Manu Birdwatching Tours - Birding from the Andes to Lowland Rainforest

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Price
2250$ per person
Duration
8 Days
Destination
Manu National Park
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EXPERIENCE BEST BIRDING TRIP IN MANU ! Target Species Guaranteed

Our Birding Trips provide to the budget birders with a fantastic opportunity to observe the most outstanding birds along the world famous Manu road and visiting on the largest clay lick in the tropics !
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What's included

Destination
Manu National Park Discover Manu National Park
Departure Location
Cusco City - Transfer from Hotels , Airport , Bus Station
Return Location
Cusco City - Transfer from Hotels , Airport , Bus Station
Price includes
  • Accommodation on double bed room
  • All meals included (vegetarian, vegan mentioned in advance)
  • Best available Lodges in the area
  • Birdlist of the Location
  • Box lunch
  • Duffel Bags for Travelling Light
  • Entrance Fees to the Guadalupe Ecological Reserve
  • Free Storage Room in Cusco
  • Illustrated map of Manu National Park
  • Macaw Clay Lick Entrances Tickets
  • Nights at Cock of the Rock Lodge
  • Nights at Guadalupe Lodge
  • Rubber Boots
  • Snacks (fresh fruits, cookies, chocolate)
  • Specialized Birding Guide with Spotting scope
  • Touristic Transportation
  • Unlimited Purified Water
Price does not include
  • Alcoholic Drinks
  • First day breakfast
  • International flights
  • Services not specifically stated in the itinerary

Birding Journey, from the Andes to the Lowland Amazon

Our  Manu Birdwatching Tour 8 days is designed to discover the richness of the Manu avian diversity that shelters a great diversity of birds and endemism significantly contributing to the mega diversity.  The Manu road its vertical transect from the high mountain to the rainforest where the species is most frequently reported at the transitional habitats that differ drastically in elevation.

While exploring the cloud forest in Manu, the Andean bird species predominate with a large number of tanagers forming the basis of the large mixed-species flocks that are often encountered here, other specialties include the Peruvian Endemics;  Red and White Antpitta, Peruvian Pied-tail, Cerulean Capped Manakin, Peruvian Recurbill, Black-Backed  Tody-Flycatcher.

Some other days will be spent searching for birds at the Lowland Rainforest, observing birds from a canopy tower, paddling a catamaran while exploring oxbow lakes, motorized boat journeys and the tour finalizes at one of the spectacles of the rainforest  visiting the Macaw Clay Lick at Banquillo and exiting optionally via Trans-Amazonian Road to Puerto Maldonado.

Habitats Covered in Manu Birdwatching Tours

For a productive experience overall our Manu birdwatching tours are the focus on exploring and visiting diverse types of forest that holds unique birds. These habitats are exclusively visited by our local guides to gather a bunch of uncommon species along the route.

The Palm forest around Guadalupe Lodge

The Mauritia palm forest at Guadalupe Lodge gives an incredible contrast, as known locally the Aguajales (Mauritia palm forest) form a complex swamp habitat and permanently wet swampy areas.

This complexity gives rise to the high diversity of birds essentially psittacines including;  Blue-headed macaw (Pionus couloni) Blue and Yellow Macaw, Red Bellied Macaw, Sulphury Flycatcher, Point-tailed palm creeper which is found in the remoter and more extensive areas.

Foothill Colinas Forest.

Birding on the higher part of the hills it’s quite interesting. The birds that are regularly seen are.  Golden collared toucanet, fascinated antshrike, red-billed pied tanager, ornate Antwren, rusty belted tapaculo, Semi-collared puffbird, masked, yellow backed, green and gold, paradise tanagers, pavonine cuckoo, military macaws. If you are lucky some raptors;  harpy eagle, Buckley’s and barred forest falcon. The bird species recorded over this location can be found in Ebird as Reserva Ecologica Guadalupe

Bamboo Forest

This is a type of forest that should not be missed while doing a Birdwatching Tour in Manu. Bamboo thickets in western Amazonia provide important habitat for several bird species, some of which may be restricted to such thickets communities.
The species that can see there are Rufous Headed Woodpeckers, White Cheeked Tody-flycatcher, Peruvian Recurbill, Ornate Antwren, Large Headed Flat Bill, Manu Antbird, Dot Winged Antwren, Dusky Cheeck Foliage Gleaner, and others.

The Lagoon in Patria

We exclusively use this location during our Manu Birdwatching Tour, it also holds second-growth specialist and the endemic Black-backed Tody-Flycatcher.

Great number of migrants and shores birds were reported over that location; Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, Osprey, Least grebe, Yellowlegs, Stilts, Semipalmated Plover. Earlier reports of Southern Lapwing, Brazilian Teal, and Southern CaraCara.

The most common birds of the lagoon are, Hoatzin, Flycatchers, woodpeckers, herons kingfishers, Amazonian Antpitta, Silvered Antbird, little cuckoo, and Black Billed Seedfinch, nowadays this location holds a record around of 80 species in EBird.

The Macaw Clay Lick at Blanquillo 

Blanquillo clay lick is one of the largest meaning that provides birdwatchers with the chance to see more of the colorful parrots than anywhere else, the bright reds and green of the parrots’ feathers stand out against the muddy wall.

These birds are mostly macaws, though smaller parrots and mealies of all sorts group at the clay lick as well. Our exclusive Manu Birdwatching 8 days tour invites you to visit this avian highlight.

Oxbow Lake.

This habitat attracts a large number of aquatic birds and shores birds; Purus jacamar, egrets, herons, kingfishers, rails, crakes, screamers, flycatchers.

Manu Cloud Forest – Cock of the Rock lodge

During our Manu Birdwatching Tours. You will be able to stay one night in the middle of the cloud forest at 1,500 meters elevation at Cock of the Rock Lodge. Far beyond what birds do for cloud forests we can only begin to imagine what cloud forests do for birds. Cloud forests sustain an impressive diversity of endemic and near-endemic species, see the list at Ebird.

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Day 1

Cusco - Cock of the Rock Lodge

Driving uphill we will reach the high mountains which is locally known as Puna, we will be searching diligently for Sedge Wren, Line Fronted and Junin Canastero, while descending the Acjanacu Pass (1066 feet) the vegetation is scattered and we will look for birds of this habitats such as; Chestnut Bellied, Hooded, Scarlet Bellied Mountain Tanager and the bird’s flocks that travel at this misty forest are quite productive also to find some specialists at this elevation, Crimson Mantled Woodpecker, Plushcap, White Banded & throated Tyrannulet, Pearled Treerunner, Puna Thistletail, Black Throated Tody-Tyrant, Sierran Eleania, Golden Collared, Grass Green, Blue Capped Tanagers, Band-tailed and Barred Fruiteater, Streaked Tuftedcheeck, Purple Backed Thornbill among others in the mixed flocks as they are more frequently to find them flying across the road.

Other interesting targets at Tuneles and Esperanza location are; Gray Breasted Mountain Toucan, Chestnut Crested Cotinga the Endemic Red and White Anpitta, while transecting along the Cloud Forest as we keep 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, Collared Jay Mountain Cacique, Greater Scythebill,

At Much lower 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 dozens 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, Versicolored Barbed, Orange Eared Tanager, Streak Necked Flycatcher, Andean Motmot, Green Jay 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 Lodge

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, we will be able to see the following species; Booted Racket Tail, Wire crested Thorntail, Green Hermit, Many Spotted Hummingbird, Violet Fronted Brilliant, White Bellied Woodstar, Peruvian Pied tail, Long Tailed Sylph, Wedge Billed Hummingbird, Speckled Hummingbird and the common Sparkling Violetear.
Along the walk we can also see and heard species like: White crowned Tapaculo, Yungas Manakin, Crested Quetzal, Striped Faced Wood-Quail and the Black and Chestnut Hawk Eagle. 
During the afternoon we will sadly leave the lodge to look for target species along the road, Chestnut breasted Wren, Cinnamon Faced Tyranulet, Tyrannine Woodcreeper, Masked Trogon, Crimson Bellied Woodpecker, Black Streaked Puffbird, Tanagers, Brown Tinamou, and possibly Lanceolated monklet, Peruvian Piedtail and the Yellow Breasted Antwren.

Continuing the journey, we pass by swamp that is packed by Hoatzins known as pre-historic birds due its appearance, most of the bird sights here are also; Brazilian Teals, Southern Lapwings, Flycatchers, Amazon, Green Kingfishers, Little, Lineated and Spot Breasted Woodpeckers, Gray Breasted and Rufous Sided Crake, Capped Heron, Little Cuckoo, Silvered Antbird, Purple Gallinule and many more.

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 (Common Pauraque) these elusive birds used to catch insect during dusk, the road it’s by far the best place to see them.

Day 3

Guadalupe Lodge - Bamboo and Riverine Forest

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 and Scaly Breasted Wren , Golden Bellied and Buff Rumped Warbler, Warbling Antbird, Dot Winged Antwren, Bluish Fronted Jacamar, Manu , Striated, White Line Antbird, Stripe Chested Antwren among others  calls you heard coming just behind your cabins, we also heard the calls of the Blue and Yellow Macaws over flying during the sunrise.

After Breakfast  we will ultimate our birding experience here, exploring the bamboo forest interior that holds a 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" the birding at the bamboo Forest Patch its quite Interesting for cool and challenging birds such as; Red Billed Scythebill, Bamboo Antshrike, Ornate, White Eyed and Dot Winged Antwren, Peruvian Recurbill, Dusky Cheeked, Ruddy , Buff Throated Foliage Gleaner, Large Headed Flatbill, Manu and Black Antbird, the Unmistakable Rufous Headed Woodpecker, Yellow Billed Nunbird.

During the Afternoon, we will be exploring part of the palm forest to look for psittacidos, Blue Headed, Chestnut Fronted Macaw, Blue Headed , Yellow Crowned Parrots are commonly observed around the Palm Forest, the riverine forest also offers a great spot to look for the Fasciated Tiger-Heron, Sunbittern, Black Phoebe, Torrent Tyrannulet and others. Overnight at Guadalupe Lodge.

Day 4

Guadalupe Lodge - Foothill Forest Exploration

Our dining room at Guadalupe Lodge its privileged located, which provides wide view of the garden and the bamboo  forest, while having breakfast we get views of the hummingbirds flying around the heliconias and berbenacea flowers ; Golden Tailed Sapphire, Blue tailed Emerald, Rufous Breasted, White Bearded and  White Browed Hermit , Gray Breasted Sabrewing, Buff Tailed Sicklebill, Rufous Crested Coquette, Golden Tailed Sapphire.


During the afternoon we explore another complex forest type to explore would be the foothill forest that is quite good to spot the Golden Collared Toucanet, Fasciated Antshrike,  Red Billed Pied, Masked, Green & Gold, Yellow Bellied, Yellow Crested, Yellow Backed Tanagers all used to be spotted while flocking up and few other unexpected Forest Falcons and large predators such as Harpy Eagle.

The understory at this type of forest that hold incredible species like; Rusty Belted Tapaculo, Black Faced Antbird,  Golden Bellied Warbler. Overnight at Guadalupe Lodge.

Day 5

Guadalupe Lodge - Amazonia Lodge

At dawn each animal songs with its own unique voice being a natural awake call, after breakfast will descend out of the foothills to keep looking for a birds along the road few stops including the beautiful Blue and Yellow Macaws, Trogons, Woodpeckers, Tanagers and many second growth specialist such as; seedeaters, flycatchers.
The road crosses a low set of hills where we get the Alto Madre de Dios River starts along the boat journey there will be chances to observe shore birds which often seen foraging on the rocky gravel bars and we will keep a close watch raptor.
While exploring the trails to Machuhuasi lagoon (1900 ft) we will have chances to look for the Amazonian Antpitta, Rufous Breasted Piculet, Cabannis Spinetail , arriving to the lagoon we will be welcomed by the noisy and clumsy hoatzins which is one of the most commons birds next to the Black Capped Donacobious, Horned Screamers, Blackish Rai, Black Billed Seed-Finch, Orange Backed Troupial, Red Capped Cardinal, Pale Eyed Blackbird, Rusfous Sided Crake . Overnigh at Amazonia Lodge.

Day 6

Amazonia Lodge - Tambo Blanquillo

This morning will be productive to observe the hummingbirds at the Lodge feeders, Rufous Crested Coquette, Golden Tailed Sapphire, Violet Headed Hummingbird, Koepcke’s Hermit, the feeders also attracts other interring birds like; Gray Cowled Wood-rail, Oropendolas.
We sadly depart the lodge by midmorning and navigate the Alto Madre de Dios river where we will be observing more of shore birds such as; egrets, terns, rosette spoonbills, plovers and interesting raptors and vultures.
Arriving to the lodge by the afternoon foremost we shall take one of the trails in order to find species such as: Rusty Belted Tapaculo, Foliage Gleaner, Pale Winged Trumpeter, Razor Billed Curassow, Aracaris, Spix’s Guan
We will have the possibility to look for Spectacled Owl, Crested Owl, Tropical and Tawny Bellied Screech Owls, Ocellated Poorwill Overnight at Tambo Blanquillo.

Day 7

Tambo Blanquillo - Macaw Clay Lick - Canopy Tower - Oxbow Lake

On this morning we will leave early in the morning and head towards the river, after 20 minutes’ walk we will reach the Blanquillo Macaw Clay Lick, where we can observe several Parrots, Parakeets and Macaws, Mealy Parrots, Blue Headed Parrots, Yellow Crowned Parrots and the Orange cheeked Parrots as well as the Red and Green Macaws, Scarlet Macaws, Tui and Cobalt Parakeets.
After the beautiful macaw show we will visit the canopy tower anchored in the giant Ceiba Tree a tower of 148 feet, from here we can observe the following species: Guira Tanager, Lemon Throated Barbet, Oropendolas, Caciques, Gilded Barbet, Woodcreeper and raptors among others interesting birds that flock on the upper level of the forest.
During the afternoon we explore the Blanco Oxbow Lake, the lake is open to explore paddling a Catamaran looking for Least Grebe, Black Collared Hawk, Sungrebe, Muscovy Duck, Rufous sided Crake, Wattled Jacana, Green and Rufous Kingfisher, Purus Jacamar, Hoatzin, Silvery Antbird. If we are lucky we might also see Giant Otters. Overnight at Tambo Blanquillo.

Day 8

Tambo Blanquillo - Cusco or Puerto Maldonado

Today we make our way Out by motor  boat somewhat 2 hours of navigation along the Madre de Dios River and passing by the Colorado mining town once over there we will switch to overland transport, all-terrain vehicle  and drive towards Inambari River, from here we will continue our trip to Puerto Maldonado or Cusco  by the new Interoceanic road.

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Equipment /Clothing Comments
Wellington Boots

Provided at the lodge

Experience has taught us that Wellies are by far the most appropriate footwear for  your  time  in  the  Jungle.  You'll hopefully have noticed  we  asked  for  your  shoes  size  on the application form;  this is so we can  buy you  some new ones in  Cusco ready for your departure so you  don't have to  lug  them  with  you.  However, please be  aware  that  is difficult to  get Wellington  boots over  European  size  43  so if that's you  please ensure you  bring some with you.
Flip flops Useful  for  use  in  the  bathrooms  and  for  walking  around the lodges.
T-shirts, cottonshirts and  a light sweatshirt You   should   bring   a   mix   of  short  and   long   sleeved   to protect your arms from  mosquito bites
Underwear Cotton is recommended rather than nylon.
Socks These should  be  long  and  made from  breathable wool  to ensure optimum comfort inside your boots.
Sunblock Cream Sun Glasss

Insect Repellent 

Fleece/Sweatshirt

at Least 40 % DEET
Trousers  & shorts It’s important to be wearing long bottoms for protection from bugs and sun. We recommend full cut khaki bottoms or khaki type pants that can be zipped into shorts.  Lighter
Waterproofraincoat/poncho Even in the dry season the rain can be heavy so it's good to come prepared!
Flashlights For night activities such as night walks , Caiman Search and for using when the  power from the lodges runs off.

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The Complete Birding Tour in Manu - 8 Days

Price
2250$ per person
Duration
8 Days
Destination
Manu National Park
Travellers
2

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