- Tour Plan
- Additional Info
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- Accommodation on double bed room
- All meals included (vegetarian, vegan mentioned in advance)
- Birdlist of the Location
- Duffel Bags for Travelling Light
- Entrance Fees to the Guadalupe Ecological Reserve
- Free Storage Room in Cusco
- Nights at Guadalupe Lodge
- Rubber Boots
- Snacks (fresh fruits, cookies, chocolate)
- Unlimited Purified Water
- Alcoholic Drinks
- First day breakfast
- Last day dinner
- Services not specifically stated in the itinerary
Birdwatching Tours in Peru
Peru is recognized as the second most diverse country in the world in its variety of birds, more than 1800 species inhabit the different ecosystems. Peru represent 15% of all the species in the planet without a doubt is a “Premier Birding Destination”
We invite you to accomplish a great birdwatching Experience in Peru. Exploring the Manu Road, under the guidance of expert local guides. This route is also supporting a large number of species of birds and a wide range of different habitats.
Birding Tours from Cusco
Cusco city is the gateway to our birdwatching tours in Peru. The route extends from the Andes to the foothill forest down the cloud forest. This transect its easily traveled in the 3 days allowing the visitor to experience a wide variety of habitats from; Andes, Elfin, Foothill, Cloud forest, Bamboo and Palm forest at the much lower rainforest.
Our tours offer to the visiting birder a fantastic adventure including most of the endemics species and specialties of Peru 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.
The Manu Road
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. It’s challenging to observe because of the moisture concentration typical in the cloud forest and dense understory growth of vegetation in lower elevations.
Cock of the Rock
The cock of the rock (rupicola peruviana) is one of the most spectacular and well-known birds in Peru. They live at 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. Here the males gather at the traditional LEK sites in the early morning to displays.
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.
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.
The hummingbirds are the most accomplished precision flyers of the birds able to hover, fly backward. They are unique in generating lift on both the upstroke and downstroke of the wings, which typically beat 10 – 80 times a second but can beat up to 200 times a second in display flies.
They can also fly extremely rapidly with speeds of up to 150 km per hour being recorded, such an active life means they have high metabolism demands and their hearts beats 500 – 600 times per minute at rest and over 1,000 times a minute when fighting.
Their lifestyle means that they must feed regularly while active and they tend to be active throughout the day, they 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.
The tanagers are on the most colorful and distinctive group of birds of the world. This 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
Cusco - Guadalupe Lodge
This morning we travel along the Andes, our trip we will pass through dry habitats and this provides great chances to search for a couple of endemics; Bearded Mountaineer, Chestnut Breasted Mountain Finch and other interesting bird for the high Andean Mountains such as; Andean Flicker, Mountain Caracara, Andean Lapwing, Giant hummingbirds, Rufous Webbed Shrike-Tyrant, Ground Tyrants and others
We continue and passing by the Inter mountain valleys, we stop briefly for the Undulated and Rufous Antpitta, Rust and Yellow Tanager, Red Crested Cotinga, Creamy Crested Spinetail, Sword Billed Hummingbird, Brown Backed Chat-Tyrants, Flowerpiercers and Flycatchers.
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 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 it’s by far the best place to see them.
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 at dawn.
As we should maximize our time, we start looking for birds just after sunrise so 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.
Our target species on this morning will be to spot an incredible bird, one bird that have mastered in camouflage, the Great Potoo , we usually spot 2 different individuals in the vicinity of the lodge another target is the Endemic Black Backed Tody Flycatcher which commonly heard along the road as well as the Rusty Fronted Tody Tyrant.
After Midday 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.
the 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.
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.
More about Manu National Park
More about this tour
Peru is one of the worlds mega diverse countries and exciting destinations for the visitors interested in wildlife, archeology and living heritage, in fact Manu park its supporting large number of species of birds and wide range of different habitats, this diverse makes it a country of contrast for the visitors, whom can experience the world most diverse tropical rainforest, high mountain and grasslands to mention some of the main habitats that this trips reveals.
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.|
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.|
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|
|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.|