Birding Escape from Cusco

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Price
495$ per person
Duration
3 Days
Destination
Manu National Park
Travellers
2

EVERY TIME MORE BIRDS The flying colors

Exploring the Manu road and looking for the birds is a fascinating experience. A journey from the Andes to the Rainforest. The clouds forest holds an incredible bird’s species including the cock of the rock at their displaying site. Going further down there is an increasing number of Amazonian birds such as; antbirds, toucans, antshikes.
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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)
  • 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
Price does not include
  • 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.

Interesting Birds

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.

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.

Biology 

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.

Lifestyle

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.

Tanagers 

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
Day 1

Cusco - Sapansachayoc 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 Intermountain 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 habitat 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 Antpitta, 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.

If lucky enough we may see the umbrella as far driving down the mountains we will arrive to Sapansachayoq Lodge which on of the best  to observe 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) overnight at the Lodge.

Day 2

Sapansachayoq Lodge - Guadalupe Lodge

Early morning we will be searching diligently for more species of the Cloud forest; Yungas Manakin, Versicolored Barbed, Orange Eared Tanager, Streak Necked Flycatcher, Andean Motmot and the Cock of the Rock.

The driving downhill give us chances to explore the bamboo forest that holds a unique collection of birds, " White Checked Tody-flycatcher", 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 and Yellow-Billed Nunbird.

Upon our arrival at Guadalupe Lodge, we will be exploring part of the palm forest to look for psittacines, Blue-Headed, Chestnut Fronted Macaw, Blue-Headed, Yellow-Crowned Parrots.  The riverine forest also offers a great spot to look for the Fasciated Tiger-Heron, Sunbittern. Our target species this afternoon will be the Endemic Black-Backed Tody-Flycatcher which commonly heard along the road, as well as the Rusty, Fronted Tody-Tyrant.

Before dusk, we look for nightjars, potoo and owls, the road it’s by far the best place to see them. Overnight at Guadalupe Lodge.

Day 3

Guadalupe Lodge - Cusco

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 overflying at dawn. 

Exploring the garden we get chances to spot the; 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 our way back, we visit a lagoon 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.  Continuing the journey back we start climbing the Andes and arriving in Cusco at night.

More about Manu National Park

More about this tour

Peru is one of the worlds megadiverse countries and exciting destinations for the visitors interested in wildlife, archeology and living heritage, in fact Manu park its supporting a 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 these trips reveal.

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 Escape from Cusco

Price
495$ per person
Duration
3 Days
Destination
Manu National Park
Travellers
2

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