3 days and 2 nights
Difficulty: 2 of 5
Our short birding tour start in Cusco city and extends from the Andes to the foothill forest down the cloud forest , this transect its easily travelled in the 3 days allowing to the visitor to experience a wide variety of habitats Andes , Elfin, Fotthill, Cloud forest, Bamboo and Palm forest this birding tours offers to the visiting birder a fantastic adventure including most of the endemics species of Manu and specialties , highlights for the visiting birders includes species such as; red and white antpitta , gray breasted mountain toucan, Andean cock of the rock , lyre tailed nightjar, cerulean capped manakin, black backed tody flycatcher , white checked tody tyrant , hoatzin , blue and yellow macaw , great potoo and most of the bamboo specialist from the foothill forest.
WHERE : Manu Cultural Zone
ELEVATION RANGE : : from 14107.61 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 – Guadalupe Nature Reserve
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 umbrella as far driving down the mountains we will arrive to our lodge Guadalupe just on time to see the nightjars these elusive birds used to catch insect during dusk , the road its by far the best place to see them
DAY 2:Guadalupe Nature Reserve
We will wake up with the amazing variety of birds call that emerges out from the forest , the diversity of call its incredible here, the most frequently heard are specialist from bamboo forest , mustached wren , nightingale wren , buff rumped warbler , golden bellied warbler, warbling antbird, dot winged antwren , these calls you heard coming just behind your cabins.
We also heard the call from macaws over flying the lodge early , as we should maximize your time at this ideal place for birdwatching we start looking for birds just after sunrise so we will be exploring part of the palm forest to look for psittacidos, blue headed Macaw, Chestnut fronted Macaw, the large blue and yellow macaw amount others parrots and parakeets species, the observation of flycatchers its interesting some migrants can be unexpected, our target specie on this morning will be to spot an incredible bird, one bird that have mastered in camuflage, the great potoo , we usually spot 2 different individuals in the vicinity of the lodge.
After breakfast we will ultimate our birding experience here, exploring the bamboo forest interior that holds an unique collection of birds, our expert guides will do their best to shows us the jewel of the dense bamboo thickets " white checked tody-flycatcher" other birds are : black backed tody flycatcher (endemic) red billed scythebill, bamboo antshrike, ornate and dot winged antwren, peruvian recurbill, dusky cheecked foliage gleaner, large headed flatbill, Manu and blackish antbird, dot winged antwren, dusky checked and buff throated foliage gleaner, yellow billed nunbird, the next type of forest to explore will be the second growth forest which is going to provide us a good number of flycatchers and antbirds just to mention other few birds are ; fine barred piculet , plum throated cotinga, great antshrike, white browed antbird, bluish fronted jacamar
Overnight at Guadalupe Ecological Reserve and optional night excursion to look for owls and the common pauraque.
DAY 3: Guadalupe Nature Reserve - Cusco
Our dining room at Guadalupe Lodge its privileged loacted wich provides wide view of the garden , while having breakfast we will still having a glimpses of the hummingbirds flying around the heliconias and berbenacea flowers ; Golden Tailed Sapphire, Blue tailed emerald, Rufous breasted & Reddish Hermit , Gray breasted sabrewing among others.
while going back we will visit an interesting swamp that is packed by Hoatzins known as pre-historic birds due its appearance, most of the bird sights here are also: herons, at least 3 species of kingfishers, little cuckoo, little and spot breasted woodpecker , the visited spot its surrounded by second growth forest and the collection of birds are interesting seedeaters species , urban flycatchers and a collection of new reported species such as; southern lapwing , brazilian teal and southern cara-cara, as we should be continuing with our journey we have to leave behind the tropical forest and weather and we will start climbing the Andes and arriving to Cusco at night.
* Specialized Birding Guide with telescope
* Private Overland Transport
* Admissions to the birding spots
* Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner
* 2 nights lodge at the exclusive Guadalupe Lodge e (Private Toilets and Hot showers, electricity, rocking seat that overlooks the garden with hummingbird feeders)
* Mineral water + Snacks
* Rubber boots + Duffel bags
* Alcoholic drinks
* Day 1 Breakfast / Day 3 Dinner
* Packing list
* Here is a list of items that are helpful for your Birding journey
* 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 1 pair nylon shorts
* Walking or sport shorts
* 1 pair lightweight pants (for mosquito protection)
* 1 lightweight long-sleeved shirt
* 1 windbreaker or rain jacket
* Comfortable walking shoes or hiking boots
* Sport sandals or water shoes (for walking inside the lodge)
DAY 1: Cusco – Guadalupe Nature Reserve
* 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 loking for mix species flocks along the road
* Afternoon walks along the road to look for the Andean Cock of the rock, Golden headed quetzals , green jay, wrens and others specialities of the cloud forest. Arrival to our lodge on time for dinner.
DAY 2: 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 3 : Guadalupe Nature Reserve - Cusco
* Early morning breakfast and drive to look for the great potoo along the road.
* Visit to the wetlands and chances to observe aquatic birds such as; hoatzin, herons, flycatchers and specialist of grassland around Patria village.
* 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
As being local guides 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 .
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 dammed 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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