Birding Hotspots & Lodges at Manu Biosphere Reserve

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890$ per person
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5 Days
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Explore Manu Biosphere Reserve and enjoy the spectacular bird diversity and magnificent scenery  a transect running from the Andes to the rainforest
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What's included

Destination
Birdwatching , Manu National Park Discover Destinations
Return Location
Cusco City - Transfer from Hotels , Airport , Bus Station
Price includes
  • Accommodation on double bed room
  • Activities Listed in the Program
  • 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
  • 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
  • Last day dinner
  • Services not specifically stated in the itinerary

Best Birding Sites – South of Peru – Manu

Peru is one of the world’s megadiverse countries and exciting destinations for birding.  In fact, Manu it’s supporting a large number of species of birds and a wide range of different habitats, this diverse makes it a country of contrast for the visitors, who can experience the bird’s diversity that our Peru Best Birding Sites 5 Days reveal.

Birding at Manu Cloud Forest.

Manu Biosphere Reserve lies at the southeastern of Peru a fascinating journey from the Andes down into the heart of cloud forest and area that supports an incredible number of species up 1000 species have been reported. This is truly a paradise of birds and probably the route of the greatest avian diversity in the world.

Top Lodges for Birding in Manu Road

To maximize your birding experience, we have included the following locations, hotspots. They are known as best-birding sites in Southern Peru.

Wayquecha Lodge.

The only lodge with the privileged location surrounded by elfin forest, underlying of the Andean mountains. This location is a niche for the following birds, Barred Antthrush, Cuzco Brushfinch, Golden-collared Tanager, Andean Potoo, Purple backed Thornbill, Red-and-white Antpitta, Marcapata Spinetail
Chestnut-crested Cotinga, among others. Currently, this location holds around 303 bird species according to Ebird.

Cock of the Rock Lodge

The Lodge sits in the heart of the Manu Cloud Forest on 1,500 meters of elevation surrounded by lush vegetation and humid forest. The specialties are Cock of the Rock, Crested Quetzal, Rufous-winged Antwren, Handsome Flycatcher, Solitary Eagle, Lyre-tailed Nightjar, Geoffroy’s Daggerbill, Wire-crested Thorntail, Peruvian Piedtail, Lanceolated Monklet, Amazonian Umbrellabird, Olive Finch, Cerulean-capped Manakin among others. This location holds around 500 bird species according to Ebird

Reserva Ecologica Guadalupe

This location is ranked as a hotspot by Ebird counting the 328 bird species, this location is one of the newest as a birding destination in Manu. The specialties are reported from the mature bamboo forest, Mauriche Palm forest and the Foothill Forest which relatively the Terra Firme in the lower mountains;   Blue-Headed MacawBuff-tailed sicklebill, Peruvian recurbill, Black-backed Tody-flycatcher, White-cheeked Tody-Flycatcher, Flammulated Pygmy-Tyrant, Yellow Tyrannulet, Manu Antbird, Yellow-Billed Nunbird, Golden-collared toucanet, Red-billed Pied Tanager, Black-banded woodcreeper, Rufous-headed Woodpecker, Fine Barred Piculet and many more.

Laguna Patria

A bonus location to look for amazonian aquatic birds, migrants, and second-growth specialists. The location congregates; Hoatzin, Capped heron, Least Grebe, Sunbittern, Amazonian Antpitta, Brazilian Teal, Red Capped Cardinal, Spot Breasted  Woodpecker, Black Billed SeedFinch and others. Over this location around 95 bird species have been reported via Ebird.  Visit our blog for further references.

Interesting Birds

The Antpittas 

In general, antpittas are shy and retiring and hard to see, more commonly being heard as the call from the dense forest understory. Though side trails offer the patience observer a chance to glimpse these seldom-seen species, the forest also supports a good variety of hummingbirds which can be found feeding on roadside flowering trees and shrubs

The Cock of the Rock

Cock of the rock (Rupicola Peruviana) is one of the most spectacular and well-known birds in Peru.  It inhibits the lower montane forest bellow 2,000 m altitude. This large orange frugivorous can often be seen the feed on fruiting trees but its most impressive when seen at an LEK.

Displaying Site

Here the males gather at the traditional LEK sites in the early morning to display. They squeal loudly and dance, bending their heads forwards and raising their wings. The duller females visit the Leks to select a male who after mating plays no further part in the nesting or feeding of the young.

Hummingbirds

Peru supports a staggering 127 species (39 % of all the hummingbirds) of which some occur in the Manu National Park, hummingbirds occur in all the habitats of the region from the high montane forest to the flooded forest and can even found in the towns and agricultural areas.

Precision flyers

They are able to hover, fly backward. Unique in generating lift on both the upstroke and downstroke of the wings. Feed mainly on nectar from flowers but also take small arthropods to supplement their sugar diet. Hummingbird’s bills show a great variety of shapes and sizes reflecting the great diversity of plant species that they feed on.

Tanagers

The tanagers are on the most colorful and distinctive group of birds of the world. The occurs only in the new world tropics with the highest diversity of species occurring in the forest of the southern Andes, Manu Park holds an extraordinary number of them. This fruit-eating is often seen in mixed flocks moving through the forest canopy as a colorful procession.

 

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
  • Day 4
  • Day 5
Day 1

Cusco - Wayquecha 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.

Full afternoon birding at the elfin forest at the Wayquecha Lodge elevational range, overnight at the Wayquecha

Day 2

Wayquecha- Cock of the Rock Lodge

Early mornign walk to look for the Endemic Red and White Antpitta and the rufuous, 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 3

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.

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 4

Guadalupe Lodge

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 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 - Cusco

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, 

While return to Cusco we pass by an 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, Amazonian Antpitta and many more.

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.

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Packing List 

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, cotton

shirts 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
Waterproof

raincoat/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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Birding at Wayquecha - Cock of the Rock & Guadalupe Lodge

Price
890$ per person
Duration
5 Days
Destination
More than 1
Travellers
2

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