird species predominate with large number of tanagers forming the basis of the large mixed species flocks that are often encountered here , other specialties includes the Peruvian endemic red and white antpitta ,This is the elevation where the species is most frequently reported and its challenging to observe because of the moisture concentration . While birding in Manu you discovers the richness of the Manu avian diversity that shelters a great diversity of wildlife as well and endemism significantly contributing to the megadiversity of the nation, our guided tours is an invitation to admire this abundance.

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.

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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, Gree Hermit, Buff Tailed Sicklebill, Many Spotted Hummingbird, Violet Fronted Brilliant, White Bellied Woodstar, Peruvian Piedtail, 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 – Motor boat ride to Machuhuasi oxbow lake
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 start another walk through the different types of forest rich in biodiversity as we move deep into the heart of the evergreen forest following the trails that goes to the giant kapok tree, we may get to see other types of birds . We will return to Atalaya Port by motor boat and passing by some second growth forest making our way back to the lodge which provides access to fascinating habitat, the diversity of the tree, occasionally the chances for seeing capuchin and red howler monkeys are so good, we will also visit a natural caves which is predilect site to spot the strange creatures such as spiders , bats, scorpions, after exploring the forest we will have a refreshing bath in the transparent river that flows from the core of the park.

DAY 5: Guadalupe Nature Reserve - Cusco
After breakfast and early depart from Guadalupe Ecological Reserve to observe interesting birds along the road such as; buff tailed sicklebill, scarlet hooded barbet, great potoo, yellow browed tody-flycatcher, ruddy foliage-gleaner and other , later on we will pack our luggage to proceed with our return journey having some stops for birding along the way

* Birding Guide with telescope
* Tour Transport (van & Boat)
* Entrances fees
* 3 meals a day.
* 3 nights lodge at Guadalupe Lodge and Cock of the Rock Lodge (Private Toilets and Hot showers, electricity, rocking seat that overlooks the garden)
* Mineral water + Snacks
* Rubber boots + Duffel bags

Not included:
* Binocular
* Alcoholic drinks
* Day 1 Breakfast / Day 5 Dinner
* Packing list
* Here is a list of items that are helpful for your journey to Manu Jungle

* Sunscreen
* Insect repellent
* Personal hygiene products
* Sunglasses
* Camera, film, and extra batteries
* Binoculars
* Flashlight and extra batteries
* Battery operated alarm clock
* Backpack
* Clothing
* Socks (bring extra)
* Undergarments (bring extra)
* Swimsuit
* At least 1 pair nylon shorts
* T-shirts
* Walking or sport shorts
* 1 pair lightweight pants (for mosquito protection)
* 1 lightweight long-sleeved shirt
* 1 windbreaker or rain jacket
* Hat
* Comfortable walking shoes or hiking boots
* Sport sandals or water shoes (for walking inside the lodge)

DAY 1: Cusco – Cock of the Rock Lodge.
* Visit to the Huacarpay Lagoon to observe most of the Aquatic birds such as; the bearded mountaineer, Giants hummingbird, rusty fronted canastero etc.
* Van ride with a stunning views of Andean birds, stop to observe the endemics such as chestnut breasted mountain finch, creamy crested spine tail and other specialities.
* Birding walk along the Acjanacu pass to see high elevation birds.
* Descent along the Manu cloud forest observing mixed species flocks of colourful mountain tanagers, brush-finches and chances to look for the red and white antpitta, mountain toucan etc.
* Birding along the road and pillahuata area looking for the bamboo specialist and other antpittas
* Observation of nocturnal birds such as lyre tailed nightjar along the road.
* Arrival to our lodge on time for dinner.

DAY 2: Cock of the Rock Lodge- Guadalupe Nature Reserve
* Early in the morning walks to look for the Andean Cock of the rock, Golden headed quetzals , green jay, wrens and others specialities of the cloud forest.
* Return to the lodge for the breakfast and observation of hummingbirds around the lodge.
* Birding along the road looking for the tanagers flocks, flower pierces , flycatchers etc.
* Picnic lunch along the road while observing birds in the foothills mountains
* Birding along the second growth forest and pastures looking for seedeaters, sparrows.
* Visit to the wetlands and chances to observe aquatic birds such as; hoatzin, herons, flycatchers and specialist of grassland.
* Arrival to the lodge.

DAY 3:Guadalupe Nature Reserve
* Breakfast and early walk to observe the blue and yellow macaws, chestnut fronted macaw ,white eyed parakeet, blue headed parrots along the swampy forest.
* Exploration of the bamboo forest looking for the white checked tody-flycatcher, red billed scythebill, foliage-gleaners, ant shrikes and others.
* Exploration of foothill forest looking for the mixed species flocks of tanagers, antwrens and others
* Lunch along the river Guadalupe observing aquatic birds and others.
* Moderate walk along the road to look for the endemic back backed tody-flycatcher and the fine barred piculet and other specialist of second growth forest
* Drive in the afternoon looking for the common Pauraque and other nocturnal birds.

DAY 4: Guadalupe Nature Reserve to River Boat Journey
* Early morning breakfast at the lodge
* birding walk along the road to look for the common and great potoos that are frequently found along river forest edge
* birding along the coca plantation looking for some migrants flycatchers and tanager
* Motorized canoe to navigate the exciting Alto Madre de Dios while we observe most of the common birds from the river bank such as plovers, tiger herons , flycatchers
* Trail explorations and Lake exploration on local rafts to look for hoatzing (pre-historic looking bird) horned screammer , red capped cardinal, emerald toucanet , blackish and grey necked wood rail , seedeaters crakes etc
* Moderate walking in the afternoon provides a good opportunity to see a bunch of the birds from the forest interior
* return boat ride and car drives from the Atalaya port towards de Guadalupe Lodge and look for some nocturnal birds , nightjars, pauraques , owls
* Dinner and overnight at the Guadalupe Lodge.

DAY 5 : Guadalupe Nature Reserve - Cusco
* Early morning drive to look for the great potoo along the road.
* Breakfast in the lodge while observing some birds in the garden.
* Return trip by van along the manu cloud forest and great chances to observe colorfull birds such mountain tanagers, high elevation flycatchers etc.
* Types of Forest we do birding along this Trip
We are proud of being local guides and it allows us to have an intimate knowledge of where to find the birds in Manu so we have been selecting a hotspot sites that optimizes the chances to enjoy watching them of course our concept is " Birding off the beaten track its much better experience"

* The Palm forest at Guadalupe Nature Reserve
The maurithia palm forest at Guadalupe Nature Reserve are an incredible contrast , only a 8 kilometers away from the Pilcopata town (30 minutes by car) this habitats offers a remarkable chance to experience an Amazonian flooded forest , the forest here have remained preserved from the drastic development of the surrounding areas and are now protected under an initiative of the local family and Wild Watch Peru. The Aguajales (mauritia palm forest) form a complex habitat with areas of mauritia palm forest and permanently wet swampy areas. This complexity gives rise to high diversity of birds essentially psittacidos including the endangered blue headed macaw (pionus couloni ) which is found in the remoter more extensive areas , the palm forest its also important nesting site for the Blue and yellow macaws that usually flies above the lodge

* Machuhuasy Oxbow Lake
The origin of the lagoon was caused for natural factor (erosion and natural change of the river flows courses) as most of the Amazonian oxbow lakes in the lower Madre de Dios and Manu river basin, it’s about on 500 m in altitude where not much lagoon exits due the altitudinal gradient and the river turbulence the forest over here isn’t yet a flat or properly lowland rainforest .

A guided excursion in small rafts made of the Balsa wood trees (ochroma piramidale) along the channels gives a great opportunity to see a large variety of Amazonian aquatic birds including the most strange looking bird , Hoatzins at least 3 species of kingfishers , Horned screamers , rufescent tiger heron, gray necked wood Rail , Limpkin, yellow rumped caciques , red capped cardinals, black

billed seedeater , pale eyed back bird , black capped donacobiuos , masked crimson tanager, blackish rail , rufous sided crake and the most common flycatchers. In contrast the exploration of the lagoon offers the visitor a unique experience that engage nature .

* Foothill "Colinas" Forest at Guadalupe Nature Reserve
Just above the Guadalupe river there is a trail leading up along the hills with excellent possibilities for birdwatching , the forest its compound largely by big trees and the understory poorly populated , which assembles to the terra firme forest in the lowlands,

Birding on the higher part of the hills its quite interesting as usually takes an entire morning , it will give us a chances to admire the scenery , a lookout point is available along the route, the birds that have been regularly are ported along the trail are; the golden collared toucanet, masked tanager, fascinated antshrike , red billed pied tanager, ornate and pygmy antwren , rusty belted tapaculo, semicollared puffbird , yellow backed , green and gold , paradise tanager among others. If you are lucky some raptor can be seen such as : harpy eagle .

The Fish Farm damped creek ;
The ponds was accidentally created, a creek that emerges out from the forest was damme eventually it have become a huge ponds that have flooded the forest around , once the conditions were favorable and optimal the hoatzin started colonizing the shores as they were coming out from the forest interior as they also live along creeks and swamps , for instance the vegetation around was diying slowly and this a particular habitas for other species of birds such as; flycatchers , woodpeckers and other interesting collection of birds

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* Bamboo Forest at Guadalupe Nature Reserve

* Riverine Forest along the Guadalupe River

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